June 2022

Mountain Bikes: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Mountain Bike rankings posted by key online experts, as of June 2022.

Summary

As of 12 Jun 2022, REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed mountain bike with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 mountain bike' this month. It is followed by Yeti SB130 and Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Comp , with 4 and 2 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Mountain Bike
Bikexchange
Cyclists Hub
Verywell Fit
OutdoorGearLab
Fontanel
Outside
The Strategist
Bike Perfect
Bicycle Guider
Switchback Travel
1
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REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1
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1
7
-
-
-
-
-
1
7
2
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Yeti SB130
12
-
-
3
-
-
3
-
-
1
3
+2 Check price
Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Comp
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-
-
2
-
-
1
-
-
-
4
+4 $330
Huffy Tekton
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
4
-
5
+2 Check price
Ibis Ripmo V2 XT
9
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-2 Check price
Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
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-
-
10
-
-
5
-
-
3
7
-4 $452
Schwinn High Timber ALX
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-
6
-
3
-
-
-
9
-
8
-2 $472
Mongoose Malus Fat Bike
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-
8
-
8
-
-
-
7
-
9
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Batch The Mountain Bicycle
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3
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
10
New * Check price
Cannondale Trail 8
4
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
-5 $220
Roadmaster Granite Peak
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-
3
-
15
-
-
-
-
-
16
-5 Check price
Cannondale Habit 4
11
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
-
17
-5 $240
Mongoose Status 2.2
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9
-
-
11
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 #1 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked REI Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Cyclists Hub

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Verywell Fit

Best Hardtail

Pros
Lightweight—features an aluminum frame
Easy to ride
Versatile—features 21 gears for varied terrain

Cons
Relatively expensive

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Bicycle Guider

Slightly Over $500. Clear Winner With Discs And All Sizes

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Switchback Travel

Top Entry-Level Trail Bike for Beginners

Pros
Budget-friendly price but includes nice upgrades like hydraulic disc brakes.

Cons
Far less trail-worthy as the other options on the list.

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We ranked Yeti SB130 #2 in June 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Yeti SB130 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bikexchange

Best High-End Performance Carbon All-Mountain Bike

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Mid-Travel Trail Bike

Pros
Excellent climbing performance
Fun on nearly any trail
Incredibly versatile

Cons
Expensive
Despite aggressive geometry and burly fork, needs to be finessed in gnar

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The Strategist

Best mountain bikes for aggressive riding

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Switchback Travel

Best Overall Trail Mountain Bike

Pros
Premium construction
aggressive geometry
superb up- and downhill performance.

Cons
Expensive

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Mountain Bikes.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Mountain Bikes, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for June 2022 ranking

We ranked Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Comp #3 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Comp as #1.
Critic endorsements:
OutdoorGearLab

Best Aggressive Trail Bike

Pros
Stable and confident descender
Highly adjustable geometry
Adaptable for terrain or riding style
Plush FSR suspension
Increased SWAT storage

Cons
May be too much bike for mellow trails
Moderate weight
Fox 36 Rhythm fork

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The Strategist

Best overall mountain bike

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We ranked Huffy Tekton #4 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Huffy Tekton as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Fontanel

Best Mountain Bikes for Men

Pros
Well designed for a safe and wonderful riding experience
Suitable for different topographic
Affordable

Cons
Some customers don’t like the gear ratio

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Bicycle Guider

Best Granny Gears for Climbing

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We ranked Ibis Ripmo V2 XT #5 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Ibis Ripmo V2 XT as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Bikexchange

Big wheel, big travel speed demon

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OutdoorGearLab

Best Overall Trail Bike

Pros
Well-balanced all-around performance
Confident descender
Efficient climber

Cons
Not the lightest weight
Expensive-ish

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We ranked Specialized Turbo Levo Comp #6 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
OutdoorGearLab

Best Electric Mountain Bike

Pros
Quiet motor
Versatile modern trail geometry
Long battery life

Cons
SRAM Guide brakes feel underpowered
No digital display
Reported motor failures

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The Strategist

Best mountain bike with electric assist

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Switchback Travel

Best E-Mountain Trail Bike

Pros
Well-rounded e-bike with a strong
long-lasting battery and refined downhill performance.

Cons
Heavy, expensive
many trail systems don’t allow e-bikes (yet)

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We ranked Schwinn High Timber ALX #7 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Lightweight

Pros
Customizable—chose from a lightweight aluminium frame or a sturdy steel option
Easy to ride
Versatile—features 18-speed twist shifters for varied terrain

Cons
Some options cost much more than others

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Fontanel

Highly recommended

Pros
2 high quality material choices
Well designed for safe and enjoyable riding
Sporty and strong looking

Cons
Some customers feel that it is rather large

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Bicycle Guider

Best MTB with 29″ Wheels

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We ranked Mongoose Malus Fat Bike #8 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Fat Tire

Pros
Easy to ride
Suitable for varied terrain—sand, dirt, snow and more.

Cons
Not intended for road biking

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Fontanel

Best for Big Shapes Users

Pros
Can be suitable for people who are in big shape
Strong and durable frame
Safe disc brakes system and 7-speed swifter available

Cons
There’s a shortage of color choices

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Bicycle Guider

Our Top Pick – Best Fat Bike Under $500!

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We ranked Batch The Mountain Bicycle #9 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Cyclists Hub

Best Mountain Bike for Beginners

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Bicycle Guider

Runner up

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We ranked Cannondale Trail 8 #10 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bikexchange

Cannondale’s entry-level Trail edition

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Cyclists Hub

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We ranked Roadmaster Granite Peak #11 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Budget for Women

Pros
Sturdy—features a steel frame
Easy to ride
Versatile—features 18-speed twist shifters for varied terrain
Budget-friendly

Cons
Steel frame may feel a little heavy

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Fontanel

Best for new users

Pros
Strong and stable
18 smooth speed changes
Budget-friendly

Cons
Some people believe the tires quality needs improving

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We ranked Cannondale Habit 4 #12 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Bikexchange

RockShox full suspension with Shimano SLX components

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Bike Perfect

A capable trail bike with excellent suspension

Pros
Size-specific geometry
Balanced, agility-biased handling
Rock-solid lifetime warrantied frame

Cons
Relatively weighty
Offset frame makes some upgrades more complicated

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We ranked Mongoose Status 2.2 #13 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Mountain Bikes” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Cyclists Hub

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Fontanel

Best mountain bike for women

Pros
Powerful yet lightweight
Brings you a safe and comfortable ride thanks to superior accessories
Two-color options

Cons
Some customers prefer a bottle holder on this bike for better experience

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