There’s a staggering array of great mountain bikes available under £2,000. Luckily, the good ship BikeRadar has done the heavy lifting for you and put together the very best mountain bikes under £2,000 for 2020 and beyond.
Between £1,000 and £2,000 is the point that full suspension bikes begin to make more sense, with decent builds that make few compromises.
If you’re looking to buy a hardtail in this price range, you’ll also have a hard time buying a bad one. This price bracket is a popular one for enthusiast cyclists, which has made for an incredibly competitive market, forcing brands to spec bikes with increasingly high-quality builds.
If you’re feeling a little more flush, our guides to the best mountain bikes under £3,000 should tickle your pickle.
Lastly, for a more overall guide, check out our guide on how to choose the right mountain bike for you.
The best mountain bikes under £2,000, as rated by our expert testers
- Calibre Triple B: £1,499
- Calibre Bossnut: £1,100
- Vitus Mythique 29 VRS: £1,450
- YT Jeffsy Base 29: £1,999
- Marin Hawk Hill 1: £1,445
Calibre Triple B
- Amazing value for money
- Cracking performance, even when pitted against bikes worth double
- Grippy tyres are good on descents but a bit of a drag on long climbs
The Triple B is the Bossnut’s better-specced big brother kitted out with SRAM’s Guide RE brakes, NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and a RockShox Sektor RL fork and Monarch RS rear shock.
This top-tier spec – for the cash – is backed up by modern trail bike geometry that boasts a 65.5-degree head angle, 74-degree seat-tube angle and a lengthy 460mm reach on the size large, which combines to provide a superb ride.
Our testers loved how the Triple B tackled fast and flowy terrain and supported them through turns and compressions without wincing over trickier ground.
It is a bit on the hefty side, so if you’re really worried about headline weight figures you might want to consider another bike, although we challenge you to find one that performs as well as the Triple B at this price.
- Great geometry
- Kitted out with decent parts considering the price
- Great on the trail
- Non-Boost axles could limit any upgrade potential
Because the Triple B and Bossnut share the same frame, you get the same fantastic geometry as the more expensive model.
So it’s in the spec where Calibre has saved the money. There’s a RockShox Recon RL fork and Monarch R shock, a cheaper SX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM Level T brakes.
For the cash, our expert testers really struggled to fault the Bossnut out on the trails, but because it lacks Boost axle spacing, you might struggle to find compatible wheels when it’s time to upgrade.
Vitus Mythique 29 VRS
- Great, grippy Schwalbe rubber
- SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain impressed
- Some geometry updates would be nice to see
If you’ve got your heart set on Vitus’s Mythique, it’s well worth spending the extra cash to upgrade to the VRS model from the VR we also reviewed.
It’s decked out in impressive kit, headlined by Schwalbe’s ADDIX Soft compound Magic Mary and Hans Dampf combination. Complementing the tyres is SRAM’s 12-speed SX Eagle drivetrain and Shimano’s top-performing MT-401 brakes.
While we thought the X-Fusion Sweep RC fork could have performed better, it was a marked improvement over the RC32 fitted to the VR version.
YT Jeffsy Base 29
- Impressive downhill demeanour and exceptionally fun to ride
- East to get the suspension dialled
- Great performance for the price
- Some upgrades would drastically improve it
YT’s bikes always strike a great balance between performance and cost, and the Jeffsy’s no exception.
With a RockShox Yari RC fork and Deluxe rear shock its 150mm of travel tackles tricky terrain with impressive competence.
That confidence is backed up by Maxxis Minion DHF and DHRII tyres that are impressively grippy.
We did struggle to get the gear and dropper levers set up in the correct position, and if we are being really picky, it needs to go on a bit of diet to help improve its climbing performance.
Marin Hawk Hill 1
- Exceptionally fun bike to ride
- Well-tuned suspension
- Front-to-back balance is sorted
- It needs a dropper post
The 27.5in-wheeled Hawk Hill 1 is most at home riding berm- and jump-filled riding spots, living up to Marin’s claim that it’s the brand’s most fun bike to ride.
It’s got a RockShox Recon fork up front and an X-Fusion 02 Pro shock at the back that’s been custom-tuned for the bike’s suspension design.
Impressively, considering its price, it handles small bumps and hard compressions with ease. Unfortunately, it lacks a dropper post and only has ten gears when most bikes at this price point now have 12.
The following bikes are also solid performers and worthy of consideration.
Vitus Mythique VR
- Supple yet supportive suspension
- Great-feeling frame with good tyres and brakes
- Under-damped fork lets the ride down
- Geometry could do with some alterations
- Read the full Vitus Mythique VR trail bike review
Norco Fluid FS 3
- A well-proportioned frame
- Suspension that resists pedal bob
- Impressive SRAM Eagle drivetrain
- Could do with a fork upgrade and feels a bit sluggish to get up to speed
- Read the full Norco Fluid FS 3 trail bike review
Canyon Spectral AL 5.0
This is a first ride review and is currently un-scored.
- Great-performing kit for the price
- Easy to set up suspension
- Smooth and comfortable ride that’s better suited to agile rides than flat-out blasts
- Read the Canyon Spectral AL 5.0 first ride review