The Best Mountain Bikes Under £1000

Words by Harry Archer

on 17/10/2019 16:02:00


Not all bikes are created equal. It can be a bit of a headache tracking down the bargains from the bin-worthy with so much information to sift through pre-purchase. The sub-£1000 Hardtail is perhaps the hardest bike purchase to get right. Go into any bike shop looking for a Road or hybrid bike with a grand and you're almost guaranteed to come out with a solid, relaxed geometry, high-geared, aluminium bike. Differences between models will be subtle and follow a very similar design process - But go in looking for an entry-level Hardtail and you'll be faced with a plethora of choices and styles. It's a little like walking into an inner-city barbers and trying to determine the style you want from some faded pre-soviet era photos white tacked around the shop.  You can listen to the barbers advice that a Mohawk would be a great choice for your job interview but how do you know they aren't trying to stitch you up? Meanwhile the cool kids with their stylish locks mock your ignorance and snigger behind bottles of Tresemme in the corner. Just swap barber for a LBS, the Mohawk for a unsuitable bike, the cool kids with nice hair for roadies with all the latest gear and the Tresemme for a TT bike and you've got yourself an airtight simile.


Do you go for better frames and worst components? Do you get the base model in a range and upgrade as you go? or maybe you want to get a complete package without breaking the bank. Discs or callipers? Fat tyres or not? It's a minefield of figures,numbers and product ranges that, unless you're a really savvy and experienced cyclist, you'll struggle to decipher.

Fear not dear readers, our 'Hardtail Mountain Bike guide' explains in detail the different frame materials and components you can expect to find on a Hardtail bike and the common pitfalls experienced by first-time shoppers and experienced riders alike. From there we have selected our favourite models for the new year, in the hope of guiding you towards the best possible purchase for your money. We haven't included any full-suspension models as very few fall into the sub-£1000 range and as a general rule FS bikes at that price won't be as comfortable or perform as well as a well-made, better spec'd Hardtail.

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So here we are, Our top ten picks for MY2018 Mountain Bikes under £1000.

Female Specific Geometry:


Liv Tempt 1 2020 Aluminium Ladies Hardtail

The Liv Tempt 1 2020 is a confidence inspiring trail centre weapon, making it the perfect choice for a woman's first mountain bike, with a lightweight, capable and durable ALUXX aluminium frame. It is designed perfectly for women, with women's-specific geometry that ensures the rider is balanced over the bike for optimal efficiency, comfort and control. This model offers amazing value for money, featuring a lightweight air-sprung fork, hydraulic disc brakes and modern Sram Eagle 1x12 drivetrain.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Suntour Raidon 27.5
  • Drivetrain - SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-M276, hydraulic disc

Trek Roscoe 6 Womens 27.5 Plus 2020 Hardtail

Roscoe 6 is the ideal bike to get you thoroughly hooked on trail riding. Bigger tyres to make tough terrain easy and a playful geometry that makes riding fun. It comes with a wide range drivetrain to give you plenty of choice of gears, so you can fly on the fast descents and you're never searching for an easier gear on the steeper inclines. This model features a modern 1x drivetrain and routing options for a dropper post if needed making it a perfect platform to upgrade on in the future. What makes this model unique is the 2.8� wide plus tyres which give confidence inspiring grip on the UK's usually wet trails! A great first model for those looking for a fun and playful hardtail.

  • Frame - Alpha Gold Aluminum
  • Fork - SR Suntour XCM 32
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore
  • Brakes - Tektro HD-M276 hydraulic disc

Standard/Unisex Geometry


Scott Aspect 910 2020 Hardtail

The Scott Aspect hardtail mountain bike is designed to be efficient, lightweight and reasonably priced, perfect for novice or budget-conscious riders. The Aspect 910 has a very good specification for the price. A wide range SRAM Eagle 12 speed drivetrain gives you plenty of gear choice from big to small so you can spin up steep climbs and fly down fast descents.

  • Frame - Aspect 900 series / Alloy 6061
  • Fork - RockShox 30 Silver TK, 100mm travel
  • Drivetrain - SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano BR-MT200 hydraulic disc


Specialized Rockhopper Expert 1X 2020 Aluminium Hardtail

A classic reborn, the latest Rockhopper has clean, lines thanks to its internally routed cables as well as a great spec to boot. With an air-sprung fork, 1x drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes the Rockhopper Expert ticks all the boxes for a sub-£1000 trail ready hardtail, all on fast rolling 29� wheels.

  • Frame - A1 SL Aluminum, Sport XC 29 Geometry, tapered head tube
  • Fork - SR Suntour XCR 29
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore
  • Brakes - Shimano BR-MT200, hydraulic disc


Whyte 801 2020 Hardtail

When it comes to aggressive trail hardtails Whyte have the market cornered. Whilst it might not be the first up the hill, the Whyte 801 is a tough as nails steed that rewards those who seek their thrills on the descents. There are few bikes as confidence inspiring as the 801, with Whyte's modern geometry keeping you grounded on even the roughest trails. A long top tube and slack head angle give the 801 a super-stable feel, with the 1x drive train and smart choice of components rounding it off as an awesome trail-ready package.

  • Frame - 6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium
  • Fork - RockShox Recon TK 27.5", 120mm Travel, 37mm Offset
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore RD-M6000-GS
  • Brakes - Tektro Auriga HD-M290, 180mm Rotor


Whyte 529 2020 Hardtail

The Whyte 529 is the second Whyte hardtail in this selection - and for good reason! Featuring a similar spec to the above 801, the 529 utilises larger 29� wheels to improve performance on rough terrain. The larger wheels improve tracking through rock gardens, roots and more, giving an almost monster-truck feel to keep you in total control. Whyte's weather proof features make this a fantastic option for those looking to ride all year round, or even for those looking for a simple Winter bike!

  • Frame - 6061 Alloy, Hydro Formed T6 Aluminium
  • Fork - RockShox Recon TK 29", 120mm Travel, 42mm Offset
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore RD-M6000-GS
  • Brakes - Tektro Auriga HD-M290, 180mm Rotor

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