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.
Oh have s giant.516 Comments Visit Website
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.
I love trek I have 6 treks at my house and my second favorite is specialized I have 2 specialized at home377 Comments Visit Website
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!
THE REST JUST CHASE THEIR TAILS337 Comments Visit Website
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.
There is the top brand, in my opinion
These cost More money than you could get torturing the wimpiest billionaire - SnoopDoggedyDog
Great bikes. Just try one. Quality, and over all. Many years using this brand.88 Comments
I have a Habit for riding up as fast as I go down. The only bike that has this personality and efficiency makes you want to form a Habit or in other word a very Bad Habit. Try it, you will know. 4000 miles and still going.
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.
Trail 1 my bike my enjoy
Good mountain bikes!
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
Super sick bycicles
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.197 Comments
I love my Kona bike! Arguably amongst the best out there. Find a good local shop that carries many brands and try before you buy to see if it's the best for you. - EditorsPick
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.
The best. Your search is over.
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.95 Comments
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 have a scott spark 40 and I'm very impressed186 Comments
Yeti is the most professional brand
Yeti is the top brand!
Yeti #1 santa cruz #2 and giant third period42 Comments
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.
Fun Makers is what Pivot should be called. Since riding their bikes my entire MTB experience has improved. Taking the time to set up the suspension properly and these are rockets up and down hill.
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" list13 Comments
Excellent frames, parts
Good quality, very beautiful design
Cube... more like square!
Fit as and they are so cool117 Comments
Good quality at reasnable price
It's a fantastic mountain bike
This merida bike is my first ever bike. I love it
Is a my bike and is a good brand171 Comments
My Rocky gets me wherever I want to go- in all directions.
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!
For me is fantastic!
The best of customizing, with ride 9 (or ride 4) you can customize the geometry. The modern line make it an evergreen - PieVeloce59 Comments
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 them6 Comments
Classic and most ancient brand
Lighter and perfect frame
Magma 9.1 2019
The colours of bianchi is incredible
Very very great bikes.
Italian design.Wonderful!22 Comments
Canyon is the top
Sender is the best dh bike
Best bike, best price!51 Comments
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
Love my Range!
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.
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
Had 2 specialized bikes Rockhoppers..but once I rode a GARY FISHER I NEVER WENT BACK..just the older bike feel..smooth..passed it on to a old friend to enjoy a b.. a.. ride...15 Comments
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 K23 Comments
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?9 Comments
Wolf Ridge 9,innovative design
Marin attack trails are probably the best mtb bike I have ever ridden
Great looking bikes and amazing pricing49 Comments
Bought a Felt MTB for my son after comparing specs. It was between Felt and Specialized. There was a misunderstanding at the bike shop so they gave me an upgraded model for a lower price on the Felt which helped me decide. We're in SF Bay Area so all brands are available. 6 weeks, he loves the ride but only on streets and light trails so far. And that my friends is how we Felt.
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 is a better racing bike then over half of the bikes on this list. I love my Doctrine 3 and wouldn't trade it for anything.
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!14 Comments
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.74 Comments
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
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 price25 Comments
Own a KTM Ultra Flite. Good and solid frame yet light in weight. For a company that initially started as a Metalworking company, they sure show their expertise in their frames. For those with doubts, try a KTM yourself and you would know what their MTBs are all about. They may be more known for their dirt bikes but its quality and expertise shows across their different business segments.27 Comments
I am 'Dirt Jump' and 'All Mountain' bicycle player... And I just bought Jamis Komodo 26" and I am well satisfied with it... The frame strength is so amazing and it extremely stable.. I hope Jamis can keep Komodo serial in future... I very like it! Go.. Go.. Go Jamis Komodo!
Hope in the future all Jamis mountain bikes still use 7005 grade aluminium, that's great aluminium and sturdy for mountain bike frame... Anyway.. Jamis is the best brand to me.
I like Komodo.. Nice bike and very strong frame.. Love Komodo!
I just bought Jamis Komodo 2014 model... Wow.. It's amazing bike for hardtail all mountain category's... Very sturdy frame and riding undoubtedly... Very love it! Support to Komodo forever... Thanks Jamis.158 Comments
The Bike, BMC is the funniest bike of the world, best components and geometry,
Really surprised that BMC isn't in the top three. They have the best mountain biking team in the world, and they are the best bike component makers in the world. Their bikes are just gorgeous.
Next to Santa Cruz (by a hair) BMC bikes are the best. Their made over seas and they are pretty good bikes. And I'm not talking about cheap Chinese labor overseas either.
Alloy frame are ultra light and great for big guys too. BMC sizes are on the large size so check if you can fit on one size smaller15 Comments
Commencal cheap and good
I recently decided to buy a downhill bike and I had a friend that was selling his 2014 supreme fr dh bike for 1200 euros, at first it seemed a little steep but after inspecting the bike closely I realised that it was worth the money and now every time I go riding I use my commenal, 10/10 would reccomend
Meta 5.5 carbon! Good downhill and on the climb.
Meta - best bike I've ridden. Really good build quality15 Comments
Raleigh's are on the comeback. They slipped a little in the past but the bikes are top notch now and still priced well. The Euro pro team is going to help with the dated perception some people may still be hanging onto.
Their bikes are very long lasting, I had a Mountain Bike from Raleigh brought in 1990, and till today, it's still running well with its upgraded components!
This is the first 'branded' bike I own, (I would not consider Wal-mart bikes as 'branded'... More sort of generic) and I have had very good rides on it, both in paved and dirt roads, being the longest a 50 mile ride along the baja coast, it performed excellent going up hill, very light, and on the way down it it zoomed up to 45MPH very smoothly, no vibration, no shakes... Very pleased with mi bike, wonder why it's so up in the rankings...
They ship solid stuff. I own one and I just love their dedication towards attention to details & associated price. Go for it!48 Comments
We just purchased 3 khs sixfifty 300’s for the kids. Great bikes!
I'm a KHS sixfifty 300 user. It's my first bike and it never fail me. Light weight,fast, and reliable. Gives me all the control while biking. Best for both road and off road terrains.
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
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 now58 Comments
SGM is nice specially when you upgrade it with high-end components. It's the best when you want a ride and have low budget. It comes with ordinary parts. I just voted this to support SGM but still the best for me is GIANT. Because its balance with durability performance and lightness is the best. They have the best tech. Only the price is not the best... Happy riding!
Budget bike. Relaxing to ride
3 years stock front shocks, they last long plus abusive riding no crack yet on frame.i'm lucky to have one...
Excellent Bike. I especially like the Elite.93 Comments
So people think that just because polygon bikes are cheap, means they are rubbish. But this is all wrong. I recently got their entry level duel suspension bike and I absolutely love it. It is great quality and feels great, no regrets and I would totally recommend this bike to anyone. So done spend 3 or 4k on a fuel suspension bike, just get a polygon, as they are just as good if not better, for a quarter of the price.
I just bought this mountain bike, and man it's good. I would recommend to ANYONE
Low price with high spec
Good product with reasonable price. Fun to ride59 Comments
Excellent equipment, low price.
Con la nuova slide trail 2019 secondo me questo marchio si fara' sentire.
Fantastic bikes. Nicely priced.
Good price, awesome bikes2 Comments
This bike is very uncommon, this is why it ranks so low. If it were more popular, people would come to realise that it is a bike that belongs in the top ten due to its superior quality
Riding Voodoo bike for a year now. Never ridden a better bike! Amazing Quality! Has a really good Quality Breaks and Suspensions. I'm riding Voodoo Hoodoo right now no trouble with the bike at all! the only thing I had to change so far are just grips didn't like the feel of them. After all the bike is great quality, the price is too low but it might just be that it isn't really known! Loads more MTB riders should try it out! Amazing bike with an Amazing Quality!
Got a voodoo hoodoo, I've ridden carrera and boardman These bikes were problematic The voodoo is trouble free, halfords set it up crappie, got a bike expert to set it up proprietary and by go's she's good, love it
Voodoo hoodoo. Best bike for the money. Love it.7 Comments
Top three problems with Apollo
1# It's a bloody heavyweight
2# There is never a bike that isn't absolutely rust-prone
You can snap of the brake handles - SnoopDoggedyDog
I have had a bloody good run out of apollo bikes had to now in New Zealand would buy another
Worst bike I have ever bought. All the parts are like chocolate and I have replaced all the parts. Waste of £300. I have a Trek solid steel frame that has no suspension and feels better that the apollo. I am getting rid of it within the next few weeks.
Very cheap, but very poorly made and spec is not good and very heavy.3 Comments
My bones thank devinci for making my marshall full suspended with 27.5 wheel
Great bikes Canadian made
I have owned Trek, Giant and Santa Cruz, which are all the top 10 of this list. My current carbon Troy matches up very well with all my previous rides. No way Devinci should be this low in this list.
The best one. Split pivot is the more efficient.10 Comments
Did a demo on a Fezzari at the Hurricane UT mountain bike festival. Loved it. Quality was great.
Quality bike at a reasonable price! I currently own one and I couldn't be happier with the purchase I made! The service that they provide is second to none! I'm currently looking for a hard tail, I guess I'm heading back to Fezzari!
Very good bike! Quality and price the best! I'm very happy
Best Buy!1 Comment
Not really a fan, until they came out with the raptor carbon series. Extremely great geometry and superb design. Simplicity at its best! The mono colors shout, for a carbon frame, it is really robust. This beats my previously owned scott scale, mosso 7509, santa cruz chameleon.
Great bikes, reliable, well done and detailed at its finest.
Geometric Team 7 is great and make cycling fun and comfortable. High quality bikes.
Geometric is a very nice bicycle for the money what we pay & quality built with very good performance147 Comments
High Quality Bike, yet so affordable price.
Still not that popular though since it's just a newcomer, that is if I'm not mistaken. And that's the reason why it's listed far from the best. But for quality and performance, I can say it can be of the same level with the best. Trinx will rule someday!
Bang for the buck bikes. If you're looking for budget but quality bikes, Trinx is the way to go.
Cool and easy to rides...112 Comments
Just bought an ALMA H30 EAGLE, already put to the test on everything. Value for money is at the levels of cube, radon and canyon if not higher.
Got it 2 years ago to get fit. Ended up as my daily transport, 3 downhill events, various enduro events... No problem with it so far. Well happy with it, and I m sure my next one will be an Orbea
Durable and affordable
Nice looking performance frames
Worth the price...
Got my new mosso frame. It is worth for the money109 Comments
Shimano is the best bike... Every bike makers use Shimano parts... Like Disk breaks, HUBS, WHEELS, and Cranks, Chains,
I recommend Shimano for every person who looking for best quality brand super faster machine... (y)
The most reliable bike ever..
Shimano components almost present on every bike. Its either sram or shimano here in RP. Doere group set is the best
Shimano has the most durable parts. I have Shimano gears and shifts for almost 11 years now, and it only needs few maintenance and it is still working properly.23 Comments
The best fat bikes in the world.
Top 10 for sure. Has everything the others have at half the price. Lightweight and sturdy. My first bike and still going. Don't always be fooled by extremely expensive stuff. This bike looks cooler than most as well. Been up the mountain as well as down - what a pleasure.
Seriously this bike should have been in the top 10.
We had a Mountain bike tour of 350km through the Lesotho mountains in 6 days and there were some rich guys who had bikes over $4000, the standard bikes that most of us had were the silverback stride 10 which is about $500. when they revealed the top 10 fastest riders, the majority (including me) and the fastest guy who won the race tour used the silverback stride 10.
It should be first
Hellcat is 10/10
Takes a beating tough bikes had 2 carrera subway but one got stolen other one had to sell (had trouble with money) now I have brand new hellcat 29er tested off-road and on road. Started upgrading so far I got 203mm brake rotors planing to put hydraulic brakes and front double discs but 1000 dollars for front fork and hub is too expensive for me now but I hope to finish everything in one year.22 Comments
If you can find one buy it! Best mountain bike of all time! Bang for the buck, one of the best frames out there, high end parts, unbreakable!
I bought Haro 'cause of the price. Went for Flightline 2010 model, limited Croatia edition. Invested and received is more than great. With some modification gear wise it has become a real muscle mountain bike. Been riding it now for a year and can't wait start of the new season.
I'm ten years old it's my first time riding this bike and I think already it's the best bike ever. - antoni360
My dad bought me a Haro for Christmas. I took it for a test drive, and the performance is much better than my previous bike (Mongoose).25 Comments
Bergamont is best bike
I have ridden Bergamont bikes for over 10 years and they are amazing, dependable machines that have a high quality feel and ride brilliant
Love my Bergamont awesome bike well built light frame in cool colors7 Comments
Best good dam bike should be on the first page
Banshees are the best bikes ever they have solid frame and bars and will take a lifetime beating it should be top 3!
Should be much higher, also don't deserve (in good sense) 2nd page, bikes like Ibis, Intense, Mondraker. VOTE for them!
The best bike.3 Comments
Ryder Shark 27.5 represent!
I love Ryder stride competition series as I ride confidently in the mountain trails. The Ryder design combination of colors is unique that tend to encourage the mountain bike riders to choose the same.
I have a ryder competition series 7001A aluminum. It's a very tough aluminum frame, I fitted a 160mm fork and used it for trail, and sometimes downhill. Rims got deformed, tires explode, but the frame is still intact. I think, it's the frame design that made it survive all the abuse. The design is very simple but very well balance.
I have a Ryder Friction... So far, it's so good.. I encourage you to buy also.!21 Comments
I've been riding a Haibike edition 7.50 for couple of years now. It's a value for money bike. Awesome performer and you get the best quality components for the lowest price as compared to other bikes. A very desirable bike.
Haibike is The Sports Brand of Winora, engineered and produced in Schweinfurt Germany.
I have haibike big curve se
29 er, and it is greate
I have a 2013 SL carbon light 29r hardtail. The frame is superbly engineered and components are top grade. Compared to other 29r's the handling is nimble and stable, I have used this bike every weekend and in several enduro Xc events and it has never let me down. Haibikes are hard to find, but make the effort to have a look and you will not regret it.
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