Searching for a mountain bike under £500? With a bit of research, you can find a decent bike that’ll get you off-road and up those trails with speed and confidence. However, there are also a lot of bikes which might seem a great deal… but a few rides down the line and you’ll see the durability, handling and enjoyability aren’t quite as good as you thought. Never fear though! Here is our list of the best mountain bikes under £500 so you don’t make the mistake of buying the wrong bike. That doesn’t mean every bike we’ve picked is up at £500 mark. Oh no, several of the bikes come in much under this, leaving you more money to get to some of the UK’s best mountain bike trails! We hear Wales is pretty good…
If you plan to use your mountain bike to get to work, another way to save money is to check if your employer is part of a Cycle to Work scheme so you can enjoy valuable tax savings. We also have great interest free credit options if you want to make monthly payments.
Best Mountain Bikes Under £500 – what to look for
Suspension: at this price range, it’ll be mountain bikes with front suspension only, known as hardtails, that you’ll be looking at. Have a read of our blog on suspension for more details.
Frame: until you start spending the big bucks, go for an aluminium frame which is both strong and lightweight.
Wheels: there are two sizes: 27.5″ and 29″. The smaller combines responsive handling with a fast rolling speed while the faster 29″ are not quite as nimble, particularly if you’re smaller.
Best Mountain Bikes Under £500
Specialized Pitch 650b 2019 – £400
A great entry level mountain bike with progressive frame geometry by Specialized, the company who made the first production mountain bike (the Stumpjumper). The frame is lightweight aluminium and along with wide double-wall rims on genuine Shimano hubs make a strong case for being the best MTB wheels you’ll find on a bike this price.
Marin Bolinas Ridge 1 2018 – £275 [was £375]
The Bolinas Ridge 1 has been spec’d with components that will last including a Shimano drivetrain. With trail capable suspension forks and mechanical disc brakes for confident braking in all weathers, you’ll be riding the trails with ease.
Whyte 603 2018 – £499 [was £599]
An entry level mountain bike that is so much more than entry level! With a progressive-geometry custom-drawn frame, hydraulic disc brakes, Whyte’s BBX (bottom bracket exit) internal cable routing and smooth-shifting Shimano Altus 3×9 drivetrain will get your riding all terrains with confidence and comfort.
MARIN BOBCAT TRAIL 3 2018 – £375 [was £500]
If you’re looking for a bike that’ll tackle singletrack trail system with ease, the Marin Bobcat Trail 3 is a strong contender. It’s 74˚ seat tube angle puts you in a good position over the cranks to power up hills while the hydraulic disc brakes give you responsive and powerful braking in all conditions.
GIANT ATX 2 2018 – £300 [was £375]
A versatile bike that comes equipped with SunTour suspensions forks, Tektro disc brakes, Shimano 3×7 gears and Giant’s own tyres. Integrated mounts let you easily add racks or fenders to suit your riding adventures.
LIV TEMPT 3 2018 – £399.20 [was £499]
Built specifically for women, the Liv Tempt 3 comes with Aluxx butted 6061 aluminium frameset and Maxxis Icon 27.5×2.2″ tyres for fast, grippy and confidence-inspiring riding. While the coil-sprung SunTour fork features preload adjustment and hydraulic lockout.
Specialized Pitch Comp 650b 2018 – £440 [was £550]
The first bike in Specialized’s Pitch range with hydraulic disc brakes, this bike also comes with a lightweight aluminium frame and progressive frame geometry. In a nutshell, this bike is extremely versatile, making it equally capable on the climbs and descents.