You can get a great hardtail mountain bike for under £1000 but for those doing more adventurous mountain biking it is worth considering a slightly more expensive bike. The reason for this is down to the capability as the terrain gets more technical as you require more predictable handling and a high-quality fork. Within this price range, you will likely get an air fork for smoother compression and customisable settings to rider weight and preferences. Below, we take a look at the best mountain bikes between the £1000 and £2000 price points.
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Feel more connected to the trail with the all-new Lurra. Built for charging up singletrack climbs and diving into fast, flowy descents, this hardtail trail bike is simplicity at its best. Lightweight ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium hardtail frame with a steep seat tube angle optimises your input when powering up climbs and hammering on the flats. Comes with an air fork for superb adjustability and able to be tuned to individual rider weight and preference. Finished off with 12 speed SRAM gearing and powerful hydraulic brakes.
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The Specialized Fuse Sport is the perfect bike for those that want cross country efficiency and down hill ability. 130mm of air fork travel gives just enough travel for the descents while still being very efficient uphill. Rockshox Judy air forks give good adjustability and customisation to rider weight and personal preference. Finished off with powerful SRAM Level brakes for excellent stopping power and SRAM 12-speed gearing for robust and capable shifting.
What? A full-suspension mountain bike under £2000? Hard to believe but true! The Giant Stance 29 1 is a fun and affordable full suspension MTB offering more forgiveness on the downhill sections. The 29-inch wheels offer a very stable and fast straight-line speed and paired up with Giant’s own Crest forks makes for an excellent cross country full suspension machine. SRAM Eagle 12-speed gives gearing for the steepest ascents and Shimano hydraulic brakes for confidence inspiring stopping power.
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The perfect bike for cross country mountain biking due to its exceptional climbing ability and speed over the terrain. With relatively short travel at 100mm, this adds to the efficiency, particularly uphill but has enough compression to take on cross country descents. Well specced with SRAM SX Eagle and Rockshox Judy fork, this is an extremely fast and capable bike.