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Mountain Bike Anatomy

Mountain Bike Anatomy

A mountain bike is the one thing you need before you go mountain biking. A mountain bike contains many parts, which will be covered below:

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Bottom bracket – This attaches the crankset to the body of a bike.

Brake cable – This is the cable that connects the brake lever to the brake mechanism.

Brake lever – The lever on the handlebar activates the brakes. The left side is the front brake and the right side is the rear brake.

Chain – The circular set of links that transfer power from the chain ring to the cogs.

Chain ring – The toothed rings that attach to the crank to hold the chain.

Crank – The lever that extends from the bottom bracket to the pedal, transferring the power to the chainrings.

Derailleur – The mechanism for moving the chain from one cog to another.

Down tube – The section of the frame that extends downward from the stem to the bottom bracket.

Front shock – The shock absorber on the front fork.

Handlebar – The horizontal bar attached to the stem with handgrips on the end.

Headset – The mechanism in front of the frame that connects the front fork to the stem and handlebars.

Hub – The center part of the wheel that the spokes are attached to.

Idler pulley – The bottom pulley of the rear derailleur that provides spring tension to keep the chain tight.

Nipple – A threaded receptacle that holds the end of the spoke to the rim.

Pedal – The platform to pedal on; attaches to the crank.

Rear shock – The shock absorber for the rear tire on dual suspension-type bikes.

Rim – The metal ring that holds the spokes on the inside and the tire to the outside.

Saddle – The seat.

Seat post – Offers support for the seat.

Skewer – The metal rod that goes through the hub, attaching the wheel to the dropouts of the frame.

Spindle – The free rotating axle that the crank arms attach to; also a part of the bottom bracket.

Spokes – The thick wires that join the hub to the rim.

Stem – A piece that attaches the handlebar to the steering tube.

Wheel hub – The center of the wheel that the spokes are attached to.

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