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Do Mountain Bikes Have Kickstands?

a kickstand on a mountain bike

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Kickstands are common on many types of bikes, most of which are meant for casual riding.  I get the question quite often of whether mountain bikes have kickstands.

No, most mountain bikes do not have kickstands because their frame design doesn’t allow it to have one. However, there are some models that do have them.

Why Don’t Mountain Bikes Have Kickstands?

Some people believe that it has to do with weight distribution. Others say it’s because they are difficult to install. But what does the design of mountain bikes have to do with kickstands anyway?

Kickstands are primarily found on bicycles that are designed for commuting or casual cycling. The frame size and geometry of a mountain bike was never intended for long-distance rides, so there never seemed to be a need for one.

Mountain bikes like cross country bikes are also being used for jumps and such on a regular basis, and a metal rod that is the kickstand could become a danger to the rider and actually be the reason for an injury.

Beyond that, the added weight from a kickstand being on a mountain bike can make a big difference on the more advanced bikes that are lightweight.  On bikes like these, most mountain bikers don’t want a bike kickstand.

This is because the bike will only be able to balance on it’s own without any help, or lean on any nearby surfaces if needed.

There are also portable bike kickstands that can be used on any bike to stop it from tipping over when parked.

How to Fully Lay Down a Mountain Bike On The Ground and Not Damage It

The most important thing is to not lay the bike down on the chain and deraileur. The gears are really sensitive and can get thrown out of alignment very easily.

How to Lean a Mountain Bike Without Damaging It

A mountain bike is a type of bicycle that is built tough and meant to withstand the punishment of off-road riding. The best way to learn how to lean a mountain bike without damaging it is the constant practice.

There are some very good ways and not so good ways to lean a mountain bike without damaging it. The first and most important step is to understand what type of leaning motion will work for you. Some people prefer using their hands as they lean the bike, while others use their arms or elbows as they lean forward or backward on the bike, depending on which direction they’re going. It’s also important to understand how much power you need when leaning – do you need an amount that’s more than just your weight?

The best way is to lean your bike against a wall or post with contact on the frame or the seat. Make sure the chain and gear components are not taking the weight of the bike.

Is It OK To Add A Kickstand To A Mountain Bike?

If you want to add a kickstand to your mountain bike, there are two main types of kickstands.

You can get a fixed one that will stay in one position and is used for parking the bike in an upright position.

The other type is a folding or retractable kickstand that can be packed up and stored away when not in use.  A bike stand like this is very handy when storing the bike at home (and especially when working on it) but may not be the most convenient when out and around.

Make sure the kickstand is the right length so your bike can lean at the right angle without falling over. Also make sure it’s not sticking out when retracted and gets in the way of biking.

About the Author

Tony K

Senior Technical Writer,

Tony K is a technical editor at He has a focus on downhill bike riding but still loves xc bikes too.

With more than ten years of mountain biking experience and more than 5 years testing mountain bikes, Tony has ridden and tested hundreds of different bikes and products, everything from XC to enduro bikes. Tony regularly competes in mountain bike races while seeing how long those compontents can hold up which gives me a lot of insight.

When he isn't shredding down a mountain or camping out, he is writing reviews for Mountain Bike Experience.

Rides: Surly Lowside, Canyon Exceed