Downhill mountain bikes are a sub genre of bicycle spawned from mountain bikes - also known as MTBs - which most are familiar with for their purpose-designed off-road tyres, suspension, brake, handlebars and riding positions that made them more capable over dirt, gravel and sand than traditional bicycles.
What separates downhill mountain bikes from regular mountain bikes is their heavier and stronger construction, with special components like long travel suspension, designed to absorb impacts from rocky terrain when descending steep declines, such as rocks and tree roots. These purpose designed bikes aren't made for just a bit of rough road - serious riding requires serious equipment, and on eBay you'll find it all - from second hand, pre-owned bargains to brand new competition bikes constructed from carbon.
Which downhill bikes are good fits for beginners?
If you're new to the sport of downhill mountain biking, the wide range of mountain bikes for sale on eBay and difference in pricing might leave you a little unsure about what is appropriate to spend on your first bike. There are second hand bargains to be had on eBay, with listings available for a few hundred dollars. Remember to inspect pre-owned bikes carefully for cracks in their frames, buckled rims and other structural damage that could impact your riding. Whilst great fun, downhill mountain biking is considered an extreme sport and even the most experienced riders stack or crash from time to time. With this in mind, don't forget to budget for your safety gear - a good helmet, pads and any other protection you will want to keep your bones and skin intact
Do I need all the fancy stuff?
Some bikes incorporate features that professionals may make the most of, but won't matter so much to beginners until they are more familiar with the sport. Lighter aluminium frames for downhill bikes and wheels, higher quality suspension, more advanced gearsets and better derailleurs all push the price up on buying a downhill mountain bike, so you don't have to spend thousands to get a quality bike.
Things don't always go to plan and tyres do wear out, but it's nice to know you can count on eBay for all your spare mountain bike components and parts, too.
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