The 10 BEST Mountain Bikes Under $1,000 - 2018 Line Up

I gotta say.... When I first started looking for my first mountain bike I was overwhelmed with all of the pop-up name-brands and the variety of bikes I could choose from!

I did what anyone does when buying a new bike...obsess for hours upon end watching YouTube videos on a few bikes I had in mind... To top it all off, once you find a brand you like, now you have to start comparing all of it's high, or not so high-class components.

That's why I have decided to put together this short article, in hopes it will make your decision easier when buying a new Mountain Bike!

I've compiled a list of bikes below that offer some incredible value all Under $1,000! 

1) Giant Talon 3 27.5 ($530)
From dirt paths to singletrack, The Talon keeps you rolling with smooth handling and confident control!
Suspension: 100mm (Front)
Tires: 27.5 or 29 x 2.2
Gears: 3 X 8
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Frame
Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic

2) Diamondback Overdrive 2 27.5 ($699)
An excellent performer with an ultra-competitive parts package, Diamondback Overdrive 2 27.5 bike is an aluminum hardtail built for hardtail aficionados or someone looking for a solid starter MTB.
Suspension: 100mm (front)
Tires: 27.5 x 2.35 in.
Gears: 2 x 9
Frame: 6061 Aluminum (32lbs)
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic

3) Diamondback El OSO UNO ($750)
When your 2-wheeled adventure is all about the traction, hop aboard the Diamondback El Oso Uno fat bike and let its massive tires carry you over rocks, sand and snow with ease.
Suspension: None
Tires: 26 x 4 in.
Gears: 2 x 9
Frame: Steel (37lbs)
Brakes: Mechanical (Tektro)

4) Co-op Cycles DRT 1.2 ($799)
Step up your off-road game with the Co-op Cycles DRT 1.2 bike. Its Shimano 3 x 9 drivetrain gives you plenty of gears for mad climbs, steep descents and mellow flats, and it's dropper-post compatible.
Suspension: 120mm (front)
Tires: 27.5 x 2.2 in.
Gears: 3 x 9
Frame: Aluminum
Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic

5) GT Panterra Comp ($825)
You want a bike that rides responsively in a multitude fo conditions? GT’s newest addition, The Pantera Comp 27.5"+,is just that. It comes with oversized tires that are ready to rock every type of terrain you can throw its way. The increased traction gives you the type of cornering and pedaling control you need to ride in almost any condition, putting your skills at center stage. It's dependable, fun, and affordable.
Suspension: 120mm (front)
Tires: 27.5 x 2.8 in.
Gears: 2 x 9
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Frame
Brakes: Hydraulic

6) Diamondback Line 27.5 ($900)
A do-it-all hardtail that'll have you redefining your boundaries, the Diamondback Line 27.5 bike is stable under pressure, yet playful when you're looking to get some air or whip through corners.
Suspension: 120mm (front)
Tires: 27.5 x 2.3 in
Gears: 1 x 9
Frame: 6061 aluminum (30lbs)
Brakes: Hydraulic (Shimano)

7) Specialized RockHopper Expert 29 ($925)
The 2018 Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29er Mountain Bike is the perfect bike to begin your dive into the XC world. That's because it's built it to be light, durable, and exceedingly capable.
Suspension: 80 - 100mm (front) Suntour XCR Air
Tires: 29 x 2.1 in.
Gears: 2 x 9
Frame: A1 Aluminum
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic

8) Cannondale Trail 5 ($950)
Enjoy stability and agility in a light, smooth-riding package. The Cannondale Trail 5 bike has unbeatable performance and value with a Shimano Deore 10-speed drivetrain and RockShox front suspension.
Suspension: 100mm (front) Rockshox
Tires: 27.5/29 x 2.25 in. (varies based on frame size)
Gears: 1 x 10
Frame: Aluminum (30lbs)
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic

9) Salsa Timberjack NX1 ($999)
The Salsa Timberjack NX1 27.5+ is a hardtail mountain bike that's equally at home pushing the limits on singletrack as it is bikepacking to places you've yet to discover.
Suspension: 120mm (front)
Tires: 29 x 2.25 in.
Gears: 1 x 11
Frame: Sunrace Frame Aluminum (28lbs)
Brakes: Tektro Hydraulic

10) GT Verb Elite ($1,299)
Finally, The Verb... This is the perfect suspension bike for a rider that is having to make a decision between a hardtail and full suspension bike due to price. We all know that full suspension bikes are fun, but they also provide more traction and help boost confidence especially for the beginner to intermediate rider. The Verb has a modified Independent Drivetrain system that will allow you to have class leading technology at a very affordable price.
Suspension: 120mm Front
120mm Rear
Tires: 27.5 x 2.25
Gears: 1 x 10
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Frame
Brakes: Shimano Hydraulic