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Is there a difference between mountain biking and road cycling?

Yes. Aside from the scenery you experience, mountain biking and road cycling require very different equipment. Mountain bikes are heavier and built to withstand more abuse considering you will be riding in a variety of terrains. Their tires are specially designed and manufactured to withstand more pressure from sharp objects. Also, many mountain bikes are made with shocks to absorb impact. In contrast, road bikes are lighter and are built to maximize the speed at which you are able to ride. These types of bicycles are made for riding on pavement, are not built with shock absorbers, and are not suitable for dirt roads.

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