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.
These bikes are excellent...!V 514 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.
I bought a 2019 Trek Marlin 5 last month and this bike is awesome. The Hydraulic brakes gives me the confidence to ride like the wind. Awesome bike for the price!V 368 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
They just make such a classy and good-riding bike! I have had the same specialized, no upgrades, for 20 years and never even HAD THE CHAIN FALL OFF! This long- lasting bike will be sure to work forever.
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!V 329 Comments Visit Website9
Trail 1 my bike my enjoy
The best for me...I love this brand
AwesomeV 145 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.
Best frame warranty and warranty department out there if you do have an issue. Replaced a 2014 frame with a 2019 frame for a non-structural issue. Amazing is what I call it. I am Santa Cruz for life now
Best brand eveer
Yup, most innovative company combined with soul. Above this in the list...brands not productsV 84 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
Fantastic, only fun!
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.V 195 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
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.V 183 Comments Visit Website9
There is nothing that compares to a YETI, period!
This brand creates really classy bicycles, I like them so much! just a flaw: you have few models
YETI sb6 is the perfect bike.
The best MTB everV 38 Comments Visit Website9
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 brand
I have a merida hardtrail model 2010 and now in 2019, it is working perfectly without any issue.V 169 Comments Visit Website9
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.
Best Bikes in the World!
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.V 94 Comments Visit Website9
The best of customizing, with ride 9 (or ride 4) you can customize the geometry. The modern line make it an evergreen - PieVeloce
Now on my third Rocky. Started with an Element years ago and now riding a Thunderbolt 750 MSL. Love carbon. If only my abilities could keep up with those of the bike. If I miss something now it is my fault not the bikes fault.
I have teste my Rocky Mountain Element in my trail in Sardinia (Italy), and I can Said which Rocky build a Great bikes... I love this bikes, love the ride!
My flatline pro is the my bike preferiteV 56 Comments
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...V 15 Comments
I bought a 29er Nail Trail 7 years ago and it is still the best bike I ever owned.
Bobcat frame geometry really helps!
These is no doubt these are some baller bikesV 45 Comments
Very best quality at low price respect others brand
Gret bikes for the money we spend
Great bikes, reasonably priced, cool colors, and they look amazing, have good quality parts, you get the most for your money.
Great bike with good group setV 108 Comments
Good reliable bike
They look fire
Have a mason 1 cost me $800, but it comes with a 1*10 but still has a regular 11-42 cogset. It has 120 mm of travel with 34mm stanchions. And did I mention its only 800
Started mountain biking with a hybrid Wildwood that I beat snot out. Then proceeded to the entry level Nashbar AT1 (which is another brand I recommend if you're interested in biking! ) then went to the Overdrive Sport. Love this bike! It's not an aggressive down trail bike but climbing is no problem and flowing trails is where it excels. Now have the El Oso Grande fat bike and loving very bit of it.V 64 Comments
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.
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.
I know this list is bad. Pivot needs to be up there with Santa Cruz. They have great quality bikes. Top 1 and 2 brands out there for sure. Obvious that giant is a top mfg of bikes, but that doesn't make them #1. Maybe like 6th.
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.V 12 Comments
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...
Best bike. Outland cross country full suspension one of the top contender in quality
I have the 1.4 Hybrid and I love it. Although a little heavy, feels very solid going downhill.
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.V 74 Comments
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 now
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.V 57 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 owned a Norco Rampage and it was a great hard tail bike, I was able to get into jumps, go down on mountains and also use it on the city to go everywhere. Very strong frame and build quality! I would recommed anyone to try a Norco, they should be above on this list!V 61 Comments
Very good quality!
Lapierre Zesty my love
Raid fx it’s amazing
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 oneV 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.V 157 Comments
Best bike, best price!
Good bike (my favourite bike is strive)
Truly top-of-the-range bikes, excellent quality and price
Cheap and powerV 46 Comments
Very beautiful design and color combining, light weight and cheap. Have strong frame structure, can go all type of trail. If you buy this bike and another bike with same price, you will know the iron horse item is super quality. I have seven mtb, one of it is iron horse, another like giant, merida, norco that more expensive than iron horse but from all I choose iron horse because more comfortable, and very straching design. And another reason is, if we talk with our friend or anyone about mtb, we just need say IRON HORSE and your partner will automatically know the aroma of iron horse. Seriously cheap, from another mtb brand.
I like this bike out off all my old bikes it comes with 29" tires Its fast stops fast with the disc brakes it is a heavy for its size but it do have very good gears to help make it up the hill but once you go down hill it picks up a lot of speed makes you wanna wish you had more gears to make it go more faster. the only problems I had was changing worn out tires tire tubes and bearings on wheels and pedals. Well I do use it every day for the last 5 years so it do have many miles on it. I still like it fore the price I got it for. my bicycle is the sinister 6.3
I own 7 Iron Horse bikes and they are the best bikes I have ever owned! Most of the other bikes on the list above this brand don't actually deserve to be on there. Mongoose is one of the worst brands! If you want a cheap, piece of crap then don't get a Iron Horse. Well constructed and built in the USA!
Really?! This low?! I own a 2006 iron horse yakuza aniline shogun bucho and granted the newest line isn't what it once was it is still better that 50th! I'd expect top 15 I not top 10! Strong sturdy frames, great systems, better than my diamond back! Way to far down the list is all I'm saying!V 6 Comments
The colours of bianchi is incredible
Very very great bikes.
I ordered a Kuma 29.1 and it should be here Monday. So after a few rides, I'll give a review. I considered other brands such as Ghost, Centurion, Bergamont, and a few others. But it seems the name on the bike is superficial. Most bike frames are made in China or Taiwan. And the rest is SRAM, Shimano, or chapy. So for about $900 dollars, bikes in that price range are pretty much the same.V 21 Comments
Good solid bikes with decent components solid frames
Good bike that is comfortable and fast
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.
Awesome bike, that has good overall performance and stability. Good for off road and trail riding, can handle a good amount of stick from me.V 21 Comments
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
27.5" mountain bike is amazing. Great components and very competitive pricing.
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!V 14 Comments
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Gearing a bit high otherwise perfect!
Obviously the leader in durability and price. Top Gear bikes will have you outside everyday! - Ayazo
Great for trail rides!V 2 Comments
Intense for life
One of the top Downhillers raced Intense, his name is Chris Kovaric and he's been loyal to Intense for a very long time. This goes to show how this company takes care of their team as well as their customers. Though they haven't been mass producing worldwide as the other named brands, Intense should definitely be a top 5-10 name cause they make great frames that compliment all the components they use, and Customer Service is second to none! I hope this brand climbs up the rankings...
Ride once...Ride for life.
Design, craftmanship and look of these bikes to top notch. Like works of art that you can bomb down the mountain and some of them can actually be pedaled back to the top again for another run.V 10 Comments
My favorite. Light, smooth and off course very comfortable to ride for long time.
Bought a cape wrath fantastic bike for the money
My favorite one. Light, smooth and comfortable to ride for long time.
Got a Shaman 2011 for less than 280 pounds and it got specs better than a 500 worth Giant/Trek/Specialized. Very pleased with it best specs for the money in entry level class MTBV 1 Comment
Cheap but reliable, qualities are up to the standard, good bike for beginner especially when you still in learning stages.
Affordable and has qualities for beginner.
Very good quality equipment on bike with reseonable price
Best bike for beginners
Good for muscles building
I have had one for 10 years and it is still as good as new, I have not replaced anything but tubes.
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 themV 6 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 K2V 3 Comments
Great bike lovley suspension.
Very good spec for the money got a full suspension 2016 love it
Very good bikes, great value for money with forks and drivetrains you would find on a much more expensive bike. The frame is amazing, with smooth weds like carbon fibre. Best bike brand
Beautiful bike and good for the moneyV 9 Comments
I bought my 2009 Epiphany brand new and have been tearing up the trails ever since. I ride pretty much every weekend and I'm always impressed that my 5.5 inch suspension bike can still climb with the best of the 3 inch suspension bikes. But on the bumps downhill the plush suspension helps to navigate even the most technical terrains. I have ridden other top brand bikes but the Ellsworth just has an overall best feel for me. Ellsworth is definitely in the top 5 brands of mountain bikes and until you have the pleasure of riding one you'll never know. I just assume that because it's in the higher cost bracket that most of the people ranking haven't even rode and Ellsworth before. Just remember we're ranking the best bike and not the best deal!
I have ridden many top rated mountain bikes and Ellsworth definitely is on the top of that list. Unfortunately there are many riders that due to cost have never rode one before and until they do will not understand just how awesome of a bike that Ellsworth stands behind. Ellsworth simply makes the best bikes out there but you will have to pay the price.
I have two Ellsworth bikes, a Moment and an Evolve and I love them. They climb well, the suspension stays active during breaking, and they rock on the down hill sections I ride here in the Rocky Mountains. They are pricey but I plan on riding them for a very long time!
I have an Ellsworth joker and It is one of the best full suspension bikes out there. Great forks and back suspension. Light. Tough. Great brakes and components. And very very reliable. Ellsworth makes the best bikes out the. Ellsworth is number 1V 11 Comments
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 performanceV 147 Comments
Very stylish good for beginners and kids
Very excellent bike in rough roads
I have a concept c mtb I like its stylish figure.
Always good maintained bikes for a fair price.
Bought anarchy 200. Very cheap but the quality is superb as well. Should be ranked higher
Good solid bikes at good prices
Flimsy shadow of it's former self!
Really good bike brand any of them are worth the moneyV 6 Comments
It's a great bike!
I've had my marzona speed play for almost 5 years now and is still running.. been using it everyday as my transport.. frame is so reliable that you can make use of it on the trails or on urban road.. although the bike it self is not that lightweight as other high end brands but the durability and stability is pretty great..
Its was the best bike I ever have cheap but very durability
Great bike especially for its durability. A bit heavy but still its greatV 14 Comments
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 priceV 25 Comments
Nakamura is the best
I have nakamura grade 5.29.I find a great bike. It is very easy and well equipped to her money.
I have a nakamura juvy good beginner bike
I have nakamura for 400 €... Its great, even for jumping and downhill..V 1 Comment
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
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.V 23 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 bikesV 2 Comments
Best bike ever
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.
Big Bang for the Buck
Great Bikes... Money for value!V 7 Comments
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