Top 10 Best Mountain Bikes On The Market (August 2020)
In this article we’re going to try and find the best mountain bikes. 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. 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
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
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.
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
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.
BOSS Venom Mountain Bike
- ✔ Strong Hi-tensile steel frame and front suspension forks
- ✔ Twist-grip shifters
- ✔ Front and rear V brakes operated by alloy brake levers
- ✔ 750 lbs rear shock absorber
The vivid red everywhere really does catch the eye of passers by, the red wheel rims especially.
The Superb value Boss Venom joins the ever growing Boss full suspension range with fresh styling and graphics, it is equipped with 21 speed shimano gears, micro-shift shifters and powerful v brakes, the 26 x 1.95 tyres with a deep knobbly tread offer great traction upon any terrain and are fitted to tough deep section alloy rims with machined brake surfaces for smooth, powerful braking performance.
The bike frame that comes with the Boss Venom is made of strong hi-tensile steel, considering it’s a full suspension mountain bike the frame is relatively small. I’ve seen many full suspension bikes that have bike frames that are twice as thick in some areas. This bike offers a refreshing change of pace with its minimal, almost thin design. The Boss Venom mountain bike’s frame is black and is covered in several decals ranging from the brand ‘BOSS’, the model ‘Venom’ through to red, sliver and white shapes to give the design of the bike some depth. I must admit it looks great and reminds me of retro sports car, in that there are more lines and corners than curves.
The bike has a Boss branded saddle, it’s quite nicely presented and is reasonably comfortable, I usually have problems with ‘off the production line’ saddles but this one seems good enough to keep long term. The saddle is adjustable so you’ll be able to set your perfect height.
The Boss Venom mountain bike’s handlebars are black to match the frame. They are equipped with micro-shift rotational shifters and black alloy brake levers. Overall the handlebars are exceptionally comfortable and I’d go as far to say they’re the comfiest I’ve tested in the Boss Venom mountain bike’s price range. The shifters link up with an 18 speed Shimano gearing system that is supported with a Shimano rear derailleur to make shifting gears even smoother.
The brakes used on the Boss Venom mountain bike are v-type brakes. They are very responsive and with the right configuration more than match the need for responsive braking while maintaining control of the bike.
The Boss Venom mountain bike’s dual suspension is incredibly effective, the bike performed excellently off road and the rider was protected by most bumps and knocks. I’m a big fan of dual suspension bikes and this one really does excel. Want more opinions, check out the link below for more customers opinions.
Flite Men's Phaser Mountain Bike
- ✔ Full Suspension (Front Fork And Adjustable Rear Unit)
- ✔ 18 Speed Shimano Indexed Gears
- ✔ 26" Black Alloy Rims
- ✔ Powerful Mechanical Disc Brakes Front And Rear
Access all areas with the Flite Phaser full suspension 26 inch mountain bike. This go anywhere dual-suspension bike will take you everywhere you wish. The front suspension fork and fully adjustable rear shock unit take the rough ground and make it smooth. 18-speed indexed gearing make hills feel smaller. With powerful dual mechanical disc brakes, stopping power isn’t and issue. Together this combination provides everything you could wish for in a MTB bike. With front and rear mudguards to protect you from spray and dirt.
Front and rear suspension smoothes out the lumps and bumps.
Powerful stopping power provided by front and rear 160mm disc brakes.
- Men’s mountain bikes.
- 18 Twist grip gear(s).
- microSHIFT Shifters shifters.
- Shimano TX-31 rear derailleur.
- Front disc and rear disc brakes.
- Dual suspension.
- Mountain bike style Kenda tyres.
- Black alloy rims.
- 9mm wheel nut size.
- Steel frame.
- Suspension forks.
- Reflectors included.
- Adjustable seat.
- Adjustable handlebars.
- Minimal assembly.
Another terrific bargain from Flite. We really have been impressed by the offerings they have in the ‘low budget’ and ‘beginner’ mountain bike categories. This men’s bike looks very similar to the women’s model. It has a full suspension which is terrific for this sort of price. Big chunky Kenda tyres with black alloy rims look really nice and finish the all black design bike. You can’t say you’re not getting a good deal here.
Flite Women's Taser Mountain Bike
- ✔ Full Suspension (Front Fork Suspension And Adjustable Rear Shock Unit)
- ✔ 18 Speed Shimano Gear System
- ✔ Silver Alloy Rims
- ✔ V Brakes Front And Rear
Introducing the Flite Taser 2 ladies MTB bicycle. This Dual suspension bicycle is the perfect choice for anyone looking to off-road and on the trails! With its sturdy steel frame, front & rear suspension and 26 alloy wheels with MTB specific tyres, this bicycle offers the perfect full package and looks the part with its striking black & pink colour scheme! All this at a price which represents brilliant value for money.
Fully active dual suspension frame and forks providing a smooth ride.
Front and rear v brakes with shimano rotational shifters.
- Women’s mountain bikes.
- Shimano shifters.
- Shimano TX35 rear derailleur.
- Front V-type and rear V-type brakes.
- Dual suspension.
- Mountain bike style Kenda tyres.
- Alloy rims.
- 9mm wheel nut size.
- Steel frame.
- Steel forks.
- Adjustable seat.
- Adjustable handlebars.
- Minimal assembly.
This bike has lots of features, which is surprising as it’s priced in a range that is filled with beginner bikes. We still feel this fits the beginners category but it’s right at the top with the very best beginner mountain bikes for the price. The colour scheme works really well and has a rough and ready feel to it. Very nice bike, beautifully finished, we think it’s a top pick. What do you think?
SAVA DECK300 Mountain Bike
- ✔ Toray T800 Carbon Fibre Mountain Bike Frame
- ✔ Shimano M610 Deore Derailleur System
- ✔ Shimano M315 Disc Brakes
- ✔ Front Fork Suspension For Added Comfort
Sava Deck 300 Carbon Fibre Mountain bike
Product Model: 27.5 inches/29 inches Deck 300
Wheel size: 27.5 inches/29 inches
Image size: 19 inches/17 inches
Colours: Red, Black, Green (27.5 inches)/Grey, White, Yellow (29 inches)
Length: 27.5 inches 168-178 cm/29 inches 178-188cm
Package size: 1370 x 220 x 750 (27.5 inches)/1410 x 220 x 750cm (29 inches)
Material: Toray T800 carbon fibre
Frame: Sava Carbon Fibre Frame.
Fork: SR Suntour hydraulic suspension fork 27.5 inches/29 inches
Fork Travel: 100mm
Arch: bend, W 680mm x 31.8mm (27.5 inches)/W 720 x 31.8 (29 inches)
Headset: 28.6 x 41.8 x 52 x 30mm
Upper: 90mm x 31.8mm
Saddle: leather with memory foam
Saddle Size: 31.6mm x 350mm
This mountain bike has been well received by previous customers. We’re very impressed by the products that are being made by SAVA. We’ve yet to come across a poor one. One thing that hasn’t been documented but is quite common with SAVA bikes is that it doesn’t come with pedals. This isn’t much a big deal because many bikes that come with pedals have cheap plastic ones that should be replaced anyway. The colour combination on this bike is beautiful and the front suspension fork will keep you bouncing along rather than off the bike.
With SAVA products you get what you pay for. They may offer some of the expensive of the mountain bikes we recommend but they come with the premium design, components and ride that you’d expect from this professional company.
Give the DECK300 a chance and we’re sure you’ll be happy you did.
Flying Mountain Bike
- ✔ Lightweight Aluminium Frame
- ✔ 12 Speed Gear System
- ✔ Shimano EF500 Break/Shifters
- ✔ Much Like RedBull This Bike Does Not Give You Wings
- 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
Arden Trail Mountain Bike
- ✔ Hi-Tensile steel frame and forks
- ✔ Rear Shimano derailleur for improved shifting
- ✔ Lightweight alloy rims
- ✔ Easy to use twist grip gear levers
When we saw the price of the Arden Trail Mountain Bike we thought it was a mistake, however assurances were given that this bike is aimed at the budget market and the price is correct. The bike is no thrills however for the price it’s nothing less than you’d expect. We’ve seen some previous buyers suggest getting a service done just to be sure the setup is correct. Even if you decided to upgrade the seat, pedals and tyres this bike would still come out far cheaper than some of the podium position options mentioned above. If budget is your priority then this bike is well worth a look.
The Arden Trail mountain bike has a classic road bike look about it. It’s simple, sleek design is complemented by it’s vivid red fork. The bulk of the bikes frame is black, matching the saddle, handlebars, gear system and pedals. Honestly I don’t think you can go wrong with black, it looks professional and will allow reflective plates to be as visible as possible throughout the day and night.
The bikes frame is made of hi-tensile steel, it’s strong enough to take a beating off road yet as mentioned above has a minimal, classic look to it. The handlebars are straight and quite comfortable, the bike even comes with a bell for those of you planning on politely passing pedestrians. The handlebars are equipped with easy to use twist grip gear levers as well as standard brake levers. The gear system of choice on the Arden Trail mountain bike is a 21 speed Shimano one. This is enhanced with a rear Shimano dereailleur system for improved shifting.
The brakes used on the Arden Trail mountain bike are v-type brakes at the front and rear, they’re powerful brakes and more than fit the bill when it comes to stopping the bike quickly and safely. It’s difficult to tell without testing the bike over several months but the pads seem pretty good on the brakes so no concerns there.
The mountain bike comes with lightweight alloy wheels and an ‘in the middle’ tyre, the tread is good enough for off road cycling but still quite suitable for long journeys on smoother surfaces. The main concern with this bike is simply the fact it doesn’t have a suspension system like many other mountain bikes do, however the tyres do dampen a lot of the impact while off road so it’s not really an issue unless you’re giving the bike a real beating.
This bike is very well received online and has a large amount of reviews, feel free to check the price via the button on this page for more information.
Lombardo Sestriere Mountain Bike
- ✔ Stunningly Simplistic Yet Spectacular Colour Scheme
- ✔ Lightweight 6061 Alloy Frame
- ✔ Shimano M310 Mechanical Disc Brakes
- ✔ 95% Assembled Upon Delivery
- 21” Lightweight 6061 Alloy Frame with integrated head-set
- 24-speed Shimano Acera Gears with M310 STI Shifters
- Suntour XCT-V3 Fork (80 mm travel)
- Shimano M310 Mechanical Disc-Brakes
- Very easily assembly 95% already built up!
- Padded Sports Saddle with 300mm Alloy Seat Post
- Flat Bars with A-Head Alloy Stem
- Suitable for Inside Leg Measurement 30″-35″ (76cm-89cm)
- Suitable for Ages 12+ Years
We love this bike. It looks like it has been designed by someone who designed F1 racing cars. From its beautiful black and white saddle through the exquisitely designed frame which in itself is perfect, the handlebars compliment the rest of this beautiful bike. The front white fork, all black tyres and chrome suspension look exceptional with the vinyl prints finishing the simplistic Italian bike off perfectly.
And all this for a fraction of the price we first guessed when laying eyes on this thing. Check it out for yourself and have the most tasteful bike on the mountain trail.
BOSS Colt Mountain Bike
- ✔ 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 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.
Cannondale Trigger Mountain Bike
- ✔ Great Suspension
- ✔ Striking Colours
- ✔ Chunky Tyres
- ✔ Comfortable Riding Position
The trigger is Cannondales latest all-mountain mountain bike. It’s a full suspension bike with 145mm on the rear and 150mm on the front, running on 650b wheels, and it’s designed to be a brilliant all-rounder. A lot of focus has been given to the bike behaving super well on decents with modern attack geometry, but also still being a decent companion for the climbs, with really lightweight carbon frame and carbon rocker. The first two models in the three model Cannondale Trigger range use a ballistec carbon front end with an aluminium rear swing arm. The top model gets a full ballistec carbon frame including the rocker.
Ballistec carbon is Cannondales proprietary carbon that uses the same resins that you find in carbon fiber baseball bats and some of the same fibers that you find in ballistic armor. Other features on the Cannondale trigger frame include internal cable routing, a forged carbon rocker on all the models, and on all the bikes Cannondales AI. AI stands for asymmetric integration and refers to an offset of the rear end which allows us to give you the shortest chainstays out there in the market at 420mm.
This is going to give you better traction on the climbs and make the long front end, easy to pick up into a manual or over trail obstacles. A 66 degree head angle combined of a 45mm stem gives this bike modern and aggressive trail geometry. All three Cannondale Trigger models feature 150mm fox 34 fork up front, with a 145mm Fox Gemini shock on the rear. Gemini is a specific technology that Cannondale develop with Fox to give you two ride modes in one shock. In its open mode the Gemini will give you 145mm of linear smooth travel, simply flick the switch and you can adjust the shock to 115mm of more rampy more progressive travel, perfect for man-made stages featuring rollers, berms and more pedally sections, and then and the flick of the switch back into its 145mm mode which is going to be better for more natural looser downhill focused tracks.
The trigger carbon three features a Shimano 1 by 11 group set, the trigger carbon 2 and one feature SRAM Eagle 1 by 12 group set. A one by system on a bike is gonna give you a quieter, smoother riding bike but with the new 1 by 12 ten to fifty tooth range on the rear, just the same range as you’d expect from your double or even triple. Braking on the Cannondale trigger is provided by Shimano, and then SRAM on the top two models. All three models feature 180mm rotors showing the capability that’s built into this otherwise reasonably short travel bike. All three models in the Trigger range feature Maxis Minion tires, a great aggressive all-round tire.
On the first two models in the range that’s matched up to a WTB I 29 rim giving an internal measurement of 29 on that rim. That wide rim spreads out that tire giving a really comfortable really aggressive large contact patch. The top of the range Cannondale trigger carbon one features Cannondales own hologram carbon wheels. These are a super lightweight super wide modern trail wheel set that we were able to give you a really really good value for money price.
The Cannondale trigger represents what Cannondale can do best at this high-end carbon trail bike standard. 150 on the front 145 on the rear makes it a decent all-rounder bike, with a focus more towards descending, but that lightweight ballistic carbon is gonna mean that your bike is still going to climb really well, combine that with a 420mm chain stay, you’re going to get loads of traction.
When the bike starts descending that fox Gemini two-in-one shock is going to give you a really versatile bike 145mm of linear travel is perfect for most rough trail centers and local tracks, with that 115mm mode on call should you hit something a bit more flowy bike parky or even just your local single track.