Affordable Upgrades for Your Mountain Bike [Product Picks]

This week we’re highlighting affordable upgrades for your mountain bike. Some of the items we chose are more affordable than others, but overall buyers should get a good bang for their buck, whether it’s $30 or $3,000.

Shimano Deore FC-M6120 Crankset


Start with this crankset (on sale!) and upgrade your drivetrain to 12 speeds for about the price fo an XTR derailleur. Read more.

Buy from Competitive Cyclist

TranzX Skyline Dropper Post


Priced at $99 without a remote, the TranzX Skyline is definitely one of the least expensive droppers on the market. Read more.

Buy from Jenson USA

Race Face Chester 35 Riser Handlebar


Moving up to a 35mm cockpit could be just the stiffness upgrade you’re looking for. And don’t forget to get a 35mm stem to go with these bars.

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Hope Fortus 30 MTB Wheels


Hope now has a robust aluminum rim to match the hub’s durability with the Fortus lineup, and the complete UK-made wheel system is as affordable as it is tough. Read more.

Buy from Chain Reaction

ODI Bjorn v2.1 Lock On Grips


The grip surface is made from fully reused rubber that’s swept up after ODI grips are made. Read more.

Buy from Worldwide Cylery

WTB Koda Chromoly Saddle


Unless you got lucky, chances are the stock saddle that came with your bike isn’t a perfect fit. We’ve had good luck with the Koda, and it’s super affordable.

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Terravail Honcho


A true all-around tire with an affordable price tag. Read more.

Buy from Competitive Cyclist

Box Three Prime 9 Groupset


Eagle-ish range with just 9 speeds, get all the drivetrain components a la carte for a new system for under $200 Read more.

Buy from Performance Bike

PNW Components Loam Lever


If you’re still using the over-the-bar thumb lever that came with your dropper post, just stop. Get a proper 1x-style like the PNW Loam Lever and it will change your life. Almost. Probably.

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Race Face Cinch Oval Chainring

$65.00 | $64.99 sale

Oval chainrings can offer a boost in traction and omph on steep climbs. Read more.

Buy from Jenson USA

SR Suntour Durolux36 Boost


This enduro mountain bike fork has the adjustability of one twice its price, along with some sweet features. Read more.

Buy from Chain Reaction

Ibis Ripley AF


The new aluminum-frame version of Ibis’ party machine starts just under $3000. Read more.

Buy from Ibis

Spank Spike 35 Vibrocore Handlebar

$109.00 | $108.99 sale

This alloy handlebar dampens vibration and costs less than carbon bars. Read more.

Buy from Jenson USA

MTX Brake Pads


Increase your brake’s stopping power without replacing any expensive components.

Buy from MTX Braking

SDG Thrice 31 Grips

$19.99 | $17.99 sale

Color match some more with SDG Thrice grips. Read more.

Buy from evo

I9 Hydra Hub


No need to toss out your wheels for this upgrade. Just swap in a Hydra hub for near instant engagement and a blingy new look.

Buy from Performance Bike

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