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Tested: 5 of the Best Mountain Bikes Under $3,500

Looking for a mountain bike that won't break the bank? Here are five great options that can handle a wide range of terrain.

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Tom Richards
Mike Kazimer

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There’s no denying that mountain biking is an expensive sport, and the prices of top end models can be high enough to make you consider taking up barefoot running instead. Luckily, the more reasonably priced options are better than ever, thanks to advancements in geometry, brakes, and suspension.

Pinkbike’s editors recently reviewed five great options that all retail for $3,500 or less. All of these bikes are capable of tackling a wide range of terrain, and could serve as an excellent upgrade for riders on a budget looking for a bike that won’t hold them back. Watch the roundtable discussion below, and check out the individual reviews at the link below each model.

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2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Tom Richards.
Photo: Tom Richards

Specialized Status 160

Travel: 160mm rear, 160mm front
Wheel size: 29″ front / 27.5″ rear
Head angle: 63.2° / 63.7°
Seat angle: 76°
Reach: 487mm (S4)
Chainstay length: 426mm
Weight: 34.6 lb / 15.7 kg
Price: $3,000 USD (Was on sale for $2,250)
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Tom Richards.
Photo: Tom Richards

YT Capra MX Core 1

Travel: 170mm rear, 170mm front
Wheel size: 29″ front / 27.5″ rear
Head angle: 64° / 64.3°
Seat angle: 77.4° / 77.7°
Reach: 464mm (lrg)
Weight: 36.6 lb / 16.6 kg
• Price: $2,699 USD (Was on sale for $2,299)
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Tom Richards.
Photo: Tom Richards

 

Vitus Mythique 29 AMP

Travel: 140mm rear, 140mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 65.5°
Seat angle: 77.5°
Reach: 482mm (lrg)
Chainstay length: 445mm
Weight: 33.8 lb / 15.3 kg
Price: $2,599 USD
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Tom Richards.
Photo: Tom Richards

 

GT Sensor Comp

Travel: 130mm rear, 140mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 65.5°
Seat angle: 77°
Reach: 485mm (lrg)
Chainstay length: 440mm
Weight: 34.2 lb / 15.5 kg
Price: $2,600 USD
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Tom Richards.
Photo: Tom Richards

 

Marin Rift Zone 29 XR

Travel: 130mm rear, 140mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 65.5°
Seat angle: 77°
Reach: 485mm (lrg)
Chainstay length: 435mm
Weight: 34.8 lb / 15.8 kg
Price: $3,499 USD
Full review

Lead Photo: Tom Richards
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