Things to Consider When Purchasing the Best Mountain Bikes over £500

It is not surprising if you are to aspire for your first ever “real” mountain bike. However, choosing for that “right” 2-wheeled vehicle can be trivial, especially when you are provided with hundreds of options. So, how to spot for the right one? Take the points below and be a guided buyer with realistic goals. Besides, it pays to be an informed buyer.

How much is your budget?

There are bikes that can amount to £7000. Although they are loaded with advanced features and expensive apparels, you do not really need such high-priced bike. You may opt for a penny pincher (which can be around £500).

It may sound cheap but you can practically own a decent bike within £500. With such price range, you may want to be particular on the brand and quality. Mid-level hardtail will do you good, given that it is manufactured from a trusted company. However, with the said price range, it is advisable to get rid of full suspension bikes. These bikes are typically under low quality. Purchasing those (within £500) means you get to expect more costs in repair and maintenance (even if they seem to look just fine). You may want to consider Specialized Rockhopper hardtail instead of full suspension bikes. Such bike will provide you the convenience you will likely expect from a decent bike.

Cube Ltd PRO 29er

Cube Ltd PRO 29er |

Mind your price range (£500 to £1500)

If you are looking for the best mountain bikes over £500, then surely the £500 to £1000 range will already grant you a decent hardtail. A full suspension bike offered within the said range is now acceptable. Nevertheless, many decent bikes are found in Gumtree – this will ensure that you get to buy the one that does not go beyond your budget.

Grand Canyon AL 6.0

Grand Canyon AL 6.0 |

If you can go for £1500 then you are opening for more options. Having a budget of more than a thousand dollars will bring in more hardtail options. In this range, you can actually demand for high quality from the seller (even if you plan to purchase for used mountain bikes). These mountain bikes and those of pricier models will have the same frames making it difficult to determine which the pricier models are. With better parts or accessories, you can customize these bikes up to your own satisfaction.

Specialized Rockhopper Pro

Specialized Rockhopper Pro |

What riding would you like to experience?

To simplify things, we can elaborate the 3 categories under mountain bikes.

o All Trail
o Fun XC
o Challenging downhill

Considering the 3 categories, you have to realistically assess yourself. It will not be a wise move to purchase for a downhill bike when you usually spend your time riding trails (or in the mountain) – this will harm your budget as well as your bike. The best option is to purchase a trail bike and only rent for another type when needed. You do not have to worry much about your limited budget. If you spend most of your day riding local trails, hardtails are well suited to help you get back safely. Again, do not be anxious about your budget. Focus more on your need and the rest will follow.


Why you should avoid cheap, basic mountain bikes

I used to have some really cheap and basic mountain bikes when I was younger. This was partly due to not having much money to spend, and also not realising or wanting to go for a seemingly expensive top end ride. Then when I was about 21 I had been saving up and decided to splash out on a mountain bike that I had heard and read a lot about. It was an orange clockwork, and cost me about £650 back in the mid nineties. This was a lot of money to me then, almost equivalent to me now spending £3500 on a bike. Wow… I never realised that until I just wrote it! And despite doing some research it was a decision I took relatively lightly… I guess other responsibilities and expense back then where very
different…so in reality probably equivalent to me spending £1500 or so… But anyway I digress.

Prior to having what I will call the ‘good bike’ my mountain bikes where of the sort that you see all over the place, cost close to £200 and had pretty mediocre specs. The difference I experienced in my enjoyment was immense. All of a sudden I had a mountain bike that responded perfectly… It was light enough for me to manoeuvre with ease whilst bombing
down a rock strewn gully… The brakes and gears did exactly what I wanted them to do when I wanted, and ultimately it meant I was more (sorry for the cliche!) at one with the bike, and it was now more down to my skills and ability on how fast and how well I could negotiate tracks, as opposed to having issues with the machine, like being too heavy, or
non responsive, and the gears clogging up or the brakes not being quite effective enough for my last minute braking technique! It as awesome. And from that point I have never looked back. I did for a short period veer back to a budget bike when I had to buy two (one for me, one for the wife) at once, but whilst bike tech and design is always improving, it
was still a noticeable step back, that I reversed rather quickly.

Moral of this story? Buying yourself a ‘good’ mountain bike will pay off in no time in terms of your enjoyment and fun!

Best Mountain Bikes - 2010 and beyond

I love riding my mountain bike around the local hills and trails, and have been doing this for years & I am always popping into my local bike shop,checking out the best mountain bikes currently in stock. The mountain bike market has matured a lot over the past few years, and is now amassive business, with the total worth being estimated at around $35Billion dollars. The best way to understand which bike is best for you is ofcourse to go and ride it. But you can’t always ride many different bikes beforeyou buy, unless you either have a very understanding bike shop owner and lotsof time or access to friends how have all the bikes you are interestedin.

So to help narrow your search I suggest the best thing to do is check out as many online reviews of mountain bikes as you can. There are a lot of review sites on the web and a fair few for mountain bikes. This site is all about bringing together the best mountain bike reviews from across the web and presenting them to you in a nice simple easy to understand format. If a bike gets a low review, say 1 or 2 starts out of 5 for example, then it won’t be featuring on this site for sure. We focus on the best mountain bikes only.

So to summarise if you want to end up with the ultimate mountain biking experience,and not break the bank, you need to come back to this site every time you wantto do some research, it will be updated regularly, adding new reviews as they become available, and we’re inviting experienced riders and journalists to contribute content too, so there will be some fresh unique reviews of mountain bikes that you won’t see anywhere else online. Also in addition to reviews of mountain bikes we will include tips and guides for buying, ideas and thoughts about whataccessories you will need to go with your bike, and also reviews of some of the best mountain bike accessories. some of the best accessories cost a lot of money so could push up your overall purchase price, so we will also have a section on bargains for the cheapest but still decent mountain bike accessories. Finally the site will have lots of pictures and videos to go with the reviews, giving you the best overall experience when you are trying to understand what the best mountain bike is for you. Whilst I’m here in fact, I thought I’d also check out if there is any interest in other content to go with the bike reviews and I’m thinking about riding guides.

Once you have purchased your new mountain bike then you’ll be keen I’m sure to get out there and really ‘burn somerubber’ well if you don’t know of the best places to ride near you, then fear not as we are already working on some mountain bike ride guides covering the whole of the UK to begin with, as well as including rides and treks from the best places you can ride overseas. This may mean Wales, the Lake District in UKas well as the French Alps and the Rhone valley in Germany. Please, if you know of some awesome riding territory near you, then let us know so we can add to the online guides and share your wisdom!

My bike – Clockwork Orange

Well, I am slightly biased on this one I admit. I have an awesome metallic red skinny framed front suspension trail bike, made my Orange. This model is no longer on the market, I bought mine a few years ago for about £650, and it is awesome. Its mint, the riding position is very racy and great for downhills, and the kit is top notch: Shimano STR gears and brakes, mavin rims, the only thing I’ve changed is the saddle as the ultra skinny one as standard makes my bum sore!

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Best Mountain Bikes

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