Best 2015 Mountain Bikes Under £1,000


Mountain bikes have come a long way from the "rigid" frame days of old, they now come with a variety of types of suspension, whether this be a hardtail (front suspension) or a full suspension bike (front and rear suspension), many also now come with disc brakes and a variety of wheel sizes, and from the selection we have available - Over 310 models to choose from, it is easy to get flustered about what you like compared with what you think you need.

Mountain bikes also now come with a range of wheel sizes, whether the size is 26", 27.5" / 650B or 29", and all of them come with their own benefits and unique style points, these include:

  • 26" wheels - this wheel size has been around for years, and in many cases, is the wheel size of choice. With its smaller wheels and tyre size, this bike is very easy to ride on and off-road, taking technical courses and tight turns with ease.
  • 27.5" / 650b wheels - this is a new wheel size to the UK market, and pulls in the off road capabilities of the 26" wheel, where this wheel size really comes in to its own on those technical courses, along with the running speed and added benefit of riding over larger pot-holes and ditches with less loss of momentum.
  • 29" wheels - This wheel size is ideal for those courses where you can build up more speed (due to the larger wheels) and where the path is much more uneven. This wheel size can be ideal for commuting to work, allowing you to cycle much faster than on the 26" wheels.

Once you have chosen which wheel size you feel would be right for you, you will notice that there are hundreds of bikes on our website to choose from. Below, we have picked some of our favourite 2014 bikes we think you will like, just to help you along.

£300 - £650

At this price point, you will see the gradual progression in technology on the bikes, from the appearance of front suspension (and also lockout on the more expensive models) and disc brakes, vastly improving your braking performance when riding off-road in the mud and wet, where V-brakes begin to lack in power (due to slipping).

26" Wheel

Specialized Hardrock 26 £350.00

The Hardrock has been a very popular bike in the Specialized Range for years, whether you are bustling down a dirt path or tackling the singletrack, the hardrock delivers both versatility and value. Using the premium Specialized A1 Aluminium frame, 75mm travel Suntour suspension and 21 speed Shimano Tourney gears, this bike is an ideal entry level Mountain Bike.

Felt Six 60 £549

If you want to get out on the trails, the Six 60 is designed to take you there. With a butted alloy frame featuring refined geometry and improved rider fit, you can be more confident when ripping down the trail. Soaking up the bumps is a 100mm travel suspension fork with hydraulic lock out, stopping is provided by powerful Shimano M355 Disc Brakes, and your power is transferred through the full Shimano drivetrain. Throw adventure at the Six 60. It needs it.

27.5" / 650b Wheel

Giant ATX 27.5 2 £349.00

With a smart and lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame built to optimize its 100mm suspension fork, ATX offers a stable and comfortable ride. Equally at home on a gravel path or more challenging trails, it's outfitted with quality components for a fun reliable ride. Also bringing good braking power to the fore with the Tektro M300 mechaincal disc brakes.

Merida Big Seven Alloy 300 £650.00

This is an ideal bike for exploring MTB trails, with a 27 speed Shimano Alivio / Deore mix, pedalling feels effortless over all terrain while the Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes supply confident stopping power. The air sprung Suntour forks keep the overall bike weight to a minimum, providing a comfortable and stable ride. With the Merida replica graphics, it is one good looking bike!

29" Wheel

Scott Aspect 950 £399.00

This bike is designed to be light, efficient and reasonably priced. Featuring a lockout mechanism for the fork, disc brakes and Syncros components, this is the perfect bike for the novice or budget conscious mountain biker. Featuring a 24 speed Shimano Altus drivetrain, this helps to keep quality high but costs low.

Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29 £650.00

The follow on bike from the Hardrock and the Pitch mountain bikes, the Rockhopper is a trail-ready machine equipped with Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes, 29-inch wheels, and custom 2x9 drivetrain, allowing you to ride deep into your favourite trails with confidence. Also fitted with a 100mm SR Suntour XCR-Air fork with Multi-Circuit Damping for smooth performance.

And for the ladies

When it comes to women's bikes, there has been a lot of talk in the past within the cycle industry of "shrinking & pinking it". Many of the more well known brands, such as Specialized, Giant, Scott, Felt etc have moved away from this in recent years, where they are now engineering the women's frames from the ground up, making the frame slightly shorter with raised handlebars, so that the ride is much more comfortable. They also come with a women's specific saddle, which is designed to compliment wider sit bones and a differently shaped pelvis.

26" Wheel

Giant Enchant 1 Womens £375.00

With an emphasis on comfort, stability and style. Enchant features a women's-specific frame that makes it easy to hop on and pedal your way around town. With an ALUXX aluminium frame, it's lightweight, efficient and relaxed. The women who designed Enchant put a premium on style, so you know you'll look as good as you feel.

27.5" / 650b Wheel

Cannondale Tango 6 Womens £499.99

Cannondale high-performance at an affordable price. Cannondale make the Tango a light, smooth bike and the perfect entry level bike to ease you into the world of mountain biking. Comes equipped with 24 speed Shimano gearing and hydraulic disc brakes, giving you excellent drive and stopping power.

£650 - £800

At this price point, you will notice that the bikes start to gain further technological advancements to several aspects of the bikes, with lockout progressing from mechanical to hydraulic (giving you more control over the travel on your suspension), disc brakes moving from mechanical to hydraulic (further increasing the biting power of the brakes) and also up-rated gearing from Shimano Acera to Shimano Alivio.

27.5" / 650b Wheels

Scott Aspect 720 £699.00

The Scott Aspect 720 is a mountain hardtail that is designed to be light, efficient and reasonably priced. Featuring a PopLoc (Remote) lockout mechanism for the fork, Shimano disc brakes and Syncros components, this is the perfect bike for the novice or budget conscious mountain biker.

Merida Big Seven Alloy 500 £749.99

Featuring a lightweight 6061 double butted aluminium frame and a Rockshox XC30TK 100mm fork, this bike becomes very desirable to experienced mountain bikers and beginners alike. Also running a Shimano Deore / SLX mix gear set up with 30 gears, providing you will ample power to get up hill and power you along those cross country trails.

29er Wheels

Giant Talon 27.5 2 £699.00

The lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame features classic hardtail design updated with Giant's innovative 27.5-inch wheel technology. Designed to take advantage of this lightweight yet stable wheel size and engineered to work with a 100mm suspension fork, it's the perfect choice for sport and recreational riders that want the perfect blend of quickness, lightweight and control on the trail.

Cannondale Trail 3 £799.99

The Trail line of bikes are built to bring riders into the world of performance mountain biking. The race inspired frame features, to the best-in-class weights all adds up to a ride experience that sets the standard for fast, confident fun. Kitted out with a Rockshox XC30 TK 100mm travel fork with remote lockout, this will keep you riding day in, day out.

And for the ladies

27.5" / 650b Wheels

Merida Juliet 7 300 Womens £650.00

Built around a 6061 double butted aluminium frame, this bike features a weight saving Suntour XCR Air fork with 100mm travel and lockout. Also running a 27 speed Shimano Alivio / Deore mix and 180mm front and 160mm rear hydraulic disc brakes, maximising your stopping power on the trail on the road.

29er Wheels

Specialized Jett Comp Womens £750.00

The Specialized Jett provides the smooth ride and improved handling of 29" wheels in an A1 SL Aluminium XC trail bike for women. The Jett Comp features women's XC 29er geometry, custom-tunes SR Suntour XCR 29 fork and a 2x9 drivetrain, along with hydraulic disc brakes to increase stopping power

£800 - £1,000

As you would expect, all aspects of the bikes in this price range move even further from the specification of the previous range, with travel distances on the suspension and the introduction of remote lockout, and the gearing on the bikes moving from Shimano Alivio to Shimano Deore and Shimano XT. You will also see that on some models that the aluminium composition of the frame has been improved, contributing to the bike becoming lighter, and easier to throw through those technical and tight turns on off-road courses.

27.5" / 650b Wheels

Felt 7 Fifty £849.00

With a light, stiff and strong frame built around a 27.5" wheel standard, the 7 Fifty is designed to handle all, whether you ride it or race it. Built up with a 30 speed Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes and a stellar performing Rockshox XC30 fork, this bike is designed to be ridden hard and ridden fast, wherever and whatever the terrain.

Giant Talon 27.5 0 £999.00

The lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame features classic hardtail design updated with Giant's innovative 27.5" wheel technology. Designed to take advantage of this lightweight yet stable wheel size and engineered to work with a 100mm Fox suspension fork with CTD technology, it's the perfect choice for sport and recreational riders that want the perfect blend of quickness & control on the trail.

29er Wheels

Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 £850.00

The Rockhopper is a trail-ready machine equipped with Tektro Genimi hydraulic disc brakes, 29" wheels, 100mm SR Suntour XCR-Air fork with Multi-Circuit damping and remote lockout, along with a custom 2x10 SRAM X5 drivetrain, allowing you to ride deep into your favourite trails over and over again.

Merida Big Nine Alloy 900 £999.99

Built using butted and heat treated 6061 aluminium with technoformed tubing and smooth welding, 100mm Manitou Marvel Comp 29 TS air front fork, this bike is light and responsive for use on almost any trail. Sporting a 30 speed Shimano Deore / XT mix of gears and Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes, this bike one to look out for.

And for the ladies

27.5" / 650b Wheels

Scott Contessa Scale 710 £899.00

The Scott Contessa Scale 710 features a super light alloy frame with Contessa Solution geometry. The series comes fully equipped with a Rockshox XC30 fork with 100mm travel and remote PopLoc lockout technology to allow for multiple travel settings to always optimize your ride.

29er Wheels

Specialized Jett Expert £1000.00

Using aluminium from coined by Specialized as the A1 SL, Womens Geometry and an SR Suntour XCR-Air 29er suspension with remote lockout on 80mm travel, along with 20 speed SRAM X5 gearing on a 2x10 chainset, this bike is built for the cross country trails near you.

Full Suspension

Sporting front and rear suspension, these bikes are the ultimate off road kit. At this price point, unfortunately, there is not a lot of choice available, due to the specification of the componentry and the cost of the rear shock pushing the price up. However, please see our pick of the bunch just below.

Giant Stance 27.5 2 £999.00

Featuring 4.7 inches / 120mm of FlexPoint travel on a Rockshox 30 Gold SoloAir fork, an ALUXX aluminium frameset and 27.5" wheel technology, the all-new Stance 27.5 2 is your gateway to trail riding. Stable geometry, a tapered OverDrive steerer tube design and PowerCore bottom bracket all help make the Stance 27.5 2 a confidant trail companion.

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