If you’ve got a £1,000 to spend on a new mountain bike (lucky you) then you’re in a good position, there’s a lot of choice available at this price range.
To show you what you can expect to get for your money, we’ve picked four mountain bikes that will provide a great experience for mountain bikers of any ability level whether you’re buying your first bike, or upgrading.
At this price range, hardtails offer the best value for money. You typically can expect a lightweight aluminium frame, high-quality suspension fork, hydraulic disc brakes and decent Shimano equipment.
It is possible to get a full-suspension bike, but unless you really have your heart set on a bouncer, you’re going to get more for your money going down the hardtail route. Cheap full-suspension bikes often compromise on parts to keep the price low.
This excellent looking hardtail from Jamis is currently discounted down from £975 to £731, making it a bit of a bargain. It combines an aluminium frame with 27.5in wheels, with triple butted tubes to save weight and a RockShox Recon fork with 100mm of air damped travel. A Shimano Deore drivetrain and Ritchey bars and stem are decent quality kit for the money.
There’s a trend in mountain biking at the moment for really wide tyres, and the new Charge Cooker features WTB 2.8” tyres. The benefit is increased traction and stability, which transforms a hardtail into a really good fun trail riding bike. Charge gives you a Suntour Raidon suspension fork with Shimano SLX gearing and tubeless rims and tyres.
The Calibre Bossnut from Go Outdoors blows the idea that you can’t get a good cheap full-suspension bike clean out of the water. It’s a cracking looking bike and according to some of the reviews we’ve read, it rides pretty darn well too.
So here’s another full-suspension mountain bike that just sneaks in under the thousand pound mark. It’s the company’s most affordable full-susser, and the single pivot suspension system provides 120mm of rear wheel travel, matched by a RockShox Gold Solo fork up front. The high-quality aluminium frame is well appointed with Shimano hydraulic discs and a triple chainset.
Okay so it’s just over £1,000, but this Canyon offers such excellent value for money that we can’t help but include it. We’re sure you could find another £99 to fund this bike. What reason have we felt compelled to show you this bike? The aluminium frame is wrapped with some really good equipment, such as the Shimano Deore XT/SLX drivetrain and RockShox Reba RL fork. That’s kit you don’t usually see on bikes in this price range. What it all means is lighter weight – the bike weighs a claimed 10.9kg – and better performance.