Biking Expedition

What Is Biking Expedition

Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain. Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain (also referred to as “Enduro”), downhill, freeride and dirt jumping. However, the majority of mountain biking falls into the categories of Trail and Cross Country riding styles.

The sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. Advanced riders pursue both steep technical descents and high incline climbs. In the case of freeride, downhill, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers are performed off both natural features and specially constructed jumps and ramps.

Mountain bikers ride on off-road trails such as single track, back-country roads, fire roads, and often venture to ski resorts that stay open in the summer for such activities. Because riders are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-reliance in the sport. Riders learn to repair broken bikes and flat tires to avoid being stranded. Many riders carry a backpack, including water, food, tools for trail side repairs, and a first aid kit in case of injury. Group rides are common, especially on longer treks. Mountain bike orienteering adds the skill of map navigation to mountain biking.


Cross Country (XC)

Cross Country racing is the most popular mountain biking discipline and also the least extreme amongst the other forms. XC racing is also an Olympic discipline which involves competitors racing from point-to-point through defined trail sections in the fastest time possible. XC trails can range from open fire roads to winding narrow single-tracks that will test the rider’s endurance and technical handling skills.XC riders generally start on a hardtail (single suspension) and these XC bikes are built for climbing and quick-handling.

However, they are not as forgiving as a full-suspension (dual suspension) bike which provides better stability and control on technical descents. They are fitted with knobby tires for grip and the front suspension fork has travel length that varies from 80mm to 120mm. Travel is basically the amount of movement that the front suspension fork can absorb. Hence the longer the travel, the smoother your ride will be over bumps.


This discipline is designed for the advanced and extreme riders whose love for speed brings them blazing down the roughest single-track descents through rock gardens, massive drops and gnarly root sections. Downhill races are very intense and exciting to watch, with one rider racing down a defined downhill section, at any one time, in the fastest time possible.

Downhill riders will need an good sense of balance to navigate through the toughest terrains under high speeds. Downhill bikes usually have a slacker geometry, longer rear and front travels (and bigger rotors in the disc brakes for the added stability and control which the discipline demands. The front travel for downhill bikes is typically 200mm or 203mm (depending on which manufacturer you obtained them from). The bikes also sport fewer/smaller gears for added clearance over big obstacles. They are rugged and much heavier which makes them unsuited for uphill climbs. Full-face helmets are a must coupled with goggles to block out rock deflections and dirt from the eyes. It is recommended to wear additional body armour such as chest and back plates.


If you are looking for a more adventurous type of mountain bike riding, Enduro (also known as all-mountain) is the way to go. Enduro tracks are more technical than XC which involves bigger drops and jump sections to fuel your adrenaline thirst. Enduro competitions are staged races completed over a few days and involve steep climbs and timed descents.

Enduro riders generally choose full-suspension bikes with larger width tires, longer rear suspension travel and longer front suspension travel. For enduro, the bicycles have a longer front suspension travel that typically ranges from 140mm to 170mm. These bikes are burlier than XC bikes which will take larger drops more efficiently and basically anything that the rugged mountain throws at them. Full-face enduro helmets (similar to that of a motorcycle helmet) and body armour such as knee and chest protectors are a common fixture for Enduro riders.


Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.

Where We Can Make You Do This

  • Leh-Zanskar, Ladakh

  • Manali-Leh, Himachal Pradesh

  • Kangra valley, Himachal

  • Kumaon, Uttarakhand