We love cycling. There’s just something about the wind in your hair, the constant movement of legs and feet, and the speed that makes it all so enthralling. Add a little bit of scenery and the fact that it’s all environment friendly, and there’s really no way you can top this active hobby.
Cycling is a great way to lose weight, keep in shape, and experience the wonders and beauty of Mother Nature. But sitting your bum on a bad bike could end up giving you a bad back and much worse. It’s important to take into consideration the bike you choose to use because at the end of the day, no one wants to find themselves lurching through terrain on a flimsy bike. There are lots of great mountain bikes available on the market, each with their own pros and cons. Here, we round up our most 5 favourite mountain bikes to give you a superior cycling experience.
Giant Stance 0
Carbon bikes are common in the market and it’s not hard to come across crazy blinged-out bikes at steep prices. Finding them at a higher functionality for only half the price is the true challenge. That’s why the Giant Stance 0 mountain bike is one of the best on the market. This full-suspension bike model does the job when it comes to performance without sacrificing sleek style. How did it become so affordable? Giant decided to manufacture this specific bike model with a single-pivot suspension which cuts back on cost without giving up functionality and performance. What’s more, this model comes with a dropper post that can greatly benefit any and all riders – a feature that’s hard to find on a bike of this calibre.
Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC
Who says hardtail is dead? The Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC mountain bike model just goes to show that nothing stays dead for long. The Highball’s bike geometry is generally relaxed relative to other hardtails. Despite its being a little heavier than other models, the Santa Cruz Highball 27.5 CC bike model uses a lower-grade carbon fiber than the other models in its series, making it equally awesome in terms of performance but way more affordable.
Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5
An XC mountain bike that offers maximum fun? Yes, it exists, and it’s called the Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5 mountain bike. This model makes use of Giant’s tried and tested Maestro suspension making the riding experience thrilling and comfortable. Add in the RockShox’s Monarch DeobnAir, and you have one amazingly high-performance ride. This Giant success comes equipped with a dropper post – a great feature for riders of all experience levels.
Transition Patrol 2
This bike model, a close cousin of the Transition Smuggler (also an amazing bike model, however short-travel) take the transition to a 155mm travel, making it one of the best mountain bikes in the market today. The GiddyUp suspension technology makes this bike model a breeze to ride, providing users with endless fun and frolic. What’s more, the Patrol’s frame and build make it a rough and rowdy ride for those who want a more extreme biking experience.
Trek Stache 9
Are you looking for a ride that sticks to the trail like no one’s business? The Trek Stache 9 comes equipped with super wide wheels that make it easy to stay close to the ground at all times. This fast bike model floats off of obstacles even with those massive wheels. Talk about power. We also love that you can run with 27+ or regular 29er wheels depending on your preferences.