Spending up to £1000 on a mountain bike is a serious investment for anyone.  With so many bikes on the market it is incredibly hard for anyone buying to even figure out what is available.  With increased government spending on cycling there has never been a better time to get into cycling.  Making buying a bike more affordable we recommend people consider the cycle to work scheme with £1000 on offer.   We have had a spike in enquiries lately from people asking for help on what are the best mountain bikes to buy.  To help we have worked with suppliers to bring you a comprehensive line up of mountain bikes we would recommend with specification information and why you should buy.  Use our Top 15 mountain bikes under £1000 to help you find the best bike deal for you.  

List of the Top 15 Mountain Bikes Under £1000:

    1. Ragley Marley 2.0 – £999
    2. Calibre Line 29 – £905
    3. Vitus Sentier – £764.99
    4. Boardman MHT 8.9 – £1000
    5. GT Zaskar LT AL Elite – £999.99
    6. Voodoo Bizango Carbon – £1000.00
    7. Cube Reaction TM  – £999
    8. Merida Big Nine 400  – £900
    9. Commencal Meta HT AM Origin – £949.99
    10. NS Bikes Eccentric Lite 2 – £854.99
    11. Kona Blast– £949
    12. Specialized Rockhopper Expert – £850 
    13. Ghost Kato 5.9 – £849
    14. Cannondale Cujo 2 – £949.99
    15. Scott Aspect 910 – £898.99

Ragley Marley 2.0 - £999.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – 6061 Alloy

DrivetrainSuntour Zeron / Shimano Deore

Ragley is a UK bike firm set up in 2008 with a mission to keep their designs simple using quality components. Their bike range is mainly mountain bikes with some recent gravel and adventure bikes added.  A commitment to mountain bikes for over a decade means they know how to build a good £1000 mountain bike.  

The Ragley Marley 2.0 is at the lower end of their range but means you are benefitting from the top end bikes in the range.  The frame is an all alloy affair with modern geometry.  The bike comes packed with a quality set of components mainly raided from the Shimano parts bin.  

Ragley are a more established brand than you might realise and all bikes come with a 5 year warranty for further assurance.  Overall a light, well specced mountain bike that won’t disappoint.  An excellent start for our list of the Top 15 mountain bikes under £1000.

Forks – RockShox Recon RL 

Cranks -Suntour Zeron, 32T

CassetteSunrace CSMS2 10 Speed 11-46t

Brakes – Shimano MT400 Hydraulic Disc

Wheels – WTB Serra 32h Boost

Tyres – Maxxis Minion

Weight – 13.2kg


Latest Deals on the Ragley Marley 2.0

Buy the Ragley Marley 2.0 for £999.99 from Chain Reaction Cycles.

Boardman MHT 8.9 - £1000


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – Hydroformed and butted 6061 aluminium

Drivetrain – SRAM SX

Boardman bikes was founded by the legendary cyclist Chris Boardman.  Who is indeed still the Chairman and driving force behind the business.  The business was founded in 2007 and has evolved to produce a range of first class bikes across a range of bike types.  The bikes are all available direct or through the Halfords chain.  The brand identity has struggled but the types have been successfully in competition for many years.  Within Trivelo two Directors own a Boardman mountain bike ourselves which is an endorsement in itself.  

The Boardman MHT 8.9 is a rework of the previous version with minor tweaks and styling updates.  It is one of the lightest bikes in the line up which translates to speed.  Component wise it relies on the SRAM groupset that is hugely dependable and well placed here including an increased sized 50t ring cassette.  Running on 29inch wheels in-house built from Boardman themselves.  Design is a bit of a marmite affair with plain frame design and tan sidewall tyres.  Personally it isn’t to my taste but that shouldn’t put you off considering it.  

Forks – RockShox Reba RL

Cranks -SRAM SX Eagle Powerspline, 32t 

Cassette – SRAM CS-PG1210 11-50T

Brakes – SRAM Level T

Wheels – Boardman MTR 29″ Boost 

Tyres – Vittoria Barzo TLR Graphene 2.0 2.25”

Weight – 13.2kg


Latest Deals on the Boardman MHT 8.9

Calibre Line 29 - £950


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – 6061 hydroformed alloy, tapered headtube

Drivetrain – SRAM NX 11

Calibre Bikes are the bike division of Go Outdoors set up in 2016 to manufacture their own brand of bikes to be distributed through their stores.  While the brand has little pedigree the bikes have since launch won numerous awards.  

The Calibre Line 29 as the name would suggest is a 29 inch hardtail mountain bike.  It is the top of the range hardtail before a strong line up of full suspension mountain bikes.  The drivetrain is the SRAM NX 11 speed which is well specced at this price point.  Weighing in at 14kg this is one of the heavier bikes in this round up of our Top 15 mountain bikes under £1000.  

Forks – Rock Shox Recon RL Boost

Cranks -Samox 2pc Alloy

Cassette – Sunrace 11 speed

Brakes – SRAM Guide T

Wheels – Calibre 29″ alloy disc rims

Tyres – WTB Trailboss G2

Weight – 14kg


Latest Deals on the Calibre Line 29

Vitus Sentier - £764.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – 6061 Alloy, Boost spacing

Drivetrain – SR Suntour Zeron / Shimano Deore

You may not be familiar with the Vitus brand but they have been around cycling since the 70’s.  They supply a full range of bikes including full suspension mountain bikes, hardtails, road bikes, e-bikes and time trial bikes.

The Vitus Sentier is a mid range hardtail from Vitus.  Constructed using familiar 6061 aluminium and using a combination of suppliers including Shimano and Sunrace it is well specced if not spectacular.  With a rear cassette covering a 46t cog should be plenty for all but the steepest inclines. With a grey on grey finish it is unlikely to offend many but equally won’t be standing out from the crowd.  

With a current 10% discount on Vitus bikes with Wiggle at the moment this is cheapest mountain bike in our line up.  

Forks – X-Fusion RC32, 130mm, Boost

Cranks – SR Suntour Zeron, 32T

Cassette – Sunrace CSMS2, 11-46T

Brakes – Tektro M290 brakes


Tyres – Schwalbe Magic Mary Evo

Weight – 13.61kg


Latest Deals on the Vitus Sentier

Buy the Vitus Sentier for £764.99 from Wiggle with a current 10% discount. 

GT Zaskar LT AL Elite - £949.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – 6061 Alloy,

Drivetrain – SR Suntour Zeron / Shimano Deore

Borne in Southern California in the seventies GT bicycles are a well known supplier of quality bikes.  For those of us old enough to remember the early BMX bikes were the envy of the street and the foundations of a legacy in cycling.  Nowadays they still make top end BMW bikes with over 30 in the range but have expanded to offer a full suite of bikes including a gorgeous range of mountain bikes.

The GT Zaskar LT AL Elite is in the top half of their hardtail mountain bike range.  The latest version (labelled their 2021 model already) features the trade mark triple triangle frame using 6061 aluminium.  Components come from the SR Suntour and Shimanu Deore stable.  This is the newest bike in our line up only launched in March 2020.  Initial reviews of the bike are very strong and it is a strong contender in this line up.  Design of the bike has matured well with age and this latest version is a real looker.  One for the short list for sure.  

ForksSR Suntour Zeron 35

Cranks – SRAM SX Eagle Power Spline, 30t

Cassette – SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T, 12-speed

Brakes – Tektro M290 brakes

Wheels – WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0

TyresSchwalbe Nobby Nic

Weight – n/a


Latest Deals on the GT Zaskar LT AL Elite

Buy the GT Zaskar LT AL Elite for £949.99 from Wiggle 

Voodoo Bizango Carbon - £950


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – 2020 Voodoo Black magic carbon

Drivetrain – SRAM SX

Voodoo Cycles was formed in 1994 and largely remained under the radar until in recent times it began more mainstream distribution.  Most notably a hook up with Halfords that has helped increase reach but to be clear is an independent manufacturer and not a Halfords brand.  With a purist mountain bike focus they have learned how to make a quality mountain bike for under £1000.  

As the name would suggest this is one of a handful of carbon fibre frames in our round-up of the Top 15 mountain bikes for under £1000.  This plus a stellar component set means this is one of the lightest bike in our line up crucial if you like the ascent as much as the descent.  With an SRAM / Shimano blend of parts including a 50T max rear cassette this is a durable climber and competent downhill bike.  

Forks – RockShox Judy Silver 29″ Boost

Cranks – SRAM SX Eagle Boost 148mm, Powerspline, 32T

Cassette – SRAM SX Eagle 11-50T

Brakes – Shimano MT400 Hydraulic Disc 

Wheels – Voodoo MTB, Double wall alloy 

TyresMaxxis Ardent

Weight – 12.8kg


Latest Deals on the Voodoo Bizango Carbon

Buy the Voodoo Bizango Carbon for £1000 from Halfords

Cube Reaction TM - £999


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – Aluminium Lite

Drivetrain – SRAM SX 

Cube cycles were formed in 1993 in Germany and in truth the brand should need little introduction.  Nowadays they are a global behemoth of cycling with killer bikes in every category.  With a very mature distribution and support model buying a Cube is a very confident decision.  

The Cube Reaction TM is on the heavier end of the scales in our line up of bikes in part owing to a heavy wheel and tyre set.  Dripping with SRAM SX and a conventional frame geometry the Cube should be robust enough to ride through walls.  Plenty of quality throughout with Magura brakes included as a useful alternative to more common place Shimano brakes.  Little likely to cause problems here and a bike that will serve you well.  

Forks – X-Fusion RC32 

Cranks – SRAM X1 1000 Eagle DUB 30T

Cassette – SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50T

Brakes – Magura MT Thirty

Wheels – Rodi TRYP 35 

Tyres – Kenda El Capo, 2.6″

Weight – 13.9kg


Latest Deals on the Cube Reaction TM

Buy the Cube Reaction TM mountain bike for £999 from Wiggle – contact us for latest deals

Merida Big Nine 400 - £900


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame6061 series double butted

Drivetrain – SRAM

Merida have been manufacturing bikes for over 45 years and a German based firm with all bikes hand made overseas in Taiwan.  Merida produces a range of bikes including road, triathlon, gravel, cyclocross and kids bikes.  The bulk of their range though sits in the mountain bike category where they have a number of great bikes.  The Big Nine 400 sits in the middle of their hardtail mountain bike range.  

This Merida Big Nine 400 is well placed in our line up winning multiple awards since launch.  A solid bike with quality components throughout there is little to complain about.  It isn’t the lightest and the Suntour forks add to weight where you might want to consider future possible upgrades.  Mainly SRAM components through the drivetrain all combines to a lot of bike for £900.  

Forks – Suntour XCR32 RL-R

Cranks – Sram X1 1000

Cassette – SRAM PG-1210 Eagle

Brakes – Shimano MT-200

Wheels – Merida Comp

Tyres – Maxxis Ikon

Weight – 14.1g


Latest Deals on the Merida Big Nine 400

Buy the Merida Big Nine 400 from Tredz for £900 – contact us for the latest deals available with Tredz

Commencal Meta HT AM Origin - £949.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – Alloy 6061 triple butted 

Drivetrain – SRAM 

Commencal as the name suggests are a French bike manufacturer set up in 1999.  Distributed in the UK now through independent retailers and a major deal with Wiggle they are becoming increasingly popular globally.  With a focus on mountain bikes the Meta HT AM model sits in their Endurance bike range in between their trail and downhill specialist bikes. 

The Commencal Meta HT AM is a great choice all rounder with quality RockShox Recon 150mm travel forks and SRAM drivetrain providing a reliable platform. With a 36 tooth rear cassette maximum this bike is intended for all round use so don’t go pointing it at a mountain and expect to keep pace with some of the others here unless your legs are the size of Chris Hoy.  Finished in matte white a good looking bike that will serve you well.  

Forks – RockShox Recon RL

Cranks – SRAM NX, 30T

Cassette – SRAM PG-1020 11-36T

Brakes – Shimano MT-200

Wheels – WTB STB i23 

Tyres – Vee Flowsnap 2.6″

Weight – 13.6kg


Latest Deals on the Commencal Meta HT AM Origin

NS Bikes Eccentric Lite 2 - £854.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – AL6061-T6 custom formed and butted tubes

Drivetrain – Sunrace

NS Bikes (formerly Northshore) is a European based brand  founded in 2000 by a downhill mountain bike champion so someone who knows what makes a good bike.  With a range of over 40 mountain bikes the Eccentric is smack in the middle of their products range.  One of the lowest priced bikes in our list coming in just over £850 and some discounts potentially available.

With a history of downhill specialist bikes the Eccentric Lite 2 model is very much pitched as a trail bike but very capable over a range of surfaces.  With various models in the Eccentric frame style the Lite is more of an all-rounder and brings the frame to a more competitive price point coming in under the £1000 tag.  With 29inch wheels this will comfortably cover ground using a solid set of components.  

Forks – Suntour XCM32 LOR DS

Cranks – Sunrace FCM80T 30t

Cassette – Sunrace CSMS2 TAY 10spd 11-42t

Brakes – Shimano hydraulic BL-MT200

Wheels – Octane One Solar 29

Tyres – WTB Trail Boss 2 29×2.4

Weight – 14.7kg


Latest Deals on NS Bikes Eccentric Lite 2

Kona Blast - £949


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – 6061 aluminium butted 

Drivetrain – Shimano

Kona has been an established presence in the cycling world since it was established in 1988.  Kona have a full breadth of bikes including a new range of electric bikes.  Mountain bikes have been their priority since the nineties including a team competing on their bikes.  

The Blast is towards the top end of the Kona hardtail range.  Very well specced dripping in Shimano Deore components and a quality set of forks from RockShox.  Riding on a set of 27.5″ wheels so agile on the descents bucking the trend of moving up to 29″ wheels.  Kona are often available with some discounts and we will work to find best deals on the Kona. 

Forks – RockShox 30 Silver TK

Cranks – FSA Alpha Drive 1x 28T

Cassette – Shimano Deore 10 speed 11-42T

Brakes – Shimano hydraulic 

Wheels – WTB ST i27 TCS 2.0

Tyres – WTB Trail Boss 27.5 x2.25

Weight – 14kg


Latest Deals on Kona Blast

Buy the Kona Blast for £950 from Chain Reaction Cycles

Specialized Rockhopper Expert - £850


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – A1 SL Aluminium frame

Drivetrain – Shimano

No list of mountain bikes for under £1000 could be complete without a Specialized included.  Specialized have been smashing out quality bikes since 1974 and a pioneer in the industry.  The Rockhopper itself has been a coveted MTB for 30 years an evolution of the original Stumpjumper model from the seventies.  

The latest 2020 Specialized Rockhopper Expert is the leanest bike in our line up with a reported weight of only 11.22kg.  Well under many carbon frames at much higher price points and worth consideration if uphill climbing a struggle.  Specialized have worked to develop many of their own components where they were not happy with those in market that will contribute to their light weight bikes.  With strong residual values and demand this is a great bike in terms of long term value for money taking into account ease of resale.  

Forks – SR Suntour XCR 29

Cranks – Stout 1x, forged alloy 30T

CassetteShimano, 10-speed, 11-42t

BrakesShimano BR-MT200

Wheels – Specialized XC 29

Tyres – Ground Control Sport, 29×2.3″

Weight – 11.22kg


Latest Deals on Specialized Rockhopper Expert

Buy the Specialized Rockhopper Expert for £850 from Leisure Lake Bicycles

Ghost Kato 5.9 - £806.55


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 29 inch

Frame – Kato AL frame 

Drivetrain – Shimano Deore

GHOST has been building bikes for over 25 years. A German manufacturer with a foundation in mountain bikes they still focus on this product range.  They have since extended out to road bikes and kids bikes but the bulk of their range is still in hard tail and full suspension mountain bikes.  

The Ghost Kato 5.9 sits towards the top end of their hardtail range with mountain bikes starting from around £500.  The full range extends to an eye watering £6k when you get into the land of electric full suspension bikes.   The Ghost Kato 5.9 is a 29er modern interpretation of the mountain bike.  It comes with a lightweight aluminium frame and a decent 100mm of travel from the SR Suntour forks, although we would have preferred to see RockShox at this price.  With plenty of decent Shimano components including Deore it is otherwise well specced and a strong downhill performer.  

Forks – SR Suntour XCR 29

Cranks – Shimano FC-MT500 36-26

Cassette – Shimano CS-HG500-10 11-42t

BrakesShimano BR-MT200

Wheels – Rodi Excalibur XC

Tyres – Schwalbe Rapid Rob 29 x 2.10

Weight – 14.3kg


Latest Deals on Ghost Kato 5.9

Buy the Ghost Kato 5.9 for £805 from Wiggle – current 5% discounted price

Cannondale Cujo 2 - £949.99


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – Premium SmartForm C2 Alloy frame

Drivetrain – SRAM SX Eagle

Cannondale are a further must have manufacturer in any Top 15 mountain bikes for £1000.  I personally own 2 Cannondale bikes and love them.  In over 8 years I’ve not had a single issue with either of them and are a brand I believe in.  Cannondale are an American firm having been around since the 70’s and been innovating ever since.  One of the first manufacturers to introduce carbon fibre and full suspension in mountain bikes.  

With mountain bikes up to £10k the Cannondale Cujo 2 is towards the bottom of their mountain bike range but as a result benefit from the more expensive bikes innovation.  Riding on monster 2.8inch tyres the Cujo 2 is definitely built for off road.  Any road trips you will be struggling at the back of the pack.  This is coupled with a 14.7kg weight for the bike near the top end from others in this list.  It is the result of a very solid all round performer.  The spec is good and there is little to fault on this bike.  Buy yourself a piece of cycling heritage.

Forks – RockShox Judy Silver TK 120mm

Cranks – SRAM SX Eagle, 30T

Cassette – SRAM PG-1210, SX Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed

Brakes – Shimano MT200 hydro disc

Wheels – WTB STX i35

Tyres – WTB Ranger Comp, 27.5 x 2.8″

Weight – 14.7kg


Latest deals on the Cannondale Cujo 2

Buy the Cannondale Cujo 2 for £950 Leisure Lake Bikes – contact us for any available discounts 

Scott Aspect 910 – £899


Suspension – Front suspension

Wheel Size – 27.5 inch

Frame – Aspect 900 Alloy Frame

Drivetrain – SRAM SX Eagle

The brand Scott has been around since 1958 starting with their ski solutions.  Since the 80’s Scott has been an active innovator in the bicycle industry including within the triathlon world development of the aero bar.  They broke the mould in the MTB market developing the first carbon frame as far back as 1995.  Buying a Scott MTB is certainly a safe bet. 

The Aspect sits under the Sport range of bikes with Scott.  A grand title but in reality is the bottom tier of bikes.  This is not a reason to ignore the Scott though as all that history and more expensive bike innovation bleeds its way down the range so benefits from this.  Also the 910 is near the pinnacle of the Aspect range so still plenty to be excited about.  This is a light well specced mountain bike with effective gearing for serious climbing.  

Forks – RockShox 30 Silver TK 100mm

Cranks – SRAM X1000 Eagle DUB 30T

Cassette – SRAM CS PG-1210 Eagle / 11-50T

Brakes – Shimano BL-MT201

Wheels – Syncros X-20 Disc

Tyres – Kenda Booster 2.4″

Weight – 13.3kg


Latest deals on the Scott Aspect 910

Hopefully this round up of the Top 15 mountain bikes for under £1000 has helped and you make that crucial decision.  We continue to refresh the pages based on new bikes and changes in the market so watch this space if you are still thinking what to buy.  

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