MTB trekking is like trekking on foot except it is on a bike, and it is no doubt the most popular form of MTBing.
It is a matter of cycling along various sorts of paths with a varying degree of athleticism. There are a large number of permanent waymarked circuits for trekking, as well as one-off events organised by clubs and associations.
The bikes used need to be comfortable, reliable, and versatile.
MTB trekking is a popular sport. The Fédération française de cyclisme has special waymarked trekking itineraries of varying degrees of difficulty with something for everyone.
Even for trekking it is recommended that you wear a helmet and that you plan your route in advance, preferably with a topographic map whenever you go out on your own or off the waymarked circuits.
Local clubs organise special outings for keen MTBers for which they prepare and waymark the course.
In general they offer several distances so as to enable everyone to take part – families and occasional MTBers on courses without any technical difficulties or steep slopes, with additional loops taking in the more interesting difficulties in the area for the more advanced participants.
The equipment used for trekking ranges from the most basic bike to the best "All Mountain” bikes. The choice depends upon your budget, the course, and what you’re looking for (some people are keen on interacting with the terrain and opt for light cross-country bikes without any rear suspension, where as others are more interested in the comfort and ease offered by rear suspension, even if this makes the bike heavier and less responsive).