Cheap hardtails – the perfect mountain bikes for beginnersCheap MTB hardtails are often called entry-level mountain bikes. They cost little and are robust. This qualifies hardtails under 1500 € to be the perfect mountain bike for beginners.
Mountain bike beginners are often shocked by the prices for bikes. If you look on the web, you´ll easily find bikes for 8000 € and more. So the prices of the top models seem crazy for MTB beginners at first. But we can reassure you: There are also inexpensive bikes with which you can have a lot of fun off-road. We have evaluated the entire mountain bike market and found some really good MTB models, some of which cost well below 1500 €. These models all have one thing in common: they are all hardtails. So bikes without a suspended rear. The differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages to fullys are explained in another article. Here, we assume that you do not want to spend more than 1500 €. Let´s get one thing out of the way: In the price range below 1500 €, fullys are no good!
Different hardtail types and price ranges
Classic entry-level hardtail
- 100 millimeters of suspension travel
- Aluminum frame
- Lockout on the handlebar
- A weight of about 12 kilos
Classic entry-level hardtails have 100 millimeters of suspension travel at the fork. These bikes are trimmed with good rolling tires and relatively low weight for propulsion. Long climbs or tours with 50 kilometers and more are no problem with these bikes. In addition, they can also be used in everyday life for commuting or to get bread at the bakery. Sounds good, but there are of course also disadvantages of classic 100 millimeter hardtails. On technical trails, steep descents or jumps, these bikes won´t be much fun. If you want to have fun when descending, you need excellent riding technique and even then it is not immune to material defects and crashes. In short, when used correctly, classic race hardtails are still brilliant bikes. However, for many people, and especially beginners, an all-around hardtail (see below) is the better choice.
Allround Hardtails- the new trend
- 120 millimeters of suspension travel
- aluminum frame
- telescopic post
- tires with good grip
Trail Hardtail – the most radical Hardtail
- 130 millimeters of suspension travel or more
- telescopic seat post
- extremely grippy tires
- radical geometry with flat steering angle
This is how much MTB hardtail you get for your moneyHonestly, very few mountain bikes can be recommended for sporty use under 600 €. Bikes in this price range are great for commuting or everyday use, but already reach their limits on easy trails.
If that satisfies your needs, then check out all the bikes under 600 € here.
under 800 EuroIf you want to spend less than 800 euros on a hardtail, you should not expect a high class athlete. Of course, there are also bikes in this price range with which you can gain initial experience in the terrain. However, the majority of hardtails under 800 € feels more comfortable on roads and gravel paths, as well as on daily use. If you’re looking for a good bike to primarily ride to school or work and only occasionally want to tour, you’ll find it in this price range. For regular, sporty use on extended mountain bike tours, the suspension forks are usually not good enough. The gears with usually three chainrings on the crank and seven to ten sprockets on the cassette are also no longer up to date. Most models in this price range have mounting options for a side stand or mudguards. A child trailer can be mounted on almost all models.
Here you will find a complete market overview and all test reports on hardtails under 800 €.
price range of 800 € to 1000 €Even if the price jump from 800 to 1000 € is relatively small, there are significant differences in the models. Under 1000 € there are bikes that have obviously already been trimmed for sporty use. Models with a little more suspension travel, modern single cranks and tires with good grip also allow for riding fun in rougher terrain. Especially for children and young people who want to start with mountainbiking, these models should be interesting.
We have also prepared all hardtails under 1000 € with test reports for you.
price range of 1000 € to 1500 €In the price range of up to 1500 €, it gets sporty. High-quality gears from Shimano or Sram and well-functioning chassis are a given in this price range. If you want, you can always ride a marathon or a cross country race with these bikes for under 1500 €. Even an alpine crossing is not out of the equation. Extended tours with easy single trails are really fun with these bikes. Here you can already distinguish between bikes with classic 100 millimeters of travel and all-rounders with 120 millimeters of travel.
Click here to read all reviews of bikes for under 1500 €.