Rapidly advancing technology and an increasing number of manufacturers mean an ever-increasing list of options to pick from. Mountain biking is a brilliant sport for which only the best bikes will suffice. The sheer difference between a mountain range and a tarred road is one reason why normal bikes aren’t the best choice.
Because of the differences in normal bikes and mountain bikes, the criteria by which the best is chosen is slightly different. Their tires are designed differently, as is their suspension, frame, and handle support. Price, ease of maintenance, suspension, life-cycle, weight, and construction material are some of the features we considered.
Below is a thorough review of the best mountain bikes for purchase in 2020.
Best Mountain Bike 2020
1. Ibis Ripley NX Eagle
Calling the Ripley NX a 2019 bike is technically inaccurate since it was released mid-year as a 2020 model. It features a 29-inch wheel and the 120mm rear suspension has proven ideal in rough terrains. NX Eagle is sold for a little above $4000 despite featuring 1 x 12 gears in a carbon frame that is easily repaired. There is also an aluminium frame model that is sold for a considerably lower price for those that are more budget-conscious.
- Modern design
- Superb balance
- Quality components
- Easy use and maintenance
- Lightweight and compact
- Reasonable price
- Two frame models of varying prices
- Not ideal at descents
- Too small for some trails
2. Calibre Line 10
For a bike that is sold for just under $750, Calibre Line 10 is a bit over-gunned. The suspension fork is RockShox Recon with an adjustable rebound damping and Shimano M506 for hydraulics. The frame is sturdy and can handle shock and hits without bending to go with a surprisingly excellent balance
- Brilliant build
- Solid suspension
- Aluminium frame for lightweight
- Comfy and balanced
- Lacks an upsweep
- Ride is sluggish
3. Salsa Timberjack SLX 27.5+
Salsa may not be famed for their mountain bikes, but they have made a lot of progress in recent years. It is highly adaptable and well-thought-out, providing an adjustable 130mm suspension and 2.8-inch tires. There are so many loading options that it might as well be a bike-packing design.
- Strong overall performance
- Lightweight and affordable
- Lots of storage options
- RockShox Recon RL suspension
- Good with rough terrain
- The drivetrain is not ideal
- Has a better performance with gravel trails
4. Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
When discussing electric mountain bikes, there’s not much competition for Turbo Levo Comp. It has a 500Wh Lithium-ion battery and a Mission Control App for easy customization and regular updates. Levo Comp’s recent update has seen it take on a slimmer look in both weight and size and better efficiency. The tires are still 29-inches, the suspension 150mm for both rear and front but the price has seen a slight increase. Specialized Turbo has 1 x 11 gears to go with excellent downhill performance.
- Eco-friendly and electric
- Well-rounded in all respects
- Brilliant balance
- Modern look
- Excellent performance downhill
- Lighter and smaller than the previous model
- Long-lasting and exceptional runtime
- Electric bikes aren’t allowed in some trail systems
5. Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1
Bikes sold for less than $500 tend to lack in a lot of things, but Co-op’s Cycles DRT 1.1 stands out among them. It sports an aluminium frame which makes it lightweight and has a 100mm front suspension. The Tektro disc brakes (hydraulic) and Shimano drivetrain give it exceptional stopping power. DRT 1.1 is backed with REI’s warranty and a 27.5-inch tire to go with its 3 x 8 gears. While DRT will perform well as atrial bike, its budget-friendly nature means that it isn’t the best you can get.
- Cheap and lightweight
- Hydraulic disc brakes are a nice upgrade
- The Shimano drivetrain performs excellently
- Easily stored
- Old design
- Not the best trail bike on the market
- Tires are too small for most
- The aluminium frame is less easily maintained than carbon
6. Calibre Bossnut Evo
The 15mm thru-axle, Shimano Deore brakes, 780m bar, 1145mm wheelbase, and WTB rims make Evo a superb choice. The brakes are more modular and reliable than the usual M300-series to go with the lock-on grips for more balance. Bossnut Evo, despite being sold for less than $1000 packs some amazing power to give a high-value mountain bike.
- Reliable suspension
- Amazing balance with better grip
- Wider rims than usual
- Brilliant ride experience
- Needs better tires
- Lacks a dropper post
7. Kona Wo
While it is not as popular as products from Surly or Salsa, Kona Wo excels in a lot of categories. It has a reasonable price-tag to accompany a smart-spec build and a modern 2019-updated look. Kona Wo does not particularly stand out in any criteria but performs superbly in most mountain bike features.
It is a fat bike, with 1 x 10 gears and 26-inch tires.
- Brilliant in snow trails
- Components are high-quality
- Reasonable price
- Lightweight and compact
- Does not standout
- Small tires
- Needs suspensions
8. Commencal Meta 29 TR Brit Edition
Meta 29 TR has a 140mm fork, a 66.5-degree head angle, a 475mm reach and all-round tires to this Brit Edition. There is also a DPX2 shock to control the 130mm of travel and a neutral four-bar design. It performs well on steep tracks.
- Aggressive build
- Brilliant on snowy trails and steep tracks
- Carbon fibre frame
- Durable and easily maintained
- Heavier than average
- The SeatStay is too wide
9. Santa Cruz Megatower Carbon CC X01 Eagle
It has a rear coil shock, a VPP suspension, a Carbon CC frame, hydraulic disc brake-set, and Santa Cruz Palmdale grips. The tires are larger than average at 29-inches and its performance on mountain trails superb.
- Incredible downhill performance
- Best value
- Modern geometry and design
- Big enough
- Ideal weight
- Not ideal for steep climbs
10. Trek Remedy 7
Remedy 7 has a frame made from aluminium which makes it consistent and stout, 27.5-inch tires, and 1 x 12 gears. The suspensions are 150mm rear and 160mm front of RockShox RC Fork.
- Proven design
- Best mountain choice under $4000
- Impressive downhill performance
- Durable and compact