Best Mountain Bikes

We are often asked which are the best mountain bikes to buy and we always give the same reply. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to bicycles. The best mountain bike for you depends on your needs.

Regardless, you should always look for one which offers good performance, durability and affordability.

Three of the best brands in MTBs are Specialized, Trek and Giant. You can't go wrong with one of them.

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How to Choose The Best Mountain Bike

Serious mountain bike enthusiasts want to know which mountain bikes are the best mountain bikes. After all, if you're going to spend your hard earned cash on a mountain bike, you want to be sure that you're getting one that is considered to be of the best quality and performance.

While opinions will differ depending on who you ask, expert opinions all focus on the Santa Cruz Nomad, the Bionicon Edison, and the Gary Fisher Fat Possum. Each of these mountain bikes offers high quality construction and a list of features that is enviable. All are fairly pricey, which is understandable - they are are for seasoned mountain bikers who take biking very, very seriously. Let's take a closer look at each.

The Santa Cruz Nomad is most likely one of the very favorite top mountain bikes of the experts. It's priced around $4,000 and has been called a truly versatile trail bike with no weak points. It's been lauded as having excellent handling capabilities, and as an all-around mountain bike, meaning that it can handle just about anything that is thrown at it. Lightweight, smooth, efficient and enjoyable are other comments that have been heard about the Nomad. The nomad is a good all-around mountain bike and certainly among the best mountain bikes.

The Bionicon Edison is a mountain bike with a different look and an excellent feel. Both hill climbing and descending can be easily and comfortably accomplished by the push of a button, which changes the geometry of the bike to accommodate changes in incline, whether you're going up or down. Adjustments are easy and smooth. Pedaling is very efficient and the bike itself is relatively lightweight. Riders report having fun riding it and feeling extremely confident in the bike's capabilities. Priced at about $2,800, the Edison can be thought of as an all-around bike because of it's versatility and handling.

The Gary Fisher Fat Possum rounds out the list of best mountain bikes with it's sturdy construction for handling rough trails and light weight that makes it a strong ride for the entire day. Built by the legendary Gary Fisher brand, the Fat Possum calls both trails and hills its territory, making it an good all-around bike. And it's been compared to a Barcalounger when it comes to comfort, which is high praise indeed! Riders report a high level of comfort, confidence and stability combined with responsiveness. Coming in at around $2600, it's a reasonable price for a real enthusiast.

The very best mountain bikes are the ones that offer comfort and stability, along with confidence in the bike's ability to handle whatever is around the next bend or over the next hill. The three bikes mentioned here all fall into the best mountain bikes class because they can handle what the trail brings and they offer the serious enthusiast a fun and exhilarating ride, each and every time out!