Are you looking for a mountain bike under £1,000 that will still get you riding those trails with confidence and speed? We’ve come up with a list of the best mountain bikes under £1,000 to help you choose that best bike for you. Plus, several of the bikes we’ve picked come in at well under the £1,000 mark, leaving you more money to plan trips to some of the best mountain bike trails around. Our friend (and guest blogger) would definitely recommend a trip to the Lake District!
As you’re probably aware, there are plenty of mountain bikes under £1,000. The bad news is that not all of them are up to the job… and you don’t want to find out you bought a dud half way down a steep descent (and that’s if you make the ascent first!). However, there are also a few absolute cracking bikes that give bikes twice (or even three times) the price a run for their money.
Best Mountain Bikes Under £1,000 – what to look for
So what can you expect from a mountain bike that costs under £1,000?
Suspension: hardtails – mountain bikes with front suspension only – are dominant in this price bracket. A hardtail with a good spec is likely to be more comfortable to ride than a lower spec’d full suspension. Read our suspension blog for more details.
Frame: at this price point you’ll probably be looking at aluminium or alloy frames. Towards the top end of the budget you might come across carbon elements such as the fork.
Wheels: the industry seems to have adopted two sizes. The first one being 27.5″ which combines responsive handling with a fast rolling speed. 29″ wheels are also common – these are even faster but not quite as nimble as the 27.5″, particularly if you’re smaller.
If you plan to use your bike to get to work, check if your employer is part of a Cycle to Work scheme. There are valuable tax savings to be made if you buy through that. We also have great interest free credit options to spread the cost over monthly repayments.
Best Mountain Bikes Under £1,000
Specialized Rockhopper Expert 2019 – £799
Built to be light, durable and very capable, this bike is a great option. The dependable Shimano components, hydraulic disc brakes and lightweight aluminium frame gives you a bike that is equally efficient and fun to ride on both climbs and descents.
Whyte 529 2018 – £999
If you like fast, then you’ll love the Whyte 529. With it’s 29″ wheels, single chain ring specific frame and Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain this is certainly a quick and enjoyable bike to ride. You can’t always go fast though, but the 529 is supplied with Tektro Auriga hydraulic discs so you can stop with confidence in all weathers.
Whyte 805 2019 – £999
This bike is a level up from the Whyte 801 so if you’ve got a little more money to play with, this one is strong contender. The Maxle 15mm screw-through axle noticeably stiffens up the fork/front hub and is one of the biggest upgrades along with the Maxxis tyres. The rims are tubeless ready too so if you want to make upgrades to your bike in the future, this is straightforward to do.
Whyte 605 2019 – £750
This bike is like the Whyte 603 but with a number of upgrades including RockShox suspension fork and Shimano Acera 2×9 M3000 drivetrain. The progressive frame geometry – 68.5° head tube angle, short stem and wide bars deliver confidence inspiring control.
Whyte 806 Compact 2019 – £999
It’s compact frame makes the 806 Compact an excellent choice for female, teenage or smaller riders who are looking for a more comfortable reach compared to the 805. Take this bike out for a ride and expect a grippy tyres and rims which are tubeless ready… perfect if you want to upgrade in the future.
Merida Big Nine Limited 2018 – £900 [was £1,300]
Ideal for cross-country and trail centre riding, this bike will get your riding over the fast and the smooth. Along with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes it is spec’d with Shimano SLX 1×11 speed drivetrain and 100mm travel too.