Best Mountain Bikes 2022 Release
Here’s a selection of 2022 releases – the best new mountain bikes to buy online.
All of the bikes listed below are the latest in their existing long-run series, but we’d hope to see new brands in the market as well in 2022. There’s always a demand for MTBs by mountain-bike-specific brands that people are more and more looking for.
Have a look and feel free to recommend your options as we try to update this post as frequently as possible.
- High-end models
- Trusted MTB brands
Yeti Cycles – 160E C1
E-MTB on a TURQ Carbon frame
- Frame – C1 Turq Carbon
Integrated chain guide, internal cable routing, integrated frame protection
- Fork – 170mm travel E-Tune
Fox Performance 38
- Rear Shock – 160mm travel Fox Performance Float X
- Drivetrain – 12-speed Shimano SLX
- Brakes – SRAM Code R
- Wheels – DT Swiss EX1900 300
F – 29×2.5″ Maxxis Assegai EXO
R – 29×2.4″ Maxxis Minion DHR DD
- Dropper Post – OneUp
- Motor – 250W Shimano EP8
- Battery – Shimano 630W
- Display – Shimano EM8
Santa Cruz Bicycles Bronson 4 C R MX ‘2022
Santa Cruz’ Bronson 4 C R MX 2022 is a versatile full suspension MTB with great components that result in a premium ride quality on all parts of the mountain.
This bike uses a 29″ wheel up front and a 27.5″ rear wheel which simultaneously improves climbing and descending capabilities. Both tires used are tubeless-ready Maxxis Minions, DHF and DHR.
The balanced geometry Carbon C frame has fully integrated cable routing and integrated frame protection. For suspension, you can rely on 160mm of travel on the front and 150mm of VPP travel on the back.
Other great components on this all-mountain bicycle include the SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with an 11-50T gear range, SRAM hydraulic disc brakes, an SDG Tellis Dropper Post, and a WTB Silverado Race saddle.
- Carbon C
- Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select
- Rear shock: Fox Float X Performance
- SRAM NX drivetrain
- SRAM G2 R brakes
- SDG Tellis dropper seat post
- Mixed Wheels – 29×2.5″ / 27.5×2.4″
Maxxis Minion DHF, Race Face AR Offset 30 Rims
Santa Cruz Bronson Size Recommendations
XS – 4’8″ – 5’1″
S – 5’1″ – 5’5″
M – 5’5″ – 5’9″
L – 5’9″ – 6’1″
XL – 6’1″ – 6’4″
Norco Range C2 2022
Norco’s Range C2 2022 model is a high-end enduro-style MTB built for pure all-around performance on every part of the mountain.
This aggressively designed bike has a full carbon fiber frame with 170mm travel RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork and Fox DHX2 Factory Coil rear shock. The frame geometry is designed with Norco’s Ride Aligned and High Virtual Pivot to maximize efficiency both while climbing and descending.
The Range C2 comes with a pro-level SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain with a 10-52T gear range to improve climbing potential and performance on softer terrain. Additionally, this bike has powerful SRAM Code R 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes and high-performance tubeless-ready Maxxis 2.5″ Assegai/2.4″ Dissector tires to give you confidence no matter the terrain or conditions.
Finally. with the TranzX Dropper Post lowering and raising your saddle is quick and easy with the press of a lever.
Ibis Ripmo X2 SLX
The Ibis Ripmo X2 all-mountain/enduro is a sleek MTB with premium components chosen for high performance whether climbing or descending.
This frame on this bike is full carbon and is designed with modern geometry including a steep, 76-degree seat tube, long reach, long dropper post compatibility, and extra clearance for tire sizes up to 2.6″.
The fork on the Ripmo X2 is the Fox Float 36 Factory Series with 160mm of travel and a 147mm Fox Float Factory X2 on the back shock. This bike also has DW-Link suspension that improves overall performance.
Additionally, you can rely on a mid-range Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain with a 10-51T cassette. Handling the Ripmo is made easy with Shimano SLX 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless-ready Maxxis Assegai 2.5″ tires, and a Bike Yoke Revive Dropper post.
Ibis Exie XT ‘2022
Bikes don’t come much better than the Ibis Exie XT 2022. Each component has been carefully chosen to maximize performance, minimize weight, and create a truly race-worthy ride feel.
To do so, Ibis has started with a sub-2000g premium carbon fiber frame. this frame integrates DW-link suspension with 120 mm travel Fox Factory Float 34 on the front and Fox Factory Float DPS 100mm on the rear. Additionally, the frame has been designed with integrated protection, space for two bottle cage mounts in the front triangle, and boost spacing.
This version of the Ibis Exie has an elite-level Shimano XT 12 speed groupset. To make climbing and pedaling on difficult terrain easier, the cassette has a 10-51T gear range.
Finally, you can rely on Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes, Maxis Recon Race tubeless-ready tires, a Bike Yoke Revive dropper post, and a WTB Silverado saddle to ensure comfort and performance on all your cross-country rides.
- Premium carbon
- Shimano XT drivetrain
- Fork: Fox Factory Float 34
- Rear Shock: Fox Factory Float DPS
- Brakes: Shimano XT
- Tires: 29×2.4″ Maxxis Rekon Race
- Bike Yoke Revive dropper seat post
- Ibis 933 aluminum rims
Marin El Roy 2022
Marin’s El Roy 2022 model is a fun mid-range hardtail mountain bike built for excellent durability and all-mountain performance.
The El Roy uses a Series 3 CrMo steel frame which is double-butted. This bike is optimized with internal dropper routing, a long-reach gravity-oriented geometry with 63° headtube and 78° seat tube angles, and investment cast dropouts for extra strength and flexibility.
This bike comes with a Marzocchi Z1140mm fork to help smooth out rough trails and tubeless-ready Marin double-wall rims with 2,5″ Maxxis Assegai tires to boost traction and comfort.
Finally, Marin has fitted the el Roy with a reliable Shimano Deore 12-speed drivetrain, powerful Shimano BR-MT420 hydraulic disc brakes, and an X-Fusion Manic dropper post for quick raising and lowering of the saddle.
The Roubion by Juliana is a women’s enduro MTB with world-class performance and unbeatable durability.
The Roubion comes with a high-grade carbon c frame that offers top-level stiffness, strength, and weight. The geometry on this bike is optimized for maneuverability and the Lower-Link Mounted VPP suspension provides huge flexibility and super-smooth ride quality.
For suspension, you can rely on a premium Fox 36 Float Performance fork paired with a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ rear shock. The drivetrain on the Roubion is an SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed which is lightweight, durable, and high-performing.
Other notable components are the SRAM Code R hydraulic disc brakes, Maxxis Minion 2.5″/2.4″ tires, and durable Race Face AR Offset 30 Rims.
Santa Cruz Tallboy 2022
Santa Cruz’s new 2022 Tallboy Carbon C is a sleek XC mountain bike with innovative design features and great mid-range components.
The frame on this bike is a high-quality carbon c with excellent stiffness and a featherweight feel. The frame uses lower-link VPP suspension with 120mm travel Fox Float DPS on the back and 130mm Fox Rhythm 34 on the front.
The VPP design maximizes the efficiency of the suspension, resulting in a supremely responsive feel and excellent performance in cross-country riding. Santa Cruz also incorporates longer travel geometry using a 65.5-degree head angle, a generous front center, and a short offset fork.
Other notable components on the Tallboy are wide-range SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain, SRAM Guide T hydraulic disc brakes, and the Maxxis Dissector/Rekon tires. Finally, this bike uses a durable and reliable SDG Tellis dropper post.
Santa Cruz V10 2022
Downhill MTBs don’t get much better than the Santa Cruz V10. This bike comes with a world-class Carbon CC frame, a pro-performance SRAM X01 groupset, and the most refined suspension performance possible.
This bike benefits from the highest attention to detail in any Santa Cruz bike. It utilizes 215mm VPP travel suspension to create World Championship level responsivity and performance. The V10 uses a Fox DHX2 Factory Coil rear shock and Fox 40 Factory which has Variable Valve Control to allows for external fine-tuning of suspension performance.
The V10 comes fitted with mixed-size wheels (29″ up front and 27.5″ in the back). The larger front helps to provide maximum grip and a smoother and more solid stance on rough terrain and turns while the smaller rear wheel helps you initiate turns while remaining maneuverable.
Finally, this bike has top-end SRAM Code RSC hydraulic disc brakes, Maxxis Assegai MaxxGrip tires, a Fizik Alpaca Gravita X5 saddle, and a fatigue-minimizing Santa Cruz Carbon Handlebar.
Santa Cruz Highball 2022
Santa Cruz’s Highball hardtail bike is the company’s flagship XC race model, designed to be ridden harder for longer. If you’re looking for a versatile mid-range MTB, look no further than the Highball.
The Highball features a full carbon c frame with updated low-angle, bridgeless seatstays in the 2022 model. The frame also has a narrow diameter seat tube that is below the top tube junction, significantly reducing trail vibrations and taking the “hard” out of hardtail riding. This bike also has room for three bottle cages, a threaded bottom bracket, and the standard lifetime frame warranty.
Combined with the comfort frame geometry is a list of great components. These include an SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, SRAM Level T hydraulic disc brakes, a RockShox SID SL 100mm travel fork, and Maxxis Aspen EXO tires.