Freeride Mountain Bikes
Freeride mountain biking is similar to downhill mountain biking in its dependence upon the technical aptitude and ability of the cyclist to steer through dangerous, highly vertical terrain. Where downhill mountain bikes and freeride mountain bikes differ, though, is in their style and design. Freeride mountain biking is considered a highly expressive form of mountain biking; as such, freeride mountain bikes are not as dependent upon speed as downhill mountain bikes.
Freeride mountain bikes are dual suspension mountain bikes, as they must be mechanically sound enough to stand jumps from rocky ledges, landings on hard topsoil terrain, and sharp, angular turns. The frame of a freeride mountain bike must be made with materials that are durable, but also resilient. They are constructed with more suspension travel space than a cross country mountain bike - freeride mountain bikes typically come with a 6 to 8 inch suspension travel - to cushion the bumpy, dangerous ride. Freeride mountain bikes are built to take a beating, as freeride mountain bikers look for outlandishly difficult, dangerous, challenging mountain bike trails to ride on.
Different models of Trek mountain bikes, Raleigh mountain bikes, Mongoose mountain bikes, Kona mountain bikes, Gary fisher mountain bikes, and Santa Cruz mountain bikes can all be used as a specialized freeride mountain bike.