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These Are The Best Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3,000 You Can Buy Online

Full suspension trail bikes are ideal for long-distance trail or enduro racing, which involves a lot of rough, downhill riding. Trail bikes usually have larger 29″ wheels which make them faster over long distances, whereas smaller 27.5” or 26″ wheels are easier to handle on downhill and technical sections.

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Is $3,000 enough for a proper full-suspension mountain bike?

We wouldn’t recommend anything below $2,000 new when it comes to rideable dual-suspension trail MTBs, therefore $3,000 is somewhat great for beginners, or intermediate riders looking for a comfortable ride on tougher terrains!

MTB TYPES: Trail vs XC vs All Mountain

XC – 70-110mm fork travel with a 70-71 degree head angle. For fast trail riding & racing
Best 70 – 110mm Full-Sus XC FS MTBs


TRAIL – 120-140mm suspension travel, 67-69 degree head angle. The most universal and affordable MTB
Best of 100 – 130mm Full-Sus MTBs


ENDURO / ALL-MOUNTAIN – 140-180mm fork travel, 65-68 degree head angle. For steeper climbs/descends and advanced trails, faster and rougher terrains
Best 140 – 180mm Full-Sus Enduro MTBs

What is a full-suspension mountain bike?

Full suspension mountain bikes are bicycles with both front and rear suspension, as opposed to only front suspension like that found on ‘hardtail’ mountain bikes. The key advantage is a smoother ride and softer landing when coming off of big drops or landing jumps in bike parks.

Depending on what kind of cycling you intend to do, full-suspension bikes may have several advantages or disadvantages. Full suspension bikes are usually a bit more expensive and heavier due to the added mechanics on the rear, which can make them less ideal for fast or uphill riding.

However, when it comes to downhill riding, full-suspension bikes are often a necessity. With steep, tricky descents it is far easier and more comfortable, not to mention safer, to ride a full-suspension bike.

Full Suspension = FS = Dual Suspension


Table of Contents

13   Best   MEN‘s   bikes

3   Best   WOMEN‘s   bikes




13 Best Under $3,000 Full-Suspension Trail MTBs for Men

  1. Co-op Cycles DRT 3.3 27.5″-29″
  2. Cannondale Habit 29″
  3. Orbea Occam 29″
  4. Ibis Ripley AF 29″
  5. Norco Fluid 29″
  6. GT Sensor 29″
  7. Salsa – Rustler 27.5″
  8. Ghost Framr 4.7 27.5″
  9. Santa Cruz Hightower 29″
  10. Devinci Django NX 29″


27.5″ / 29″

co-op cycles drt 3.3

Trail MTB

HEAD TUBE – XS, S: 66° / M-XL: 67° SEAT TUBE: 75° CHAINSTAYS: XS, S: 433 / M-XL: 441

MSRP $3,299 REI (Earn $329.90 membere dividend) 

The DRT 3.3 is the newest addition to the Co-op Cycles DRT family with tons of durable components to rely on. With size-dependable wheels, travel, and dropper-post sizes, Co-op has always managed to squeeze a lot of bikes into the best-value price tag.

With a remote-control dropper seat post included and deep-treaded WTB 2.4″ tires, you’ll be ready to hit the mountains right out the box with the DRT 3.3. At under $3,000, it represents one of the best value aluminum full suspension mountain bikes available today. DRT-series full suspension mountain bikes start as low as $2,199!

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Wheel Sizes – XS – S: 27.5″ / M – XL : 29″
  • ForkRockShox Revelation – Motion control RC

XS, S: 120 millimeters
M – XL: 130 millimeters

  • Rear Shock – RockShox Monarch R Solo Air – Rebound adj.

XS, S: 120mm travel
M – XL: 130mm travel

Frame – Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Shifters – Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur – Shimano SLX
Brakes – Shimano SLX hydraulic
Rims – WTB ST light i30 – tubeless-ready
Tires – Maxxis High Roller (2.4″ width) – tubeless ready
Seat Post – X-fusion Manic dropper with remote; 100mm/150mm (XS – S / L – XL)
Saddle – Giant

DRT series Full Review >

The maximum weight limit is 300 lbs. total, including rider + gear

Co-op DRT 3.1 – MSRP $2,199
Co-op DRT 3.2 – MSRP $2,799

MSRP $3,299



2. CANNONDALE – Habit 4 ‘2021

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MSRP $3,000 REI

Starting off with a brand new model by Cannondale – The new 2021 model includes SRAM Eagle SX gearing and RockShox air-sprung suspension on the front and rear with 140 and 130mm travel respectively. This is a 29″ full suspension trail bike that is built for tough, long-distance riding over all types of terrain. You’ll be taken care of by the known and proved combinations in the MTB scene.

Slack head tube angle enhances control on descents; steep seat tube angle creates an efficient riding position for climbs

The excellent Maxxis Minion and Dissector combo roll nicely over the smooth terrain while holding tightly through gravel, stones, or wet mud. With the right frame geometry and large wheels, some descents can feel a bit sketchy when things get really steep but the dropper seat post and instant, one-finger braking certainly help.

The Cannondale Habit series boasts a decent set of bikes for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders, and the model 4 alloy 29er sits bang in the middle of the selection!

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – RockShox 35 Gold RL 29, 140mm
  • Rear Shock – RockShox Deluxe Select +, 130mm

Frame – Smartform C1 alloy
Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Brakes – Shimano MT200 hydro, 180mm rotors
Rims – WTB STX i23 TCS, 32h
Seat Post – TranzX
Saddle – Cannondale Ergo XC

Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5″ EXO
Rear: Maxxis Dissector 29 x 2.4″ EXO




Best XC mountain bike on this price tag

orbea occam h20

XC, Trail, comes in two colors


MSRP $2,799 JensonUSA

With its large and thick tires, mid-travel, and slack geometry, the OCCAM makes for a surprisingly powerful trail bike that also flows freely on demanding trails. It takes on technical offroad riding with impressive confidence, sailing over obstacles, and shredding up the terrain of all kinds.

The tubeless-ready rims fit nicely with the 2.5″ and 2.4″ Maxxis High Roller tires that take on the sand and slippery surfaces with ease while rolling more than adequately over the tarmac. Add a Shimano Deore drivetrain and you have a fully-fledged competitive trail bike for offers excellent value-for-money. After all, preferred by many intermediate/expert cyclists – Orbea is a bike brand that has specialized in the competitive aspect of riding.

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 140mm Travel
  • Rear Shock – Fox Float DPS Performance, 3-Pos, 210x50mm

FRAME Orbea Oiz Hydro High Polished 2020 Aluminum Triple Butted
SHIFTERS Shimano Deore M6100, I-Spec EV
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore M6100 SGS Shadow Plus
SADDLE Selle Royal 2043 HRN




4. IBIS – Ripmo AF Deore ‘2021

Best entry-level dual suspension bike by a boutique mountain bike brand

ibis ripmo af deore



MSRP $3,299 JensonUSA

It is always the case that that the grass seems greener on the other side. Especially when it comes to mountain bikes, where paying that little bit of extra gets you to a whole new dimension of the equipment. Ever since the Ripmo was created, it has been a huge hit in the full-suspension trail bike communities. Although the Deore is on the entry-level of the whole Ibis full-suspension range – many reviewers on Youtube just can’t say enough about how good this bike really is.

What stands out most about the new 2021 Ripmo AF is that it a perfect bike for both climbs and descents. There are Ripmo owners who have only been riding carbon frames for the past 10 years but have chosen the AF version due to their lightweight and zippy characteristics. There’s hardly anything to add or remove the bike as the stock model is equipped with well-above-average components!

Ibis is a very tight-knit specialized bike brand in the mountain bike community, and the Ripmo is a revolution on its own little section of trail riders! We’d also recommend checking out their wheel technology which has a unique advantage over their competitors!

  • Number of gears 12
  • Fork DVO Onyx D1, 160mm
  • Rear Shock 145mm DVO Jade X Coil, 210 x 55

Wheels – Ibis S35 Aluminum, Ibis Hubs
Tires – Maxxis Assegai 29” x 2.5” WT, EXO+ casing, 120tpi
Brakes – Shimano Deore M6100 4 Piston / Shimano SM-RT66 200/180 Rotors
Rear Derailleur – Shimano Deore M6100 Shadow Plus
Saddle – WTB Silverado 142mm

New! Ibis Ripley – 130/120mm travel starting as low as $2,999!

Ibis Ripmo AF = 160mm (f) 145mm (r)

Ibis Ripley AF = 130mm (f) 120mm (r)



5. NORCO – Fluid FS A2

Best under $2,500 full-suspension MTB

norco black trail mountain bike


HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 73.2-73.8° CHAINSTAY: 430/435/440

MSRP $2,499 JensonUSA

The Range A2 is well-priced enduro and park bike with striking looks and some strong features. The RockShox dual suspension is particularly impressive on a bike in this price range, although air-sprung rather than coil-sprung suspension may have been a better choice.

Another great feature is the Shimano Deore drivetrain and cranks, which together provide super smooth transitions with a broad range of gears. The 6061 aluminum frame is slightly heavy but is clearly strong and holds up very well to all kinds of abuse.

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – RockShox 35 Silver R, 130mm Travel
  • Rear shock – RockShox Deluxe Select, 120mm Travel

Frame – Aluminum with internal cable routing
Rear derailleur – Shimano Deore M6100
Brakes – Shimano BR-MT420 4-Piston Hydraulic
Wheelset – Stan’s NoTubes Flow D Rims, ShimanoMT400/510 Boost Hubs
Tires – Maxxis Dissector 2.4″ 3C EXO/TR
Saddle – Norco XC

Norco Fluid A1 – MSRP $2,799
Norco Fluid A2 – MSRP $2,299
Norco Sight A3 – MSRP $2,999



6. GT – Sensor Sport

gt bicycle mountain bike

Trail / All-mountain


MSRP $2,200 JensonUSA

This trail/all-mountain beast is one of the best full suspension mountain bikes you can get in the $2,500 price range. The new 2021 model features a decent 140mm of travel on the front and 130mm on the rear, making it an ideal all-mountain bike for sure.

Designed to satisfy the needs of recreational to professional mountain biking teams, you know the GT doesn’t cut any corners. With top quality parts including RockShox suspension, Shimano Deore drivetrain, and TRP Slate hydraulic disc brakes, this is a machine built to tame the harshest mountain trails.

  • Number of Gears– 11
  • Fork – RockShox Recon Silver RL, 140mm travel
  • Rear shock – X-Fusion 02 Pro RL, 185 x 50mm Trunnion, 130mm travel

Frame – Aluminum frame with LTS suspension, LockR Pivots, Boost spacing, and ISCG-05 mounts
Shifters – Shimano Deore M5100, 1×11
Rear derailleur – Shimano Deore
Brakes – Shimano MT200 Hydraulic Disc
Wheelset – WTB STX i25 TCS, 32H, Tubeless Ready
Saddle – WTB Silverado Sport, Steel Rails



7. SALSA – Rustler SX Eagle

salsa blue full-suspension mountain bike

Trail MTB

HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.8/66.1°  SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 73.6/74°  CHAINSTAYS: 426/425mm

MSRP $2,649 REI

This 27.5″ full suspension trail bike is the perfect intermediate bike for all-around adventure cycling over varied terrain. It benefits from SRAM’s excellent Eagle SX drivetrain coupled with Salsa’s Split Pivot and FlipChip frame technology for a highly adjustable configuration.

With a huge 150mm of front travel and 130mm of rear travel, the Rustler SX Eagle can tackle the steepest descents with comfort and confidence. Despite the smaller 27.5″ wheel size and slightly heavy aluminum frame, the wide 12x gear range and dropper seat post make hill climbing an easy task.

  • Number of Gears12
  • Fork – RockShox Recon RL w/ 150mm travel
  • Rear Shock – RockShox Deluxe RT 130mm Split Pivot



8. GHOST – Framr 4.7

ghost framr fs mtb bike



MSRP $3,000 REI

The FRAMR 4.7 features intricately detailed frame geometry that allows for aggressive downhill riding without sacrificing power on ascents, making for an ideal all-around mountain bike. The adjustable 170mm of front travel combined with 27’5″ wheels results in decisive steering on descents and exciting bounce over flatter terrain.

The stiff and strong hydroformed aluminum frame has a slack head tube angle for control on descents and a steep seat tube angle that creates an efficient riding position for climbs

While the FRAMR 4.7 is marketed as an allrounder, it clearly finds its feet best in the park or on an enduro-racing course. It’s quick response, small frame and excellent suspension make it ideal for jumps, drops, and general rock-hopping activities.

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Forks – RockShox 35 Gold RL w/ 170mm of tunable travel with a lockout option for climbing
  • Rear Shock – RockShox Monarch Plus R smooths out the trail with 160mm of tunable travel

SRAM SX Eagle / Alloy frame / DT Swiss M1900 spline wheels / JD dropper post



9. SANTA CRUZ – Hightower A D

Santa Cruz Bicycles - Hightower A D Complete Mountain Bike 2021

Trail, All-mountain


MSRP $2,999 evo

Santa Cruz has added a new update to their full-suspension Hightower series for the 2021 year: the Hightower A D Complete. This 29″ trail bike is built for blasting along mountain trails just like the Hightower bikes before, but with a few impressive alterations. 

Firstly, it comes with slightly altered geometry that includes a slackened 65-degree head tube for added pop and tighter landings. In addition, the 145mm of Fox Float rear suspension on a Lower-link Mounted VPP system provides one of the smoothest rides possible without sacrificing power and efficiency. 

Combined, the modifications address the growing needs of competitive trail riders who aim to push the boundaries of mountain biking. Add an SRAM SX Eagle groupset with Maxxis Minion tires and you have a top-quality MTB trail bike that takes no prisoners.

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – RockShox 35 Gold RL, 150mm Travel
  • Rear shock – Fox Float DPS Performance, 145mm Travel

Shifters: SRAM NX Eagle™
Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle™
Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle™ 148 DUB, 30t
Cassette: SRAM PG-1210, 11-50t
Rotors: Avid Centerline 180mm
Saddle: WTB Silverado Race
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxGrip EXO TR | 29″ x 2.4″
Rear Tire:Maxxis Minion DHR II 3C MaxxTerra EXO TR | 29″ x 2.4″



10. DEVINCI – Django NX 2020

Devinci Django 29 NX Complete Mountain Bike 2020


HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 66.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 77.6-77.1° CHAINSTAY: 435-445mm

MSRP $2,699 evo

Devinci has never messed around when it comes to serious mountain bikes, and won’t be doing that even when it comes to the ‘cutting-corners’ price range. They have managed to combine a much of a beast at such a limiting price tag, as the brand is known to be making bikes on carbon frames by using the most compatible components on the range.

Lever Actuated Shock adjustments – 3 Tuning Ranges – Rebound, Air-Spring Pressure

Built for the trails, Django NX is well suited for demanding cyclists who know how to push through the trails with the least amount of effort. 140mm/120mm suspension by FOX, an aluminum frame rolling on 29″ wheels that get powered by SRAM NX Eagle 11-50t drivetrain should be quite a funky mixture! There’s a lot to look into that deal!

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – Fox Rhythm 34 – 140mm travel
  • Rear shock – Fox Float DPS Performance Elite Rear Shock – 120mm travel Split Pivot Suspension

Frame: Aluminum Optimum G04 6061-T6
Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 11-Speed
Brakes: SRAM Level T Brakeset w/ 180mm rotors
TranzX 31.6mm Dropper Seatpost
Cassette: 11-50t
Max tire clearance: 29 x 2.6″
Front tire: 29 x 2.5″ Maxxis Minion DHF WT 3C EXO TR
Rear tire: 29 x 2.5″ Maxxis Aggressor WT EXO TR



3 Best Women’s Full-suspension MTB’s

  1. MARIN – Rift Zone
  2. CANNONDALE – Habit AL 2 Women’s 27.5″ / 29″ / Cannondale Habit AL 3 Women’s
  3. GHOST – Lanao FS 2.7 Women’s


MARIN – Rift Zone 1 2021

Best under $2,000 full-suspension mountain bike!

marin rift zone under $2000 best full-suspension mtb



MSRP $1,679 JensonUSA

We’d recommend going through the list of components and looking at the price tag, again! Not sure where and how Marin has succeeded to cut corners here, but they sure have put together a great value full-suspension trail bicycle for those who had been pushed away by the humongous prices before. Although the new 2021 ‘Rift Zone’ doesn’t come with a dropper seat post, it’s still a decent choice who likes to explore trails – up and downhill.

Marin’s previous under $2,000 full-suspension mountain bike has received great feedback and has upgraded its weak spots. After all, the bike’s suspension can be tuned to a fine degree which suits you the best, but the MT201 hydraulic disc brakes might hold back your full potential. For $1,599 – there’s hardly any better competitor at that price range!

Marin’s full-suspension range – Marinbikes.com

  • Number of Gears – 11
  • Fork – RockShox Recon Silver RL, 130mm Travel
  • Rear shock – X-Fusion O2 Pro R, Custom Tune, 210 x 50mm

Frame: Series 3 6061 Aluminum
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 11-Speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore SGS, Shadow Plus
Brakes: Shimano BR-MT201 Hydraulic
Wheelset: Marin Aluminum Double Wall Rims, Shimano MT200B/MT400B Hubs
Tires: Vee Tire Crown Gem, 27.5 x 2.3″ TR

Marin Hawk Hill – $1,599
Marin Hawk Hill 2 – $1,949
Marin Rift Zone 1 (Currnet) – $1,679
Marin Rift Zone 2 – $2,049 evo.com
Marin Rift Zone 3 – $2,679



CANNONDALE – Habit AL 2 Women’s
27.5″ / 29″

Best women’s under $3,000 trail bike

cannondale habit al 2 fs womens trail bike



MSRP from $2,700 REI

Cannondale never fails to impress with groundbreaking new designs and the Habit AL 2 Women’s bike is no exception. At first look, the aluminum frame seems almost bizarre with its sharply indented downtube but one ride, and everything starts to make sense.

A trail bike with its priorities straight: progressive design, playful agility, and killer capability – all in the name of fun.

This XC-focused bike tears through singletrack and over rocky trails with reckless abandon, making short work of small and large obstacles alike. It’s certainly better suited to fast trail riding than mountainous descents but although it wobbles a bit, it can take on the downhills with a degree of success.

Where it thrives? Challenging trails, up and down hills

What it’s built for? Traction, handling, durability

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork

XS: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 140mm, DebonAir, 15×110, tapered steerer, 44mm offset
S: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 140mm, DebonAir, 15×110, tapered steerer, 51mm offset

  • Rear Shock – Fox Float Performance DPS EVOL, 3-position adjustment

Bike Frame Material: Aluminum
Wheel Size – XS: 27.5 inches / S: 29 inches
Frame – 130mm travel, SmartForm C1 Alloy, Proportional Response Tuned, Ai offset drivetrain, ISCG05, BSA 83, Post mount brake, tapered head tube
Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Rear Cogs – SRAM PG-1210, SX Eagle, 11-50, 12-speed
Brakes – Shimano MT200 hydro disc, 180/180mm RT30 rotors
Rims – WTB STX i23 TCS, 32h, tubeless-ready
Tires – Front: Maxxis Minion DHF WT 2.5″ / Rear: Maxxis High Roller II 2.3″
Seat Post – XS: TranzX Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 125mm / S: TranzX Dropper, internal routing, 31.6, 100mm
Saddle – Cannondale Stage 3 Women’s Ergo



GHOST – Lanao FS 2.7 Women’s

Best value women’s full suspension trail mountain bike

ghost lanao fs full suspension bike



MSRP $1,800 REI

Designed by Ghost’s Tina Kutschki, the Lanao FS 2.7 has a unique curved top tube that provides an easier standover height while maintaining strength and agility. It’s an impressive full-suspension aluminum trail bike designed for women, by a woman. 

Best Under $2,000 full-suspension Mountain bike for women!

The choice of 27.5″ wheels helps to keep things quick and nimble without losing control and responsiveness. while the SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain is a strong addition, other components could be better in some parts – particularly the low-quality Tektro brakes and heavy SR Suntour fork.

The aluminum frame has a steeply sloped top tube and low stand-over height, making it easy to mount and dismount and providing a good fit for riders with long legs and short torsos

  • Number of Gears – 12
  • Fork – SR Suntour XCR 34 coil, 130mm travel, 15 x 110 boost, tapered steerer
  • Rear Shock – SR Suntour DUAIR, 130mm travel

Frame – Ghost Lanao FS aluminum
Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Brakes – Tektro HD-M285, 180mm rotors
Rims – Alex MD27
Tires – Maxxis Forecaster 27.5 x 2.35 in., 60tpi
Saddle – Salle Italia X-Base

Ghost Lanao FS 2.7 – MSRP $1,800
Ghost Lanao FS 3.7 – MSRP $2,400



Where to look for the best Full-Suspension MTB deals online?

Direct search links

JensonUSAYeti, Ibis. Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Evil 🏆

AventuronSalsa, Surly, Cannondale, Pivot, Yeti, All-City

EvoSanta Cruz, Yeti, Juliana…much more

Gravity CoalitionGreat variety of last-size models

REICannondale, Co-op, Ghost, Salsa

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Best Mountain Bikes of 2021

Ibis Mojo 4   /   Ibis Ripley   /   Ibis Ripmo

100-130mm XC & Trail   /   130-160mm Trail & AM   /   150-180mm Enduro MTBs



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