There are several different styles of mountain biking, usually defined by the terrain, and therefore the type of bicycles employed. Styles have evolved rapidly. In the earliest days, all were somewhat custom, home-built machines, and were used for any number of stunts, tricks, racing or other activities. The general design was similar. As the sport grew, more specialized designs and equipment were introduced. The further market segmentation beyond simple front suspension XC bicycles began to occur in the mid-1990s, as large bicycle and equipment manufacturers were able to cater specifically to changing demands. Today, there are a large variety of discipline oriented designs. They are no longer the bicycle that our parents grew up with. Mountain bikes can be multi-thousand dollar machines that are purpose built for the discipline they were designed for.

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