Beginner’s Guide: 6 Useful Tips for New Mountain Bikers

Beginner’s Guide: 6 Useful Tips for New Mountain Bikers

Mountain biking is popular for people of all ages and skill levels. It is a great way to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and explore new places. In recent years, mountain biking has become even more popular thanks to the introduction of electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs).

E-MTBs make mountain biking more accessible to people of all fitness levels, and they can also help you to ride further and faster than you could on a traditional mountain bike. Himiway has two of the most popular e-MTBs on the market: the Himiway Cobra and Cobra Pro. These bikes are known for their powerful motors, long battery life, and durable construction.

If you are new to mountain biking or are considering getting an e-MTB, this guide is for you. 

Choosing the Right Himiway Mountain Bike

We offer a variety of mountain bikes to choose from, including the Cobra and Cobra Pro. These bikes are excellent choices for beginners, adults, and kids alike.

Features and Benefits of Himiway Cobra & Cobra Pro Bikes

The Himiway Cobra and Cobra Pro are electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs), which means they have a motor that can help you pedal. This makes them an excellent choice for riders of all fitness levels, as the motor can help you to climb hills and ride further distances than you could on a traditional mountain bike. 

The Himiway Cobra and Cobra Pro are excellent electric mountain bikes suitable for riders of all skill levels. The Cobra is great for beginners and budget-minded riders, while the Cobra Pro is great for experienced riders and riders who want the best. Both bikes also feature several other features that make them ideal for mountain biking, including:

Himiway Cobra

Himiway Cobra Pro

Motor 750W Geared Hub Motor 1000W Bafang Mid-drive Motor
Battery 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG lithium battery 48V 20Ah Samsung/LG lithium battery
Range 80 Miles per Charge 80 Miles per Charge

Top Speed

Max 25 mph Max 31 mph
Frame 6061 aluminum frame 6061 aluminum frame
Brakes Tektro 180mm hydraulic brakes Tektro 180mm hydraulic brakes
Gears Shimano 7 speed gear shift system Shimano 10 speed gear shift system
Tires 26*4.8 Super Fat Tire 26*4.8 Super Fat Tire
Weight 88 lb. 88 lb.

    Suitability of Himiway Cobra & Cobra Pro Bikes for Beginners, Adults, and Kids

    The Himiway e-bikes are equipped with several features and are suitable for beginners, adults, and kids. Some features that make them easy to ride include:

    Pedal assist: The pedal assist system helps you pedal, making riding uphill and on long rides easier.
    Throttle: The throttle allows you to ride the bike without pedaling, which is great for short bursts of speed or climbing steep hills.
    Multiple gears: The bikes have multiple gears, which allows you to adjust the resistance depending on the terrain you are riding on.

      Advantages of Electric Mountain Bikes for Beginners

      Electric mountain bikes offer several advantages for beginners, including:

      Easy riding: 

      Electric mountain bikes are easier than traditional ones, thanks to the pedal assist system and throttle. It makes them an excellent choice for beginners who have yet to get used to riding mountain bikes.

      More fun: 

      Electric mountain bikes allow you to ride further and faster than you could on a traditional mountain bike. This is more fun to ride, especially for beginners just starting.

      More confidence: 

      Electric mountain bikes can help you build confidence on the trail due to the powerful motor that can help you climb hills and tackle challenging terrain. Typically, it beats the abilities of traditional mountain bikes.

      Bike Setup

      Himiway bikes come equipped with adjustable saddles, allowing you to fine-tune the bike's saddle height and position to achieve the perfect fit. This feature is about comfort and helps you pedal more efficiently.

      Step-by-Step Saddle Height Adjustment

      To adjust the saddle height on your Himiway bike, follow these simple steps:

      Loosen the Seat Clamp: Use a wrench or Allen key to loosen the seat clamp. This clamp holds the saddle in place and needs to be loosened before you can adjust it.
      Slide the Saddle: Carefully slide the saddle up or down the seat post until it reaches your desired height. Make sure that it's level and aligned with your bike frame.
      Tighten the Seat Clamp: Once you've found the ideal height, firmly tighten the seat clamp to secure the saddle in its new position. Sit on the bike with your feet on the pedals to determine the correct saddle height. Your leg should be almost fully extended, with your heel touching the pedal when it's in its lowest position. 

        Setting The Tire Pressure To Ensure A Smooth And Controlled Ride 

        E-bikes are heavier than traditional bikes, so they need accurate tire pressure to support the weight and roll efficiently. Underinflated tires will cause the bike to be sluggish and difficult to pedal. Overinflated tires can bounce and lose traction, which can be dangerous, especially on slippery surfaces or rough terrain. Proper tire inflation will help to improve traction and control.

        The suitable tire pressure ranges are as follows:

        Paved Roads: 30-50 PSI
        Gravel Roads: 20-35 PSI
        Dirt Trails: 15-25 PSI
        Sand or Snow: 10-20 PSI

          Importance of Proper Tire Inflation

          Proper tire inflation is necessary for maintaining traction and maneuverability. Overinflated tires can cause bouncing, leading to reduced traction, while underinflated tires can make the bike sluggish and challenging to control. 

          E-bikes with properly inflated tires will roll more quickly and efficiently, resulting in better performance and range. Properly inflated tires improve traction and control, making riding the e-bike in all conditions safer. Underinflated tires are more likely to develop flats, especially when riding on rough terrain.

          Also, properly inflated tires last longer than underinflated tires. They absorb bumps and vibrations better, resulting in a smoother and more comfortable ride. This improves the handling of the e-bike, making it easier to maneuver and control.

          Underinflated tires can stress the e-bike's components, such as the wheels, suspension, and drivetrain. This can lead to premature wear and tear. Underinflated tires can also make a loud humming noise as they roll. Properly inflated tires are quieter and more pleasant to ride.

          Understanding And Optimizing The Bike's Suspension Settings 

          Himiway mountain bikes often come equipped with front suspension forks and rear shock absorbers, which offer several benefits. These components help absorb shocks, bumps, and vibrations from the road or trail, making your ride more comfortable and controlled. Additionally, they enhance traction and maneuverability, especially on rough terrain.

          Adjusting Suspension Settings

          To maximize your bike's suspension system, you should adjust the settings according to your weight and the terrain you intend to ride on. Heavier riders or those navigating rugged landscapes may want to increase suspension stiffness, while lighter riders or those on smoother surfaces can decrease it. 

          Basic Bike Maintenance Tips for Longevity

          Keeping your e-bike in optimal condition requires regular maintenance. Focus on cleaning, lubricating, and inspecting key components such as:

          · Chain
          · Gears
          · Brakes
          · Tires
          · Suspension
          · Screws and Bolts

            Attending to these components routinely will help extend the lifespan of your bike and prevent potential issues from arising.

            Importance of Brake Checks and Drivetrain Maintenance

            Regular brake checks are important for safety, ensuring your brakes function correctly. The drivetrain, including the chain and gears, should also be cleaned and lubricated regularly to prevent wear and maintain smooth gear shifts. 

            Riding Tips

            Good body positioning will help you to maintain control of the bike and pedal efficiently. Good balance will help you to stay upright on rough terrain and avoid falling. Proper weight distribution allows you to climb hills, descend safely, and corner effectively.

            Here are some tips for cornering, braking, and descending safely and confidently:

            · To corner safely, slow down before the corner and enter at a controlled speed. Look through the corner and anticipate the exit. Lean the bike into the corner and shift your weight to the outside pedal.
            · To brake safely, use both brakes evenly. Avoid grabbing the brakes too hard, which can cause the wheels to lock up and skid.
            · Keep your weight centered over the bike to descend safely and your knees slightly bent. Avoid braking too hard, which can cause the bike to lose traction.

              Gradually Increasing Riding Distances And Difficulty Levels

              New mountain bikers should start with shorter and easier trails. This will help you to develop your skills and confidence gradually. As you become more experienced, you can gradually progress to longer, more challenging trails. Before progressing to longer and more challenging rides, new mountain bikers should consider the following:

              · Start with trails near home so you can easily return if you get tired or encounter unexpected difficulties.
              · Ride with a more experienced mountain biker who can help you learn the trail and navigate any technical sections.
              · Be prepared to take breaks and turn back if you feel uncomfortable.

                Fueling the ride with proper nutrition and hydration

                Mountain biking is a demanding activity that can burn a lot of calories. It is essential to stay hydrated to avoid dehydration and muscle cramps. It is also important to fuel the body with proper nutrition to maintain energy levels and performance. Here are some tips for pre-ride and on-the-ride nutrition and hydration:

                1. Eat a light meal or snack high in carbohydrates, low fat, and protein.
                2. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your ride.
                3. Avoid sugary drinks, as they can lead to dehydration.
                4. Carry snacks with you on your ride, such as energy bars, gels, or trail mix.

                  Learning and improving trail-reading skills

                  Trail-reading skills are essential for mountain biking. Trail-reading skills allow you to see and anticipate upcoming obstacles and terrain changes. This helps you to make informed decisions about your riding line and speed. To improve your trail-reading skills, focus on the following:

                  1. Look ahead and scan the trail for obstacles and terrain changes.
                  2. Pay attention to the color and texture of the trail surface.
                  3. Be aware of the surrounding vegetation and other natural features.
                  4. Use your peripheral vision to monitor the trail ahead.

                    Getting Faster

                    Interval training is a type of exercise that involves alternating between periods of high-intensity effort and periods of low-intensity recovery. Interval training is an effective way to build speed and endurance, as it pushes your body to adapt to the demands of high-intensity exercise.

                    Here are some examples of skill-specific drills for improving cornering, climbing, and descending:

                    Cornering drills: 

                    · Cone drills: Set up a series of cones in a zigzag pattern and practice riding through them at different speeds.
                    · Figure eight drills: Ride a figure eight pattern around two cones, focusing on keeping your speed and line consistent.
                    · Berm drills: Practice riding on berms (raised corners) at different speeds and angles.

                      Climbing drills: 

                      · Seated climbing: Climb a hill moderately while seated in the saddle.
                      · Standing climbing: Climb a hill moderately while standing on the pedals.
                      · Cadence drills: Climb a hill at different cadences (pedaling rates) to find your most efficient cadence.

                        Descending drills: 

                        · Body position drills: Practice descending with your weight centered over the bike and your knees slightly bent.
                        · Braking drills: Practice braking in different scenarios, such as on steep slopes and technical sections.
                        · Line choice drills: Practice riding down different lines on a trail to find the fastest and most efficient line.

                          Tracking ride data and monitoring improvement over time is important for staying motivated and focused on your goals. It can also help you to identify areas where you need to improve.

                          You can track your ride data using various methods, such as a GPS watch or cycling computer. Some of the data that you may want to track include:

                          Distance/ Time/ Speed/ Elevation gain/ Cadence/ Heart rate

                            When setting goals, it is better to be realistic. Setting too difficult to achieve goals can lead to frustration and discouragement. Instead, set smaller, more achievable goals you can build on over time.


                            If you are looking for a mountain bike that is easy to ride, fun to ride, and can help you build confidence, then a Himiway e-MTB is a great choice. The Cobra and Cobra Pro are excellent options for beginners, adults, and kids alike.

                            If you are a beginner, then the Cobra is a great choice. It is an affordable bike that is easy to ride and has a long battery life. The Cobra Pro is an excellent option if you are an experienced rider or have a larger budget. It has a more powerful motor, a longer battery life, and more durable components.

                            No matter which Himiway mountain bike you choose, you will have a great riding experience. These bikes are built to last, and they are designed to help you enjoy the sport of mountain biking.