Best Mountain Bikes Under £300

Top 10 Best Mountain Bikes Under £300 (January 2021)

Updated - January 1, 2021

In this article we’re going to try and find the best mountain bikes under £300. Despite the name, mountain bikes are actually designed to do any kind of biking you want – it’s just that manufacturers build them with certain specialities in mind. A mountain bike is a great investment and you don’t want to just pick the cheapest option. If you are seeking a better value then stick to basic designs and materials with standard 26-inch wheels. A basic core design can still measure up to some of the higher priced models in ability and durability.

The Best Mountain Bike Frames

You can’t overlook the frame element on a mountain bike under £300. The weight and usability of the MTB very much depend on this. Most of the best entry products are made of aluminium, which is a versatile framing material and comfortable to ride with. In mid-range mountain bike, you may get a mixture of carbon and aluminium. Often the best bikes have carbon with lower components, which is next to an alloy bike. You can go for an alloy bike with mid-range and upgrade the components later. The carbon frame bikes are lighter than the aluminium and tend to be stiffer earlier.

A few years back, carbon bikes had a reputation for being fragile, but the best modern carbon mountain bikes are much stronger and durable. When it comes to looking for the right speed bike, you have a few to choose from. Most standard mountain bikes come in 21-speed, 24-speed and 27-speed. We’d definitely recommend getting a mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes as v-type brakes aren’t so good in wet or muddy conditions.

What Type Of Mountain Bike Should You Get?

Using a mountain bike for city rides and occasional off-roading is a common choice for users. For this kind of use, having dual suspension with dual disc brakes are not a necessity. At the same time is someone is purchasing a mountain bike for serious off-roading activities having the features mentioned here becomes a necessity. This can mean a more expensive bike and will be purely down to your price point.

Hardtail Mountain Bikes Under £300

If you prefer biking on smoother trails, or enjoy taking on large hills to push your cardiovascular endurance. You’ll want to invest in a hardtail mountain bike. These single suspension bikes don’t have the shock absorption of full suspension bikes, but they’re the perfect fit for mountain biking on flatter terrain or shifting up steep slopes.

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes Under £300

Full suspension mountain bikes are must-haves for tackling tough trails, jumps, and obstacles that a hardtail can’t handle. They tend to be pricier than single suspension bikes, but having the full-suspension traction and stability for fearless, affordable mountain biking is a must if you’re serious about your off-road adventures.

Best Mountain Bikes Under £300 - Top 10
  1. BOSS Ice Mountain Bike - Fun, quirky and keeps the rider comfortable.
  2. Basis Harrier - The Harrier is a hardtail mountain bike with disc brakes for ultimate control. Its aluminium frame is tough, lightweight and strong, while the 21 speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to choose from.
  3. Flying Mountain Bike - Despite the misleading product title this mountain bike will keep you firmly on the ground unless you decide otherwise.
  4. LEONX X1 - An aesthetically pleasing mountain bike with some impressive equipment for the price. You don't often see internal cable management and disc brakes on a budget mountain bike.
  5. Barracuda Draco 3 - The Draco 3 is a true hardtail with wide gearing that'll get you up and down those hills and through those woods with ease.
  6. Barracuda Draco DS - This bicycle offers the perfect package to go exploring.
  7. Muddyfox Anarchy 400 - A solid budget bike with a hardtail design for a sturdy ride, and of course disc brakes for all your mountain bike adventures.
  8. Barracuda Draco 2 - A mountain bike designed for riders who want to be able to tackle any trail, but still have a bike that is reliable and dependable.
  9. Falcon Progress Mountain Bike - The Falcon Progress Mountain Bike is an extremely lightweight very eye catching mountain bike.
  10. BOSS Colt - The first thing that strikes you about the Boss Colt mountain bike is the vivid read colour all over the bike.

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BOSS Ice Mountain Bike

BOSS Ice Mountain Bike

  • ✔ Hi-tensile steel frame and front suspension forks
  • ✔ Front and rear mechanical disc-brakes
  • ✔ Front and rear mudguards
  • ✔ 750 lbs rear shock absorber
Fun, quirky and keeps the rider comfortable.

The Boss Ice White 26 inch mountain bike is set to tackle the elements and stand out in a crowd. The White Ice has a strong hi-tensile steel frame with a 750 lb rear shock absorber and front suspension fork to provide a responsive ride and take the bumps out of the terrain. Control is further enhanced courtesy of the front and rear Zoom branded mechanical disc brakes. The 3-finger alloy brake levers respond well to the touch for re-assuring feedback, whilst 160 mm wavy rotors disperse heat to extended the braking performance.

18 speed Shimano gearing is controlled by dual Shimano Revo shift shifters, for a natural and seamless gear change. 2.1″ wide sure-grip knobbly mountain bike tyres keep you moving in the right direction and are supported by lightweight and robust, double wall rims to provide a strong base for your ride. The rims are finished in gloss white with large boss decals. Style is an abundance, thanks to the clean satin white frame and gloss red components, for a truly premium look. A colour coded Boss MTB saddle is fitted with rail adjusters to allow front to back adjustment with a decent long seatpost for maximum height adjustment and the best possible fit. To complete the line-up, a sleek frame mounted front mud-guard and extended rear mudguard catches the crud thrown up whilst out on your ride and adds a cool aggressive edge to the design. If you are looking for an eye-catching bike with the spec to impress, then the Boss Ice White is the bike for you.

The BOSS Ice Mountain Bike is probably the most interesting looking mountain bike of 2019 (perhaps we should research that list next). The rear mudguard looking like some sort of funky tail over the cut out of the bikes frame. The orange and black design is very eye catching and the bike overall is very comfortable even when the suspension is in use.

The Boss Ice mountain bike is a fun looking bike, it reminds me of an off road motorbike with its rear mudguard and fun bike frame.

Talking about the bike frame, the Boss Ice mountain bike has a strong hi-tensile steel frame that comes in black. The frame is brightened up with orange decals to match the black and orange theme this bike has. The frame is quite chunky and also very curvy. Usually mountain bike frames are straight beams of steel however the Boss Ice mountain bike brings a new idea to the table.

The bike has a full suspension and dual mudguard system. The front fork is orange to match the vivid areas of the bike. I’m a big fan of the colour scheme and I’m glad to report that the bike rides as well as it looks, if not better. The Boss Ice mountain bike saddle is very comfortable and looks great with it’s black, white and orange design. The seat post is adjustable to cater for all heights. The Boss Ice bike’s handlebars are also adjustable and give access to the 18 speed Shimano gear system. The Boss Ice mountain bike also has a Shimano rear derailleur to help make the gear changes issues through the micro-shift rotational shifters as smooth as possible.

The brakes on the Boss Ice mountain bike are disc brakes, which is exceptional value considering the price of the bike. The bike has front and rear Zoom disc brakes for high performance braking. The brakes are very responsive and more than fit the requirements of this mountain bike.

The front and rear mudguards are a nice touch, avoiding spray from rain or mud depending on terrain. They might not catch everything but having them is going to mean less chance of ruining your clothes.

The Boss Ice mountain bike has 26″ wheels with bright orange rims, matching the rest of the bikes design. They are very eye catching and look nice when matched with the black tyres. The tyres on the Boss Ice mountain bike look like chunky road bike tyres so I’m pretty sure this bike would be fine on and off road.

Overall this bike is fun, quirky and keeps the rider comfortable whether its the smooth gear changes, suspension absorbing bumps or mudguard keep you clean it’s a great bike for the price.

Basis Harrier

Basis Harrier

  • ✔ Aluminium Frame
  • ✔ SR Suntour M3030 Alloy Crown Suspension Forks
  • ✔ 21 Speed Shimano Tourney RD-TY300 System
  • ✔ 160mm Tektro MD-M280 Mechanical Disc
The Harrier is a hardtail mountain bike with disc brakes for ultimate control. Its aluminium frame is tough, lightweight and strong, while the 21 speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to choose from.

The Harrier hardtail mountain bike is a sleek, fast, and tough bike that is great for all types of riders. It was designed for riders who value performance and toughness over weight and weight distribution. This bike features an aluminium frame with super strong Double-Butted tubes to ensure the Harrier rides like a hardtail mountain bike. It also has 21 speeds so you will have no problem climbing over obstacles or putting power down when you need it most. Other features of this mountain bike include disc brakes, strong wheels, and an alloy handle bar for increased control in the saddle.

It’s a strong, reliable, good value mountain bike. The aluminium frame and 21 speed drivetrain combine to make this bike both lightweight and strong. It features disc brakes at the front and rear for excellent braking performance in all weather conditions. The hardtail design offers maximum stability.

Meaning you’ll be able to tackle mountain trails with confidence. Conquering anything mother nature decides to throw at you.

Flying Mountain Bike

Flying Mountain Bike

  • ✔ Lightweight Aluminium Frame
  • ✔ 12 Speed Gear System
  • ✔ Shimano EF500 Break/Shifters
  • ✔ Much Like RedBull This Bike Does Not Give You Wings
Despite the misleading product title this mountain bike will keep you firmly on the ground unless you decide otherwise.
  • Strong lightweight aluminium alloy frame, frame size 17″ (46cm) = M, suitable for height 1,65 m – 1,80 m
  • 21-speed gears with shimano EF500 Brake/Shift handlebar-mounted control levers, Freewheel Shimano MF-TZ500-7 14T-28T, Front Derailleur Shimano FD-TZ50, Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-TY50. KMC chain. Prowheel crank.
  • Alloy disc brake, double wall alloy wider rim, quick release for the front wheels, 26″ x 1.95″,A/V good look tyre with extra puncture protection. Front suspension fork with lock, 80mm travel. Non-slip with grips pedals. Front and rear mudguard included, with kickstand. The inner tube is standard 26 * 1.95 with 60mm Schrader valve.
  • The bike is for normal use only, can not be used for competition, stunt riding and ramp jumping. All cycles are 85% assembled, it will require more assembly on pedals, stem bars, and front wheel. Adjusting front, rear brakes, and gears, as well as a general check over of all fixings on pre assembled parts. We strongly suggest that customers take the bike to a local bike shop for assistance, and is likely to incur extra cost to the purchaser.

The mountain bikes with 21 speeds contains the following features:

  • Strong alloy frame, frame size 17″ (46cm) = M, suitable for height 1,65 m – 1,80 m
  • 21-speed gears with shimano EF500 Brake/Shift handlebar-mounted control levers
  • Freewheel: Shimano MF-TZ500-7 and Shimano 14T-28T
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TZ50
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TY50
  • Double wall alloy wide rim with white and blue letters
  • 26″ x 1.95″,A/V good look tyre
  • Non-slip with grips pedals
  • Hardtail mountain bike, front suspension fork with lock
  • Alloy disc brakes
  • Comfort saddle
  • Kick stand
  • Front and back mudguards
LEONX X1

LEONX X1

  • ✔ Front And Rear Disc Brakes
  • ✔ 24 Speed Shimano Gearing System
  • ✔ Front Hydraulic Suspension Fork
  • ✔ Lightweight Aluminium Alloy Frame With Internal Cable Routing
An aesthetically pleasing mountain bike with some impressive equipment for the price. You don't often see internal cable management and disc brakes on a budget mountain bike.

The LEONX X1 is a very smart looking mountain bike. It has been kitted out with some very impressive components. Yet it remains massively affordable to most.

Let’s start with the bikes frame. It’s made from aluminium which keeps it nice and lightweight. It also benefits from internal cable management. By routing the cables through the frame tubes instead of along the outside of the frame they are more protected. The overall look of the frame is also improved due to the internal cable routing. The frame has some nice decals along it that match the design of the front fork and sports saddle.

The sports saddle is thin and streamlined. It has an Italian racing look and feel to it. It is comfortable and designed for long periods of use. The wheels are 27.5 inches in diameter and have chunky Kendra black tyres as standard.

The LEONX X1 is equipped with a 24 speed Shimano gearing system and performance disc brakes. Overall we’re really impressed by the layout of this bike. Some customers have noted that the bike needs some adjustments upon arrival. This is however very common and we recommend that all new bikes are checked over by someone who knows what they’re doing. If you’re not too sure then check with a local bike servicing facility.

A strong budget mountain bike that we feel would suit beginners or those looking for a new bike without breaking the bank. Take a look for yourself today.

Barracuda Draco 3

Barracuda Draco 3

  • ✔ Shimano EZ Fire 21 Speed Gearing System
  • ✔ Aluminium Frame
  • ✔ 27.5 Inch Zoom Suspension Fork
  • ✔ Powerful 160mm Disc Brakes
The Draco 3 is a true hardtail with wide gearing that'll get you up and down those hills and through those woods with ease.

 

The Draco 3 is a mountain bike built to prove itself in the most demanding conditions. Built for the trails, this enduro-inspired bike benefits from a hardtail design along with front and rear disc brakes for reliable stopping power no matter how challenging the terrain. The stable aluminium frame, disc brakes, and front suspension are all there to make sure you have a fun ride every time out. The Draco 3 is a tough, no-nonsense mountain bike that’s built to take a beating. The 21-speed drivetrain gives you the option to go with a rigid or suspension fork for a comfortable ride, and disc brakes offer ample stopping power. Its light 6 inch aluminium frame with front suspension and sealed bearing hubs are perfect for handling the rough stuff or simply cruising round the local trails.

Overall we’re very impressed by the Draco 3 mountain bike. The lightweight aluminium frame makes it robust and durable, perfect for beginners or those who want to get into mountain biking. Well worth considering if you’re interested in a hardtail model with a good suspension and powerful disc brakes.

Barracuda Draco DS

Barracuda Draco DS

  • ✔ Dual Suspension Mountain Bike
  • ✔ Front And Rear Disc Brakes
  • ✔ Lightweight Alloy Frame
  • ✔ Adjustable Suspension Set
This bicycle offers the perfect package to go exploring.

Introducing the Draco Dual DS27.5 MTB bicycle. This Dual suspension bicycle is the perfect choice for anyone looking to off-road and on the trails in style ! With its light weight alloy frame, front & rear suspension and new style 27.5 alloy wheels with MTB specific tyres, this bicycle offers the perfect package to go exploring.

Lite alloy fully active dual suspension frame and forks.

Large 27.5 inch wheel size for better performance off road.

Key features

  • Unisex mountain bikes.
  • 21 Shimano gear(s).
  • Shimano revoshift shifters.
  • Shimano TX35 rear derailleur.
  • Front disc and rear disc brakes.
  • Dual suspension.
  • ATB Kenda tyres.
  • Black alloy rims.
  • 9mm wheel nut size.
  • Alloy frame.
  • Suspension forks.
  • Adjustable seat.
  • Adjustable handlebars.
  • Minimal assembly.

Size and weight

  • Package dimensions: H76, W120, D20cm.
  • Assembled dimensions: H110, W175, D60cm.
  • 67inch full bike length.
  • 27 to 35 inch inside leg measurements.
  • 18 inch frame size.
  • 27.5 inch wheel size.
  • Weight fully assembled 16kg.
  • Package weight 18.5kg.
  • Maximum rider weight 100kg.

Draco dual DS27.5 MTB bicycle. This dual suspension bicycle is the perfect choice for anyone looking to off-road and on the trails in style ! with its light weight alloy frame, front & rear suspension and new style 27.5 alloy wheels with MTB specific tyres, this bicycle offers the perfect package to go exploring.

Muddyfox Anarchy 400

Muddyfox Anarchy 400

  • ✔ Alloy Hardtail Frame
  • ✔ Front Suspension Forks
  • ✔ 24 Speed Shimano Acera Gearing System
  • ✔ Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Shifters
A solid budget bike with a hardtail design for a sturdy ride, and of course disc brakes for all your mountain bike adventures.

The Anarchy 400 is the perfect bike for the new rider that wants to get into mountain biking and not break the bank. This bike was designed with a lightweight frame and components, all of which are durable and affordable. The Anarchy has disc brakes, which make it ideal for trails and pavement alike. If you’ve been looking for a great value 4-bike set up, look no further than this budget-friendly set up.

It’s built for the trail with a premium aluminium frame and reliable disc brakes. The 1x drivetrain and low stand over height of 31.7 inches make this bike easy to pedal up climbs or speed down descents. It’s made by a company that is dedicated to making great bikes at the lowest prices possible.

Overall we think this is a solid budget mountain bike. It has managed to be lightweight, tough, and cheap without falling apart. The quality of the parts used in the design is very good as well. It’s a very versatile bike that can handle anything from commuting to racing. If you’re looking for a cheap bike that doesn’t have to be pretty then this might be the one for you!

Barracuda Draco 2

Barracuda Draco 2

  • ✔ Strong Aluminium Frame
  • ✔ 21 Speed Shimano Gearing System
  • ✔ Front And Rear V Brakes
  • ✔ Comfortable Saddle
A mountain bike designed for riders who want to be able to tackle any trail, but still have a bike that is reliable and dependable.

In the second generation of Draco mountain bikes, Barracuda built on their proven technology and upgraded their mountain bike to a higher level. They designed the frame from the ground up, ensuring that this mountain bike is extremely durable, while featuring a super comfortable ride. It also comes with a hardtail suspension system for more control and stability at higher speeds (or just riding down the local trail).

The Draco 2 mountain bike is now even more powerful and durable than before and is packed with innovative features such as the front suspension, a hardtail design, and aluminium frame for strength and light weight. The high-performance suspension will help smooth out your ride in any direction to give you a comfortable ride that is dependable and reliable.

It’s a sturdy bike that will last you for years, with parts available or easy to replace. There’s no need to splash out on top-shelf components when you can get the same quality at a great price. A great improvement on an already phenomenal bike.

Falcon Progress Mountain Bike

Falcon Progress Mountain Bike

  • ✔ Lightweight 19" Alloy Frame
  • ✔ Straight Blade Fork
  • ✔ Front And Rear V Brakes
  • ✖ Doesn't Have An Active Suspension
The Falcon Progress Mountain Bike is an extremely lightweight very eye catching mountain bike.
  • Lightweight 19″ alloy frame with Straight blade fork for fast precise cornering
  • Front and rear alloy V-brakes with reach adjustable alloy brake levers
  • Cartridge type sealed headset and bottom bracket for long life
  • Shimano 18-speed gearing with Shimano revo shift gear shifters
  • Comfortable Falcon branded saddle with premium quality alloy micro adjust seat post
  • Tough but lightweight alloy wheels finished in black to match bar stem and seat post for a clean ultra modern look

Summer is everywhere on no better time in the year to go out for ride. You can go wherever on a bike the entertainment focus, the shop around the curve… you can even take it with you when you go outside. Bikes are essential to a considerable measure of outside activities. The Falcon Progress Unisex Mountain Bike is perfect for such activities and anything is possible from that point.

It comes partially assembled so will require front wheel, handlebars seat and pedals applying, general checks will be required on components such as wheels crank brakes etc to ensure all components are running effectively, it is a straightforward process however if unsure it may be best to get it assembled at a local cycle store

The bicycle is made by the Falcon company that specialises in mountain bikes and road bikes. Apart from that, the company has been in production since 1930 and over the years, it has learned to utilise its experience to create some of the best mountain bikes and hybrid bikes around. With this company, you can expect a great deal of research done to ensure that the bike you get is not only built well but that every part of it is high quality, so that you may get a great experience.

The Falcon Progress Mountain Bike is arranged with a nineteen inch lightweight, aluminium frame. With this, you can travel in any street, spaces and is fitting for untamed trails too. Moreover, it has a front and rear alloy v-brakes with adjustable brake levers that offers the rider adaptability and the opportunity to apply the brakes on either side when they ought to be stopped, as well as balance and reassurance.

It has 18 speed gearing with Shimano Revo shift gear shifters with its suspension forks-is great for smooth riding. This helps in enabling a good shift when you’re changing gears as it provides with the grip needed to keep you on balance. These features make it accommodate for the street and for doing errands in this bicycle. Besides that, this design comes in a sleek, modern style so as to make your bicycle physically appealing as well.

The Falcon Progress Mountain Bike is only 13.6 kgs making it extremely lightweight-as determined already, this is due to the aluminium frame. Because of this, the mountain bike is great for riding up hills as you will have less resistance to climbing. This bicycle comes into the class of bicycle made for individuals who like extraordinary sporting ambitions and value bicycling for not just diversion but also for a productive past time.

Customers will find this bike extremely satisfying as it is not only a great mountain bike but because it has all these additional features such as the front and rear alloy v-brakes for better communication between the rider and the brakes, so you can stop whenever you feel like. Not only this but it has a steel blade for more precise while cornering. Apart from that there is cartridge type sealed headset and bottom brackets for a longer life for your bike. Over all, it’s a great bike for its price and the customer review of these bikes have been great thus far.

 

Here are a few customer comments to help you decide if the Falcon Progress mountain bike is for you.

“It rides smooth thanks to the great looking ‘micro tread’ pattern tyres.’

“The Progress has a comfy seat and a nice wide reach handlebar.”

“I  wanted quality parts, decent gears & great styling. A tall order but all ticked off by this great bike from Falcon.”

 

BOSS Colt

BOSS Colt

  • ✔ Front and rear Zoom branded mechanical disc brakes
  • ✔ 18 Speed gearing with Shimano rear derailleur and rotational shifters
  • ✔ Off-road 2.1" wide MTB tyres with deep tread
  • ✔ Frame mounted front mud-guard
The first thing that strikes you about the Boss Colt mountain bike is the vivid read colour all over the bike.

The Boss Colt features the new improved wheel size of 27.5″ inches, and is set to tackle the elements and stand out from the crowd. The Colt has a strong hi-tensile steel frame and Zoom branded front suspension fork to provide a responsive ride and take the bumps out of the terrain. Control is further enhanced courtesy of the front and rear Zoom branded mechanical disc brakes.  The 3-finger alloy levers respond well to the touch for re-assuring feedback, whilst 160 mm stainless rotors disperse heat to extended the braking performance.

18 speed Shimano gearing is controlled by dual Shimano Revo shift shifters providing a natural and seamless gear change. 2.1″ wide sure-grip knobbly mountain bike tyres keep you moving in the right direction and are supported by lightweight and robust, double wall rims to provide a strong base for your ride. Style is an abundance, thanks to the matt black frame and oversized in your face graphics, for a truly premium look. The full colour MTB saddle is fitted with rail adjusters to allow front to back adjustment and a long 300 mm seat post with alloy clamp provides bags of height adjustment for the best possible fit. To complete the line-up, a sleek frame mounted front mud-guard catches the crud thrown up whilst out on your ride and adds a cool aggressive edge to the design. If you are looking for an eye-catching bike with the spec to impress, then the Boss Colt is the bike for you.

The front suspension mountain bike comes with a strong Hi-tensile steel frame that is primarily red, black with splashes of white. The red vibe doesn’t stop there, the Boss branded colour printed MTB saddle with a 300mm adjustable seat post also comes in the the red, black and white design. The adjustable saddle doesn’t just look the part either, it’s comfortable to sit on. The Boss Colt mountain bikes continues the eye catching colour scheme on the wheels as well.

Colour withstanding, there are plenty more things to talk about when we’re reviewing this bike, back to the frame. The Hi tensile steel frame is great however a little on the heavy side. If you’re looking for a lightweight racing bike then perhaps a road bike is more up your street but in the mountain bike genre 20kgs isn’t the end of the world. The suspension system is great and really impressive considering the price, it soaks up the bumps off road and allows for a smooth experience when riding on the road. Considering the suspension fork is Zoom branded you can rest assured it will continue to deliver.

Who’d have thought you could get disc brakes on a mountain bike as well priced as this one! Believe it or not you get Front and rear Zoom branded mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors. They are very responsive and exactly what you need to avoid a sticky situation.

The Boss Colt mountain bike comes with black pedals and a black guard for the hydraulic cables which by the way are also bright red.

The wheels on the Boss Colt off road bike are larger than your average mountain bike, they are 27.5 inch wheels. The bike also comes with off road 2.1 inch wide MTB tyres with a deep tread resulting in great traction even on uneven ground.

Overall this bike is a eye catching masterpiece with superb components, especially those disc brakes. Well worth considering for both the beginner and more advanced mountain bike enthusiast.

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