If you’re looking to get into mountain biking and are on a tight budget you’re in luck, because today’s offering of ‘cheap’ mountain bikes have never been better.
Benefiting from trickle-down technology from higher priced bikes, beginner mountain bikes are built around frames with well thought-out geometry for a comfortable, fun ride and use components that have been refined and are derived from higher up in the range.
The type of MTB you choose may depend on the type of riding you like to do, the terrain you will typically ride on, and the budget you have available. In this guide we’ll focus on the best mountain bikes under £500.
Vitus’ number one, best-selling hardtail, the Nucleus has won MBR’s under £500 hardtail of the year three years in a row and for good reason. The 2019 version, however, represents another step-up for this versatile and popular bike.
Available with either 27.5″ wheels or 29″ wheels, this is a massively capable bike with a beginner-bike pricetag.
Don’t be fooled by the pricing, as the Nucleus isn’t your standard entry-level mountain bike. It may be the starting point in the Vitus MTB range, but its performance-focused designed will get you hooked.
Vitus Nucleus 275 VR Mountain Bike key features at a glance
Vitus Nucleus 29 VR Mountain Bike key features at a glance
Don’t just take our word for it, the Vitus Nucleus 275 VR was named MBR Magazine’s Hardtail of the Year 2018. Here’s what they said: