The mountain bike, perfect for riding off-road
Although not all mountain bike (MTB) owners actually use them in the mountains or off all "civilised" cycle paths, they could – provided they have the will and have done the groundwork. MTBs are ideal for off-road trails, requiring endurance, strength and skill and are less a means of transport than recreational sports equipment. There have long been professional competitions for those who´ve mastered those skills.
Hardly any other non-electrically assisted bicycle enjoys similar popularity and they are also commonly seen on city streets. It is easy to confuse MTBs with so-called urban bikes, a combination of MTB and city bike. Newer variants are dirt bikes or fat bikes, which are reminiscent of off-road motorcycles with pedals. They, too, appear on city streets, usually ridden by young riders.
Typical characteristics of MTBs are a sloping, particularly stable frame, low, wide and relatively straight handlebars, complex suspension (on so-called hardtail MTBs only on the front), disc brakes, knobbly tyres and no mudguards, luggage racks or fixed lighting. The narrow saddle does not promise comfort, but a firm grip to help manoeuvre the bike around sharp curves and in the air.
MTBs can be retrofitted with electricity, with either so-called middle motors or front or rear hub motors, but there has to be enough space for a battery. Why not just acquire an E-MTB in the first place?