Mountain bikes can be tons of fun, and riding them can be great exercise. Manufacturers also continue to make big changes and improvements. If you're new to biking or just picking it up again after a long hiatus, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start. That's why we chose 10 of the best mountain bikes on the market, each fulfilling a specific need based on reviews by consumers like you. From bikes for kids to bikes with the best value, take a look at these amazing options.
Best Overall: Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive Hardtail Mountain Bike
"Big and fast" and "great bike" are just two things reviewers often say about the Diamondback Bicycles Overdrive Hardtail Mountain Bike. They also note that it's easy to assemble and looks amazing. With three gears in front and eight in back, you can choose from 24 speeds. Its 27.5-inch wheels are great for trail riding. Best of all, the bike is typically under $500, which makes it a great deal for many buyers.
Best Value: Kent KZ2600 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike
Anyone who has ever purchased one knows mountain bikes can be expensive. The Kent KZ2600 Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike, however, typically runs between $200 and $300 — much cheaper than some of the others you'll find on the market. It's proof that a high price doesn't always indicate quality. It's got a 26-inch full suspension frame and alloy wheel rims. Reviewers call it a great bike for the price, and they say it's suitable for trail riding.
Best Bike for Kids: Huffy Kids Hardtail Mountain Bike
Mountain bikes aren't just for grownups. The Huffy Kids Hardtail Mountain Bike is one of the most beloved bikes for kids ages five to nine or riders between 44 and 56 inches tall. Available in multiple colors, it has six speeds, a cool design and a limited lifetime warranty. Reviewers say the bike is sturdy, easy to put together and a great deal overall. Many even say they wish they'd had it when they were kids.
Best Bike for Teens: Mongoose Status Mountain Bike
The Mongoose Status Mountain Bike is a medium-frame bike that's suitable for teens and adults alike. As kids age out of child-size bikes, parents aren't usually ready to run out and buy an expensive replacement that their child is just going to forget about when they start driving. Fortunately, you can typically find this one for between $200 and $250, a great value for what reviewers call a pretty sturdy bike. Reviewers say it's easy to put together and has a great suspension system, too.
Best Fat Tire Bike: Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Men's Mountain Bike
Fat-tire bikes are great for riding off-road on trails, sand, snow and other difficult terrain. The Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Men's Mountain Bike is great for all of that and so much more.The steel-frame bike features all-terrain knobby tires and lightweight alloy rims, and it has a limited lifetime warranty. Reviewers say it's a great deal at between $350 and $400. It's easy to assemble, and the tires offer plenty of tread.
Best for Beginners: Schwinn S29 Mountain Bike
If you're new to biking or haven't been on one since you were 10 years old, the Schwinn S29 Mountain Bike is a great choice for learning — or re-learning — how to ride. With its dual-suspension frame, front suspension fork and rear shock, it's good for trail riding. Reviewers say the bike offers a smooth ride, and the brakes work well. Best of all, it has lasting power. Users say they've ridden it for hundreds of miles without any problems.
Best for Plus-Sized People: Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike
If you're big, tall or big and tall, the Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike may be the right bike for you. Reviewers weighing 400 pounds and as tall as 6 feet and 4 inches claim it's suitable for plus-size riders. However, you may want to make a few upgrades, depending on your size. Either way, this fat-tire bike has 26-inch tires, beach cruiser pedals and three-piece cranks. It typically sells for between $350 and $400.
Best for Diverse Terrain: Schwinn High Timber Mountain Bike
Some bikes are best for trails. Others are best for pavement. The Schwinn High Timber Mountain Bike is best if you like to mix it up and ride on both surfaces. Available in multiple colors, the bike is durable and responsive to all terrains. Enjoy 21 speeds and amazing front and rear alloy linear pull brakes. Reviewers say it offers a smooth ride and is the perfect height for a mountain bike. They're also happy with the price, usually around $250.
Best Bike for Casual Use: Roadmaster Granite Peak Bike
If you're looking for something you can play around with on the weekends, go for the Roadmaster Granite Peak Bike. First of all, it's affordable — typically around $120 — so it's not a major investment if you're not sure you're ready to commit to mountain biking. Reviewers say it takes about half an hour to put together, offers a surprisingly smooth ride for the price and has great brakes. Once you've decided you love biking, you can upgrade if necessary.
Best for Women: Dynacraft Speed Alpine Eagle Women's Road/Mountain Bike
The Dynacraft Speed Alpine Eagle Women's Road/Mountain Bike is a great bike for women who are looking for a sturdy ride. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it's also a great choice for older kids and teens. The 26-inch bike offers 21 speeds, front and rear V-brakes with resin levers and a lifetime warranty on the frame and fork. Reviewers love that the bike is lightweight, and at under $200 or so, the price is right. They also say it's a good-looking bike.