Just a couple of short years ago, it seemed that a decent budget full-sus Mountainbike listed for $3000 or more. But more recently, some incredible values can be had for closer to $2000. Aluminum frames with quality spec seems to be a thing! If you know of a budget bike that has all the latest updates with better than expected spec, please share it with us. What budget full-sus Mountainbike would you recommend?
Here are a couple I like.
2020 YT Jeffsy Base 29 $2300 150mm rear travel
Pro’s: Eagle SX 1×12 drivetrain, Modern progessive geometry, Rock Shox front and rear, Amazing value for what you get.
Con’s: Might not have frame clearance for 29×2.6 rear tire. Direct sales—must assemble the bike yourself.
2020 Trek Fuel EX 5 $2100 130mm rear travel
Pro’s: Modern progressive Geometry, Rock Shox front and rear, 29×2.6 tires, Can be bought at your LBS and comes assembled.
Con’s: 1×10 drivetrain lacks range. Would have been better with Eagle SX. However, Stock 11-42 cassette could be replaced with a Sunrace 1×10 11-46 cassette for better range.
I personally prefer, Trek, Specialized and Kona bikes. They just fit me good. This time of year you can look for used bikes or last years model to save some $$. Anyway you go, stay with a well established name brand. Don’t get too cost conscience and try out a lower end or big box box bike. After all, spending a few hundred more dollars on a bike that will most likely last years longer than an economy bike is well worth the investment.