Buying a New Bike
The Hub bike is shop your one stop shop for all of your biking needs. While it's true we do focus mostly on mountain bikes, we love all bikes and cater to all riding styles. A commuter to take you to and from work or school, a gravel bike for exploring the vast amounts of doubletrack, that new skinny tire machine to lay down some road miles, the first mountain bike for you or your kids or that bike build you have been dreaming of; we can accomodate it all.
The Hub’s inventory of mountain bikes are unmatched in Western North Carolina with bikes for men and women who are tired of the blacktop and ready leave it behind for single-track adventures and gravel roads.
Need a bike rack, a new biking jersey, biking boots or just a water bottle cage? The Hub has you covered. But we don’t just sell amazing gear to you, we help you put it to use. Check out our blog for reviews, how to’s and videos from our local riders.
Mountain Bikes are OK for pavement (with a tire change of course) but are best for rocky and dirt trails and single track paths through the woods and gravel roads.
THE TYPES OF BIKES
- Hardtail bikes feature a front suspension fork and a rigid back with no rear suspension shocks. This type of mountain bike is much less expensive and lighter in weight than a typical full-suspension mountain bike. A hardtail is the more versatile choice if you plan to use it for both paved and unpaved surfaces. The tradeoffs from a full-suspension mountain bike? A hardtail is less able to safely handle more technical singletrack trails, provides less overall shock absorption and, in some situations, delivers less rear wheel traction.
- Full-suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension shocks making them ideal for backcountry trails or technical (steep, bumpy, twisty) singletrack. They also stand up to more aggressive riding including jumps or drops of up to 5 feet. As mentioned above, full-suspension bikes are more expensive and generally heavier than hardtail bikes.