Cycling and mountain biking are similar in that you need similar gear. That’s it. When cycling, endurance and speed matter. When mountain biking (MTB), stamina and strength helps. MTB is rated similarly to snowboarding, where there are green, blue, and black trails depending on the level of difficulty or challenge. Beginner trails tend to go up and down. Advanced trails tend to run you off of ramps and cliffs.
Synthetic, wicking baselayer (1 if you run hot, 2 if you run cold). Baselayers are the tops closest to your skin.
Synthetic, wicking baselayer
Anything comfortable. In road cycling, your feet are critical inputs for the pedals. But in mountain biking, your feet can play critical role in helping you stop, turn, and brace. So, the more stable your footwear, the better.
Although it is tricky to find a rental shop near a trail, it's possible. Rentals can go from $40 to $100 and not all rentals are beaters. Sometimes they're samples of high-end bikes. But if you're going to invest in a bike, here's what to keep in mind: Everything is separate, from frame, to brakes, to tires, to suspension to saddle. And you get what you pay for. Expect to spend no less than $2,000 for a good ride. And it goes up from there. When it comes to bikes, wheel diameter, height, frame, and weight are important. Then, brakes and suspension. Invest wisely.
Knee and elbow pads
Butt pads (optional)