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Best Full-Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3,000

trail mountain biking terrains - desert, hill, forest

Full Suspension = FS = Dual Suspension

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 a downhill and technical sections.

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12 Best FS bikes for Men
3 Best FS bikes for Women

MTB TYPES: Trail vs XC vs All Mountain

  • TRAIL – 120-140mm suspension travel, 67-69 degree head angle. The most universal and affordable MTB
  • ENDURO / ALL-MOUNTAIN – 140-180mm fork travel, 65-68 degree head angle. For steeper climbs/descends and advanced trails, faster and rougher terrains
  • XC – 70-110mm fork travel with a 70-71 degree head angle. For fast trail riding & racing

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.

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!

full-suspension bikes and frames

2021 Ibis Mojo 4 – One of the latest and greatest of traditional FS Trail MTBs (On a more expensive price range)

 


 

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

  1. CO-OP CYCLES – DRT 3.1 26″ / 27.5″
  2. SALSA – Spearfish SX Eagle 29″
  3. SALSA – Rustler SX Eagle 27.5″
  4. KONA – Satori SE 29″
  5. GT – Force Aluminum Elite 27.5″
  6. GHOST – Slamr X5.9 29″
  7. GHOST – Framr 4.7 27.5″
  8. NORCO – Range A2 29″
  9. CO-OP CYCLES – DRT 3.2 26″ / 27.5″
  10. SANTA CRUZ – Hightower A D 29″
  11. DEVINCI – Django 29″
  12. DEVINCI – Troy 29″
  13. 🏆 + $200 over IBIS – Ripmo AF 29″

 

CO-OP CYCLES – DRT 3.1
26″ / 27.5″

co-op drt 3.1 fs bike

REACH – XS: 400 / S: 425 / M: 450 / L: 475 / XL: 500
HEAD TUBE – XS, S: 66° / M-XL: 67° SEAT TUBE: 75° CHAINSTAYS: XS, S: 433 / M-XL: 441

Trail MTB

MSRP $2,199
>> REI

The DRT 3.1 is an excellent entry-level full suspension mountain bike for smaller riders, with 26″ wheels and 10 gears supplied by a Shimano Deore 1x drivetrain. Despite the low price, the DRT 3.1 has excellent RockShox air-sprung suspension which makes light work of even the roughest terrain.

With a remote-control dropper seat post included and deep-treaded WTB 2.8″ tires, you’ll be ready to hit the mountains right out the box with the DRT 3.1. At under $3,000, it represents one of the best value aluminum full suspension mountain bikes available today.

FEATURES

Number of Gears – 10

Forkco-op drt 3.1 rockshox front fork and hydraulic disc brakesRockShox Sektor RL – Rebound adj.
XS, S: 120 millimeters
M – XL: 140 millimeters

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

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

Wheel Sizes – XS – S: 26″ / M – XL : 27.5+”

Frame – Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Crankset – FSA Gamma Pro 1X MegaExo
Bottom Bracket – FSA MegaExo
Shifters – Shimano Deore, 10-speed, Rapidfire Plus
Rear Derailleur – Shimano Deore Shadow +
Rear Cogs – Shimano 10-speed 11-42T
Brakes – Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc
Rims – WTB ST i40 – tubeless-ready
Front Hub – Shimano Alivio with thru-axle
Rear Hub – Shimano Alivio 12mm thru-axle
Tires – WTB RANGER (2.8″ width) – tubeless ready
Handlebar – Co-op double-butted aluminum riser
Seat Post – X-fusion Manic dropper with remote; 100mm/150mm (XS – M / L – XL)
Saddle – WTB Volt Sport
Pedals – sold separately

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

Check Availability – Co-Op DRT 3.1


 

SALSA – Spearfish SX Eagle
29″

salsa spearfish full suspension mtb under 3000

REACH > SM: 423 / 425 > MD: – 442 / 444 > LG: – 461 / 463 > XL: – 480 / 482
HEAD TUBE ANGLE 67.8-68°  SEAT TUBE ANGLE 74.3 / 74.5°  CHAINSTAYS 433 / 432

Trail MTB

MSRP $2,649
>> Aventuron

bicycle from the rear

Also available in Yellow

This 29″ full suspension XC trail bike from Salsa is designed for comfortable, long-distance endurance rides. The Split Pivot rear suspension design is highly adjustable, so you can tighten it for speed over flat terrain or slacken it up for steep, technical descents.

A short stem paired with the long top tube, combined with a 67.8-degree head tube angle provides confidence at speed without sacrificing agility.

The larger wheels and lightweight aluminum frame make steep hill climbs far easier than on dedicated downhill mountain bikes. Use Salsa’s unique Flip Chip technology to alter the bottom bracket height and head tube angle so you can tweak the bike to perfectly fit your riding style.

The rear Flip Chip adjusts head tube angle and bottom bracket height for terrain, wheel size, and personal preference

FEATURES

Number of Gears – 12

Fork – RockShox Recon RL 120 mm, 51 mm offset

Rear Shock – RockShox Deluxe Select +

Front Wheel & Tire – 29 x 2.35″

  • WTB Serra Hub 110 x 15 mm hub, WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29″ rim, Tubeless-Ready
  • Maxxis Forekaster, 60 TPI, EXO, Tubeless-Ready

Rear Wheel & Tire – 29 x 2.35″

  • WTB Serra Hub 157 x 12 mm hub, WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 29″ rim, Tubeless-Ready
  • Maxxis Ikon, 60 TPI, EXO, Tubeless-Ready

Frame – Spearfish Aluminum
Split Pivot suspension design – 100mm travel
Crankset – Truvativ Descendant 7k, 32t
Bottom Bracket – Truvativ / SRAM
Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Cassette / Cog – SRAM PG1210 11–50t, 12-speed
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle
Headset – FSA Orbit IS-2
Rear Shifter – SRAM SX Eagle
Brakes & Rotors – Shimano MT401, 180 mm front/160 mm rear rotor
Saddle – WTB Volt Sport
Two full-size bottle cage mounts fit inside the front triangle on all frame sizes
Seatclamp – Salsa Lip-Lock
Seatpost – TranzX YSI05JL, 30 mm. Adjustable travel

  • SM = 125 mm
  • MD = 150 mm
  • LG = 170 mm
  • XL = 200 mm

Check Availability – Salsa Spearfish SX Eagle


 

SALSA – Rustler SX Eagle
27.5″

salsa blue full-suspension mountain bike

REACH: > XS: 391/393 > S: 420/423 > M: 439/441 > L: 458/460 > XL: 458/460
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.8/66.1°  SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 73.6/74°  CHAINSTAYS: 426/425

Trail MTB

MSRP $2,649
>> REI

This 27.5″ full suspension trail bike is the perfect intermediate bike for all-round 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.

FEATURES

salsa rockshox Number of Gears12
Fork – RockShox Recon RL w/ 150mm travel
Rear Shock – RockShox Deluxe RT 130mm Split Pivot
Frame – Rustler Aluminum
Crankset – Truvativ Descendent 7k 32t
Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle
Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Rear Cogs – SRAM PG1210 11-50t 12-speed
Brakes – Shimano MT401, 180 mm rotors
Brake Levers – Shimano MT401
Rims – WTB ST i35 TCS 2.0
Front Hub – WTB Serra 15 x 110mm thru-axle
Rear Hub – WTB Serra 12 x 148mm thru-axle
Wheel Size – 27.5 inches
Tires
Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 27.5″ x 2.6″
Rear: DHR II 27.5″ x 2.6″ 60 TPI – EXO/TLR

Seat Post – TranzX YSI05 w/ Shimano Lever, 30mm Travel Adjustable

  • XS/SM = 125 mm
    MD = 150 mm
    LG = 170 mm
    XL = 200 mm

Saddle – WTB Volt Sport
Headset – FSA Orbit IS-2
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle

Check Availability – Salsa Rustler SX Eagle


 

KONA – Satori SE
29″

kona black mtb

REACH – S: 425 M: 450 L: 475 XL: 510
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 68° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 78.4-78.3° CHAINSTAY: 430

Trail / All-mountain MTB

MSRP $2,400
>> JensonUSA

This Kona Satori 29″ trail bike is focused on skipping over bumpy terrain at high speed, which it achieves with effortless skill and tenacity. 

The large wheels and tight frame geometry make for a quick and agile bike that can tackle obstacle-filled trails with ease. Although not ideal for tricky downhills, the addition of a dropper seat post and generous front and rear travel make descents an easy enough job.

Large wheels and fun geometry

Our only critique is the 10x Deore drivetrain which is adequate but a 12x SRAM groupset would have been a nice touch. At under $2,500 though, you can’t really complain!

FEATURES

rear derailleur

Number of Gears – 10

Fork – RockShox Recon RL Solo Air, 140mm Travel

Rear Shock – RockShox Deluxe RL DebonAir Trunnion, 130mm Travel

Frame – 6061 Aluminum Butted
Headset – FSA No. 57B
Shifters – Shimano Deore, 1×10
Front derailleur – Not Today
Rear derailleur – Shimano Deore
Crankset – Race Face Aeffect, 28T
Bottom bracket – Shimano PF92
Chain – Shimano HG54
Cassette – Shimano Deore, 11-42T
Brakes – Shimano MT401 Hydraulic, 180mm Front, 160mm Rear
Wheelset – WTB ST i30 TCS Rims, Shimano Alivio Boost Hubs
Tires-  WTB – Vigilante, 29 x 2.3″
Handlebar – Kona XC/BC 35
Stem – Kona XC/BC 35
Grips – Kona Key Grip
Seatpost – TranzX Dropper Internal 31.6mm
Seat clamp – Kona Clamp
Saddle – WTB Volt Sport

Check Availability – Kona Satori SE


 

GT – Force Aluminum Elite
27.5″

gt force full suspension mtb

REACH XS: 390 S: 415 M: 440 L: 465 XL: 490
HEAD TUBE ANGLE 65° SEAT TUBE ANGLE 75.5° CHAINSTAY: 435

Enduro / All-mountain

MSRP $3,200
>> JensonUSA

This downhill beast is one of the best full suspension mountain bikes you can get in the $3,000 price range. The new 2020 model features a massive 160mm of travel on the front and 150mm on the rear, making even the steepest downhill descents possible.

Designed to satisfy the needs of a professional enduro racing team, you know the GT Force doesn’t cut any corners. With top quality parts including RockShox suspension, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain, and TRP Slate hydraulic disc brakes, this is a machine built to tame the harshest mountain trails.

FEATURES

Number of Gears– 12

Fork – RockShox Lyrik Select RC, 160mm, Charger Damper, BOOST 15x110mm, tapered steerer, 46mm offset

Rear shock – RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select R, Coil, 185x55mm, Metric Trunnion

Frame – Force Alloy 27.5”, 150mm Travel, BSA 73mm, LockR Pivots, Tapered Head Tube, Boost 12×148 Thru-Axle, 185x55mm Trunnion Shock Mount, ISCG05
Headset – FSA NO.42, Semi-Integrated, Sealed Bearing, Tapered
Shifters – SRAM GX Eagle, 1×12
Rear derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Crankset – Truvativ Descendant 6K, Dub, 32t, 170mm (S-L), 175mm (XL)
Bottom bracket – SRAM
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
Cassette – SRAM XG-1275, GX Eagle, 10-50, 12-speed
Brakes – TRP Slate T4 Hydro, 203/180mm Rotors
Wheelset – WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0, 32h, tubeless ready, Formula Hubs
Tires – Schwalbe Magic Mary Performance, 27.5 x 2.35″, TwinSkin, Addix Compound, tubeless-ready, Schwalbe Hans Dampf EVO, 27.5 x 2.35″, SnakeSkin, Addix Soft Compound, tubeless-ready
Seatpost – TranzX Dropper, 31.6, Internal Routing, 120mm (S,M), 150mm (L,XL)
Saddle – WTB Silverado Sport, steel rails

Check Availability – GT Force


 

GHOST – Slamr X5.9
29″

Ghost SL AMR

REACH – S: 398 M: 422 L:446 XL: 476
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 74° CHAINSTAY: 438

All-mountain

MSRP $3,000
>> REI

This 29″ full suspension trail bike is built for tough, long-distance riding over all types of terrain. The 2020 model includes SRAM Eagle SX gearing and RockShox air-sprung suspension on the front and rear, with 150 and 145mm travel respectively.

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

The excellent Maxxis Minion tires roll nicely over 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.

ghost slamr x suspension link

FEATURES

Number of Gears – 12

Fork – RockShox 35 Gold RL 29 150mm

Rear Shock – RS SUPER DELUXE Select +, RT, DEBONAIR, 145mm travel

Frame – Ghost AMR aluminum
Crankset – SRAM Descendant Eagle Dub, 32t chainring
Bottom Bracket – SRAM Dub Pressfit
Shifters – SRAM NX Eagle
Rear Derailleur – SRAM NX Eagle
Rear Cogs – SRAM PG1210 Eagle, 11-50t
Brakes – TRP Quadiem Hydraulic, 180mm rotors
Rims – DT Swiss M502, 32h
Front Hub – Alloy disc sealed boost, 15 x 110mm
Rear Hub – Novatec alloy disc sealed boost, 12 x 148mm

Tires
Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5 in. 3C MaxxTerra, EXO
Rear: Maxxis Minion DHRII 29 x 2.4 in. 60tpi, folding, EXO/TR/WT

Seat Post – JD dropper with remote
Saddle – Ergon SMD20 Comp Stealth
Headset – Strummer semi-integrated
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle

Check Availability – Ghost Slamr X5.9


 

GHOST – Framr 4.7
27.5″

ghost framr fs mtb bike

REACH S – 416 / M – 445 / L – 466 / XL – 486
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 64.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 76° CHAINSTAY: 440

All-mountain

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.

ghost framr suspension system

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.

FEATURES

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

  • Frame – GHOST AMR aluminum
  • Drivetrain – SRAM SX Eagle
  • Brakes – TRP G-Spec Trail SL hydraulic disc brakes 203/180mm rotors (Powerful 4-piston braking for maximum stoppage)
  • Rims – DT Swiss M 1900 spline
  • Seat Post – JD dropper with remote
  • Tires – Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 in. and DHR 2.4 in.
  • Bottom Bracket – SRAM Dub pressfit
  • Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle
  • Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
  • Rear Cogs – SRAM PG1210 Eagle 11-50t

Check Availability – Ghost Framr 4.7


 

NORCO – Range A2
29″

norco range full suspension trail bike

REACH: M – 432 / L – 456 / XL – 479
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 73.2-73.8° CHAINSTAY: 430/435/440

Enduro

MSRP $3,000
>> 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 SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain and X1 1000 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.

full suspension mtb system

FEATURES

Number of Gears – 12

Fork – RockShox Yari RC, Motion Control, 170mm Travel

Rear shock – RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select R, 150mm Travel

Frame – Aluminum with internal cable routing
Headset – FSA No. 57 ZS
Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle, 12-Speed
Rear derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Crankset – SRAM X1 1000 Eagle, Boost, 30T
Bottom bracket – SRAM DUB
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle
Cassette – SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50T
Brakes – Shimano BR-MT520 4-Piston Hydraulic, 203mm Front, 203mm Rear
Wheelset – WTB ST i29 TCS 2.0 Rims, Shimano Deore Boost Hubs
Tires – Maxxis Assegai 2.5″ EXO/TR, Maxxis Assegai 2.5″ EXO/TR
Handlebar – Norco 6061 Alloy, 800mm, 20mm Rise
Stem – 6061 Alloy, 40mm
Seatpost – TransX YSP18 JL Dropper, 31.6mm, 130mm Travel, 1X Lever
Seat clamp – Norco Alloy Nutted
Saddle – SDG Radar MTN

Check Availability – Norco Range A2


 

CO-OP CYCLES – DRT 3.2
26″ / 27.5″

co-op drt 3.2 full suspension trail bicycle

REACH: XS – 400 / S – 425 / M – 450 / L – 475 / XL – 500
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: XS-S 66° / S-XL 67° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 75° CHAINSTAY: XS-S: 433 / M-XL: 441
Trail
MSRP $2,800

With it’s small but thick tires, long travel, and slack geometry, the DRT 3.2 makes for a surprisingly powerful trail bike for the price. 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 2.8″ WTB tires that take on the sand and slippery surfaces with ease while rolling more than adequately over the tarmac. Add an SRAM Eagle NX drivetrain and you have a fully-fledged competitive trail bike for offers excellent value-for-money.

FEATURES

sram crank 1x drivetrain
Number of Gears – 12
Fork – RockShox Revelation RC
  • XS: 120 millimeters
  • S: 120 millimeters
  • M: 140 millimeters
  • L: 140 millimeters
Rear Shock – RockShox Monarch R Solo Air
Frame – Co-op Cycles 6061 aluminum
Crankset – SRAM NX Eagle Dub™
Bottom Bracket – SRAM DUB™
Shifters – SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
Rear Derailleur – SRAM NX Eagle; 12-speed
Rear Cogs – SRAM NX 1230 Eagle; 11-50T, 12-speed
Number of Gears – 12
Brake Type – Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brakes – Shimano BR-MT500 2 piston, post mount hydraulic
Brake Levers – Shimano
Seat Post – X-Fusion Manic Dropper w/remote; 100mm/150mm
Saddle – WTB Volt Sport
Headset – Internal headset
Chain – SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed

Rims

  • XS: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0; 26″,
  • S: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0; 26″,
  • M: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0; 27.5″
  • L: WTB ST i40 TCS 2.0; 27.5″
Front Hub – SRAM MTH 716 15mm with thru-axle
Rear Hub – SRAM MTH 746, 12mm, 11/12-speed with thru-axle

Wheels & Tires

  • XS: WTB RANGER, 26 X 2.8
  • S: WTB RANGER, 26 X 2.8
  • M: WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8
  • L: WTB Ranger 27.5×2.8

The bicycle weight limit is 300 lbs. total, including rider + all gear, carried

Check Availability – Co-op Cycles DRT 3.2


 

SANTA CRUZ – Hightower A D
29″

Santa Cruz Bicycles - Hightower A D Complete Mountain Bike 2021

REACH: S – 428 / XL – 493
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 77.1°-76.6° CHAINSTAY: 434

Trail, All-mountain

MSRP $2,999
>> evo.com

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.

FEATURES

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
Chain: SRAM SX Eagle™
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 68/73mm
Brake Levers: SRAM Guide T
Brake Calipers: SRAM Guide T
Rotors: Avid Centerline 180mm
Headset: Cane Creek 10 IS Integrated
Handlebar: Race Face Aeffect R
Bar Tape/Grips: Santa Cruz Palmdale
Stem: Race Face Ride
Saddle: WTB Silverado Race
Seatpost: SDG Tellis
Hubs:SRAM MTH 716 15×110 Front / SRAM MTH 746 12×148 Rear
Rims:WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0
Spokes: Sapim 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″
Warranty: Limited Lifetime (Frame and Bearings Only)

Check Availability – Santa Cruz Hightower AD


DEVINCI – Django NX 2020
29″

Devinci - Django 29 NX Complete Mountain Bike 2020

REACH: L – 470
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 66.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 77.6-77.1° CHAINSTAY: 435-445

Trail

MSRP $2,699
>> evo.com

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!

FEATURES

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
Headset: FSA No.57E, Semi-Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 11-Speed
Brakes: SRAM Level T Brakeset w/ 180mm rotors
TranzX 31.6mm Dropper Seatpost
Internal Cable Routing
Molded Chainstay and Downtube Protector
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

Check Availability – Devinci Django


 

DEVINCI – Troy Deore ‘2021
29″

devinci troy 2021 deore full-suspension mountain bike

REACH: L – 485
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 78.1-76.9° CHAINSTAY: 433-443

Trail, All-Mountain

MSRP $2,799
>> JensonUSA

“One bike, zero excuses” – Released in the first week of October 2020, the new Devinci Troy is not too far from the Django. With 150mm (f) /140mm travel (r) the new Troy 29er makes up as a great tool for a wide range of conditions and trails. Said to be the ‘quiver-killer’, it truly belongs to any trail you can imagine.

Having been equipped with essential features you’d expect from a mid/entry-level full-suspension mountain bike, we are surprised how is it possible to even pack all of those features in that compact price tag. Although the Deore model is the cheapest full-suspension bike in the Troy range, it is above average on that price range for sure. Devinci knows their bikes!

With updated geometry, plenty of customizations in terms of set-up, and obviously the fresh paint job – Troy is a well-favored choice among recreational mountain bikers.

Number of gears – 12

Fork – RockShox Revelation RC DebonAir, 150mm Travel

Rear Shock – RockShox SuperDeluxe Select R DB Trunnion, 185 x 52.5mm

SPECS

Frame – Aluminum Optimum G04
Headset – FSA Orbit 1.5″ Zero Stack
Shifters – Shimano Deore M6100 12-Speed
Derailleur – Shimano Deore M6100
Crankset – Shimano Deore M6130, 32T, SuperBoost 157
Bottom bracket – Shimano BB52 BSA 73mm
Chain – Shimano Deore M6100
Cassette – Shimano M6100, 10-51T
Brakes – Shimano Deore 4-Piston Hydraulic
Wheelset – V2 Comp Rims, Novatec Boost/SuperBoost Hubs
Tires – Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.5″ / Maxxis Minion DHR II 29 x 2.4″
Handlebar – V2 Pro, 15mm Rise
Stem – V2 Pro, 0° Rise
Grips – Devinci Performance w/ Lock-On
Seatpost – TranzX, 34.9mm, 1x Lever
Seastclamp – Alloy CNC, 39.3mm
Saddle – SDG Fly MTN

Check Availability – Jenson USA


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IBIS – Ripmo AF Deore ‘2021
29″

ibis ripmo aluminum full suspension mountain bike

Comes in 2 designs

REACH: L – 475
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 64.9° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 76-77° CHAINSTAY: 435

Trail

MSRP $3,199
>> 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. Ever since the Ripmo was created, it has been a huge hit in the full-suspension bike communities. Although this is 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 choose 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!

ibis ripmo dw link suspension

FEATURES

Number of gears 12

Fork DVO Onyx D1, 160mm

Rear Shock DVO Topaz T3 Air, 210 x 55, 147mm

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
Cranks – Shimano Deore M6100 170 or 175mm, 24mm spindle, 32t Alloy Ring
Bottom Bracket – Shimano SM BB52
Rear Derailleur – Shimano Deore M6100 Shadow Plus
Shift Levers – Shimano Deore M6100
Cassette – Shimano Deore M6100 10-51
Chain – Shimano Deore M6100
Headset – Cane Creek 40 ZS44/ZS56
Grips – Lizard Skins Charger Evo
Handlebar – Ibis 780mm Aluminum Handlebar, 4 x 9-degree bend, 20mm rise, 250g
Stem – Ibis 31.8mm (40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90mm)
Seatpost – KS Rage-i Dropper (125 or 150mm)
Saddle – WTB Silverado 142mm

Availability – JensonUSA


 

3 Best Women’s Full-suspension MTB’s

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

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

cannondale habit al 2 fs womens trail bike

REACH: XS – 366 / S – 400 / M – 430
HEAD TUBE: 66° SEAT TUBE: 66.3° CHAINSTAY: 435

Trail

MSRP from $2,700
>> REI

Habit 3
>> Gravity Coalition

2019 Habit 3 -20% off*
>> 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.

cannondale habit womens bike in maroon red

FEATURES

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
Crankset – SRAM X1-1000 Eagle DUB, 30t, Ai offset

Bottom Bracket – SRAM DUB BSA MTB 83
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
Brake Levers – Shimano MT200 hydro disc
Rims – WTB STX i23 TCS, 32h, tubeless-ready
Front Hub – Shimano MT400 15×110
Rear Hub – Shimano MT400 12×148
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
Headset – Integrated, 1-1/8 to 1.5 in., sealed angular contact bearings
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed

Habit 2

  • SmartForm C1 Alloy frame
  • RockShox 35 RL Gold 140mm fork / Fox Float Performance DPS EVOL rear shock
  • SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain/dropper post

Habit 3

  • SmartForm C1 Alloy frame
  • RockShox Recon RL 130mm fork / Deluxe Select rear shock
  • Shimano SLX 11-speed drivetrain / hydraulic disc brakes

Where it thrives

Challenging trails, up and down hills

What it’s built for

Traction, handling, durability

Check Availability – Cannondale Habit AL 2 Women’s FS

Last models of Habit 3 available on Gravity Coalition


 

GHOST – Lanao FS 2.7 Women’s
27.5″

ghost lanao fs full suspension bike

REACH: XS – 385 / S – 400 / M – 415
HEAD TUBE: 69° SEAT TUBE: 73° CHAINSTAY: 43.5

Trail

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

FEATURES

ghost lanao rock shox fork

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
Crankset – SRAM Style Eagle, 32t
Bottom Bracket – SRAM PowerSpline
Shifters – SRAM SX Eagle
Rear Derailleur – SRAM SX Eagle
Rear Cogs – SRAM PG1210 Eagle, 11-50t
Number of Gears – 12 gear(s)
Brakes – Tektro HD-M285, 180mm rotors
Brake Levers – Tektro HD-M285, 180mm rotors
Rims – Alex MD27
Front Hub – Formula alloy disc boost, 15 x 110mm
Rear Hub – Formula alloy disc
Wheel Size – 27.5 inches
Tires – Maxxis Forecaster 27.5 x 2.35 in., 60tpi
Seat Post – JD dropper with remote
Saddle – Salle Italia X-Base
Headset – Strummer semi-integrated
Chain – SRAM SX Eagle

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

Check Availability – Ghost Lanao FS 2.7 Women’s


 

MARIN – Rift Zone 2021
29″

marin rift zone under $2000 best full-suspension mtb

REACH: S – 430 / XL – 515
HEAD TUBE ANGLE: 65.5° SEAT TUBE ANGLE: 76° CHAINSTAY: 425

Trail

MSRP $1,599
>> 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 $2000 full-suspension mountain bike has received great feedback, and have upgraded their 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!

FEATURES

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
Headset: FSA No.57E, Semi-Sealed Cartridge Bearings
Shifters: Shimano Deore, 11-Speed
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore SGS, Shadow Plus
Crankset: Marin Forged Alloy, 32T
Bottom Bracket: External Sealed Cartridge Bearing
Chain: KMC X11
Cassette: SunRace, 11-51T
Brakes: Shimano BR-MT201 Hydraulic
Wheelset: Marin Aluminum Double Wall Rims, Shimano MT200B/MT400B Hubs
Tires: Vee Tire Crown Gem, 29 x 2.3″ TR
Handlebar: Marin Mini-Riser 6061, 780mm Width, 28mm Rise
Stem: Marin 3D Forged Alloy, 35mm
Grips/Bar Tape: Marin MTN, Closed End
Seatpost: Marin Alloy, 30.9mm
Seatclamp: Quick-Release
Saddle: Marin Speed Concept

Check Availability – Marin Rift Zone


 

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

Direct search links below

AventuronSalsa, Surly, Cannondale, Pivot, Yeti, All-City
EvoSanta Cruz, Yeti, Juliana…much more
Gravity CoalitionGreat variety of last-size models
JensonUSA – Yeti, Ibis. Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Evil
REI – Cannondale, Co-op, Ghost, Salsa


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