Want to get your first mountain bike but have a budget of $1,000 or less? You can still find a very good ride these days for that sort of money. Bikes around the $1,000 mark today are as good as a $3,000 bike from 5-6 years ago which is how technology evolves and trickles down.
We have found a selection of quality mountain bikes under $1,000 from two popular online stores listed below:
THE TREK SLASH LINEUP HAS BEEN RAVAMPED FOR 2014. These 27.5-inch-wheel equipped bikes are taking aim at everyone’s favorite buzz category: enduro. Our Slash 9 test bike is the pedigree of the new line, and at first glance it looks to be no-excuses trail weapon.
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The Remedy has been in the line-up at Trek for some time now, billed as the ultimate technical trail bike it has undergone a few guises over the years. In 2013 it was a 150mm 26″ wheeled machine that could eat up a lot more than one might expect. For 2014 the range has been split in two in order encompass two different wheel sizes. There is now a 29″ version and also a 27.5″ version, with 27.5″being very much in vogue at the moment we felt this was a good place to start with the Remedy range, we’ll be testing the 29″ version later in the year.
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The Santa Cruz Bronson is probably the most talked about the bike on the planet right now. Launched with a huge fanfare, and having the likes of Steve Pete and Cedric Gracia sing its virtues, it created an internet buzz that we haven’t seen for a while. Pre-orders stacked up and for a while, the bikes were as rare as rocking horse sh!t as the team in California struggled to keep up with the huge demand!
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Chris Cocalis and the team at Pivot have been working on this new 27.5 bike for the last two years. Since the launch of the Pivot Mach 5.7, it has arguably been one of the most anticipated bikes they have launched. We’ve seen it and drooled at shows, and even swung a leg over it in a car park. When the box arrived and it was finally ours to get properly muddy we were pretty excited!
It’s based on a DW Link suspension platform and has a specially tuned rear shock from Fox that has been a designed to offer the bike the utmost performance possible. With 155 of the rear wheel travel, it’s been billed as the ultimate enduro bike, needless to say, we were keen to find out if it was.