Mountain bikes have come a long way in recent years, with trends like 29-inch wheels—and more recently, 27.5-inch wheels—blazing the trail for bikes that are better and more versatile than ever before. High-end mountain bikes are still notoriously expensive, but a technology trickle down effect does push some more advanced features down into entry-level models. You can, for example, find a 29er from a well-respected manufacturer for well under $1,000. 

Below are our mountain biking gear picks, with a focus on complete bikes that are available online (you can also find a varying selection at your local bike shop). For those who want to stay within a budget, we’ve picked the top bike models under $2,000 and $1,000. Of course, everyone needs to stay safe, so we’ve put together a list of the best helmets as well. Enjoy!

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Best Mountain Bike Helmets of 2016

If your mountain biking gear budget has been stretched thin and you’re tempted to skimp on the helmet, don’t. Skip that extra bit of carbon instead. It’s true, mountain bike helmet prices are creeping up...
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Best Mountain Bikes Under $2,000

Mountain biking can be a very expensive sport: there are hundreds of excellent bikes available for $4,000 to $6,000 and those aren’t even at the highest end of the price spectrum...
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Best Mountain Bikes Under $1,000

Not everyone needs a high-end mountain bike that breaks the bank. If you are new to the sport or don’t plan to ride that often, it’s a good idea to buy a relatively inexpensive bike and upgrade...