What’s The Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike Under $1000? (top 5 rated models/brands on Amazon)

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So with all the comments I’ve been getting over the last 6 months on my Merax Finiss purchase, I’ve come across a ton of other mountain bikes from chatting with people on youtube. A couple of them showed me a few bikes on Amazon that are a smokin good deal… And that led me to see these really affordable full suspension mountain bikes and want to add a fully suspended ride to mix in with the ole’ hardtail!

This all started because I moved to an apartment that only had outside storage, with no real way to secure a bike very well. So I began searching for the best hardtail mountain bike I could buy for under $200, so if someone stole it, it wouldn’t be like losing a $2000 Cannondale like I used to ride. I’m super happy with the Merax, but now I’m jonesing for a dual suspension ride again as well. I’m a little leary of ordering a mountain bike from a mom and pop vendor after what happened this past winter with my spyder jacket and bibs, but some youtubers sent me these links for some Prime items on Amazon that look pretty badass! SI figured they were worth taking a look at since I did well with my first purchase from there… (if any of you guys have ridden any of these models/brands, please let me know how you like the bike in the comments… and what you’ve customized!)

I Found The Best Mountain Bike Under $200! (And what I miss going from a Cannondale full suspension to a hardtail)

The Top 7 Best Rated Mountain Bikes I Could Find On Amazon Under $1000 Dollars

1) Diamondback Recoil 29er READY RIDE

diamondback-recoil-29r-ready-ridePros:

  • Awesome tires and Tektro brakes
  • Ratchet shifters with Shimano deraillerus
  • SR suntour crankset

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with pedals
  • No mounts for frame water bottle holder
  • Limited to under seat storage pouch with a curved frame

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Impressions:

Overall this looks like an awesome entry level full suspension mountain bike, but I have my doubts about the rear shock and swingarm design dipping on hardpack. Fron fork and disk brakes look awesome, but I think for just a bit more money, you’ll get much better components that will ride with a little more refinement. At just under $600 though, this Diamondback is light years ahead of my Merax Finiss for less than twice the price!

Specs:

  • Hand built 4-inch travel 6061 T-6 aluminum alloy full suspension frame is super strong
  • Optimized single pivot with sealed cartridge bearings for smooth, durable performance
  • SR Suntour XCT 100mm suspension fork and rear coil shock help you tackle the terrain
  • Shimano 8-speed drivetrain with SR Suntour cranks provide reliable shifting
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes offer great stopping power
  • Diamondback Ready Ride: bike comes in bigger box, takes less time to assemble and is ready to ride in a few easy steps
  • DB 4-inch travel 6061 T-6 aluminum alloy full suspension frame w/ an optimized single pivot and sealed cartridge bearings offers durable performance
  • Shimano 3×8-speed drivetrain with SR Suntour cranks provide reliable shifting

Description:

Full suspension mountain bikes don’t need to be overly complicated and the Recoil shows just how that’s done. The understated single pivot design is equipped with sealed cartridge bearings to deliver smooth, durable performance, and the four inches of suspension travel will take the edge off all but the biggest roots and rocks on the trail. The frame is built using trusted 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, so you know it’s strong, and the formed and butted tubing makes sure to save weight wherever possible. Stack the whole thing atop silky smooth 27.5-inch wheels, and you can get out and enjoy the simple life—riding your bike.

Hand built and shipped ride ready in a few easy steps. Diamondback Ready Ride bikes eliminate the usual hassle of tedious at-home bike assembly, an often-ignored process that can take hours. Our program allows you to spend less time assembling your new bike and more time riding it.

Ready Ride bikes are hand-built and shipped straight to you. All you need to do is put on the front wheel, seat, and pedals. Yes, the brakes are dialed in and the derailleurs are adjusted: just pump up the tires and go.

2) Diamondback Atroz Full Suspension

diamondback-atroz-full-suspension-standardPros:

  • Fully adjustable Rock Shox rear shock
  • Higher end SRAM drivetrain
  • Kenda tires
  • Tektro Aries disk brakes

Cons:

  • 27.5 not a 29er like some of the other models (even though some may prefer this!)
  • Reviews have shown it might be a tad on the stiff side (which is great for heavier riders, and/or hard rides)
  • No pedals

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Impressions:

Not sure between the Recoil and the Nashbar edition below which is the better value here. I’m just looking for the best all around full suspension mountain bike for money… Some of the component specs are confusing between the models, and it’s unclear which is the best for my budget between these. Perhaps I should consider some normal high end brands like GT or Specialized, I just assumed I’d be well over the $2000 range with one of those.

Specs:

  • Hand built 4-inch travel 6061 T-6 aluminum alloy full suspension frame is super strong
  • Optimized single pivot with sealed cartridge bearings for smooth, durable performance
  • SRAM 9-speed drivetrain gives you a great range of gears for any terrain
  • Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock and SR Suntour XCM fork absorb jolts from the trail
  • Tektro Aries disc brakes deliver ample stopping power

3) Diamondback Atroz Nashbar Edition

diamondback-atroz-nashbar-editionPros:

  • Fully adjustable rear Rock Shox Monarch R air
  • SRAM drivetrain
  • Tektro Auriga hydraulic disk brakes

Cons:

  • Rear shock doesn’t have lock out mode
  • Based on reviews, might not have the best gear ratio for climbing
  • Front fork is a bit lower quality, and lacks adjustability of the model above

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Impressions:

My first impressions of this model definitely leave something to be desired. Right off the bat I don’t like the curvature/sweep in the bars, nor do I care for the lesser quality components than you’d find on the $1000 model. At around $800 – $900 for this Nashbar edition, I think the extra $150 bucks for the model above is a no brainer. Great price, but I’m not sure it’s a great deal for the money. Sure this one comes with pedals, but I doubt they’re going to be anything other than throwaways… could be wrong though, I’m hoping someone will chime in in the comments who owns one!

Description:

The Diamondback Atroz 27.5″ full suspension mountain bike provides everything you need to handle some serious off-road conditions. Built around a super-strong 6061-T6 aluminum frame, you’ll surely enjoy the 4″ of rear travel courtesy of the RockShox Monarch R air rear shock. The full suspension frame uses a sealed cartridge bearing pivot and is constructed around an optimized single pivot design which is the simplest type of rear suspension because there are few moving parts. Up front there’s a SR Suntour XCM 120mm front fork with preload adjust that enables you perfectly tune the fork to your personal preference. The Atroz features a 1×9-speed to keep shifting simple and precise. There’s a SRAM 9-speed shifter that controls the SRAM X5 rear derailleur while the 32T single chainring and 11-34T SRAM PG50 cassette provide a wide range of gears to tackle any terrain. And to ensure the drivetrain works flawlessly through the rough stuff, a full chain guide with roller is there to keep the chain in place. You’ll ride with confidence knowing there are Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes to deliver superb stopping power in all conditions. Wheel-wise, you’ve got incredibly reliable SL7 aluminum doublewall rims, 32-hole SL7 aluminum hubs, plus tried-and-true 14g spokes laced in a 3x pattern. Rounding out the wheelset is a set of Kenda Nevegal X 27.5×2.35″ tires that sport an aggressive, all-around tread pattern for incredible bite. Hand-built 6061 T6 aluminum alloy full suspension frame with 4″ travel is strong and lightweight SR Suntour XCM fork provides 120mm travel and preload adjust RockShox Monarch R air spring rear shock floats through the bumps SRAM 1×9-speed drivetrain is simple to use and gives a great range of gears for any terrain Chain guide with roller keeps chain securely in place on the roughest of trails Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes with 180/160mm rotors ensure plenty of all-condition stopping power Aluminum, 32-hole DB SL7

4) Gravity FSX 29 One Shimano Deore 27 Speed

gravity-dual-suspension-fsx-29-mountain-bikePros:

  • Quality modern frame design
  • Rock Shox front fork
  • Matte black styling

Cons:

  • Lower end rear coil over shock
  • XCR crankset compared to SRAM on other models
  • Shimano Deore components

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Impressions:

This is another one I’m a bit leery of as well… No large pictures to zoom in on the components and be sure they’re not junk. The Shimano Deore line is definitely a step down as far as components are concerned, but what concerns me the most is that pitiful looking rear shock. I know they say it has a lock out feature front and rear, but generally, unless it’s a high end air or coil over rear shock brand, that style usually leaves something to be desired. (and you don’t want to wait until you get out on the trail to figure that out!!!) Initially this bike didn’t strike me as a lower end mountain bike, mostly because I saw some user reviews pictures on Amazon that looked great. Come to find out, that purchaser had upgraded the front and rear shocks, as well as added a few other goodies. No wonder I liked it! lol

Specs:

  • Dual Suspension
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Lockout rear shock
  • Shimano Deore 27 Speed
  • 29 inch

Description:

Gravity FSX 29One This Full Suspension 29er mountain bike uses an Advanced aluminum frame that features CantiBeam SinglePivot Technology + REAR adjustable coil-over cartridge with LOCKOUT + Advanced Suspension Fork with FRONT LOCKOUT Features Powerful disc brakes and wide range Shimano Deore/Alivio 27 speed drivetrain for smooth shifting on rough terrain. Strong Double-wall rim wheels, Disc brakes, Lockout Suspension fork. Sizing 15 inch = Small/Med | Standover = 28.5″ | fits* up to 5’7″ 17 inch = Small/Med | Standover = 30″ | fits* up to 5’9″ 19 inch = Medium/Lr | Standover = 32″ | fits* up to 6′ 21 inch = Large/XLrg | Standover = 34″ | fits* 6’1″ and taller (*approx. sizing – your final choice is up to personal preferences. Suggest min 2″ crotch clearance from Standover) Frame Oversized Bearing CantiBeam Link SinglePivot, Custom Formed TIG Welded 6061 Alum Front Triangle with Hydroformed tubes. Rear Triangle with replaceable rear derailleur hanger Suspension Fork SunTour 29er XCT V4 SERIES 012, long travel, preload, advanced LOCKOUT Rear Suspension KS Axis CoilOver with adj preload, damping Crankset SunTour XCR, alum arms, PFF Powershift Rings 22/32/42T Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge Unit, sq taper Pedals Beartrap MTB with metal cage Front Derailleur Shimano Alivio Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore Shifters SHIMANO Alivio 9SPD, EZ Fire Trigger Cassette/Freewheel SHIMANO CS-HG 9 speed Chain KMC 9 Speed Hubs Formula Forged Aluminum Disc w/Q.R. and sealed ball bearings Spokes Stainless Steel Rims WTB 29 Speed Disc, double wall 6061 T6 aluminum, Black finish Tires WTB Prowler SL 29×2.1 inch Brakes Tektro Novela mechanical disc, rotors Brake Levers Tektro for Disc Headset VPA42E Threadless 1.125 inch, contact sealed ball bearing Handlebar 20° rise Aluminum, 31.8mm Stem Comp Aluminum Threadless for 1.125 inch Tape/Grip Kraton Black dual compound Saddle WTB Speed V Sport SE with LoveChannel Seat Post Aluminum alloy MicroAdjust, 27.2mm Seat Clamp Alloy Q.R.

5) Gravity G29 FS Truvativ/Tektro

gravity-G29-FS-full-suspensionPros:

  • Lock out front and rear suspension
  • Tektro disk brakes
  • Swingarm designed for climbing

Cons:

  • 27.5

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Impressions:

These Gravity brand mountain bikes keep popping up, and a certain part of the mtb community loves them for entry level mountain bikes. But I just don’t have any experience with the company, so I’m really looking hard at the reviews here. This style of rear suspension is supposed to be great for single tracks and switchbacks, as you don’t get the rear shock compression from hard down-strokes when pedaling like mad. The Suntour fork seems fine, but I’m not getting a good sense of the other components from the description, and I don’t have any experience with the TruVative brand of components.

Specs:

  • 27.5″ LockOut Fork
  • Lockout Rear Suspension
  • Tektro Disc Brakes
  • WTB 27.5 inch Tires/Wheels
  • Full Factory Warranty

Description:

If you have ridden a 29er you know why you want one. If you have ever wanted to try one, this is the best deal on a Single Speed drivetrain equipped 29er bike with powerful Disc Brakes and SunTour 29er Lockout fork. Front Suspension + Lockout – increased comfort and control. Helps to tame wild trails + efficient lockout. SWEET HANDLING Gravity has really dialed in a race-proven geometry into this phenomenal ride. The handling is very responsive and yet stable. Singletrack and switchbacks are all handled with ease. Slow speed and high speed, technical and flat-out hammering, you will go faster because this bike is so capable. If you love the ride of the Gary Fisher Marlin, Cobia or Mamba; you will love the ride of this Gravity 29er bike Frame ALLOY 6061 Aluminum TrailTested Design. D-Section, Hydroformed Downtube with Reinforced Gusset, water bottle mount Fork SunTour 29er Suspension FORK, LongTravel + LOCKOUT W/DISC TAB Crankset TRUVATIV E400 1.0 33T BLACKx175mm, ALLOY BLACK CRANK arms ALLOY BLACK CRANK W/O CHAINCOVER Bottom Bracket TruVativ BB-07-POWER SPLINE Pedals Mountain Platform Front Derailleur NA Rear Derailleur NA Shifters NA Cassette 18T SPROCKET W/2 SPACERS Chain KMC Z-410 Hubs Gravity by Formula Sealed Ball Bearing Disc with nutted Axles Spokes Stainless steel Rims WTB SPEED DISC 29x32H, Black anodized Aluminum Tires WTB PROWLER SL RACE, 29×2.1 Brakes Tektro Novela Disc Brake 160mm Rotor front and rear Brake Levers TEKTRO RS-360A ALLOY BLACK, Brake Levers Headset CaneCreek VP-A42E Sealed Bearing threadless 1 1/8 in Handlebar Black Finish Aluminum 6061 T6, 660MM (31.8mm) Stem Black Finish Aluminum threadless EXT:90MM(15.5″~17.5″)/105MM(19″~21″)x10 DEGREES, ALLOY BLACK Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound Saddle WTB SpeedV Seat Post Black Finish Aluminum Mountain 27.2mm x 300mm (insert min 2 inches below lowest top tube weld / maintain clamp collar tightness) Seat Post Clamp Super Light Alloy with Quick Release

6) Mongoose 29″ Men’s Salvo Sport

mongoose-mens-29-salvo-sportPros:

  • SR Suntour XCM fork with lockout
  • Shimano ratchet/trigger shifters
  • Tektro hydraulic disk brakes

Cons:

  • Might be on the heavy side
  • Possible cable stretching based on reviews I read

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Impressions:

I don’t know what to think of this guy… I think after Mongoose sold their name to those cheap junk mountain bikes you see in Walmart and Target, it’s hard to assess what models come with high quality frames and components and which ones are overpriced boat anchors. Unless you work in a bike shop and see which ones come in and out all day for repairs, I don’t see how you could possibly keep up with it.

Specs:

  • Aluminum dull suspension frame with 100 mm of travel, SR Suntour Raidon R rear shock
  • SR Suntour XCM suspension fork with hydraulic lockout
  • Alloy wheels with shinning db-25 32 hole rims, and alloy Q.R Disc hubs, 14g stainless steel spokes and Kenda slant six 30 TPI 29 inch x 2.1 tires
  • Shimano 24 speed drive train with Shimano Acera M360 8 speed rear, Shimano M311 front, Shimano SL 360 trigger shifters & KMC Z72 chain
  • Tektro hdc-330 hydraulic disc brakes

Description:

The Mongoose 29″ salvo sport is equipped with an aluminum full suspension frame with 100 mm of travel, SR sun tour Raidon R rear shock with SR sun tour XCM suspension fork with hydraulic lockout, Shimano 24 speed drivetrain with Shimano Acera M360 8 speed rear derailleur, Shimano M311 front derailleur with Shimano sl-360 Trigger Shifters. The Tektro hdc-330 hydraulic disc brakes provide stopping power. The alloy wheel set is equipped with shinning db-25 32 hole rims, alloy Q.R disc hubs, 14g stainless steel spokes with Kenda slant six 30 TPI 29″ x 2.1 tires. Shimano M361 22/32/42T alloy crank set with vp BC73 cartridge bottom bracket.

7) Polygon Bikes Siskiu D6

polygon-bikes-siskiu-d6Pros:

  • Lots of positive feedback about how easy the transition is from hardtail to full suspension on this one
  • Cantilever rear suspension setup to prevent unwanted dipping

Cons:

  • Not a big hitter bike, stay on the small stuff
  • Heavy

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Impressions:

I like this bike a lot. I think for under $900, you can’t beat the entry level setup and overall diversity of all around rid-ability. With this style of rear suspension setup, you should still be able to climb well and not experience much peddle loss from hammering down up some steep stuff. I don’t have any experience with the brand however, and still eyeing the Diamondback Recoil since it seems like the best value.

Specs:

  • Lightweight ALX Advanced hydroformed Alloy linkage driven single pivot XC frame
  • Shimano Alivio FD-M4000 drivetrain (27 speeds)
  • SR Suntour XCM HLO fork, SR Suntour Raidon LO air rear shock
  • 27.5″ wheels

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Conclusion Based On Reviews

There’s definitely a huge difference in the components you get compared to spending say in the $1500 dollar range… especially in the rear shock department. From all the reviews I could find from regular riders on forums and such, many mid to high end bikes have components of a grade that’s only really needed for a competition rider. Sure it would be nice to have all the refinements, but do you really need them as a weekend warrior? Most of the time not, and you can still get out on the traisl with your friends and have an awesome time with a bike like the Recoil. A good example of this would be the Diamondback Atroz Comp, which comes standard with Rock Shox fully adjustable front and rear, SRAM drivetrain, and Tektro Gemini hydraulic disk brakes which is a HUGE upgrade in stopping power. That said though, the standard Diamondback Atroz is right behind the competition model, still keeping the Rock Shox Monarch R rear shock, and the Suntour XCM forks to soak up the rough stuff. In my opinion, the adjustable rear shock and the SRAM drivetrain is really what puts this bike in another league compared to the $500 – $600 models. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until you get out on the trail and put in some seat time, but it really does make a difference in the long run, and the Atroz is the best value for the money of the bunch.

My Final Review Of The Merax Finiss Mountain Bike (after 5 months of riding)

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