Road bikes are designed to be light and fast. They offer smooth, efficient riding on smooth surfaces and are equipped with drop down handlebars to give riders various hand positions for longer rides. This is a broad category of bikes and which category you choose depends on what type of riding you want to do.
Designed to handle anything, mountain bikes will help take you anywhere from mountain trail, dirt roads, and even through the snow. They come in various wheel sizes and have tires designed to give you traction in a variety of conditions. Suspension is key for mountain bikes, minimizing the impact that you feel when riding over rocks and roots. Front suspension bikes (aka Hardtails) are light, nimble and easy to maintain. Full Suspension bikes have suspension in the front and rear to allow you to tackle more technical terrain with confidence.