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6 of the best cheap full-suspension mountain bikes

So you want to buy yourself a full-suspension mountain bike but don’t have a big budget? That’s okay, there are some really quite affordable choices available as this guide shows.

– Best 2016 mountain bikes under £500

Trax TFS.1 £79

trax

trax

Head to your nearest Halfords (if you’re a UK reader) and this is one of the cheapest full-suspension mountain bikes you can buy. For your £79 you get an aluminium frame with a coil rear shock and suspension fork and an 18-speed gear system.

Apollo Gradient £189.99<

apollo gradient

apollo gradient

If you’ve got a bit more money to spend, and we suggest you save up, this Apollo Gradient  looks a much better choice than the Trax. The aluminium frame has a simple linkage suspension system and you get disc brakes and a 21-speed drivetrain. At a claimed 18.5kg (40lb) weight it’s not exactly light though

Decathlon B’Twin Rockrider 520S £450<

rockrider 520s

rockrider 520s

French sports superstore Decathlon is known for its affordable bikes, and this Rockrider 520S is its most affordable full-susser. It has a mono pivot suspension system with 120mm rear wheel travel and a Suntour 120mm travel fork, with a lockout lever. It’s a coil-spring fork so adjustment is fairly basic. A Shimano Acera groupset and hydraulic Auriga Comp brakes provide the go and stopping duties.

VooDoo Canzo £799.99

voodoo canzo

voodoo canzo

With a budget of £800 you’re starting to get a choice of what we’d consider a decent full-suspension mountain bike, and the Canzo from VooDoo looks a really good bike on paper. The aluminium frame has a lightweight air rear shock and there’s a 140mm travel Suntour Epixon suspension fork. Hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of control and a Shimano Altus groupset offers 27 speeds.

Boardman Team 650b £999.99

Boardman Team 650b

Boardman Team 650b

For sure, £999.99 is a lot of money, but the Boardman Team is a serious looking bike that won’t be embarrassed by more expensive rivals, and if you want a proper bit of kit for mountain biking, you won’t go far wrong with this bike. The aluminium frame has triple butted tubes, to save weight, and RockShox Sektor fork and Monarch rear shock, both air damped for easy adjustment. Travel is 130mm front and rear. A SRAM X7 20-speed gearing system and Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes and Mavic 27.5” wheels complete a fine package.

You can read a review by Bikeradar here

Canyon Nerve AL 6.0 £1,199

canyon nerve

canyon nerve

Direct-sales bike brands, like Canyon, have really shaken up the bike market with amazing value bikes, and this £1,200 Nerve AL 6.0 has to be a serious contender if you’re in the market for a full-suspension mountain bike. At this price point you’re getting a proper full-suspension mountain bike with all the latest technology and it’s light as well, just 12.8kg (28.22lb). It’s well kitted out with a RockShox Reba suspension fork, Monarch rear air shock, Shimano SLX gears, Mavic Crossride wheels and Continental Mountain King 2.2in tyres



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