A bicycle is one of the safest and most economical types of wheeled transport, and it can be designed for people of absolutely any age. Movement on it has a good effect on health – it strengthens the heart, keeps muscles in good shape, strengthens the nervous system and ensures a good mood.
Bicycle companies offer consumers a fairly wide range of products that can be used for different types of riding. Depending on the purpose of the bike, it may have its own design. Mountain bikes are the most popular these days. They are very comfortable, versatile – it can be suitable for city walks, and used for riding on rough terrain or mountain trails.
How to choose a mountain bike?
A mountain bike is quite complex, so many factors should be taken into account when choosing it. These structures include the frame, suspension, suspension forks, wheels – all of which provide ride comfort. There are several types of suspension – Hardtail (a universal design that is perfect for city driving, tourism, cross-country, includes a rigid frame and a shock-absorbing front fork), two-suspension (each of the wheels has a shock absorber – this model is much more expensive, so as intended only for professional athletes), Rigid (made on the basis of a rigid frame and fork, used for trial and dirt jumping, heavy for walking and not very suitable).
It is very important to pay attention to the material from which the frame is made – it is made from traditional steel, aluminum alloys, titanium, steel with the addition of chromium and molybdenum, carbon fiber and so on. Most often there are models made of aluminum alloy, as they weigh the least and have excellent rigidity.
Suspension forks are spring-elastomer (budget option, installed on fairly cheap models, they pass mediocrely through road roughness), oil-air (well suited for models designed for a damper, but for downhills they will be rather weak) or spring-oil (the most expensive models universal for all disciplines of mountain biking).
We have compiled a ranking of the best bikes of the year to make it as easy as possible for you to choose the right model. We took into account a number of factors that affect not only the price, but also the quality of the device. Particular attention was paid to the ratio of price to quality, and user reviews were taken into account when forming the rating.
The best mountain bike models in 2022
10. YT Jeffsy Core 2
Unlike most well-known and advertised brands, this German company prefers to work directly with its customers. The company’s managers have completely abandoned the network of intermediaries and allow people to purchase their own products directly through the site on the Internet. This model is a revision of the previous generation version. The bike is made only from components of the highest quality. It is equipped with high-performance Maxxis Minion tires that provide excellent performance regardless of the road surface. This bike proved to be excellent not only in off-road conditions, but also in the city – on asphalt and paving slabs. It is equipped with a well-thought-out depreciation system – minor bumps and pits will be completely invisible to the rider.
In addition, the bike has a frame made of lightweight aluminum alloy, which makes it more manoeuvrable. The saddle is very comfortable, has an anatomical shape and carefully thought out ergonomics. It will be comfortable to spend several hours in a row without thinking about fatigue. The transmission of the products was produced by the Japanese company Shimano, which is well known to every cycling fan. Wheel diameter is 29 inches, tread width is 2.4 inches. Of course, this is not a fat bike, but such wheels allow you to overcome serious obstacles.
- Quite affordable cost;
- Insignificant mass of the unit;
- Excellent maneuverability and speed characteristics;
- Quality transmission.
- Spare parts also have to be ordered through the website – you have to wait for them for some time.
Bicycle YT Jeffsy Core 2
9 Salsa Timberjack XT 29
This company was originally engaged in the manufacture of touring bikes, but in the last few years it has begun to develop and produce designs designed for gravel riding, and mountain options have begun to appear. The presented model is an excellent example of a mountain bike, largely due to the well-thought-out equipment and adaptable design. The bike received protectors, the width of which is 2.6 inches, they are characterized by increased strength. The fork is adjustable if necessary, has a stroke of 130 mm – a very high figure even for a mountain bike. The geometry of the design is rather weak, but the tires roll excellently regardless of the type of surface. This decision of the developers provides fast maneuvering and extreme acceleration.
The bike also received an additional upgrade in the form of a weaker head tube – 66.4 degrees for all sizes. There are a lot of configuration options for the model, including wheels with a diameter of more than 27.5 inches. The design is equipped with truly premium components, in particular, it has a Shimano XT drivetrain. It allows you to provide soft, fast and most reliable switching, does not knock even on steep mountain slopes. There are 12 speeds in total with a very wide range. The bike is a versatile model that allows you to climb long climbs and ride on steep terrain. The design turned out to be quite massive, very durable and designed for long-term operation.
- The strengthened frame gives to model additional durability;
- Easily overcomes rough terrain and climbs long climbs;
- Wide wheel tread;
- Installed premium transmission;
- Accelerates quickly and maneuvers well.
- Due to the reinforced construction, it weighs quite a lot.
Bicycle Salsa Timberjack XT 29
8. Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
Here is the leading model of a mountain bike, which is additionally equipped with an electric motor. The presence of an electric motor is a very convenient and functional addition to such products. The platform is based on the version of the previous generation Stumpjumper, however, the electronic side has undergone significant changes – it has received an updated more powerful engine, which operates on the basis of a higher capacity battery. In addition, to control all the features of this electric bike, a special mobile application Mission Control was developed. It works with any operating systems – Android, iOS, Windows Mobile. Using the program, you can get full access to the battery, view its status, remaining charge level, and adjust performance.
There can be several options for the frame – it is made of either aluminum alloy or carbon fiber. The first option is cheaper. The manufacturers made the bike very heavy, largely due to the installed battery. It has good maneuverability thanks to the installed wheels of different thickness – front 2.6 inches and rear 2.3 inches. They have the same diameter – 29 inches. The device showed itself well even on very steep climbs. The cyclist does not get tired at all, the engine helps him quickly climb any mountain. The brake system is hydraulic, works instantly, allows for an exceptionally soft and safe descent. The transmission is efficient, it has 12 speeds, they switch smoothly, no jerks were noticed.
- Long battery life;
- Carefully thought-out ergonomics of the frame, saddle and handlebars;
- Effective on steep climbs;
- Brakes allow you to ensure safety when descending.
- It weighs a lot due to the installed high-capacity battery;
- Quite expensive.
Bicycle Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
7. Ibis Ripmo V2 SLX
Ideal for rough terrain, mountainous areas, however, it performs well on relatively flat ground surfaces, and on paving slabs or asphalt it is generally capable of developing very high speeds. The bike is equipped with a carefully thought-out cushioning system that will easily absorb even strong shocks without affecting speed performance. Tires have a diameter of 29 inches. They are produced by the well-known company Maxxis Assegai. They are made of special rubber of medium hardness, which is not subject to abrasion and is able to easily endure even fairly strong impacts. The frame is made of special carbon fiber, a polymer material characterized by excellent strength and low weight. The seat tube is adjustable in height, the bike received DW-Link suspension, which, in combination with the top Shimano SLX transmission, allows for excellent maneuverability, regardless of the type of road surface.
This bike performs best on less technical trails, where you have to put more effort into overcoming various obstacles. Plus, it looks very stylish. The paint does not peel off the elements during the entire service life, the chrome parts only complement the attractive design. The bike is able to withstand a rider weighing up to 150 kg. It is equipped with a hydraulic brake system, which ensures safe movement on any part of the road. The cyclist can not be afraid that the brakes will fail at the most unexpected moment.
- Lightweight carbon frame makes the bike even lighter;
- Large wheels and high-quality transmission facilitate movement in mountainous and rough terrain;
- Withstands weight up to 150 kg;
- Universal – suitable for any road surface.
Bicycle Ibis Ripmo V2 SLX
6. Yeti Cycles SB130 C2 GX Eagle
This is one of the best mountain bikes on the market today. In the middle of our rating, it was only because of the very high cost. The front fork of this device has a stroke of 150 mm, the rear – 130 mm. The manufacturers took great care of the progressive geometry, and also provided the device with a very soft suspension. It provides stability and composure when overcoming even rather difficult routes from a technical point of view. Professional cyclists have commented on the bike’s high performance, as well as its very light nature, which makes it a great ride on smooth and level ground.
The model is equipped with modern components. It has an efficient 12-speed transmission. It shifts without jerks, the bike is very smooth both on the rise and on the steep descent. The frame is made of polymer materials, in addition, the manufacturer gives a lifetime warranty on it. The component parts, even if they are made by another company, are also covered by a long warranty, if necessary, the manufacturer undertakes to replace defective parts absolutely free of charge. The wheels are 29 inches in diameter, with the front wheel being thicker than the rear – it has a tread width of 2.5 inches, while the rear is only 2.3 inches. They are made of high-quality rubber, provide tight contact even with a wet road surface, it will be difficult to break through them when hitting a sharp stone. The bike is able to withstand a rider weighing up to 150 kg.
- Products belong to the premium class;
- The manufacturer provided the bike with aggressive geometry;
- Excellent ride quality on descents and climbs.
- It costs too much – few readers can afford such a valuable acquisition.
Bicycle Yeti Cycles SB130 C2 GX Eagle
5. Arkus Romet Safari 28
Inexpensive, but very convenient in terms of operation, a bicycle equipped with an efficient transmission. The products are manufactured on the basis of a reliable and durable frame, which is powder coated using a special technology. The transmission is stepped, includes 21 gears. It works reliably, practically does not break during operation. The steering wheel is also aluminum, the grip is not very wide, which provides excellent maneuverability when driving in all conditions and in any weather. All other metal elements are also made of aluminum – the seatpost, hub, reinforced double-walled discs of the brake system and the recess mechanism are made of this alloy.
The device is equipped with a reliable suspension fork. It will make minor holes and bumps invisible to the cyclist. The fork is installed very simply – it does not have a system for adjusting stiffness or locking. The brake system is pneumatic – it works on all the usual metal cables. Although it is quite reliable, you need to be more careful on steep descents. The pedals, although made of plastic, have a rubberized coating, the feet will not slip off them. In general, the bike turned out to be quite practical – it has all the necessary systems for riding in the mountains and in rough terrain or off-road conditions.
- Quite affordable cost;
- Suspension fork successfully smooths out the discomfort from uneven road surfaces;
- The brakes are classic – on aluminum discs, cables are connected to the steering wheel;
- The frame and all main elements are made of aluminum alloy.
- plastic pedals;
- The bike turned out to be quite heavy.
Bicycle Arkus Romet Safari 28
4. Cross Kands Maestro Shimano Alivio
It will cost much more than the previous version, although in terms of convenience, both of these bikes are about the same level. The design includes a 21-inch frame, which is made entirely of aluminum. The mass of the model is not so big – it weighs about 14 kg, so if necessary it can be easily carried by hand or lifted up the stairs to the apartment. The device is equipped with a new generation of high-quality suspension fork. It will not only make the cycling smoother, but will also contribute to the safety of the rider. It is worth noting that this mechanism is additionally equipped with a total-type hydraulic lock, it also has a stiffness adjustment. At the same time, the fork itself is made of high-quality aluminum, which can perfectly resist even strong friction.
Almost all other accessories and additional equipment of the bike are also made from high quality aluminum. The steering wheel offset is insignificant, but this does not affect maneuverability at all. The bike is equipped with a comfortable anatomically shaped saddle, the manufacturers have done a good job on its ergonomics. There are quite familiar mechanical disc brakes. They are safe and reliable, but you still need to be careful on steep descents. Wheels, depending on the wishes of the user, can have a diameter of 26 inches or more. The transmission is of high quality, includes 21 speeds. Riding in the mountains is convenient and very comfortable, however, in other conditions, the bike behaves excellently on a flat surface, for example, on asphalt, it is able to gain decent speed in a matter of seconds.
- Insignificant mass of the product – has a positive effect on the acceleration rate;
- High strength construction;
- Completely made from aluminium;
- In front there is a fork with the ability to adjust the stiffness or its complete blocking.
- Hydraulic brakes would be more suitable for such a bike.
Bicycle Cross Kands Maestro Shimano Alivio
3. Kands STV 700
In third place in the ranking of the best mountain bikes is another quite budget model with an overall low weight. Despite decent overall dimensions, this product weighs only 13 kg. The design is equipped with a 21 inch aluminum frame. All connecting rods, gears, switches, as well as the freewheel are produced by the Japanese company Shimano, which already indicates the high quality of such products. These elements are characterized by increased strength, have a long period of operation. The developers of this model additionally took care of the strength of the rims. Their design has received reinforcement, they are made of aluminum alloy. This allows you to fully guarantee the confidence in the process of driving, even if the trip is planned to be very difficult.
There is no front shock absorber in this design, which will necessarily affect the capabilities of this bike while riding off-road or in rough terrain. The model is equipped with V-shaped brakes, with which you will have to be as careful as possible on a steep descent. The pedals are made of rubberized plastic. They are quite fragile – they are afraid of strong blows, so they will have to be handled very carefully.
- Pretty reasonable price;
- High strength construction;
- All accessories are made by Shimano;
- Small weight with large overall dimensions.
- The pedals are made of brittle plastic;
- All the unevenness of the road surface is felt due to the lack of a shock absorber;
- V-brakes don’t always perform well.
Bicycle Kands STV 700
2. Romet Orkan 4M
The products of a truly legendary company that has been producing two-wheeled bicycles for several decades. At the heart of this bike is a 19″ hydroformed frame made from the highest quality aluminum alloy. The transmission is stepped, designed for 27 gears. The total weight of the bike is negligible – 14 kg. This indicator was achieved due to the use of the lightest materials in the production process. Most users say that this model is incredibly light and comfortable to use, and it is also characterized by excellent maneuverability.
The bike has an effective front shock absorber with a full locking function. All accessories for this model are designed and manufactured by Shimano. This is true for the front and rear derailleur, chainring, cassette, cranks and shift lever. These structural elements have a long service life, excellent reliability even in very harsh conditions. The bike is equipped with a system of mechanical disc brakes, which distinguishes it from most competitors – they are installed both front and rear. Such a design solution significantly reduces the braking distance even if you have to brake on soft, wet ground. The owners also note the excellent workmanship of the model. The only point that users complain about is the saddle. Manufacturers did not take much care of its anatomical characteristics and ergonomics, so it turned out to be quite rigid and not very comfortable – from time to time you will have to get off the bike to rest.
- Disc brakes are fitted both front and rear;
- Fine quality of accessories of the Japanese production;
- The frame is made using a unique technology;
- The structure is light in weight.
- Some people find the price a bit high;
- Poorly designed seat.
Bicycle Romet Orkan 4M
1. Lazaro Integral V3 Men 19
Finally, we got to the leader of the review of the best mountain bikes. The model is designed on the basis of a 19-inch frame made of lightweight aluminum, it is also equipped with 28-inch wheels. The bike has increased strength and excellent design. The frame has a detachable hook on which, for example, you can attach a bottle of water. All accessories are manufactured by the Japanese company Shimano, and this bike is equipped with products from the Alvio version, which is characterized by increased strength and safety. Many consider this bike to be an all-around bike thanks to the adjustable stiffness front shock. In addition, due to its design, it is possible to install a hydraulic jump lock.
The model has sealed cartridge-type bearings, hubs, brake and brake frame are made of aluminum. To ensure the durability of the model during long difficult trips, the manufacturer decided to install two-chamber reinforced rims on the bike. They are also made of aluminum alloy, the same applies to the steering wheel and seatpost. As a result, the developer managed to create from the most durable bikes on the market, you can find softer tires for wheels on sale that will make riding on gravel road more comfortable.
- Products are entirely made of aluminum;
- He showed himself perfectly on trips through the mountains, in conditions of dirt roads, over rough terrain;
- Improved shock absorber adjustment system;
- Switches of the latest generation.
- Apart from the high price is not found.
Bicycle Lazaro Integral V3 Men 19
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We hope that our review of the best mountain bikes will help you quickly decide on the best model for you. If after reading there is a desire to leave your feedback on our rating, share your impressions, then you can do this in the comments to this article.