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 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.

Awesome bikes.

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2 Trek 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.

Great all round bike

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3 Specialized 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. - 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!

"It WAS my child's dream come true."

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

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.

20 year old Super V500 still taking punishment and doing well.

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5 Santa Cruz 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.

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

Top 10 here reflect mainstream--e.G. ignorant--perspective. Nearly all serious mountain bikers would put Santa Cruz near the top (if not the top), while Marin and Kona make very mediocre product, to say nothing of the industry giants who put out a lot of crap, besides their top of the line bikes.

Greg minaar

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6 GT 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

Fantastic Suspension. A standard GT Sensor Comp with a few component upgrades can be down to 28 lbs. Nice weight for any trail bike. Nicely engineered!

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7 Scott 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

Just the best!

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8 Yeti Yeti

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.

Probably too expensive and niche for people to know about, but these bikes should be WAAYY higher on the list, especially past Cannondale (mediocre/REI brand) and Marin (forgettable/boring).

The best bikes.

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9 Merida

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 is great and make cycling fun and comfortable. High quality bikes.

The best

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10 Kona 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.

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The Contenders

11 Rocky Mountain Bicycles 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.

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.

My wife and I both have rocky mountain's, My wife really enjoys her Fusion, and my Instinct is not the best at anything but capable of being great at everything. A dropper post is all It's missing in my opinion and that is due to buying the Instinct 950

Bought a '15 thunderbolt. Amazing bike. Having a blast. Built quality top notch, and matte orange paint job looks killer. I got it on discount so for the price I paid it's a lot of bike. Great canadian company

Best bike company you can buy from. The Trailhead is amazing for cross country! Soon will be getting the new thunderbolt can't wait! BEST BIKES YOU CAN GET!

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12 Gary Fisher

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

Built quality is very good and the frame seems to fit perfectly

This a strong and powerfully built to last longer

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..

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13 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.

Good quality,you can feel the difference from other brands with regards to performance

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14 Marin

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 the marin mount vision xm 5 2015 grate bike very caipeble

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15 Diamondback

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 had three over the years and I have never regretted it. My latest is the Response. Adjustable forks, beefy tires, and bulletproof frame. Some say that the derailers and cassette is lacking, but put the rapid fire triggers and a proper adjustment and go pound the dirt.

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 silverback it's a Slade4 sport and I love it

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16 Pivot

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.

nice bike

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17 Fuji

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

I got a Fuji bike when I was 6 and now I am 12. I have been mountain biking and also bike a whole lot on the road. I have not replaced anything, and it still runs PERFECT! Best bike I have ever had

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.

The best bike I have ever got in my life

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18 KHS

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

The best for the money!

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

Solid, value priced bikes.

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19 Norco

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 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.

I own a Norco Storm 7.1 and it's awesome! Solid, durable, light and the most comfort I've ever had riding a bike. Norco should absolutely be in the top 5 brands on planet earth!

Been rocking my Norco MTB for almost a year, durable, excellent looking and absolutely comfortable to ride in any terrain. No complains with my bike and now I'm planning to get a Norco full suspension downhill bike

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20 Jamis

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!

Shiiisshhhkaaboommm...i'm like this brand sooo much! m/

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