If you’re wanting to ride your bike on canal paths, light trails and forest tracks a mountain bike with no suspension (Rigid MTB) is a sensible choice. Many of the off-road byways and tracks do not require part or full suspension as the terrain tends to be more consistent and less bumpy or challenging. A mountain bike with rigid forks is likely to be lighter than a bike with a similar frame and suspension forks, which means less weight to pedal uphill. Many junior mountain bikes are fitted with rigid forks for this very reason. As a smaller, lighter rider with less leg strength they are unlikely to need or notice any benefits of a suspension fork. They will however benefit from a lighter bike when they need to get the bike up a hill.
Many Rigid MTB’s are built from a chromoly steel or quite often aluminium, which again, tends to be the lighter option. They are frequently fitted with a triple chainring at the front with a range of gears at the back (7, 8 or 9 speed). Although not ideal for demanding, rocky single track these mountain bikes are more than capable of giving a comfortable and relaxing riding position on road, byways and off-road cycle routes.
Some Rigid MTB’s have the facility to fit a rack and because of the rigid forks, a set of full mudguards. If combined with the right tyre choice they can make a suitable bike for commuting and everyday use. Most Rigid MTB bikes are fitted with 26in wheels and rim V-brakes. They come with a traditional crossbar or a low step through ladies style frame design.
If you’re looking for an affordable bike that can cope with everyday use on road and light trails, the Rigid MTB is a good option and ideal for those on a budget..