Best Brands of Mountain BikesRemember when you were a kid jumping off curbs and plowing through puddles on your bike? How sweet was that And now things are even better. You can really get dirty, hit some serious jumps, and bomb down hills your mom never would have let you attempt back then.
Of course all that modern requires that you have a ride that is up to the challenge. Mountain bikes today are amazingly well engineered. They are so much lighter, stronger, and smoother than ever before so when you get a good mountain bike, your ride works for you instead of against you.
Deciding which bike to get isn't necessarily an easy decision. There are a lot of quality brands out there and you'll need to find something that fits your budget. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is get out and test drive a variety of models so I can't recommend that you use this list of best mountain bike brands as the ultimate authority on what to buy. Instead, use it as a good starting point that will end with you having great toy you can use to tear up the trails.
The Top Ten
Excellent, but very expensive once I grow up I'll get Glory DH, I swear!
I have a Giant Yukon, very comfortable to ride and maintenance free.
I'm sixty five years old but still enjoyed riding my Giant mtb, its very sturdy thanks to the asean craftmen who build it.
I have a NRS XTC pro and Giant Trance. Damn, they are good bikes.V 474 Comments Visit Website9
I'm 6'5" and 310 lbs. After snapping the frame of a Cannondale then ruining the fork suspension on a Giant, I took the advice of my buddy at Bicycles Unlimited and gave Trek a try - that was seven years ago and it's still going strong, having only replaced the tires, brake pads, and a brake cable. With no disrespect to any other brands, Trek is the best brand to me.
I'm from Philippines, I have a great experience with this two brands the specialized and trek, both hardtail. First, I own specialized which gives me a smooth ride. But, after using for 1yr 4mos and 8days, I notice that the base part of my specialized body has a small crack, which is not good for me. Then I planned to buy a new one to replace my specialized body, I choose two brands trek and bianchi. I ask the owner of the store, which one has a good quality. He said, that both body have good quality in terms of weight. Bianchi, is like your biking in the mud. While trek has a good performance and high quality. No doubt, I choose trek 6500. And I never regret choosing my trek, now I'm using it for 2yrs and 22days.
Thank you trek bicycle company, you are the most reputable company in the whole worldwide... Keep up the good work guys...
By the way, I'm 5'8", 23y. O and male...
I have had four Treks so far, and all my family members also got Treks, and got some friends into Trek. Beaten, roughed up, they just take everything and still roll true. Also have a Marine Nail Trail 29er, a good one, but far from Trek.
John Cena is 5'9 and weighs 220 pounds.V 336 Comments Visit Website9
Best bikes on the planet, hands down. There's a reason there were 5 at the olympics more than any other brand!
Invested in a StumpJumper 13 years ago, put billions of miles on it, and it still feels like new every time I ride it. Thanks to Specialized for making such a killer bike. - dallinatkinson
I have a Demo 8 II and simply there is nothing - for xtreme mtb - to compare in the market. If you are just a casual/recreational biker you cannot understand the real potential of this brand. Thank you, Specialized!
I have a Specialized Rockhopper, which I bought as a starter mountain bike, and it is absolutely fantastic. It suits all my needs, is comfortable, durable, but reasonably priced for the tech it has.V 304 Comments Visit Website9
I have cannondale SL3.
I just love my bike, gear shifting is effortless. The best part is that you get both derailers of Sram X5 at such low cost.
Trigger-1 (29r). Efficient climber and smooth DH rider; all with a flip of a switch on the handle bars and push of a button on top of the Lefty. In addition, can change seat position from full extension on a climb to 'down in between the front and rear wheel' with a push of a button; sense of lower center of gravity.
Started with a Cannondale Super-V Full Suspension for 'donkey's years'. All aluminum and great bike for it's time; AKA - Old Faithful.
I love my lefty! Smooth ride, easy downhill, quick change with front shocks.
The frames are beautiful, no weld beads, niceV 133 Comments Visit Website9
This list sucks, Huffy, K2, Dunlop, Mongoose, and Magna all suck. And by the way speaking of Huffy's, it is a well known fact that the 2 worst kind of bikes you can get are Huffy's and Murray's. Schwinn sold out in the mid 1990's, and KHS is a sub brand of Diamondback another brand that sold out. Plus Gary Fisher is a sub brand of Trek. Sub brand meaning it's the exact same brand of bike with a different name on it. Plus Haro's and GT's may make decent beginner mountain bikes, but their both still brands of bike more known and better suited for being an aggressive trick/skate park & MBX style of bike. But just for the record, Santa Cruz bikes are the best for mountain they are one of very few bike companies that only make mountain bikes and have their bikes manufactured in the US.
Got my aluminum nomad and it is perfect for me up and down hill ride. It's geometry gives me ease pedaling either way. Arnimator
The Quality and Engineering put into my Santa Cruz is incredible and when you look at the Design and Style this bike has over the competition, there is no competition. Anyone can attach the best components to there frame. Santa Cruz's frames are in the top 4!
Santa cruz is the best bike brand I have ever ridden.V 75 Comments Visit Website9
I have a 12 year old GT Aggressor and I batter it week in week out. It just doesn't break I am replacing soon with a GT 29er fantastic brand and heritage
I love my GT Fury Carbon. When I use it, it makes m feel like I'm flying because of the suspensions in the back and in the front. It's a 10-speed type of mountain bike.
I've got a gt legacy hybrid bike I ride 20 miles every day and have only changed the brake blocks I really think gt are great I've had it 5 years oh yeh and had to change the tyres a few times
good bikeV 178 Comments Visit Website9
What to say about the company that makes 899 grams frame?
Completely beautiful, gorgeous bikes, completely addictive to ride. I have both a road, Cyclocross and a Hard tail Race bike, and each serve me very well!
Great bikes, reliable, well done and detailed at its finest.
Huge range to choose from road, to kids, womens, dh, all mountain, trail, xc and a few more varieties to choose from.
Fully recomended and exclusive
Amazing bikes with amazing specs for amazing prices! Thank you Scott for giving me the time of my life by owning a scale 950!V 158 Comments Visit Website9
I ride professionally and yeti is definitely my favourite brand of bike. All of there bikes are amazing.
They make the best. They are an all mountain and down hill biking brand. Really fast for the whole duel suspension thing.
I have owned Giant, Bridgestone and multiple Specialized bikes - all good, but once I owned a Yeti there was no turning back. I am on my second Yeti and they are simply amazing - I can do things on that bike that I could never do on mass produced brand bikes.
I have 2 Yeti bikes, a Big Top 29er hardtail and a ASR all carbon 29er full suspension. I've ridden mtn bikes for about 20 years and owned a bunch of the other brands mentioned on this list. Read the bike magazine reviews, Yeti is generally the top pick. The other brands make all types of bikes, but Yeti makes ONLY mtn bikes. If you can afford a Yeti, you simply will not regret it.V 26 Comments Visit Website9
From 2014 Merida mountain bikes are as good if not better than big name Brands. I've owned many different brands and Merida are now my personal favorite. The quality and performance you get for your money is beyond compare. If you want a great bike buy a merida. If you're a brand snob buy something else for more money and lower quality components.
This merida bike is high quality, this bike can not destroy quickly because every part of the merida is hard to destroy, for me the best mountain bike is Merida that's all
Merida does not concern the weight of their bikes in the process.. Because its all about the durability, excellent geometry, and design.
Rode a Merida since 2015 and have not found a better bike since. you have only got to look at the success of the Multivan team to see how good the Merida are.V 153 Comments Visit Website9
This is the best brand. I'm from Mexico and it's complicated to get a Kona, but once you have get it you're gonna love it. This brand offers the best relation price - quality product, you should check what offers Kona in the same range of price before buying another bike, because you always gonna find a better bike por the same price. Also Kona always is innovating, and other brands only copy the designs that Kona and others are doing. Oh and don't forget the Africa programs that Kona is making. Sorry about my English writing. I hope it works for new cyclist.
I have ridden mountain bikes since '95, and my first real bike was a Kona Cinder Cone. Since then I have had a lot of bikes in between and went back to Kona after being not impressed with other brands. The difference is Kona is very careful on the geometry of all their bikes, and often the only difference between a lower end bike, and top end is the componants, but the rest of the bike is the same. This makes for amazing value. The big guys like Trek and Giant make crap bikes on the low and.. And no matter how much you try to upgrade them.. They will will always be crap bikes. This is not so with Kona. You can take a $800 bike, and change the drivetrain and fork, and have the exact same bike as a $1300 race ready bike.
I have had the privilege of riding top brands like Specialized, Trek, GT, etc and once I bought a Kona, I have never turned back. In fact, I have bought 3 since then. Great bikes! I do my homework before I buy anything and if you're the same, do yourself a favor and shop a comparable Kona to the style of bike you're looking for in other brands. You'll see that quality, fitment options, price, mean a lot to this company.
The best bike ever and the giant is trashV 86 Comments Visit Website9
Designed and tested on the technical trails of Vancouver's North Shore and Whistler, Rocky Mountain Bikes always impress. I'm currently running a Flatline Pro and absolutely love it.
Bought a 2013 altitude haven't even need any new parts only thing was a brake bleed. Its lasted 4 years nearing 5 without any major adjustments. I'm thinking of upgrading to an either 2017 altitude, 2016 or 2017 element, thunderbolt is considerable Trek remedy is up there too just don't know which one? Price is the only issue with these bikes. Otherwise very well made take it over a giant anyday.
My 2013 Altitude 750 is an amazing bike to ride, I like to be a bit different and was fed up with seeing the same brands out on the trails.
best everV 48 Comments
I've had two Gary Fishers' across thirty years one if his first and a remake of the same (still have them), and both have been more responsive and had better geometry for climbing and maneuvering than any other mountain bike I have ever ridden after racing for several years and leading bicycle tours all over the country. My colleagues and guests have had the same experience when we would arrive in a destination and given the opportunity to ride a Fisher and then other brands; and the only reason its not #1 in this survey is that other folks haven't ridden them and compared them head to head; as well as, sadly, the brand got subsumed under Trek.
Got a 2001 Gary Fisher Marlin in pristine condition. One of the best bikes I will ever own. Everyone comments on it.
Once I bought a Gary Fisher bike and ended up falling down a cliff and into water. I had to call for help then the locals came and fished me out I felt like akwd
Love my 2001 Sugar 3+ disc... still ride it. It was ahead of it's time regarding the more trail style geometry.. many of today's bikes are comparable in top tube etc..V 13 Comments
Great bikes, reasonably priced, cool colors, and they look amazing, have good quality parts, you get the most for your money.
Absolutely great quality, expensive but it worth it, highly recommended... I bought 3 CUBE, 2 unit send to my dad and my brother in Philippines...
Great bikes, value for money also the bikes are fitted with excellent parts.
Very reliable ride.
Best bikes ever. German engineered and quality. Better than Giant.V 96 Comments
I bought a 29er Nail Trail 7 years ago and it is still the best bike I ever owned.
These is no doubt these are some baller bikes
I used My Marin Palisades Trail 29ers since 2010
I have Rift Zone XC6, Perfect design, very comfortable, I like it more than my previous one(Merida).V 42 Comments
I have a Diamondback Overdrive Comp and is by far the best bike I have ever ridden. I have ridden the Trek, Giant, and GT hard tail bikes that supposedly compete with the DB Overdrive, but in my opinion, they aren't as good as the Overdrive.
I have a Diamondback Hard Tail Response Pro the first bike I owned. Its Performance and Quality has no difference from other expensive bike in the market like Giant, Specialize, Trek, etc...
I have a Diamondback overdrive expert and I love it it is so.. stable and the 29er wheels are great too, it has some nice curves on it too so some people are asking me if I have a overdrive carbon. Laugh out loud
I just Bought a overdrive sport 27.5 and got it from Diamondback website for $500. $200 off the regular price and I'm very happy with this bike.V 53 Comments
Pivot's always on the tech forefront. Wonderfully engineered bikes with few compromises. And the company's run by a founder who rides and knows his stuff.
I have a 2013 Mach 5.7 Carbon - its sweet! Super light, super stiff, great geometry, great components = top notch all mountain bike!
My Pivot mach 5.7 Carbon is awesome machine for AM, Trail and Enduro. She is really great for uphill.
Mach 429 SL is just greatV 8 Comments
Best bike. Outland cross country full suspension one of the top contender in quality
I have the FUJI Tahoe LE, and the bike is prefect... That is all I need to say!
Best bike ever. I have the Nevada 2.0 2011 and its hardcore and it has a really good price. I recommend it 100 %! Lifetime warranty.
Best Bike for the Money!V 66 Comments
This list does not suck! Readers must understand that this list is based on votes. So vote. KHS build their own bikes after buying design rights they consider to be top of their game. They then construct it with their own expertise! Buy one and it will shut you up! Good budget bike is a bad description! My frame cost £500 15 years ago and Advertising is a good way to sell crap. If you like KHS then you are smart and know your Quality
Significantly better value for your dollar than most "big name" companies. KHS delivers the latest frame geometry and performance of the most expensive brands but at a much lower cost. For a given price point, you get a much better component group and thus a better performing bike overall. Construction quality is great, and both my KHS bikes have served me well for over 15 years each.
I have a really customized XCT 555 and this thing rips! I absolutely love how I can ride all day on the trails and It just never gives me any hassles. I can also press it into a downhill bike in a pinch and it will hold its own against larger 8 inch travel machines! My husband now wants one instead of his GT. Having had Trek, Specialized and Giant bike I am a hardcore KHS fan now
They make the toughest bikesV 52 Comments
I own 2 Norco bikes. A 2014 Norco Fluid 7.2, and a 2015 Norco Range 7.3 Carbon. Easily the best bikes I've ridden, and I've spent a fair amount of time on Trek, Specialized, La Pierre, Rocky Mountain, Giant, and Merida. Norco are HANDS DOWN the best I've ridden.
I own a Norco shinobi 2, it's really fast and lightweight trail bike. I think Norco should be in the top 5 brands!
I owned a Norco wolverine, and until it was stolen, it was the absolute most fun bike I've ever owned. I haven't had too awful many. But I've owned a trek, specialized, giant, and that Norco.
Norco is solid.V 52 Comments
I have had many many bikes n none compare the the lapierre zesty the all round quality of the bike is in another level to the rest in there price range there is a bike track that me and my friends go to and since if had my lapierre I have improved dramatically the handling on the rockie downhill tracks and on the downhill jump tracks it next level must say if you see a lapierre zesty ask to have a go and If you succeed in doing I bet you want to own one
Lapierre pro race team 2013, best one of the 29er bicycles in the world.
Lapierre is the king of european cross-country bikes. Just need to be more advertised around the globe because not many people know about this brand.
I'm new to MTB but I have had 15 years of road experience and have owned 4 road bikes, 2 time trial bikes and now my first MTB. I am surprised Lapierre is a largely unknown still. I bought an Edge 527 after looking around several boutique bike shops and I went out for a few rides with friends - mostly on easy trails with few minor technical sections - it held up really well, considering my lack of trail skills. I am definitely keeping a closer eye on future models from Lapierre.V 23 Comments
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