Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

What is Mountain Biking?

Posted by Matt | June 27, 2007 | Leave a comment

The Fat Cyclist has just highlighted how ambiguous the term Mountain Biking can be:

So here’s the thing. If someone tells you they went out road biking, you have a good idea of what went on. You may not have an idea of how far, how fast, or how steep, but you know what road biking looks like.

If someone tells you they went Mountain Biking, on the other hand, you still don’t know anything.

He’s right of course. In fact, many people who go Mountain Biking don’t have a clue either, what with all the Singlespeed / Cross Country (XC) / Freedride / Enduro / Race niches and so on out there.

I just hope they have fun, whatever their flavour happens to be. And I just wish I was riding where he was riding, just look at those photos!


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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