Top 5 | Best Budget Mountain Bikes

Top 5 | Best Budget Mountain Bikes

Finding a mountain bike for under £500 can seem like a bit of a minefield, but fortunately you’re in the right place. It’s totally possible to get something that’s up to the task of proper off-road riding without breaking the bank, but there’s a big difference between how durable and enjoyable the best budget mountain bikes are compared to the not-so-great.

Here’s a selection of the best, currently available ‘budget’ MTBs we’ve reviewed for a mix of on- and off-road use.

The best mountain bikes under £500: https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/the-best-mountain-bikes-under-500/

Calibre Two Cubed review: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/calibre-two-cubed-review/

Vitus Nucleus 29 VR review: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/vitus-nucleus-29-vr-review/

Voodoo Aizan review: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-aizan-review/

Pinnacle Kapur 2 review: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/pinnacle-kapur-2-review/

Saracen Tufftrax Comp 2 Disc review: https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/saracen-tufftrax-comp-disc-review/

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50 Comments

  1. Lana Vis on April 22, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Mtb’s under 500€

    Cannondale trail 8
    Cube aim pro
    Cube aim race
    Orbes MX50
    Scott Aspect 960/760

  2. Sophie Shott on April 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    500 pounds that’s nearly 2 months worth of rent, not my idea of budget

  3. seb on April 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Carrera hellcat 29.£350 quid great entry bike

  4. BP Randomised ! on April 22, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    You should have the specs like the gears, drop, tyre size and brakes

  5. CiderPang27 on April 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve just bought a GT Avalanche for £30 and a ridgeback terrain mx3 for £50. Fixing them up and changing parts as and when I want. NOW THAT’S mountain biking on a budget!

  6. Xander Wolf on April 22, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I wonder what clever SEO is behind this video’s marketing team that shows me this video everytime i search for a specific bike brand review yet bike is not mentioned anywhere on this video

  7. JT on April 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    thanks

  8. Irfan Fatoni on April 22, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Where is Polygon xtrada?

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  10. Jake Tammaro on April 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Why is every bike out of stock when I look them up?

  11. Hypermaník SK on April 22, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Is it a good choice?

    I want to, and need to,buy myself a new bike, and i had opportunity to test this one out:

    https://www.decathlon.de/p/mountainbike-27-5-zoll-st-520-v2/_/R-p-324884

    My style of riding is hard on the wheels and the suspension, in city tho, but the bicycle roads here are just
    full of holes and bumps, and i found dowhill track near me, would this bike be good for hard riding and easy/light downhill?

  12. 1000 subs With no vids on April 22, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I just bought a specialised rockhopper sport for just over £440 it isn’t super expensive but still rlly good

  13. Love istheanswer on April 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    What you think of the serious shoreline 27 5 (2021 model) ? 🤔🙂

  14. BikeRadar on April 22, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    If you want to see more top-rated budget mountain bikes, check out the full list on BikeRadar.com; https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/the-best-mountain-bikes-under-500/

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  16. Yuh on April 22, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I wanna get into this but I’m not sure what’s a good entry level bike I’m 5’5 and would like a bike that’s under $500 if there is any recommendations I’m all ears.

  17. voltsy nub on April 22, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Lol I had a voodoo aizan it got stolen by gypsys

  18. Mul Berry on April 22, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    You didn’t include polygon Cozmic. What’s good & poor/outdated frame geometry?

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  20. scar on April 22, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    It really gets me depressed when I watch one of those top 10 affordable mountain bikes videos and there all above 1000 dollars

  21. Nika on April 22, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    what about a lumala trigger? is it a good bike?

  22. Daniel Stewart WoodTurning on April 22, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    why are you making dumb robot voice over videos

  23. JJH on April 22, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    You know that budget means cheap right

  24. JOSHI Saket on April 22, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    How’s the specialized rockhopper comp 1x

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  26. Ryan Santiago on April 22, 2022 at 7:24 pm

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    Internal routing for Dropper Post
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    WTB Tires
    160mm F/R Brakes
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  27. mac ss on April 22, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Can’t go wrong with a voodoo ……..I rip mine down black runs and it’s never let me down …….still going strong 3 years later and still hitting black runs lol ……500 pound!!!

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  29. X.R on April 22, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    I need help! I need the best stock mountain bike under £500. I need a hardtail – not sure what wheel size or frame. I’m 5’6". I’ll only ride on trails occasionally – mainly on roads/path.

  30. Krister Flores on April 22, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    says under 500 everyone is 500 or more

  31. Mohammed Faisal on April 22, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Where would carrera or trek bike fit in this

  32. Nejc Ludvik on April 22, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    What about Kona Kahuna 2020? 🙂

  33. Alan Kawczynski on April 22, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    someone stole my full suspension 2000$ bike so now im here rip

  34. Francisco Lopez on April 22, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    I have a mongoose from Walmart$79 it works like a champ

  35. Ali Ahmad on April 22, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Am lost again 😫

  36. Calvin Duffus on April 22, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Hi there, please do a video on these bikes. They are all 2020 models and all priced at £399.00

    Cannondale – Trail 8
    Scott – ASPECT 970
    Cube – CUBE AIM
    Obrea – MX 50
    Specialized – PITCH 27.5
    Giant – ATX 2
    Trek – Marlin 5

    I haven’t been able to find an English review on any of these 2020 models. Would love to see them all put up against each other.
    (Please add another well-known brand in the same field under £400 if there is one I have forgotten).
    Thank you

  37. Ingus Podnieks on April 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Damnn im starting ti think of buting vitus 29vr from uk and sell it in netherlands for almost 900 euros

  38. Samuel Wait on April 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I’m getting the nucleus

  39. Liamr 623 on April 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    The voodoo aizan isn’t under £500

  40. DarkTech FST on April 22, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    best budget? that maybe true but here £500 can feed me almost 3 month good foods, gee thanks for remind me how poor I am

  41. eugenio on April 22, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Listen: trek marlin 4 giant talon 4 specialized rockhoper 29 orbea mx 50 and cube aim pro 2021

  42. Iron Fist on April 22, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    How come there are millions of bicycle brands out there???

  43. craig davidson on April 22, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I still prefer an old univega…..don’t hate me.

  44. Martin Ivanov on April 22, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    how is 500 pounds a fucking budget bike…

  45. Bashem kupar on April 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    What about gt avalanche and btwin rockrider 540

  46. Oof on April 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    What about the rockrider st530?

  47. Gomnam- Benam on April 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I have number 3 you can see in my YouTube channel 😀 it was $750 thanks 🤪

  48. J-Man88UK on April 22, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I have a yellow Carrera vengeance which set me back £360 and that is a great bike.

  49. Vuuroxx on April 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    @RealSmiley makes bicycle videos

  50. Daddy Ton & Scarlett ADVENTURES on April 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Isn’t it all about the gt aggressor pro ? Thought that was the best budget bike out there ?

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