If you’re in the market for a high end full suspension mountain bike now could be the perfect time to splash some cash. Big brands such as Specialized, Cannondale and GT have all slashed between 15 and 25% off their retail prices which could save you a bucket load of money. We’re also offering 0% finance on selected sale bikes too which means you can spread the investment at no extra cost.
You might already have your eye on your dream bike, but if you’re not sure where the best deals lie we’ve picked out a couple of key bikes from our road and mountain bike ranges that are still available in most sizes.
What you should expect from a £2,000 bike
Bikes costing north of £2,000 are likely to have some form of carbon frame. That said, don’t let an alloy frame put you off though. Some riders also prefer the feel of an alloy frame, especially on bigger burlier trails but if you’re looking for the lightest full suspension bike money can buy then carbon is going to be the obvious choice. If you’re in the market for hard-tail mountain bike at this price point then it would be reasonable to expect a good quality full carbon frame (ideally with internal cable routing).
There are lots of other elements to a full suspension frame that you should consider too like rear shock linkage and rear axle type all of which we won’t go into detail here but if you need some advice, give us a call or pop into one of our stores.
Disc brakes are an absolute staple at this level as well as a good quality suspension fork. There are lots of suspension fork brands out there at the moment, but some key names to look out for would be FOX and Rockshox and Marzocchi – they all make very good forks, especially for bikes at this kind of price point.
While big travel trail bikes are pretty awesome, they aren’t always the best tools for the job. If you’re looking for a quick bike that can handle climbs as well as technical descents this could be the bike for you. This bike has big 29” diameter wheels that roll over anything. The front triangle of the frame is made from carbon and the rear triangle alloy. Equipped with a FOX rear shock and Rockshox Revelation RC3 front fork this bike can soak up some pretty hefty bumps.
With a saving of over £875 on the table the Stumpjumper FSR Elite 27.5 is worth a look. Granted it’s pretty leary with it’s uber fluro yellow frame. The bike is spec’d with a Rockshox Pike RC front fork which provides 150mm of super smooth travel to soak up big bumps and the occasional jump. A SRAM drive-train coupled with Shimano SLX brakes ensures smooth gear changing and reliable braking.
We couldn’t not feature a plus bike because they are so much fun to ride! The Specialized Comp Carbon 6Fattie has plus size tyres which are 3 inches wide. They might look like hard work to pedal but they’re really not and they offer an incredible amount of grip. This is a really well spec’d bike for the money and even has Fox front and rear suspension.
This has been one of our best selling bikes this season and at the discounted price of £2,079.99 in our GT sale it’s easy to see why. First up it looks gorgeous. The midnight blue frame with contrasting white Marzocchi forks really sets the bike off a treat. The Sanction is a purpose-built enduro bike that can climb as well as descend. From personal experience I can tell you that the Fox Float X CTD rear shock is the best shock I have ever had the pleasure of riding; It’s easy to use and just works. The dropper seat-post and Maxxis high roller tyres finish the bike of brilliantly.
Downhill bikes aren’t for everyone, let’s face it you have to be a little bit nuts to throw yourself off huge drops, steep rocky sections and pull huge air over table tops higher than most peoples houses. However, this is possibly one of the coolest looking DH bikes this season. GT have got the colour-scheme spot on, so it’s not surprising these are flying out the door. For £2.8k you get an awesome spec and a frame capable of taking the biggest hits. Personally I would buy the bike on looks alone, but I’m sure the downhiller’s among us can spot the value for money in this bike a mile off.
We hope that helps pin-point a couple of bikes you might not have considered…Happy riding!