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MTB4

Learn the lingo with explanations for some of the most common mountain biking terms.

 

 

ATB: all-terrain bike

 

Berm: an embankment on a trail

 

BMX: Bicycle Motocross is a form of cycling with specialized small bikes. It’s included in the Olympics for the first time this year

 

Cross Country (XC): riding across the countryside

 

Cyclocross: an off-road race that involves riders having to dismount and run over obstacles, carrying their bikes

 

Dirt Jumping: Trails where you hit lumps of dirt to get airborne

Free-riding: doing things in a non-competitive way

 

Four Cross (4X): four racers ride downhill over a short course with big jumps and bermed corners

 

Hardtail: a bike with no rear suspension

 

IMBA: Internation Mountain Bicycling Association – an organisation dedicated to the building and protection of mountain bike trails.

 

MTB: moun-tain-bike

 

Single-track: narrow trail, big enough for one rider, often through woodland

 

Street Riding: Riding steps, walls, banks, skate parks and the like in an urban environment

 

Trials: Very skilled riding over obstacles. Usually slow-speed and very precise