Best mountain bikes to buy this year

Written by

Tara Covell

Thursday 17th June 2021

With such a huge range of choice available, buying a new bike can seem daunting, even for the most experienced rider.

So, if you want to spend the summer exploring nature on your bike or have big plans to hit some adrenaline fuelled trails, we’ve put together our top picks of hardtail mountain bikes for 2021.

For those of you who are new to cycling, we recommend checking out our beginners guide to buying your first mountain bike. This guide covers all everything you need to know from how to choose the right size frame to what brakes you need.

What are hardtail bikes?

A hardtail mountain bike is an adaptable, all-terrain bike that has no rear shock suspension and is equipped with either rigid forks or front suspension.

They tend to be lighter and cheaper than a full suspension bike and are a great choice for both beginners and accomplished riders.

Raleigh Strada X 2021 Mens Hybrid Trail Bike

Perfect for beginners, commuters and hardcore trail rider, the Raleigh Strada X 2021 is the ultimate hybrid.

Combining the ability to switch between tarmac and trails likes its absolutely nothing, the Strada has a lightweight frame, 80mm travel suspension forks, 650b wheels, 2.10-inch mountain-bike style tyres and anti-slip pedals.

Let’s not forget the 21 speed Shimano drivetrain which makes shifting over a wide range of gears a doddle leaving you to enjoy the ride, no matter where you are.

Prices starting from £499.99

Giant Talon 2 2021 Aluminium Hardtail Mountain Bike

If you’re more of a single-track rider, then this bike needs to be top of your list.

The Giant Talon 2 features a lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame and 27.5-inch or 29-inch wheels making it a great choice for cross country or light trail terrain riding.

The suspension fork offers 100mm of smooth travel for added control letting you enjoy a confident ride for when you start to feel ambitious riders and take your off-road skills to the next level.

Prices starting from £598.99

Cube Aim SL 2021 Hardtail Mountain Bike

Built for trail junkies who dream of tearing up trails every chance they get; the Cube Aim SL 2021 is the perfect choice.

Complete with Suntour XCM suspension fork, Shimano's powerful (and safe) hydraulic disc brakes and the superbly slick-shifting Shimano gears, this mountain bike is comfortable, stable, and agile allowing you to push yourself to the limit.

An added bonus is that as the cables are routed internally, this provides a reduced amount of maintenance as well as extending the life of the cables themselves.

Prices starting from £728.99

Cube Reaction TM 2021 Hardtail Mountain Bike

And finally, if you consider yourself to be an advance rider, this bike has everything you need to take your riding to the next level.

The Cube's strong and lightweight aluminium frame allows for easy handling, great stability as well as providing well needed comfort and strength for any trail. The internal cable routing also gives the bike a sleek look while keeping them protected from the elements.

With its big 29-inch wheels and an X-Fusion RC32 fork boasting 130mm of smooth, easy to adjust travel, you know this bike can cope with any challenge.

Let’s not forget about the Newmen cockpit with 760mm handlebar that gives you full control even on the toughest trails, while powerful Magura MT Thirty hydraulic disc brakes don’t make you compromise on your top speed.

Sram's simple, reliable, and wide-ranging 1x12 transmission puts the right gear for any situation within easy reach.

Prices starting from £1,448.99

Low cost bike finance

If you need a helping hand with upgrading your ride, our flexible bike finance allows you to spread the cost of your purchase over a period of five years.

You can borrow between £1,000 and £35,000 with competitive rates from as low as 3.1% APR Representative.

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