Our Favorite Mountain Bikes Tested and Reviewed
Whether you’re just looking to have fun or need to train and improve your performance and endurance for your next event, our list of best mountain bikes is here to help. Regardless of the price range you're sticking to you’ll find that the best mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes—and some offer more features than others. While some are made for beginners and others are geared to experienced riders, one thing can be said about the best mountain bikes—they’re here to help you get the most out of your rides.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 19 hrs of research
Good price for a fat tire bike
Comfortable, smooth ride
- Mongoose Dolomite
- Schwinn Protocol
- Diamondback Sync'r Hardtail
- BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B
- Diamondback Overdrive
- Merax Falcon Mountain
- Gravity FSX
- Raleigh Eva 2
- Merax Finiss Aluminum Road
- Murtisol Hybrid
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Mountain Bikes
1. Mongoose Dolomite
Good price for a fat tire bike
Comfortable, smooth ride
Quality of components don't match that of the frame
This is a super fun option with big fat wheels that easily roll over anything and everything in your way. This style of bike has become increasingly popular lately because of the smooth and easy ride it gives the user and how much fun they are.Read more
This one has big fat tires that give the user a stable ride. It is fairly unique on our list in that it doesn't have a front or rear suspension, which some users like and some don't.
It has front and rear disk brakes, beach cruiser style pedals for comfort, and the 7-speed drive train has twist style shifter on the grips.
The super fat tires give make it a nice and stable cruising option.
The price is low and it can often be found online at a discount as well.
Some users felt like the quality of the frame far exceeded that of the components, making this an excellent candidate for rebuilding into the fat tire bike they really wanted at a less expensive price.
2. Schwinn Protocol
Larger users may experience bounce pedaling uphill
This option comes from the oldest, most trusted name in the United States and every bike they make comes with a lifetime warranty. It has a 24-gear shifter and the Shimano rear derailer is of good quality.Read more
This is an entry level product from a reputable company that comes with a lifetime warranty.
It has front and rear suspension, Shimano components, front disc brakes, and comes with nice grippy tires.
Users reported a smooth and comfortable experience with this product, easily going over obstacles without a lot of drama, although heavier riders may experience some bounce while climbing due to the dual suspension.
This is one of the best products on the market in this price range.
We didn't find any major, consistent longevity issues with this product.
3. Diamondback Sync'r Hardtail
Great for experienced riders
Responsive brake system
Great stability for experienced riders
Not for beginners
Not enough stability for those of you starting out
This is one of the more pricier options on our list, and also one tailored to those of you with more experience under your belt. Not only does this bike look great, but its effectiveness and efficiency is what put it on our list--so take a look at the full review to learn more about this bike, and figure out whether or not it is a good choice for you!Read more
This bike is designed for intermediate and experienced riders who have already developed good form and are able to maintain their stability on rugged terrain. Their off-road tires are designed to help you hit those hard to reach areas and the style is perfect for those of you who want to hit challenging trails or even training for your next event or race.
This bike uses hydraulic disc brakes that makes the bike incredibly responsive and are also easy to control. Its aggressive design allows it let you perform to the best of your ability and reach much faster speed.
This bike is designed for really rugged terrain and is and is able to deal with a lot of obstacles. While it is definitely not for beginners--in fact, beginners will not be able to use this bike effectively and should not consider it as your first mountain bike--this bike is perfect for experience riders looking for a challenge.
While it is one of the more pricey options, if you are an experienced rider you will love this one.
This bike features and ultra-durable hand built frame. It is designed to handle the roughest terrain, so it is definitely built to last as well.
4. BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B
10 day wait time for shipping
The BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B tops our list of the best mountain bikes. Despite being the most expensive mountain bike on this list, this model is one of the more popular options sold because of its large number of features and its lightweight design. Made from carbon fiber, the BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B weighs less than 11 kg and is very sturdy.Read more
This model is available in white, red, black or a combination of white and red. Its trail style with a hardtail and front-only suspension. Combined, the style and the specs create a secure ride for trails, uneven terrain, or urban rides.
This bike's air fork suspension makes for a smoother ride, though it is a hardtail without rear suspension. Its hidden disc brake system and 30-speed functionality are in demand among enthusiasts.
Many competitive level bikes are made from carbon fiber, so it's the perfect choice for an entry-level professional. It is available with 27.5-inch or 29-inch wheels.
The BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B Mountain Bike is the most expensive option on this top 10 list, largely because of its carbon fiber design. This is not the model for a beginner. However, considering its construction and list of features, this is a great option for someone who wants an advanced mountain bike but doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars for a competition level bike.
This mountain bike is constructed from carbon fiber, which makes it sturdy and lightweight, and durable.
5. Diamondback Overdrive
Great customer service
Easy to assemble
The Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive Hardtail Mountain Bike with 27.5" wheels is a hardtail mountain bike that provides riders with a lot of stability and traction while traveling on unstable terrain. It's a mid-range mountain bike that is popular with both beginning riders and seasoned enthusiasts.Read more
This model is a hardtail-style mountain bike created for the trails. The hardtail is made to offer precision handling and an efficient ride. It's available in a variety of bright colors, including red and lime green.
Its coil spring fork suspension system means that you'll have a smooth ride and less fatigue. The Shimano 3/8 speed drivetrain enables you to have the tension you need to ride up steep hills and cruise down rocky paths.
The Diamondback Overdrive 27.5" uses mechanical disc brakes with 160 mm rotors that help improve stability and traction. It's available in four standard sizes, based on your height. It's an easy model to assemble, with only the wheels, seat, and pedals left to put together.
In terms of value, this model stands somewhere in the middle. For the ease of assembly and access to a hardtail mountain bike with overdrive, it's an okay deal. Where Diamondback stands apart from the others is its dedicated customer service team known for trying to make any issue right.
This mountain bike was created to overcome rough terrain--so it was definitely designed to be durable and long-lasting as well!
6. Merax Falcon Mountain
Easy to assemble
Rides smooth, built with double suspension
Tires hold up well
Lightweight aluminum frame
Can be stored easily
21 speed with easy shifting
Brakes should be adjusted
Bad stock seat
The Merax Falcon is an option on this list for cyclists looking for a low cost mountain bike that would be either good for an introduction to mountain biking or as a low price base to invest in for more costly customized modifications. The Falcon is an affordable option for riders looking for a reliable bicycle.Read more
This Merax bicycle is only available in 26in, which is best suited for people between 5 ½ and 6 feet. The bikes max weight capacity is 330lbs.
The Merax Falcon assembles easily and its front wheel remains removable for so that it be loaded up into a trunk or back seat when you want to take your Falcon to more remote riding spots. The Falcon has 21 speeds with a derailleur and shifter to make your ride a little easier.
The Falcon is a full suspension mountain bike, making it better for dealing with rougher terrain and leading to a smoother ride overall.
The Falcon is a wholly good deal, solid features and a reliable build that make this Merax bike well worth its affordable price.
The frame of the Merax Falcon is designed with aluminum for a strong but lightweight build. The stock tires also reported as being of noteworthy durability, lasting through multiple long and challenging rides.
7. Gravity FSX
Available in different sizes
Very popular model
Must assemble after shipping
The 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 Dual Full Suspension Mountain Bike is a popular option with many in-demand features that cycling enthusiasts love, such as a full suspension and a very lightweight frame that makes it easier to transport. It's easy to use a bike that's affordable. These factors make it a great option for beginning cyclists who want to start with a bike that works for most.Read more
This model is a cross country bike that's perfect for most occasions, whether on a trail or a city street. It's available in four different sizes, including 15", 17", 19", and 21". The 15" is perfect for petite women who may feel that other bikes are too large and cumbersome.
The 2018 Gravity FSX offers dual suspensions that are completely adjustable, so you'll be able to ride with a suspension level that you like. The Shimano shifters are easy to use, even for beginners.
It disc brake system increases safety. The double wall rims enhance the feeling of security and stability while you're riding.
Overall, this model offers a tremendous amount of value. It's in the low to mid-range of prices on this list. As a result, it's a solid model for beginners looking to invest in a mountain bike that will last as long as they need it to.
This mountain bike is constructed with an aluminum frame that’s lightweight and durable.
8. Raleigh Eva 2
Available in XS sizing
Designed for women
Wide tires for stability
Not great for long distances
Most unisex bikes are designed for men's bodies. That's not the case with the Raleigh Eva 2. It's a mountain bike designed for women, with the appropriate dimensions and features. It's a good option for a moderate ride on light trails and urban terrain.Read more
This cross-country bike was designed for a woman's sensibilities. It's bright design and a saddle designed for women's bodies make it a popular choice for female riders. It's available in silver, blue, and black.
Made for comfort, the Raleigh Eva 2 features a softer suspension fork, a comfortable saddle, and grips designed just for women. The Shimano Revo twist shifter offers 21 different speeds.
It comes with wide Kenda tires that help improve the stability of the bike, even on unstable terrain. It weighs just under 30 pounds.
For a women's mountain bike, this is an affordable option. In fact, there aren't too many bicycles available for less than this with size options and a female first design.
This mountain bike is constructed from aluminum, so it's lightweight and pretty durable.
9. Merax Finiss Aluminum Road
Lightweight wheels and frame
Easy to assemble
Supports up to 330 pounds
Only 21 speeds
Not great for very tall riders
The Merax Finiss 26" Aluminum 21 Speed Mountain Bike is a solid moderate option if you're looking for a mountain bike that's stylish and durable. It offers a well-balanced set of features, including 21-speed derailleurs. Plus, it's one of the most reviewed and popular bikes that you can buy.Read more
This mountain bike is a cross-country style. Its stylized wheels stand out among standard models. It is designed to offer easy assemble with a quick release pin, so you won't need tools to put it together.
The Shimano 21-speed derailleurs and shifters provide a good degree of personalization for your riding style. Combined with magnesium alloy wheels, this mountain bike is easy to transport.
The Merax Finiss 26" Aluminum 21 Speed Mountain Bike offers a smooth ride because of it's advanced all-aluminum mechanical lockout suspension fork.
When it comes to price, this mountain bike is a good low to mid-range choice. Although it's more expensive than some of the economic models, the lighter weight frame and suspension system make it a good choice if you plan to frequently travel on your bike.
This Merax Finiss is constructed from a heat treated aluminum frame that's durable and lightweight.
10. Murtisol Hybrid
Front and Rear brakes
For beginners only
The Murtisol Hybrid bike is primarily a mountain bike, however, it can also be used on the road--hence the "hybrid" in its name. If you need something that can double as both, or if you like to cruise over to your favorite trails, then this is an excellent one to consider.Read more
This bike has a nice, stylish design that looks great and is also efficient. The seat's height is also adjustable, so it can fit most people--if you are really short just be sure to confirm that this will work for you.
Not only does the bike have an adjustable seat, but also front and rear brakes for optimal stability, control, and responsiveness. Its wheels are wide, making them easy to control, which makes this a really stable bike.
If you want a smooth and stable ride, then this is the way to go. It will work for beginners looking to ease into a more technical bike later on--although this is a great leisure bike as well.
This bike is incredibly affordable--one of the most affordable options out there. It is great for beginners and really versatile.
For the price, this bike is really durable. Its solid frame is made aluminum and provides great durability for long term use.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The style of a bike includes the type of bike it is, from cross country to trail riding. It also includes the physical style of the bike, in terms of color. If different sizes are available, it’s an important consideration for people who don’t necessarily fit the standard bike riding size. These factors are extremely important things to look out for first. If the bike won’t support a rider of a certain size, there’s no reason to consider it. The best bikes for style offer many different sizes, such as the Gravity FSX 1.0 Dual Full Suspension Mountain Bike.
While we don't encourage you to prioritize the look of the bike when considering what style to get, we do know that is something that falls into this category as well. Once you have narrowed down the bike you know will fit your needs--and we mean everything from additional features and add ons to the height of the bike, the type of seat it has, and how the gear shifting system works--you can then consider looks. Some brands offer several different colors to choose from when it comes to their frames, but most offer standard colors. Keep in mind that if this is super important to you, you can always have the frame painted, by a professional, to the color of your choosing.
Many users often think they just want a "cooler" set of tires--but keep in mind that the style of the tires are directly related to their performance and purpose--so if you decide to get new tires make sure they are first and foremost, for mountain bikes, and secondly, that you are switching them out because you need what they have to offer.
Because this is a best of list, the type of features that the mountain bikes offered became extremely important. Features such as a type of braking system, number of speeds, and suspension were evaluated to determine which models had the most impressive features to offer. The more features that the bike had, the higher its chance of being high up on the list.
When considering what features you should pay for and which ones you don't have to worry about having, you need to start by first considering your own specific needs. If you know you are a beginner, and not anywhere near an expert or experienced rider, you will want to invest in a bike that offers features that cater to your needs. Typically that means a gear shifting system that can take over for you when you are reaching your burnout point as well as added comfort features that may make you move slower, but will also improve your form and comfort levels--so you enjoy your rides. If you are a more experienced rider, you will need a gear shifting system that caters to your needs and, since you may have your form down packed, and you may want to sacrifice some comfort features in order to be able to move faster and even improve your times if you are training for a competition or event.
It's important how a bike rides because you want it to now only be comfortable, but be able to clear obstacles and go over them. Some of the things that make a mountain bike ride well are the suspension and the seat. Products with both rear and front suspension will ride better than those with just front suspension, but it will also be less responsive to the input power of your pedaling. This is because the suspension can cause some of the momentum from your pedaling to go up as you pull on the handlebars instead of forward with your momentum. So if you plan on doing a lot of uphill pedaling you may want to consider a hard tail bike, which is one without rear suspension because it will allow you to climb the hills more efficiently. Another feature that some bikes have that makes them ride nicely is a seat with suspension or springs. Most of the bikes on our list don't have this feature but if it appeals to you they can easily be purchased and installed at a local bike shop.
When we looked at value there are several things we took into consideration. While we did take into consideration the price each bike, to appease those of you who have strict budgets to adhere to, there is much more that went into our final decision when it came to the overall value that the bike provides you with. Once we established the price of the bike, we considered all of the other factors mentioned here on our page. We took a look at the overall durability of the bike--how it's built, its design, how long does it really last in real life (we took a look at actual reviews and what real life users had to say to get a better gauge of this). We also took into consideration the bike's gear shifting capabilities and how well it will help riders maintain their form.
We also considered whether or not the bike was compatible with additional accessories and whether or not you can switch out the seat for one you prefer, how easy it is to replace the tires, and how compatible they are with bike repair stands. In the end, the value of the bike truly depends on your own final verdict. We rated all of the bikes on our list to give a general reflection of how they compare to each other and rank them from "best" to "worst," but at the end of the day you will need to take your own needs into consideration--don't just pick the bike at the number one spot because it is rated at the top of the list--but rather choose one that you feel is made to fit each and every one of your needs.
These are called "mountain" bikes for a reason; they're meant to be used out of doors, going up and down mountains, over rocks and branches, and generally doing stuff that puts a lot of stress on the product and its components. This means it's really important to consider how durable a product is before you buy it. Especially if you plan on riding your bike consistently you'll want to purchase one with a high level of durability. Some of the things that make a bike long-lasting or not are the quality of the frame and the components, and the level of quality in the construction. We looked at all of these things and scored each bike according to how long lasting it is, as well as taking over a thousand user reviews into account.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Before picking out your next mountain bike, take the time to figure out what you need in a bike. What we mean by this is not the features you want in your bike or what additional things you want from your bike, but rather what you need to stay comfortable and maintain proper form. Riding on the road can take a toll on your body if you aren't comfortable and lose your form, and these two things are even harder to maintain on a mountain bike because of the terrain you are riding on. So, make sure to figure out what you need in terms as support as well as whether or not you are riding for pleasure or training for your next event.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert--or if your riding for pleasure or to train for your next race or event--additional add ons can come in handy. If your budget allows, and if you actually need them, take a look at the different additional features each bike has to offer. While some may not have anything extras, some do. You can get the option to customize certain parts of your bike and others may have more gear shifting options. While some may not come with the add ons, many are compatible with other accessories--so you can customize your bike pedals, get a more comfortable seat for you, and even upgrade your gear shifting system.
Other Factors to Consider
The mountain bikes on this list aren’t simply included because of their affordability or availability. There is an important set of metrics that we used when choosing the mountain bikes that made this list. As previously mentioned, these bikes on our list are geared toward enthusiasts and beginners, not professionals in competitions. Each of the key factors used to create our list of the best mountain bikes is explained below.
That being said, there are some options on our list that will work well for those of you who are more experiences. At the end of the day, you need to consider what your needs are and why you are getting a bike. If you need a bike for leisure rides, then you don't need to invest in a competitive bike. And, even if you do need a bike to train or for your events, you may still want a bike you can use for leisure activities--so you don't add any wear and tear. The bottom line when it comes to choosing the best mountain bike for you is to consider all of your needs, specifically.
Your mountain bike should be comfortable enough to ride on rough terrains for extended periods of times. It should allow you to keep your form and ensure you can ride effectively and efficiently, without burning out. Consider what type of gear shifting options you need and be honest about your skill level when sifting through all of the different bikes. Pick something durable and that fits your needs and you are guaranteed to love your bike for years to come, given that you take care of it.
Ease of Use
When buying a mountain bike online, it’s important to consider assembly needs and tuning. This is because bikes are large and need to be disassembled while they are shipped. If you’re uncomfortably assembling a bike on your own, it might be worth paying for assembly online or through a local bike shop.
It’s important to assemble a mountain bike correctly for safety and performance reasons. Some of the bikes on this list are easier to assemble than others because of how they are designed. Make sure to carefully read through the instructions when you receive the bike before starting to assemble it.
Tuning is an important part of bike maintenance, which includes steps like cleaning the bike’s chain and adjusting the brakes. When you buy a bike new from a store that’s already assembled, this has most likely been done for you. After you assemble your bike, make sure you go through the tuning process. You can repeat this process every so often to keep your mountain bike in great shape.
Frequently Asked Questions
Not all bikes are comfortable for everyone. You want a bike that’s comfortable in terms of seat height and frame height combined. Many bikes with size options list rider heights by size.
A hardtail bike is one where the suspension fork is located only in the front of a bike, the name hardtail referring to the less cushioned back end. Full suspension would be the other style often seen in mountain bikes, both ends of the bike having suspension instead of just the front.
There are several styles of mountain bike that all have varying levels of specialization. Cross county bikes are fairly middle of the road, so to speak, good for most things. Trail bikes are what you go to looking for stability. Enduro is about endurance and the ability to travel long distances. Lastly, downhill bikes are designed for steep terrain.
There are many reasons to buy a mountain bike online. First, it’s likely to save you money. Second, some brands are only accessible online. If you have a local bike store, it’s possible to see the bikes in person, though their selection will be limited by the retail space inside the store.