Mountain Bike Ratings



Full Suspension Mountain Bike Review

With our Mountain Bike Ratings we’ve identified and reviewed the best in class and put them in price bands.
Our Mountain Bike Ratings offer a smorgasbord of precision-tooled mountain bike wizardry for all depths of pocket.

It's all here - all the spec data you’ll need to pick your ride.

And why do we think that’s important?

There are over 40 bike manufacturers and over 600 different bike models to choose form.

We think you rather be riding the bike of your choice, than have your head in the books scratching your head.

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The solution used to be a Hardtail but technology has evolved to the point where more can now be gained from a full suspension configuration.

Between 50 and 100mm (2 to 4 inches) of suspension travel is regarded as the current norm with entry-level bikes at around the £900 mark.

All of our bikes meet the XC requirement - to move as quickly as possible over whatever nature has thrown across your route..

More importantly our Mountain Bike Reviews enable you to ride in the saddle, day-in-day-out, which is a prerequisite to enjoying an Epic . . .

Mountain Bike Ratings
Full Suspension (FS)



Zone 1 - £500-£1,000 (approx $1,000-$2,000)

Unlike Hardtails you’ll not find much in the way of Full Sussers below the £800 mark and little change out of 30lbs. These entry-level beasts are heavy.

. . . Specialized FSR XC Disc
. . .

Scott Reflex FX 35
. . . Trek Fuel EX 5
. . . GT I-Drive 5 4.0



Zone 2 - £1,000-£1,500 (approx $2,000-$3,000)

This zone continues with steadily improving componentry, there are some good quality “have a go” at any terrain, full suspension machines. However, The break-even point for full suspension bikes is in Zone 3.

. . . Mongoose Teocali Elite

. . .

Cannondale Rush 6

. . . Giant Anthem 2

. . .

GT I-Drive 5 2.0



Zone 3 - £1500-£2,000 ($3,000-$4,000)

At last. . . . the full suspension machines hit their stride. Quality frames, shocks and kit with, and this is the important bit, XC/Marathon bikes beginning to drop in weight - 27lbs.

. . . Trek Top Fuel 8

. . . Scott Genius MC40

. . . Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Pro

. . . Specialized Stumjumper FSR Expert



Zone 4 - £2,000 plus ($4,000 plus)

Again, this is the compromise-free Pro-Team level, with maximised performance and super lightweight XC machines. Prices here can take you up to the £5,000 mark and beyond.

. . . Marin Mount Vision

. . . Santa Cruz Heckler

. . . Specialized Epic Marathon

. . . Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon £3,200



So when it comes to getting the best from your time in the saddle, all is not lost . . . choose the right bike for the job, all-terrain or race ready.

Use our Epic Mountain Bike Ratings and get the most from your Full Susser.

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