Best mountain bikes for under £1000 in 2024 - top-rated budget mountain bikes

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Dean Hersey

Dean is a freelance cycling journalist based in Dorset, who enjoys travelling the world in search of the best trails. He has spent extensive time riding in the Alps and exploring iconic locations in Scotland, Aosta Valley, the Pyrenees, Finale Ligure, New Zealand and Whistler. In terms of racing, Dean has dabbled in DH, enduro to cross-country but has recently taken up exploring the UK with his gravel bike which has sparked a new interest in bikepacking culture.

Rides: Open U.P
Height: 180cm
Weight: 65kg 


4 years 1 week ago

Very happy with my Calibre Two Cubed, recommended as an entry level bike if you can find one. Spec has moved on a little since the review though - now a 9-speed double with a 22/36T easiest gear combination and WTB Trail Boss tyres. Also dropper friendly with internal routing and a 30.9mm seat post (350mm as standard so plenty of space for a 150mm drop). Still a single bottle cage and square taper BB. Ripe for an attack of upgraditis Biggrin