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The Best Budget Mountain Bikes of 2020

A type of bicycle that has a strong frame, thick tires, and straight handlebars and that is used for riding over rough ground. Mountain bikes are generally specialized for use on mountain trails, single track, fire roads, and other unpaved surfaces, although perhaps the majority of them are never used off-pavement, and it is common to find hybrid road bikes based on “mountain bike” frames for sale.

Mountain bikers ride on off-road trails such as singletrack, back-country roads, wider bike park trails, fire roads, and some advanced trails are designed with jumps, berms, and drop-off to add excitement to the trail.

1.Design Of Mountain Bike 

Mountain bikes can be divided into three broad categories based on suspension configuration:

  1. Rigid
  2. Hardtail
  3. Full suspension

Types Of Mountain Bike 

So what’s the deal with all these mountain bike styles these days? While there are plenty of different terms manufacturers use to describe their bikes, there are 4 basic types:

  1. Cross Country (XC) Mountain Bikes.
  2. Trail Mountain Bikes.
  3. All Mountain or Enduro Mountain Bikes.
  4. Downhill & Freeride Mountain Bikes

1. Cross Country (XC) Mountain Bikes :

Cross country mountain bikes are built for riders who want pedaling performance as their top priority. These are uphill crushing, lung-busting machines bred for endurance and efficiency. The geometry of cross country bikes is the most similar to road bikes.

  • Ultra-lightweight builds (less than 24 lbs. in some cases) with 4.7″/120mm or less of travel make for the lightest mountain bikes you’ll see anywhere.
  • Longer chainstays & wheelbases, steep head angles (69° or steeper) as well as longer stems put riders inefficient climbing positions.

2. Trail Mountain Bikes :

This category is what most people relate to when they think “mountain bike.” Trail bikes are the Swiss army knives of mountain biking and are both great climbers and capable descenders. Trail bikes add more suspension, more gravity oriented components (like chunkier tires for better traction and bigger brake rotors), and more relaxed geometry than their XC brethren to make them more capable on all kinds of terrain.

  • Tires on trail bikes will strike a balance between durability, traction and rolling efficiency.
  • Trail bikes come with 27.5” or 29” wheels. Suspension can be anywhere from 4.7″/120mm to 6″/150mm of travel (front and back).

3. All Mountain or Enduro Mountain Bikes :

An all-mountain or enduro mountain bike is the perfect rig if you’re willing to earn your ride by pedaling up but are really in it for the downhill with technical terrain and airtime in mind. That being said, if you want to skip the pedaling and do a couple of laps at a bike park or even some shuttle accessed terrain, an all-mountain bike can handle that too.

  • All-mountain bikes have slightly more suspension travel than trail bikes, ranging from 5.5″/140mm to 6.7″/180mm.
  • Geometry strongly favors descending to climbing. Head angles in the 65°- 67° range can require some finesse when it comes to steep climbs.

4. Downhill & Freeride Mountain Bikes :

Downhill bikes are designed for steep, gnarly terrain, speed, big drops, and jumps. With these bikes, you’re usually looking for some other way to the top of the trail whether that’s a hiking, shuttling or a chairlift.

  • Tires on downhill bikes are geared for traction and durability with 2-ply (think double-thick) casings for traction and durability.
  • Burly frames sporting 6.7″/170mm – 10″/250mm+ of suspension travel in the rear and 7″/180mm – 8″/200mm in the front with dual-crown forks that resemble something you might see on a motorcycle.

Top 5 Best Budget Mountain Bikes Of 2020

These are the 5 best budget mountain bikes :

Cannondale Trail 8: 

Cannondale Trail 8 is an affordable bike, perfect for being your first bicycle for hitting the off-road. It is affordable, good-looking, and incredibly easy to maintain. The Cannondale Trail is sweetly priced, but make no mistake, a wide-range gearing, powerful disc brakes, and durable wheels and tires contribute to big trail readiness.

Key Features :

  • With 27.5 in. wheels on smaller sizes and 29 in. wheels on larger sizes, the Trail delivers the best blend of fit, fast and fun for every rider
  • Light and lively aluminum frame
  • Wide range gearing makes it easier when the terrain gets steep.
  • Powerful Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.

Diamondback Overdrive 29: 

The classic 29er hardtail: That’s the best way to describe the Diamondback Overdrive 29 2. We’ve increased the stiffness and handling precision of this lightweight aluminum 29er by thru-axles front and rear. This Diamondback is the best mountain bike under $500 because it is made of high-quality materials, so it offers good value for the price. It has 29″ wheels and disc brakes which allow you to negotiate obstacles and stop quickly. It has WTB Nine Line tires, 2.25″ wide, which are the most widely used brand on traction bikes and a good deal of mountain bikes.

Key Features :

  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer great stopping power
  • Hand-built 6061-T6 aluminum alloy 29er hardtail frame with custom formed and butted tubing has a great balance of strength and lightweight
  • Shimano 3×8-speed drivetrain is a staple of reliability
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer great stopping power

Fuji Nevada 1.9: 

A staple in the Fuji mountain-bike lineup, Nevada combines 29″ or 27.5″ wheels with a great hardtail frame and solid components to take your off-road adventures to the next level. The Nevada 1.9 secures its place as one of the top mountain bikes costing under $500. With its unique, low-slung top tube, Nevada 1.9’s A2-SL frame design does more than look fast – it enhances rider confidence and performance on rough terrain by decreasing the bike’s standover height.

Key Features :

  • AS-2L custom-butted aluminum frame is lightweight plus designed to take a beating
  • Shimano 3×7-speed drivetrain gives you consistent shifting over all kinds of terrain
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes deliver superb stopping power in all conditions, with 160mm rotors
  • Solid WTB wheels and 27.5×2.2.5″ WTB Ranger Comp tires

Co-Op Cycles DRT 1.1W (Best for Women): 

This bike is tailored to better fit the typical female body, so it has a shorter top tube, shorter stem, narrower handlebars, and a women-specific saddle. The difference may be only a couple of centimeters, but it can make a big difference in your comfort. Co-op Cycles may sound like a new brand to your ear, but we’ve monitored it for several years now. It’s owned by REI.com, the maker of a few pretty slick mountain bikes priced at under $500 range.

Key Features :

  • Made to fit women, the 1.1 W has a shorter top tube, shorter stem, narrower handlebars, and a women-specific saddle
  • Tektro hydraulic disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power on or off-road, regardless of weather conditions
  • The bicycle weight limit is 300 lbs. total, including rider + all gear, carried on the bike and on the rider’s body
  • Parts may or may not be stock spec, please see photos for components.

Mongoose Malus Fat Bike: 

The Mongoose Malus 26-inch fat tire bike has arrived to save you from the doldrums and put a smile on the faces of all those you pass by. Built with 4 1/4-inch tires (earning the name fat) on a supersized beach cruiser frame and there is plenty of clearance to make it rideable on virtually any terrain. Plus, the Malus has 7-speeds with a Shimano rear derailleur and front and rear disc brakes so it still has its vein of practicality. With that in mind, when choosing mountain bikes under $500, the Mongoose Malus fat tire bike was the most logical choice.

Key Features :

  • Mongoose Supersized beach cruiser 26 inches X 4 inches knobby tires
  • Alloy 4 inches wide wheelset with disc brakes
  • 7-speed gearing with Shimano rear derailleur
  • 3 piece cranks and beach cruiser pedals

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