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Bikes are not fast. Riders are.
What is a mountain bike?
A mountain bike is a bicycle designed for off-road riding. Mountain bikes are comparable to regular bicycles, but they are heavier due to the features designed to improve durability and performance on rugged terrain. Straight, extra-wide handlebars for better balance and comfort on rocky terrain; lower gear-ratios for climbing steep grades; and sometimes rear suspension to fully smooth the path as well as dropper posts to swiftly modify the seat height.
The mountain bike qualities :
- Knobbed, large stability tires
- Flat design handlebars
- Low equipment ratio
- This style of bike can manage gravel, dirt and any unpaved ground
What is a hybrid bike?
Hybrid bicycles are exactly what they sound like: a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. Because of this, hybrid bikes are suited for general-purpose riding over a variety of terrains, which is why the majority of hybrids are used for commuting.
The hybrid bike qualities:
- Tires are thicker than what is on a road bike, but they are lighter and thinner than conventional mountain bike tires.
- Flat or lowered design of the handlebar
- A relaxing setting for upright riding
- This bike design can manage dirt or gravel routes and paved highways.
- High equipment ratio
However, your question is a lot like asking “what’s better, a cheetah or a sailfish?” For brief explosions, both will reach 62 mph (100 km/h), although in very different conditions.
Full suspension, hydro-disk balls descending on dirt, wide path with large impediments MTB will own any “hybrid” bike completely and wish that it had never been assembled.
(“Hybrid,” here is a word that indicates, “I purchased it for less than 200 at the department shop ($ or €, does not change) and it was constructed by some clown who could not see the guidelines AND the fork has been placed sideways.” Don’t buy children’s hybrid bikes.) Put a hybrid bike through and you’ll have a bent head tube, a bent seatpin, a violently turned WAY lifter out of line and you’ll be fortunate to keep all your teeth.
However, in the urban drive to work, with racks and sackcloths, the rear rack is better for you to pass through the grid of the city center (at least not without riding over the cars proper). Narrower handlebars, hardtail frames, large tires with urban tread allow for a gentle ride (even on a hybrid).
It actually relies on the surroundings, therefore.
Also, seriously, do NOT buy hybrids from the Big Box store. It’s dead traps.