Mountain bikes are economical and efficient here's some reasons for that. Rather than go on about the various types of mountain bikes, reference the photo above for the rigid mountain bike design which typically weighs less than mountain bikes with suspension, cost less to maintain and service, easily install racks and fenders. "Relatively" light weight. If I wanted to throw my bike on a bus or transit train I wouldn't want it to be burdensome. Less weight lends to efficiency while riding, a heavy bike (without cargo) isn't all that much fun to push along or up a hill. A bicycle's weight contributes to handling, a lighter weight contributes to a more nimble bike, which creates confidence and performance. For the most part mountain bikes are designed to be durable, churn along through dirt, rocks, mud, water, pretty much anything a biking trail might offer. For this reason wheels and components are plenty reliable to meet the demands for bike commuting and requires less maintenance costs, ie wheel truing in particular.
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Looking for a simple, dependable low maintenance bike for commuting that meets most all bicycle commuting expectations consider a simple, easy to afford mountain bike, we enjoy ours.