If you are looking for a high quality mountain bike that offers a good value for the money and that will last you for many years, then setting a budget of $1000 – $1500 will give you several good options.
Sure, there are plenty of ultra cheap mtbs for sale, but they do not feature the same quality components and smooth ride that you get when you can spend a bit more. And I am assuming that you want the best mountain bike for the money, right? After doing some comparisons, I’ve selected my top picks for 2017. Read my reviews if you need a new mtb this year.
- Top 10 Best Cheap Mountain Bikes 2018 Picks
- Past Top MTB Picks Reviewed
Top 10 Best Cheap Mountain Bikes 2018 Picks
|Salsa Timberjack NX1 27.5+ Bike - 2018||(5 / 5)|
|Cannondale Catalyst 4 27.5 Bike - 2018||(5 / 5)|
|REI Co-op Cycles DRT 2.1 Mountain Bike||(4.9 / 5)|
|Nashbar Single-Speed 29er Mountain Bike||(4.9 / 5)|
|Cannondale Trail 5 27.5/29 Bike - 2018||(4.9 / 5)|
|REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1W Women's Mountain Bike||(4.8 / 5)|
|BEIOU Toray T700 Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike||(4.8 / 5)|
|REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 Mountain Bike||(4.7 / 5)|
|Vilano Blackjack 3.0 29er Mountain Bike MTB with 29-Inch Wheels||(4.4 / 5)|
|Diamondback Overdrive 29 Hardtail Mountain Bike||(4.4 / 5)|
Past Top MTB Picks Reviewed
There are lot of different brands and models on the market, so use my reviews below to find yourself a good mtb at an affordable price. Rest assured that these bikes are some of the top rated mountain bikes for the money. And they are all available at an affordable price under $1000 – $1500, which makes them budget friendly.
1. Diamondback 2015 Recoil Full Suspension Complete Mountain Bike
It is no secret that Diamondback is one of the top mountain bike brands, and for good reason! They make some of the highest quality mtbs out there, and this model is no exception to that.
This hardtail mtb looks great and has an affordable price. What’s nice about this mtb, is that it is good for beginners as well as intermediate mountain bikers. Basically, riders of all skill levels can get on this bike. It performs well on the advanced tracks as well as the beginner ones.
You won’t find a better deal on a full suspension 29er than this Diamondback mtb. With this FS mtb, you get a nice, smooth ride on the roughest of terrain. All the components are of good quality and you don’t need to replace anything out of the box. Bottom line – you get a lot of bang for your buck when you buy this FS mountain bike.
2. Diamondback Overdrive Sport 29er Mountain Bike
If you prefer a good hardtail mountain bike for the money, then this 29er is a good choice for you. It has a low price without sacrificing on quality. The components are all top notch and you won’t need to make any replacements before you hit the trails.
The brakes are very responsive and the shifting is smooth and easy. When you’re riding this bike, you will notice that isn’t rough at all and is actually a very good ride.
If you do a lot of long rides, then you might want to upgrade the seat as it is a bit on the firm side. But, it is perfectly functional as it is. Overall, this is a great deal on this bike because it is high quality and priced under $600!
3. Diamondback 2015 Axis Comp Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike
This hardtail mtb is designed to take a beating out there on the trail and it delivers. You get a fun ride on this bike without having to worry about quality or it pitching you off the bike. On this bike, you get a confident ride that only comes from quality bikes like this.
Note that this bike has 27.5-inch wheels instead of the standard 29-inch. This gives you a quicker ride on the descent, while keeping the smooth rollover that you get from riding a 29er. It is really the best of both worlds with quick, responsive handling and easy obstacle rollover.
It has responsive disc brakes and smooth shifting. Overall, you get high quality components on a bike that is built to last and withstand even the most aggressive riding and tracks. The price is great, so check out the 2015 model while it is still available.
4. BEIOU Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike BOCBM05A
This carbon mtb is not for everyone, but it is still an impressive bike for the money. If you have never heard of this brand, don’t worry as I’ve only recently started seeing these online. They are primarily sold in Europe and are newly being sold in the USA.
Before you buy this bike, know that the brakes are reversed since the bike is manufactured for a European market. The components are all of pretty average quality, with some nice high end gears and brakes.
The real reason you should buy this bike is the ultra lightweight carbon fiber frame. If you’re wondering how much the BEIOU Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike weighs, then you will be amazed – it has a weight of just 24 pounds.
I doubt you can find a carbon mtb at a better price than this one, which makes it a steal of a deal.
5. Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Atroz Full Suspension Complete Mountain Bike
It is one of the most expensive bike models in this price range on the market right now, but it is a beast of a mountain bike.
It features 27.5-inch wheels, which gives you a nice quick but stable ride when you’re out on the trails. You can conquer those rocks and tree roots easily and keep a fast pace at the same time. The ride on this bike is smooth and confident. You can tell that it is made with some of the highest quality components and that it is built to last you.
The brakes are responsive and the seat is typical of most mtbs – not very comfortable, but functional. For the money, this is the best entry level full suspension mountain bike that you can get if you want high quality. It is definitely a must-buy for people who want to get serious about their mountain biking.