While it’s easy to get drawn into the assumption that you need to spend thousands on your next mountain bike, that’s not necessarily the case.
While top-end bikes come with the most up-to-date tech, from highly adjustable suspension to electronic gears, it’s the more affordable end of the market that we find the most interesting.
At the budget end there are stark differences between the best and the rest.
In the mid-range, the platforms all tend to be pretty good, but there’s the eternal debate between decent value direct-sale bikes and ‘better’ back-up from a local bike shop – which might not be able to offer the same value.
When it comes to the absolute top-end, though, there really shouldn’t be any compromises.
How much you spend on a bike is up to you – so long as it gets you out and about, it’s all good!
Tom and Seb go through the price ranges (check out our guides below for more) and discuss what you can get, what to expect and the pros and cons of spending a little, or a lot, on your next mountain bike – with a few recommendations chucked in along the way.
Mountain bike buyer’s guides on BikeRadar
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