The comparison between mountain bikes and regular road bikes have been made, and while the comparison is fair to some extent, the important thing that you need to understand here is that mountain bikes are actually a lot more advanced in tech as compared to the standard bikes.
With that said, one can also not deny the fact that mountain bikes have managed to influence both the design and tech on your standard road bikes, and for the good way. As a matter of fact, when you look at both bikes, you start noticing that a lot of the finer elements of mountain bikes have trickled down into the road bikes as well.
The list of influence and changes is rather long, however, we are going to keep things to the point, and only discuss the main changes that are now available in road bikes; know that these changes were previously introduced in the mountain bikes. So, with that said, let’s look at some of the design and technology changes, shall we?
Perhaps one of the biggest changes that the road bikes have taken from the mountain bikes is the design. I know it might be a bit hard to understand for you, but just go back to 1990, and take a look at the different number of bikes available during that time, you will notice how they drastically different from one and the other. However, with mountain bikes reaching the mainstream, we are now seeing all bikes following a very compact approach.
If you are someone who has used mountain bikes for some time, it is safe to say that you are familiar with the change that mountain bikes went through when it comes to brakes. There have been several types of brake like the v brakes, as well as U brakes, however, it all came at a halt with the introduction of disc brakes. These brakes were far superior than anything we saw before, and actually ending up increasing the popularity so much that they were finally introduced in road bikes as well.
Not many people know but back in the old days, the tires on the road bikes used to be wider because the roads were on the rough side. However, as the condition of the roads started to improve, the tires did too to a point that they became narrower than they used to be. This change was seen through the road bikes, because the wider tires were still being used for mountain bikes for obvious reasons. However, this has changed now; the roads have started to deteriorate once again, and this means that the tires are becoming wider now.
There is nothing wrong with wider tires though, as a matter of fact, I have heard several experts tell me how wider tires are a lot more durable as compared to tires that are narrow, and in addition to that, they are also great for different terrains.