City Bike Vs Mountain Bike. Hybrid or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike, while being almost as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike. Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement.
Mountain bikes are expected to take on a wide variety of conditions on the trail. Mountain bikes usually feature flat handlebars, which place the rider in an upright position for balance and control. Mountain bikes lean the rider into a forward tilt that places the rider's torso over the pedals for more power, better handling and the ability to climb steep hills.
If you want to hit a national park dirt trail, a cruiser is a better bike for the job than a beach cruiser.
However if you put the mountain bike on the same Touraine (i.e., a smooth paved trail) the difference in speeds between MTB and road bike should be closer.
Trail, all-mountain and enduro have bled into each other like music genres. Si and Matt challenge one another to see which is fastest, a road bike or a mountain bike in a route from A-B. Mountain bikes usually feature flat handlebars, which place the rider in an upright position for balance and control.