Mountain bikes at the £1,000 mark have never been better – with top quality wheels, suspension forks and groupsets, there aren’t too many compromises if you can stretch your budget to the £1k sweetspot.
Trail hardtails are generally designed to take a bit more punishment, so seat and head angles are a little slacker (head angles of 69 degrees or less being characteristic of the modern trail hardtail) in order that riders can get their bodyweight well back on the bike on steep, technical downhill trails.
Top tubes are generally shorter, giving a more upright riding position which is not optimum for all-day pedalling but gives much greater rider control on difficult terrain, including downhill runs, the most challenging trail centre routes, and when the bike is airborne. Such bikes are also generally paired with short, stubby stems for pinpoint steering precision.
A previous winner of MBR magazine’s Sub £1000 Hardtail of the Year award, the Sentier’s test winning pedigree continues for 2019 with its playful, nimble, and aggressive aluminium frame coupled with a well thought out components package.
Here’s what MBR said about last year’s bike:
If you couple the Sentier’s impressive sizing and weight with its aggressive geometry, then add in a perfect selection of components, you’ve got a cocktail that delivers a mind-blowing hardtail for £1,000.
Here’s the full MBR review of the Vitus Sentier VR+: