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 Comp 650b 2018 – £385 [was £550]
This is the first bike in the Specialized Pitch mountain bike range which comes with hydraulic disc brakes as standard. Hydraulic disc brakes are famed for their all weather performance which inspire confidence when riding down steep trails. This bike also comes with Shimano Acera 3×9 Rapid Fire gear shifters – you won’t find much better on a bike this price!
Specialized Pitch 650b 2019 – £399
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.
Specialized Rockhopper Sport 2019 Trail Mountain Bike – £499
A highly respected mountain bike, the Specialized Rockhopper Sport 2019 this bike has been upgraded with a more trail-friendly geometry. With 29 inch tyres, these bigger tyres are particularly good for fast courses and taller riders.
Giant ATX 2 2019 – £365
The Aluux frame, SunTour suspension forks, Tektro disc brakes, Shimano 3×7 gears and Giant’s own tyre a great entry level mountain bike. Suitable for riders of all sizes as it comes in six sizes from XXS (for around 10 year olds) to XL (for 6’4″ adults)!
Giant Talon 3 2019 – £475
Giant’s ever popular hardtail mountain bike, the Talon 3 has a short stem and wide bars for quick steering while the Aluxx aluminium frame, with trail tuned geometry and hydraulic disc brakes, makes this bike a great buy in the sub £500 category.