"Whether it's an all singing and dancing carbon job or an entry level bone shaker with bags of upgrade potential!"
There are over 40 well known and respected manufacturers world wide.
Founding Father Gary Fisher, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, Santa Cruz and Scott mountain bikes to name only a few.
So we've reviewed their mountain bike ratings, awarding best in class, placed them in price bands, with all the spec data you’ll need to pick your ride.
Remember, the critical function of a XC mountain bike is to move as quickly as possible over whatever nature has thrown across your route.
So Why bother with Mountain Bike Reviews ?
When you’re looking to spend long hours in the saddle out on the trails day in day out both ride position and bike weight are crucial.
Serious XC machines have a forward-leaning body position similar to that of a road bike.
They also need to be light, as they have to go uphill fast as well as down.
It’s sometimes worth going for a better spec Hardtail over a low-end Full Sus bike.
Our Reviews will help you decide which solution will work best for you.
Mountain Bike Review Hardtails (HT)
Zone 1 - £500-£1,000 (approx $1,000-$2,000)
This Zone will get you an entry level Hardtail weighing in at around 26lbs.
The frame weight will be reasonable, fork suspension will be adequate for routine trail work, and entry-level hydraulic brakes should all be standard. Pick a good one from our Mountain Bike Reviews and you have the basis for a good upgrade project. £800 and above will buy you a machine that is good enough to race.
To be honest anything less would be like running a marathon race in flip-flops