XC bikes are built for riders who commonly want pedal performance as their top priority. These are uphill, lung-busting machines bred for endurance and efficiency where the battles are often won on the uphill. If climbing and the buzz for endorphins is your thing, and you’re a more conservative rider on the downhill, you’re looking for a Cross Country Bike.
Downhill bikes are designed for steep, gnarly terrain, speed, big drops, and jumps. With these bikes, you’re usually looking for some other way to the top of the trail whether that’s hiking, shuttling or a chairlift. They simply aren’t made to go any direction but down.
Trail bikes are the Swiss army knives of mountain biking. They have recently become both great climbers and capable descenders. Do you see yourself on all-day backcountry epic rides as well as banging around town and your local trails? Do you measure your rides in grins and smiles rather than seconds? If you’re into mountain biking uphill just as much as downhill and are looking for the occasional drop or jump, a trail bike is probably what you’re looking for.
All Mountain is the big brother of Trail. An All Mountain bike is the perfect rig if you’re willing to earn your turns by pedaling up, but are really in it for the downhill with technical terrain and airtime in mind. That being said, if you want to skip the pedaling and do a couple of laps at a bike park or even some shuttle accessed terrain, an all mountain bike can handle that too.
Race bikes are the "traditional" road bike, and have evolved from the pro peloton. These light and nimble machines are designed to maximize efficiency while allowing the rider to maintain an aerodynamic position. If you are looking for a high performance bike that is at home crushing the Alpe d'Huez or your weekly local ride these are the bikes for you.
All Road bikes are at home on everything from pavement to fire roads and even a little single track thrown in for good measure. If you are looking to be a kid again these are the bikes for you, the combination of wide knobby tires and disc brakes will have you riding long after the pavement ends.
Are you not willing to hang up the bike when the temperature starts to drop and the snow starts to fall? Cyclocross evolved as a way for riders to maintain their fitness during the off season. The ability for these bikes to be ridden in a multitude of conditions but maintain the qualities of a race bike has made these bikes popular among many.
Endurance bikes are the jack-of-all-trades bike that will fit most riders. With a more upright position and more coming equipped with disc brakes, riders are more comfortable and confident. Don't assume that these machines are any less capable than their race brethren, many of the comforts found on Endurance bikes are found in the peloton during the Spring Classics. If you are looking for a one quiver bike that is comfortable on the last leg of Lotoja or the Granfondo, Endurance bikes are a great choice.