As anyone who has ever ventured into the world of mountain biking will tell you, good gear comes at a price. You need a bike that can smoothly take on the paved road and conquer the uneven dirt track, leaving nothing but dust behind. But where do quality and price meet in the middle? This is our take on the 5 best mountain bikes under 1000 dollars.

Mountain Bike
1. SE Bikes Big Mountain 24-Speed D Hard Tail Mountain Bicycle
With a light main frame built out of semi-integrated and double butted alloy, this mountain bike scores a solid 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon Reviews. It’s got 24 inch wheels and powerful braking, thanks to a sturdy brake set and rotors. It is really all the major features you are looking for in a mountain bike without breaking the bank.

2. Diamondback Recoil Mountain Bike
This MBT is a great deal; with an added bonus of being fully upgradable as you improve, the Diamondback will start to edge over the 1000 limit in the upgraded models. Made up of Shimano derailleurs and shifters, bigger diameter wheels meaning shock reducing and available in 3 different sizes.

3. Felt Nine Sport Mountain Bike
Coming in at number 1 according to 2014’s ratings, there is a reason the Nine Sport is the favourite among the MBTers. It easily takes on the rough terrain, appearing lighter than it is while still having great stability despite quick handling. It packs 180mm front rotor, solid fork and a smooth frame making it a balanced choice weighing without pedals at 13.66kg/30.11lb.

4. Montague Paratrooper Mountain Folding Bike
Hard tail, 18/20 inch frame sizes, and considered a luxury bike costing just under 1000 USD it still stands out as unique. When it’s folded (which can be done in 20 seconds!), it becomes half of its size, making it amazing for storage. There is disk breaking in both the front and rear, making it a good choice for safety priorities. It includes suspension front and rear, meaning wonderful shock absorption on the trail.

5. Diamondback Overdrive Sport
It’s another Diamondback MBT, and with a good reason. Scoring high on comfort performance braking, it is featured as a 4.7/5 on Amazon Reviews. The noteworthy features include 24 gears, a 6061-T6 Aluminum frame, and 29 inch wheels.

What MBT do you currently own? What mountain bike under 1000 dollars would you recommend?

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