The best possible bike buying advice you can take to heart is to set a budget for yourself, stick to it, and don’t go hopelessly into debt when it’s time to upgrade your mountain bike. Here on Singletracks we’re big fans of running what ya brung and focusing on the most important part of mountain biking: enjoying the ride!
However, I can’t help thinking: “what if I won the lottery? What is the most expensive mountain bike that money could buy?” While I may need to start playing if I want to win, I realized that there wasn’t an exhaustive, accurate list of the most expensive mountain bikes in the world. So I decided to create one.
While of course you can break the bank by going fully-custom everything and adding over-the-top bling to your rig, to level the playing field I focused solely on non-custom, production mountain bikes with stock build kits. If you’re ordering off the shelf, here are the 9 most expensive mountain bikes to buy with your lottery winnings.
9. $10,600: Yeti SB6 XX1 Eagle Turq
As best I can tell, there’s a three-way tie for the 7th, 8th, and 9th most expensive mountain bikes in the world, with all three of these models ringing in at $10,600. We decided to cut this list off at 9 models because it turns out there is a large number of mountain bikes clustering around the $10,500 mark. So, we present to you the top 9.
One of the models at the $10,600 price point is the renowned Yeti SB6 enduro rig with the top-end Turq carbon, kitted out with an XX1 1×12 Eagle drivetrain.
The SB6 rocks 6″ of suspension travel, provided by a top-of-the-line Fox 36 fork and a Fox Float X Evo rear shock. In addition to the blinged-out drivetrain, this model of the SB6 comes stock with 27.5″ ENVE M70 carbon Boost wheels.
Total bike weight: 28.8lbs
9. $10,600: Yeti SB5.5 XX1 Eagle Turq
The SB5.5 is quite similar to the SB6 and is priced identically. The main difference? The 5.5 has 5.5″ of travel (shocker) and 29″ wheels, vs 27.5″ on the SB6.
The 5.5 features the same XX1 1×12 Eagle drivetrain, Turq carbon frame, and Fox suspension as the SB6, as well as SRAM Guide RSC brakes. The 5.5 also sports carbon ENVE M70 wheels.
Total Bike Weight: 27.9lbs
9. $10,600: BMC teamelite 01 XTR Di2
Wait, a hardtail mountain bike for over $10,000?! Yes, and this isn’t even the most expensive hardtail on this list… keep reading!
The full-carbon teamelite 01 racing hardtail is spec’ed with a Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain, Shimano XTR brakes, 100mm Fox Float 32 Factory fork, and carbon DT Swiss XRC 1200 wheels. While this is technically a hardtail, BMC’s unique frame offers some forgiveness thanks to a high tech elastomer softtail design. In his article from Interbike, Aaron explains it this way:
It uses what BMC calls MTT, or micro travel technology. Basically, there is an elastomer where the seat stays meet the seat tube that allows for a very small amount of rear wheel travel – up to 17mm. BMC includes three different durometers of the elastomer so riders can customize the feel to their liking. Swapping out the elastomer is done easily by removing two bolts.
Total Bike Weight: 20.25lbs (with pedals)
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