SUB-$3,000 BEST BUDGET MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUP REVIEW
FIVE AFFORDABLE MTB PUT TO THE TEST
Photos by Max Rhulen & Dusten Ryen
Video by Brian Niles / Treeline Cinematic
THE SUB-$3K ROUNDUP MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO:
LEATT & VERSUS TIRES
For 2023, our crew set out to review five of the best budget mountain bikes with a maximum price of $3,000. After having so much fun during our Sub-$2,000 Bike Shootout a couple years back, we wanted to see how much better and capable affordable, budget-minded mountain bikes have gotten. With the majority of the bikes in our test sitting around the $2,650 average, it’s safe to say that our entire crew was pretty impressed with how much fun and how capable these bikes are, with one tester even saying, “Half-way down the trail I was asking myself, why I spent so much money on my personal bike?”
The testing for the 2023 budget bike review spanned the course of several months and a variety of terrain from high desert rocks and tech to flowy, forest singletrack. The variety of conditions allowed us to best learn how and where each of the bikes excelled and who the ideal consumer for each bike could be.
We’d like to thank Leatt Protectives and Versus Tires for making this long-term review happen. Their support and products not only kept us safe and gave us a constant test tire platform to equip all bikes, but allowed our crew to spend considerable time out of the office and on the trails testing bikes, and gear, to report back to you. Without Leatt and Versus’ support we couldn’t have made this happen, so if you enjoy the content, shoot them a thanks too.