10 Best Mountain Bike Brands

Team Around the Basin-Torpedo7 race during the Mountain Bike Stage of the Red Bull Defiance in Wanaka, New Zealand on January 24, 2016

A mountain bike is designed for riding on rugged off-road terrain, and thus, has extremely different design features as compared to other types of bicycles. Riding on such difficult terrain and combining it with the aggressive style of riding, makes it a matter of priority to go in for a reliable and time-tested brand. A trustworthy bike brand often speaks for itself, and thus, guarantees safety to its riders. This Buzzle article presents the ten best mountain bike brands in the world and some of their best bikes for your perusal.

The Taiwanese ‘Giant Manufacturing Company’ was founded in 1972 by King Liu and Tony Lo. In 1977, Giant successfully signed a contract with Schwinn, which made Giant an ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer’ OEM under their private label. Since then, Giant has gone on to become one of the largest bike manufacturers in the world. Today their bikes are sold in more than 50 countries. They have also been sponsoring mountain biking athletes since 1995, and include athletes such as John Tomac, Rune Høydahl, Danny Hart, and Carl Decker.

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Best Exercise Bike

57Exercise bikes are stationary cycles that give you the opportunity to perform one of the best cardiovascular exercises, i.e., cycling, without actually moving. There are many magazines and websites from where you can gather and read reviews of these bikes. Cycling is an exercise that works plenty of muscle groups in the body quite intensely, and this is a popular workout for many people around the world.

When you go to buy these bikes, you will find that there are many different types and models available. Though the primary purpose and the basic functionality of all of them is the same, there are subtle differences in their designs, which will affect your workout in different ways.

List of the Best Bikes

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Calories Burned by Biking

55Bicycles came on road in the nineteenth century. Originally, they were used only for transport, but these days they are also used for sports and recreation. Unicycle, tricycle, quadricycle, etc., are some of the types of cycles. Biking is a popular form of aerobic exercise that is preferred for losing weight. The number of calories burned depends on the intensity.

Mountain biking is a popular sport which involves riding bicycles over rough, rocky, and dusty terrain. The participants use specially adapted mountain bikes. These days, exercise bikes provide the easiest way of losing weight. Cycling has become an indoor activity now. You can even use the stationary cycles to burn calories and maintain/lose weight.

Reference Chart (Speed → Calories Lost)

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Cycling Interval Training

54Interval training is a physical training format where the body is put through alternating periods of very strenuous physical exercise and low-intensity exercise or rest. It’s touted as one of the most effective ways to lose weight fast, even more so than continuous exercise at a moderate intensity for the same duration. It can be applied to multiple types of cardiovascular exercises – running, rowing, swimming, and cycling are all suitable to be adapted into this kind of routine. Cycling interval training is particularly effective as an intensive lower body workout, along with cardio benefits.

Getting Started

There are a few important things to remember whenever you start interval training routines. The basis of this method is achieving a VO2 max interval interspersed with low intensity or rest. A VO2 max interval is basically a period where you are exercising at maximum output with maximal oxygen intake. Therefore, to achieve maximum results, the periods of high-intensity cycling must be at intervals where you push yourself as hard as possible. The intensity of this also means that your body needs to be able to rest enough to recover. A 48-hour recovery period is recommended between two sessions.

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Tour de France

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Photosport Int (2647092c) Stage 11 Time trial, Chris Froome on his way to finishing 2nd in the Time trial with the Mont St. Michel in the background Tour de France 2013 - 10 Jul 2013

The Tour de France is the most famous bicycle race in the world, which gained immense popularity due to American Lance Armstrong, who almost single-handedly brought the race to world attention. He set a benchmark consecutively winning the most number of times (seven) from 1999 to 2005, before being tested positive for a banned substance and being stripped of all the medals in 2012. It is a race that covers more than 3,500 kilometers, and attracts cyclists from all over the world. There are similar races held in Italy and Spain too, but this one stands out, being the oldest and most well-known. But what exactly is this phenomenon and why is it so popular?

The Grand History

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