2017 Best Mountain Bikes under $500

Not everyone is looking for a top of the line mountain bike and many of us are just looking for a fun but reliable bike that keeps us active in the summer. For this reason we have compiled an updated list of the best mountain bikes you can buy for under $500. Keep in mind that for the price you can expect that most bikes will:

  • Come with Shimano Tourney drivetrain
  • 3 speeds in the front, 7 in the back
  • Coil suspension at around 70-80 inches of travel
  • Basic mechanical disc brakes or even calipers in some models.

You can also visit our previous post where we listed 7 of the best mountain bikes you could purchase for around $500.

Please note that the listed prices are valid at the moment this article was written.

Giant Revel 2

$330

Giant Revel

The Revel is one of the 26″ recreational bikes from Giant that comes with an SR Suntour fork, Shimano Tourney based 7 Speed drivetrain and Giant components. Note that this bike comes with city tires, which will perform very well in gravel terrain too.

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Giant ATX

$415

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The Giant ATX is another bike from Giant that comes with 27.5 wheels and equipped with Shimano Tourney 7-speed drivetrain as well as Giant components. The ATX has a bit slacker geometry so it will perform better in green trails.

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Cannondale Catalyst 3

$490

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The Catalyst is another good recreational mountain bike from Cannondale that comes equipped with a mix of Shimano Tourney and Sunrace components. The fork is coil based with 75mm of travel.

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Trek 820

$459.99

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There’s nothing wrong with riding one of the cheapest bikes available from Trek because they are known to be good, reliable and long lasting. The 820 is equipped with a 75mm suspension fork, Shimano Tourney and Bontrager components.

Trek offers a much upgraded entry level bike that can be found under $800, the Trek X-Caliber. Find out about the specs.

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Trek 820 Women’s

$459.99

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Same bike as the regular Trek 820 but it comes with an adapted geometry for women.

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