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    The Best Mountain Bikes Under £1000

       Words by Harry Archer

       on 12/02/2018 09:57:47

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    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.

    Hardtail Mountain Bike Guide > Guide To Full Suspension Bikes > The Best Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes Under £2000 >

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

    Female Specific Geometry:

    Scott 2018 Women’s Contessa Scale 20 Mountain Bike


    Scott 2018 Women’s Contessa Scale 20

    This 2018 Mountain Bike has a super light aluminium frame designed using Contessa Solution Geometry, both ensuring that this bike frame packs one hell of a punch. This Contessa comes fully equipped with a RockShox fork that features 100mm of travel. In addition this bike has a Shimano XT-Deore drivetrain and Shimano disc brakes. Looking for a race ready mean machine? This Contessa Scale 20 by Scott could be the answer to all of your cycling desires. The Scott Contessa Scale 20 Mountain Bike has been designed for women and is the perfect choice for ladies who like to ride with speed.

    • Frame - Contessa Sport 700/900 series 6061 Alloy D.B. / internal cable routing Solution geometry
    • Fork - RockShox 30 Silver TK Solo Air / Alloy steerer PopLoc Lockout / Reb. Adj. 100mm travel
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore
    • Brakes - Shimano BR-M365 / Hydraulic. Disc

    Giant Liv Tempt 1 2018 Women’s Aluminium Mountain Bike


    Giant Liv Tempt 1 2018

    Exhilarating off-road riding is just one Tempt-ation away. Going off road for the first time can be an intimidating and daunting challenge if you've been raised on the road, but with the Tempt 1 you can tackle these challenges head on. With a low stand-over height to offer excellent handling and comfortable ride position, the Tempt 1 is a versatile enough to be your school commuter, single-track sidekick and trail tackler all in one cost effective, high performing package. Compatible with racks, kickstands and fenders and featuring tubeless ready tyres, hydraulic disc brakes and 100mm of travel, you can be sure that you are getting excellent value for money. The women's specific frame is Designed using Liv’s 3F Design Philosophy to build bikes that are meticulously refined for female geometries, enhanced by the LivRight Sizing Philosophy that aims to provide the perfect fit across all sizes.

    • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Butted Aluminium
    • Fork - Suntour Raidon 27.5"
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore Shadow +
    • Brakes -Shimano M315, 160mm, Hydraulic Disc

    Scott Aspect 720 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    Standard/Unisex Geometries :

    Scott Aspect 720 2018

    The Scott Aspect 720 is a  Hardtail that is designed to be light, efficient and reasonably priced. It achieves these goals via the utilisation of a remote lockout mechanism for the 100mm Suntour XCR-RL-R fork, Shimano disc brakes and Syncros components. The perfect bike for the novice or budget conscious mountain biker it’s available in 29" (Aspect 920) and 27.5" wheel size depending on personal preference. Internal cable routing and a strong alloy frame combine to make the Aspect 720 an especially strong bike that will soak up the abuse on the trail with ease and allow for easy maintenance. The huge ranged 30 speed Shimano Deore rear derailleur offers a massive choice of gears, ensuring you will get up the climbs without maxing out on speedy descents and on the flats.

    • Frame - Alloy 6061 DB / Performance geometry & Internal cable routing
    • Fork - Suntour XCR-RL-R /Remote Lockout / 100mm travel
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 30 speed
    • Brakes -Shimano BR-M315 / Hydraulic Disc

    Trek Marlin 7 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    Trek Marlin 7 2018

    The Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight Rockshox fork and widest range of gearing in the Marlin family make this model the best choice for new riders who want a cross-country Hardtail with great parts that will hold its own against our higher-end race bikes. The flagship model of the Marlin line-up has a high-quality Rockshox fork with a lockout feature and 100 mm of travel, a 27-speed drivetrain and a low-profile Shimano Shadow rear derailleur that's made to avoid snagging on trail debris. The quality fork and parts make Marlin 7 fully capable of taking on off-road marathon rides and XC races. It's really fun to ride, and feels like a much more expensive mountain bike which is always a bonus! like every Trek, it's backed by a lifetime warranty so you can hit those hard lines safe in the knowledge that Trek will take care of you if the worst should happen. As in they’ll supply a new bike – Mr Trek won’t be bringing you chicken soup and cuddles if you fall of, but at least your bike is sorted and you’ll be able to focus fully on your own recovery.

    • Frame - Alpha Silver Aluminium
    • Fork - Rockshox 30
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Altus M370, 27-speed
    • Brakes - Tektro M285 hydraulic disc

    Bianchi Duel 29er 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    Bianchi Duel 29er 2018

    Why not have a bit of Italian flair with your Hardtail. The Bianchi Duel is a truly brilliant entry into the mountain bike world. Shimano Disc brakes give you complete control of your bike and really help to build confidence whilst the lightweight aluminium frame guarantees a durable bike that provides the comfort and the stylish looks Bianchi is renowned for. SR Suntour XCM HLO Forks make your ride much more enjoyable with 100mm of travel to smoothen out any rough tracks and trails. A Shimano drivetrain provides you with a large 27 ratios of a reliable gearing to play with when out adventuring and the Shimano BR-M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes provide you with plenty of stopping power in all weather conditions allowing you to have confidence when descending on the bike. With large 29 inch wheels, the Duel 29er seamlessly rolls along the trail soaking up large pot-holes and rocks making it an ideal choice for the aspiring XC racer and light trail rider.

    • Frame - Diel 29" Aluminium
    • Fork - SR Suntour XCM HLO w/100mm Travel
    • Drivetrain - Shimano 3x9 Speed
    • Brakes - Shimano BR-M315 Hydraulic Disc

    Cube Acid 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    Cube Acid 2018

    Acid. The word conjures up images of everything from chemistry lessons at school to hippies tripping over multiple versions of themselves in a colourful field in the 60s... Whatever your relationship with Acid there’s no escaping that it’s an odd name for a bike. It’s similar to calling your big DH rig Rupert or something it just sounds wrong. But there’s another way to look at it which perhaps sheds some light on the name : Cube designed this Hardtail to dissolve tricky trail sections quickly and effortlessly. There's everything you need here to come out on top of any trail challenge. From the light, agile and efficient 6061 aluminium frame to the air sprung RockShox fork, smooth Shimano SLX and XT 2x11 transmission and light CUBE-built wheelset, it's a trail-ready Hardtail that leaves nothing to be desired. And, because it's available in a range of sizes with both 27.5 and 29 inch wheels, you won't be tripping over a bike that's too small. The Acid's 6061 aluminium frame with mechanically formed top and down tubes, internal cable routing and tidy details like the integrated rear disc mount put it right up at the cutting edge. Cube's reworked Agile Ride Geometry (ARG) gives this bike the kind of balanced-but-lively handling that means you can go full throttle, or take it easy - whatever floats your boat. The frame is, as you'd expect, disc-specific, which means weight is saved where it's not needed. Finally, thanks to the durable, multi-layer paint finish, it'll stay looking good no matter how hard you ride. This creates a versatile and free-spirited bike, capable of more trips than Jimi Hendrix and Syd Barret combined.

    • Frame - Aluminium Lite
    • Fork - RockShox Recon Silver TK 100mm
    • Drivetrain - Shimano SLX 22 Speed
    • Brakes - Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc

    Giant Talon 2 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike


    Giant Talon 2 2018

    Featuring an ultra lightweight ALUXX aluminium frameset with 27.5" wheels for added control in technical descents, the Talon 2 is a fantastic option for budding XC riders. The frame is optimized for a SR Suntour XCM HLO 100mm-travel fork with hydraulic lockout, which helps soak up trail obstacles and improve control. Shimano 2x9-speed shifting and M315 hydraulic disc brakes complete an advanced component kit for the price point whilst the Giant XC-2 Disc wheelset with Maxxis Ardent tubeless tyres are ideal for aspiring off-road riders looking to climb a little faster and get more comfortable riding single-track. Talon is your ticket to XC adventures and is easily upgradable should you wish to enhance its performance as you improve your skills on the trail.

    • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Butted Aluminium
    • Fork - SR Suntour XCM HLO 100mm
    • Drivetrain - Shimano 2x9 Speed
    • Brakes - Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc

    Cannondale Cujo 3 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike


    Cannondale Cujo 3 2018

    With big and grippy tires, stable geometry and a lightweight Cannondale frame, Cujo just makes mountain biking easier. With a (lifetime warrantied) frame that features premium 6069 and 6061 alloy tube sets that are highly manipulated to extract every ounce of performance and double-pass welds providing stronger, smoother joints and eliminating the need for internal reinforcements or external welded-on gussets, the Cujo has fantastic technology for its price point. Each frame is heat treated after welding to maximize the strength and hardness of the aluminium, increasing long-term durability, Strong Tektro Auriga hydraulic discs provide excellent stopping ability and SAVE technology in the SR Suntour XCR LO Boost 27+, 120mm travel, coil sprung fork uses engineered flex in the frame and fork to reduce felt vibrations and increase the consistency of tire contact on uneven surfaces. An upright and stable riding position allows for heightened comfort and forward facing positioning for great visibility and control as you hurtle down the trail.

    • Frame - Smart Form C2 Aluminium
    • Fork - SR Suntour XCR LO 120mm
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Deore 18 Speed
    • Brakes - Tektro Auriga Hydraulic Disc

    Whyte 603 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike


    Whyte 603 2018

    Fully tested on the British tails, The updated MBR ‘Hardtail of the Year’ 600 series frames features Whyte's award-winning skill and smile multiplying Trail geometry with ultra-responsive short stem/wide bar steering to master every metre of trail. Their patented Getta Grip seat clamp means you’re ready for the steepest descent in a second whilst carefully sculpted frame tubes turn rowdy trail noise into a big grin buzz.  A full Shimano transmission and fast rolling 2.2 WTB Ranger tyres mean you can fly back up for another go or turn a quick explore into an epic adventure. Internal BBX control routing and colour coded components give red carpet looks with back country toughness. In other words, everything you’d expect from a Whyte mountain bike at a price you wouldn’t. With all the hallmarks of Whyte's award winning DNA it's hard to believe the 603 is Whyte's entry level mountain bike, with immense amounts of quality at a tantalising price point.

    • Frame - 6061 Hydro formed T6 Aluminium
    • Fork - Suntour XCM-LO w/Hydro Lockout
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Altus 3x9 Speed
    • Brakes - Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc

    Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 2018 Hardtail Mountain Bike


    Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 2018

    The Rockhopper Expert is the ideal bike to begin your journey into the XC world. Built to be light, durable, and exceedingly capable, It's constructed around an all new A1 SL alloy frame that has optimized tube shapes that save weight whilst dramatically improving aesthetics. To go along with these clean new lines, the new Rockhopper also has internal cable routing to further refine its new, sleek look. Furthermore, the Sport XC 29 geometry adjusts the reach, angles, and stand-over height to make for an improved fit across the size range. This ensures you are comfortable and confident while heading both up and down the trail. This Rockhopper comes spec'd with a mix of durable Shimano components including the Shimano Deore rear derailleur that provides crisp, reliable shifting that you can count on when the going gets rough whilst also allowing you to precisely move through the widened gear range to make cruising the flats almost as easy climbing those hills.  Powerful Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, grippy Ground Control tires, and an SR Suntour XCR-Air fork with just the right amount of travel (80/90/100mm depending on frame size) complete an excellent all-round package for a fantastic entry-level trail bike.

    • Frame - Specialized A1 SL Aluminium
    • Fork - SR Suntour XCR-Air w/100mm Travel & Rebound Adjust
    • Drivetrain - Shimano Altus 3x9 Speed
    • Brakes - Shimano BR-M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes

    All Guides and Advice > 10 of Our Favourite Road Bikes Under £1000 > Mountain Bike Guide >

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