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Mountain Bike Equipment and History

   

Equipment

   

History

Mountain Bike
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Chainring

A large toothed ring (part of the chainset) that drives the chain via the pedals and cranks.

Chainstay

The two horizontal parts of the bike frame that join the bottom bracket to the rear wheel.

Cogwheel

A less commonly used term for a sprocket.

Cranks

The arms which drive the chainwheels. Cranks are bolted to the crankshaft.

CrankShaft

The axle to which the cranks are attached.

Derailleur

The mechanism which moves the chain from one chainring or sprocket to another.

Gear

The mechanism on a bike that changes its rate of motion; low gears make it harder to pedal while high gears make it easier.

Gloves
Handlebars

The part of the bicycle which the rider takes hold of.

Helmet
Saddle

The seat of a bicycle.

Suspension

A part of a bicycle which absorbs the impact of a wheel going over an obstacle, making for a smoother ride.

Sprocket

The rear cog, normally a smaller toothed ring, which fits onto the rear wheel; also called a cog or cogwheel.

Chainset

The setup comprising the chainwheels, chain and rear sprocket.