Best Brands of Mountain Bikes

Remember 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

1 Giant Giant Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer that is recognized as the world's largest bicycle manufacturer.

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 an atx it's the best quite cheap and is good for everything

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2 Trek Trek Bicycle Corporation is a major bicycle and cycling product manufacturer and distributor under brand names Trek, Electra Bicycle Company, Gary Fisher, Bontrager, Diamant Bikes, Villiger Bikes and until 2008, LeMond Racing Cycles and Klein.

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.

Last January 2014 my brother is itching to buy a bike so he took me along, he had his eyes on Cannondale Trail 6 while I opted for a more cheaper brand (SGM). We have no idea what to look for in a bike. We basically judge it by the way it looks.

When we got to our LBS we asked for the bikes we had in mind. The Cannondale sure look awesome while the SGM is somewhat pale in comparison. I don't know maybe it's just the color. I hesitated. I could not fully convince my self that this is what I want. May gaze wondered around the shop, and there she is perch above in a corner, she looked so bright. Her yellow frame looked so fresh amids the blacks, whites, blues, and reds of the other bikes around her.

The shop owner then said that the Trek 3500 is a good entry level bike and that she have a 3500 for her self. She also added that the brand it self is a guarantee that it is a good quality bike. I was sold.

It has been months since I first got my 3500 we have been to many ...more

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3 Specialized Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., more commonly known simply as Specialized, is a major American brand of bicycles and related products.

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.

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!

Been on a specialized since I was 7! Hot rock to rock hopper to another rock hopper, they just took all the abuse and crashes as I was growing up and acting reckless, then I finally got a full suspension stumpjumper and that's when my riding really took off! I completely thrashed my stumpjumper from 7th grade to my freshman year in college! And nothing ever broke! Just kept going and going, dominating trails. That's when I realized that specialized bikes are bulletproof. Now I'm on a Pitch pro and it is the best bike I've been on, besides the 2011 Enduro (trying to get one soon haha) My buddies have Santa Cruz, Yeti, Giant, and Trek but my specialized feels like it climbs better and descends like a champ! They still can't keep up;) Specialized knows how to engineer bike frames! There's a reason so many people have them and love them. People that don't like specialized bikes probably never owned one.

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4 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Bicycles is a manufacturer of high end mountain bikes based in Santa Cruz, California. They sponsor the Santa Cruz Syndicate, a downhill racing team.

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.

This Sucks, I Just Don't Like It. My Sister Likes it (but its Probably just the logo)

These cost More money than you could get torturing the wimpiest billionaire

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

5 Cannondale The Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, is an American division of Canadian conglomerate Dorel Industries that supplies bicycles.

I have a Jekyll 3 2016, which I got last month. It's not so much time, but I've already understand that the age doesn't matter because is simply monstrous.

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.

6 GT GT Bicycles designs and manufactures road, mountain, and BMX bicycles - originally in the United States, and now as a division of Canadian conglomerate, Dorel Industries, which also markets Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, IronHorse, Dyno, and RoadMaster bicycle brands; all manufactured in Asia.

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

The name says it all with the exception 01 to 06 when pacific cycles bought the Gt company, since they had made poor management choices that put Gt cycles in debt. But later on pacific cycles were bought out as well, and most think because the holding firm made this transaction only for the sole purpose of only keeping and reinventing Gt bicycle name and started the ball in the right direction with incredible craftsmanship placed into mountain bikes and trials bikes and then BmX as well as freestyle. Maybe I'm stupid for placeing them number one, but since I was young the name has never done me wrong so for that they will have my lifetime support.

7 Kona Kona Bikes is a bicycle company based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1988 and still owned by Dan Gerhard and Jacob Heilbron in Vancouver, BC, their World Headquarters are located in Ferndale, Washington, with Canadian distribution offices in Vancouver, and European distribution offices in Geneva, ...read more.

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.

Amazing Mountain Bikes situated in Washington and British Columbia. Their bikes very in all features and are considered on of the best.

8 Scott

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

I compare and narrow things down before buying anything. I've had all different brands over the years and recently bought a SCOTT. The Quality and the components you get way exceed a lot of these in this list. 2 of these brands shouldn't even be on this list let alone the top 5.

9 Yeti

Best quality bikes for the price on the market! Best Mountain bike brand out there.

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.

Yeti #1 santa cruz #2 and giant third period

10 Pivot

Being a smaller and more boutique brand pushes Pivot down such lists whereas on the merit of technical brilliance, workmanship and most of all, riding experience, it should be sitting on the very top.

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.

If we're talking about frame construction, suspension engineering, and ride quality, Pivot would be at or near the top of this "Best" list

There are many "top" bikes / brands out there now. In each price point or category its hard to find a bad bike. And often bikes appeal to different people for many reasons. After almost 50 years of riding, I have found the Pivot brand to be my go to equipment for everything from DJ to XC to trail, park and DH. Quality, technological advancement, and customer support have been stellar. Would be top of the list for me, as I owned, ridden, and enjoyed almost every brand on the list. But for the past several years they have remained my favorite overall ride.

The Contenders

11 Cube

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.

I have a Cube AMS 130 SL (2013) and it is without doubt the best all mountain bikes I have ever ridden. Although not cheap, it's frame and rear linkage is beautifully made and creates a responsive ride that absorbs small and big hits with ease giving you the confidence to go faster than you would think possible! Awesome components for the money, seriously lightweight and looks amazing! Highly recommend Cube and their German engineering and manufacturing.

12 Merida

GREAT QUALITY AND REASONABLE VALUE!

Just newly bought a 2014 model Merida Matts TFS100 for under $500 and it runs great. Hydraulics and traction were both engineered perfectly, a far cry from my previous lackluster MTB.

I searched and tested several bikes in different bike shops here in Cartimar in Manila, Philippines but only one shop sells a truly suitable MTB for me. That's where I found this Merida beauty.

I'll go back to praising it again. Hehe. The frame is truly sturdy capped off with some stylish graphics and other well-placed cosmetics. Brakes, shifters, wheels and other components were all excellent. What more can I say?

Highly recommended for both starters and professionals.

I recently bought my Merida Big Nine 20D and I'm absolutely in love with the bike because of the ride quality it provides. It's indeed a marvelous piece of engineering: Ultralight, 29" tires makes you feel like a king, superb ride quality. And the 29" tires give a sort of confidence I've never had on a bicycle. I tried other brands before buying it but the big nine completely blew me away with the ride quality.. Big fan!

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.

I have bought 3 Merida bicycles till now and I only have to say that this brand is awesome... You pay the money but you get the quality and equipment, not the name... For example if you choose between the best 2-3 brands and Merida, for same price bicycle,... With Merida you will get better equipment for sure.

13 Rocky Mountain Bicycles Rocky Mountain Bicycles is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company was incorporated in 1981, its name a reference to the mountain range that stretches from eastern British Columbia to the southwest United States.

Bought a used 2015 Altitude and love it. The bike before this one was a Specialized Stumpjumper evo comp. Best move was to sell the stumpy and get to riding this Altitude!

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.

14 Turner

I have been in the industry for a long time and I have a Turner. Nothing compares, ride one and you'll put it on the top!

Read reviews on turner bikes, or ride one yourself, and that's all it will take.

I am 13 and have a 15 year old turner burner it is still going strong!

Those who not vote Turner, never ride one of them

15 Bianchi

Classic and most ancient brand
Best color
Lighter and perfect frame
Italian design
Magma 9.1 2019

It's frame is as sturdy as you could think of. The design has been superb.

I have a bianchi frame and it's the best frame I've used among others with highest price, the design is different from any others,

I'm stationed in Japan and the NEX sells is stocked with $300 Mongooses. Had 2 and each went bad. They both easily rusted and neither one had a chance to to taken out on the trails (Which is a shame because there are some good ones out here). I decided to go to a bike shop off base was will to shell out more money for the Kuma. A year later, I'm still in love with this bike and it still looks almost new even though I use it for daily transit and occasional trail riding

16 Canyon

Fantastic bikes for taking on anything a new trail or path throws at you.

Best STW-ratio of any frame (including Trek, Specialized and Cannondale), excellent value, consistent quality components throughout, anodized frames, great geometry. To sum up, the best bikes in class.

These brand give you TOP equipment and frames for a beautiful price. I have a Canyon AL 6.0 with 3 years of punishment and works perfect. I love it.

I don't know why they are so low on the list they make great quality bikes for a cheap price by missing the middle man

17 Norco

Best bikes for conquering the roughest terrain on earth and doing in with speed and style.

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 have a NORCO TORRENT and it is something Amazing. Before this bike I've tested a lot of bikes but the best bike I've ever ridden is the Norco

I have a Norco fluid 9.2 right now and it is one of the best bikes I have ridden it is durable light weight and awesome.

18 Gary Fisher

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.

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

Got a 2001 Gary Fisher Marlin in pristine condition. One of the best bikes I will ever own. Everyone comments on it.

I have a 2010 Gary fisher Roscoe III some minor scratches but a super great bike! The last designed by the man himself! overdone with superb parts.

19 K2

These are great bikes, great value, cool frames

I have worked for a number of bike shops and companies, and spend a lot of time riding. That said, I have tried numerous bikes: Raleigh, Kona, Specialized, GT, Haro, etc. And of all of them, K2 is definitely right at the top. Sometimes they get a bit of a bad rap because of some of their economy lines you find at places like Sports Authority and Dicks. Those are ok introductory bikes made specifically for those companies. However, their primary lines that they sale via The Hub, and other K2 shops is definitively a legit bike.

Ya k2 is really good. They make strong durable bikes and have pro detail and you can tell a lot of attention is put in to them, if you don't believe me go buy one for yourself.

Can't complain never had any problems in my opinion. My K2 should by I the top 5 not sure what model I have but it's like 5 yrs old and has everything the the other top ten have and is light my top 5 bikes are trek. Giant. Specialized. Yeti and then my K2

20 Ibis

Ibis can't win in this, they don't make enough bikes and they aren't in every corner bike shop. They are, however, the best there is.

Ibis make remarkable mountain bikes, they have won many awards and come top of many comparison reviews in the popular MTB magazines and press. The reason they don't feature highly here is because they are more of a "boutique" brand, and are out of the reach of many riders.

It's an Ibis. Need I say more? Kona is #10?

I proudly own an Ibis Mojo HD. It's a jem and all I've done is put wider carbon bars, shorter stem, and offset bushings for the rear shock. It works just as well downhill as it does up. I wouldn't get any other bike.

21 Marin

The Rift Zone is an underrated ST trail bike. Often overlooked

Fastest, smoothest mountain bikes and road bikes that seem they were designed to shatter records and go fast enough to feel like you're flying!

Marin attack trails are probably the best mtb bike I have ever ridden

I bought a 29er Nail Trail 7 years ago and it is still the best bike I ever owned.

22 Felt

Best bike selection at great prices. I love Felt I got mine at live4bikes.com live 4 bikes in bellflower I love it. Best bike I have ever had. Its Edit pro full carbon, full suspension full Awesome!

I love my Felt. The best ride for the best price as someone else said without selling a kidney to own one. I got mine on sale because it was a year old and they were trying to get it off the showroom floor. I couldn't pass it up for the money.

Felt bikes are very under rated

I'm 12 years old and I have felt nine trail and it is so cool

23 Fuji

Best bike. Outland cross country full suspension one of the top contender in quality

Why this bike is so Cheap?! But the quality is so HIGH! Compared to Others... You are buying the design and the performance not the NAME FUJI... the HIGH Performance of their MATERIALS...

I have the FUJI Tahoe LE, and the bike is prefect... That is all I need to say!

My old fuji still runs amazing and I haven't done like any upgrades and throw this thing around. IT is like seven years old and runs like I bought it yesterday.

24 Kranked

Nice reliable bikes both on roads or off tracks and I've got 2 urban republic and the kranked factor both are great no complain! Ciao.2

Nice bike just very performance and fun on mountain all shimano pieces and very good suspensions good price for good quality

I have a by kranked

25 Ghost

Ghost make good frames that can survive a massive beating good specs and rides smoothly

After using Trek and Specialized I went for Ghost just to try it. When Ghost bikes first launched in our country I went and got the SE 2000. The bike was really balanced and perfect for commuting. Now I got another Ghost SE 4000 (2014) and it simply beasts all other Brands on this price range. I would highly recommend Ghost other then Trek or specialized.

Awesome bike, looks great too

Great bikes in reasonable price

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