‘Tis the season to enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities. Many of us are preparing to have the time of our lives this summer as we go for dips in local pools and participate in beach volleyball tournaments.
Some of us are a bit more adventurous than that, though. Taking on some of the roughest terrains on bikes decked out with the best gear is more our speed.
In order to do so, however, we need more than the best gear. We need the best mountain bikes that’ll perform well wherever we choose to ride them.
What, then, are these bikes? Continue reading as we discuss five of the best mountain bikes for any terrain.
1. Marin Nail Trail 6 LE Mountain Bike
The Marin Nail Trail 6 LE is designed for seasoned riders and novices alike. It boasts a “lightweight frame” and “high performance” components. These components include a “SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, and a Rock Shox Recon Silver fork.”
If you choose a Marin, you’ll also be able to participate in the “Performance Bicycle’s Right Fit program.” The program allows buyers to purchase bikes which are sized according to the rider’s preferences. Your frame size is used to determine how certain components of your bike should be sized.
The Amazon list price of a Marin Nail Trail is about 1,050 dollars. If you’re not familiar with pricing standards for mountain bikes, we assure you that the bike is decently priced.
Further still, if you order this item through Amazon, you might be able to save some cash. You apparently don’t have to pay interest on the item if it’s paid in full within 12 months. Needless to say, though, paying everything up front would be the best move.
If you want something cheaper, feel free to check out our list of the best mountain bikes you can get for less than 300 dollars.
2. Santa Cruz Bronson
Unlike the Marin, the Santa Cruz Bronson is probably not ideal for beginners. You’re likely going to have to know a bit about bikes before purchasing a Bronson since there are several build kit options.
There are three build kit options: Bronson, Bronson C, and Bronson CC. The first kit costs 3,000 dollars, the second 3,600 dollars, and the third 6,200.
The price difference is a matter of the material which the bike is made out of. The Bronson is made completely of aluminum whereas the Bronson C and CC are made completely of carbon.
The bike comes in sizes S, M, L, and XL and has a whole host of features and specifications that are worth the cash. You can check out these features on the manufacturer’s site. There are also images of the bike in action there, so be sure to check those out before making your purchase.
3. Rogue Sixty
The Rogue Sixty is slightly more expensive than the Bronson. Its cheapest build kit costs 3,600 dollars, 600 dollars more than the Bronson’s cheapest kit.
Like the Bronson, the Rogue Sixty is hardly for beginners It has six build kits. You can choose from the frame, for different Shimano kits, and the XX1 Eagle it.
Each kit gets progressively more expensive, the Eagle being the most expensive. Given its impressive list of features (from its Swiss M1700 wheels to its lizard skin charger grips), it’s hard to complain about the price tag.
Even the most basic upgrade (the Shimano SLX 1x) of the five available ones provides nice utility. It has DT Swiss E1900 wheels and lizard skin grips.
The bike is available in three sizes: M, L, and XL. As an added bonus, it’s also available in three different colors. You can choose from orange, black and “blue red.”
For more information on the Rogue’s different kits, you’ll have to pay a visit to the Manufacturer’s website. There are just too many features to cover here.
4. Pivot Vault
This mountain bike prides itself on being an all-seasons ride. According to the manufacturer, it doubles as a “competition-ready cyclocross machine” and an “all-season stage racer.” It performs well on “any road surface,” including cross, gravel, and road.
Unlike the previous two bikes, the Pivot doesn’t have a huge selection of build kits. The bike has a single build kit which is designed to be versatile enough to handle all terrains.
Further still, the components of its single build kit are quality components. For instance, it has “an ideal mixed-surface build with Shimano Ultegra build and Stan’s Grail wheels.” It also has Shimano Hydraulic brakes.
The Vault comes in one color, which is “gloss blue.” Despite this lack of customization, it’s still one of the best mountain bikes for any terrain.
5. Surly Krampus
If the word “Krampus” reminds you of a bad horror film, your memory serves you well. Tody, however, you’re going to remember Krampus as a high-quality mountain bike that works on all terrain.
The bike was designed as “something that was more than a mountain bike but less than a fatbike.” The manufacturers called this a “plus bike,” and it became a hit.
Anyone who takes a look at the bike’s specs can see that it truly is a quality product. It has an SRAM Powerspline and SRAM Level brakes. The shifters and brake levers are also SRAM Level.
This product comes in two basic colors, the first of which is dark black. This color is available for the frameset only. You can also choose to get the bike in “Andy’s Apple Red.”
More of the Best Mountain Bikes
There are tons of other mountain bikes which could have been on this list. We’re tasked, however, with the five best mountain bikes on the market.
We do, however, want you to get a look at some of the other options. Five mountain bikes just won’t be enough to help you begin your search for the mountain of your dreams.
That said, take a look at some of the other mountain bikes we’ve recommended in the past. This list is not only longer, but it’s also separated into nifty little sections. We talk about the best bikes for beginners, women, and men.
And, believe it or not, we even went through the trouble of giving you some info about some of last year’s best bikes.
Oh, and if you have any bike recommendations for us, please share them in the comments section below. Your input is always greatly appreciated.