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!