It’s a crazy time in mountain bike land. We only just got over the acceptance curve for 29ers, then fat bikes came along and now 27.5. All this came in a short span of years, after literally decades of 26-inch tyres with relatively consistent widths.
We’ve learnt that bigger wheels can be good in some ways while wide tyres and rims can really change the ride experience. Both the changes in width and diameter have been aided by weight and strength advances that have come from new materials and better manufacturing processes.
So, it was only a matter of time (and very little time at that) before we were destined to meet the hybrid of hybrids; the middle size wheel with a not so skinny but not too fat tyre. There’s no common name for this yet; some call it ‘plus’ width while others call it semi-fat and Specialized fuse review has dubbed theirs 6Fattie in reference to the 650b rim and the larger than traditional tyre.
If you are thinking about buying a new mountain bike and wondering what’s available for 2017, we’ve done the searching for you and come up with what we deem the best hardtail mountain bikes for $1,000 (in no particular order). We’ve selected all hardtails at this price point because while you may be able to find a new dual-suspension mountain bike, in all honesty, they are not worth owning. The entry price range for a reliable dual-suspension option typically starts from a minimum of $1,500.
We recently profiled the top rated women’s mountain bikes, but despite being referred to as mountain bikes, they aren’t truly built for regular off-road riding. The good news is if you are able to up your budget to between $800 and $1,000 you can get yourself a quality mountain bike that will get you started on basic to intermediate trails.
Hardtails are distinctive as they have a rigid rear triangle and suspension in the front fork, as opposed to dual-suspension bikes that have suspension in the front and rear of the bike. Bikes at this price point will have aluminium frames. The amount of movement in the suspension is referred to as ‘travel’ and is typically 100mm for the bikes listed below, the greater the travel, typically the greater the control on descents. In addition to the amount of travel, when comparing the front forks, look for a ‘lock-out’ switch, which, will enable riders to close off the suspension for use on smooth roads.
If you’re in the market for a new mountain bike, it can be daunting when you jump in head first.
Aside from all the different brands available, you also have a wide range of different aspects and components to consider as well.
Despite what some may think initially, best mountain bikes under 2000 can differ from each other in several different ways, which goes well beyond just their looks.
In order to ensure that you end up with the right model for your needs and budget, there are a number of things to consider before you get serious about shopping.
This guide will help your quest for a new mountain bike in a few ways; by describing the different types and components about them, and also giving a number of recommendations for many different budgets.