The Electric Bike Buying Guide

UNDER £1,000

Buying a new mountain bike with £1000 in your pocket can leave you feeling spoilt for choice. To help get you started, the bikes in this list have been hand-picked for the quality, style and value for money they offer within your budget.

Full suspension mountain bikes under £1,000

Finding a good full suspension mountain bike for less than £1,000 isn’t easy – it’s very difficult to build a reliable bike with good quality components and keep it affordable. That said, in recent years there have been a few bikes which tick the right boxes and still offer great value for their price.

Polygon Siskiu D5 – £1,000.00

Thanks to its well-designed alloy frame, 120mm suspension travel, wide-range 27speed Alivio gears and hydraulic disc brakes, the Polygon Siskiu D5 can easily hold its own against more expensive machinery. The fork and rear shock have a proper lockout feature too, so you won’t have to struggle in the climbs.

  • ALX Advanced Alloy frame | Linkage-driven single pivot 120mm suspension
  • Suntour XCM HLO 120mm fork
  • Suntour Raidon LO Air shock
  • 27 speed Shimano Alivio gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm

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GT Verb Comp – From £807.49

Not only will you get £50 change from your budget, the GT Verb Comp has a trick up it’s sleeve you might recognise from their top-tier downhill bikes. The Verb’s 6061-T6 frame uses the same Independent Drivetrain suspension technology as the brand’s world-class Fury and Sanction race bikes, which gives it impeccable bump-absorbing ability. As your riding improves, the GT Verb is the perfect base to accept upgrades for years to come.

  • Aerospace-grade Aluminium frame | 120mm travel Independent Drivetrain suspension
  • All Terra CH-595 120mm travel fork
  • All Terra AO-42 rear shock (rebound adjust)
  • 18 speed Shimano Alivio/Deore gears
  • Tektro hydraulic disc brakes 180/180mm
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Hardtail mountain bikes under £1,000

If you're aiming to keep your budget below £1,000, it is highly recommended that you start with a hardtail mountain bike instead of a full suspension bike. Hardtails are lighter and more nimble than full suspension bikes, and for the amount you spend you get back much better quality components which will dramatically improve the ride. More importantly, if you’re just getting started with your first mountain bike a hardtail is a much better way to learn the basic bike handling skills you’ll need to tackle difficult trails.

Cube Ltd Pro 27.5 or 29er– £999.00

At any price point, you’ll always find a Cube bike offering one of the best components specs available, whatever discipline you ride. The Ltd Pro in both 27.5 and 29er wheel size comes with a 22 speed Shimano XT M8000 groupset, with a RockShox Rekon fork that has a handlebar mounted Pop Loc lockout switch. It’s no wonder the German powerhouse is so popular!

  • Aluminium Lite frame | Agile Ride Geometry | internal Cable Routing
  • RockShox Recon Silver Air 100mm fork | Pop Loc remote switch
  • 22 speed Shimano XT M8000 gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Merida Big Nine 600 & Big Seven 600 – £1,000.00

Much like the German brand above, Merida are excellent at pitching their bikes with great component specs at their price point, and they’re not afraid to be a little bit different in doing so. The Big Nine 600 and Big Seven 600 feature 29er and 27.5″ wheels respectively, and are both fantastic looking bikes to boot. The Manitou Marvel fork is super-lightweight and has the backing of dozens of rave-reviews from people who’ve ridden it, while the SRAM NX 1×11 groupset performs well and lends a clean, minimalist style to the bike.

  • 6061 Aluminium frame | Double butted | Smooth Welding
  • Manitou Marvel Comp 100mm fork | 15mm axle
  • 11 speed SRAM NX groupset
  • Tektro Gimini hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Cannondale Cujo 2 27.5+ – £899.99

The Cannondale Cujo is a bit of an outsider on this list. It’s the only bike here with a wide plus-tyre, which makes it arguably the most exciting bike as well. Fitted with a 3.0inch wide tyre, the Cujo still has the agile and playful handling hardtails are so loved for, but with the added benefit of an enormous amount of grip and a super smooth ride on rocks and roots. Though there may be bikes in this list which are faster from A to B, the Cujo 2 will put one of the biggest smiles on your face.

  • SmartForm C2 alloy frame | SAVE technology
  • Rockshox Recon Silver boost 120mm fork | Lockout & Rebound adjust
  • 20 speed Shimano Deore gears
  • Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
  • WTB Ranger comp 27.5 x 3.0″ tyres
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Orbea MX Max 29er – £849.00

Orbea’s MX MAx 29er is not only a highly capable mountain bike in its own right, thanks to the RockShox 30 Air fork and 22 speed Shimano SLX gears. It has been built with versatility in mind too; after all, you might also want to use your mountain bike for commuting as well. The MX Max is rack compatible, has sleek internal cable routing and comes with a lifetime frame warranty, so you can enjoy the smooth-rolling benefits of a 29er on the road, and on the trail.

  • Orbea Hexatubing Aluminium frame
  • Rock Shox 30 Silver 100mm fork | Air spring | Remote lockout
  • 22 speed shimano SLX gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Kona Blast– £799.00

Sharing its excellent frame with its big brother the Cinder Cone, the Kona Blast hardtail is a budget-friendly alternative which still packs a punch. The Race Light frame is one of the best riding non-carbon hardtails we’ve tested, leaving plenty of wiggle-room for future upgrades… Just as well, because you won’t want be getting bored of this bike any time soon!

  • Kona Race Light 6061 Aluminium frame
  • RockShox 30 Silver 100mm fork | Turnkey Lockout
  • 27 speed Shimano Altus/Alivio/Deore gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Orange Zest – £999.00

Another entry from Orange bikes. This one is impossible to ignore, thanks to its fantastic component spec and the “old fashioned” 26inch wheel size. It’s no secret that a lot of mountain bikers aren’t so keen on the “new”, larger wheel sizes manufacturers have adopted, and there are many reasons why 26 inch wheels help make a better bike. The Orange Zest proves why – the smaller wheels lend the bike incredible agility and a snappy & responsive ride, and yet despite being a bit different by current trends, Orange have outfitted the Zest with a RockShox 30 Gold fork, 11 speed SRAM NX gears and SRAM Level LT brakes.

  • 6061-T6 aluminium frame | Custom butted
  • RockShox 30 Gold RL 100mm fork | Solo Air
  • 11 speed SRAM NX gears
  • SRAM Level LT hydraulic disc brakes 160/160mm
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Lapierre Edge SL 627 & 629 – From £919.99

It’s often underestimated how important it is to find a bike you like the look of. If you don’t like it, the chances are you won’t want to ride it! One thing the French brand Lapierre are exceptionally good at, is crafting fantastic looking bikes, like the Edge hardtail range. For £919.99 (SRP) the Lapierre Edge is available in three versions:

  1. Edge SL 627 men’s 27.5in wheel
  2. Edge SL 629 men’s 29er wheel
  3. Edge SL 627 women’s 27.5in wheel

Other than the wheel size, all three bikes share the same components which are reasonable for the price tag, but the fantastic looks and Maxxis skinwall tyres really set these bikes apart.

  • Edge Sl Alloy Supreme 5 frame
  • Rockshox 30 silver 100mm fork | Solo Air | Remote Lockout
  • 20 speed shimano Deore/SLX gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Marin Wildcat Trail WFG 5 – £750.00

This women’s bike from Marin has taken a very different route with it’s component choices, helping it achieve the ultra-low price tag. Despite being only £750SRP*, the wildcat Trail WFG 5 still features a RockShox Recon Silver fork and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. Marin have instead opted to reduce the number of gears on the bike to Shimano Deore 10 speed. The end result is actually a bike which is nice and lightweight, with the only compromise being larger steps between the gears. A very sensible approach from the California based brand we think!

  • Series 2 6061 aluminium frame | SHOT Tech | Forged dropouts
  • Rockshox Recon Silver 100mm fork (80mm on size S)
  • 10 speed Shimano Deore gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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Scott Contessa Scale 720 & 920 – From £869.00

Scott are pioneers of aluminium in the extreme sports world, and are proven industry leaders when it comes to materials tech, so you know their bikes are built to the highest standards. Along with £131 in change from your £1,000 budget, the Contessa Scale 720 and 920 offer 27.5 and 29er wheels respectively, a Rockshox 30 Silver fork with Pop Loc remote switching, and 30 speed mix of shimano Deore & XT gear components.

  • 6061 aluminium frame | Double butted | Internal cable routing
  • Rock Shox 30 Silver 100mm fork | Pop Loc handlebar mounted lockout switch
  • 30 speed Shimano Deore & XT gears
  • Shimano hydraulic disc brakes 180/160mm
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