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Trail Mountain Bikes

Trail bikes are probably the most popular category of mountain bike, as they are designed for conquering a wide variety of terrain. While they may not climb quite as well as their cross-country brethren, they still climb very well and descend with equal aplomb. If cross-country mountain bikes are all about speed, trail bikes are about maximizing fun and efficiency over varied terrain.

While different models from different manufacturers may blur the lines a little between trail mountain bikes and all-mountain bikes, there are still some generalizations that we can make. For example, trail mountain bikes are generally going to be a little heavier than cross-country mountain bikes but lighter than all-mountain bikes. Trail mountain bikes will also generally have more suspension than cross-country mountain bikes but less than all-mountain bikes. The angle of the head tube (head angle) will generally be steepest for cross-country mountain bikes, in the middle for trail mountain bikes and have the lowest angle (slackest) for all-mountain bikes. For a more detailed comparison of trail bikes and all-mountain bikes, see Trail Bikes vs. All Mountain Bikes.

In order to find the best price for any of the bikes in our recommended bike tables below, just click the name of the bike. That should open a pop-up window with additional information. (If clicking the name of the bike doesn’t open a pop-up window, please submit a comment on the Contact Us page telling us which page and which bike and we’ll get it fixed ASAP. Thanks!). In the pop-up window, click on the Comparison tab to see recommended retailers and their current prices. Please refer to Cheap Bikes’ Price Categories for a more detailed explanation of what the number of dollar signs means.

The Best Trail Bikes ($ Very Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeSuspension TravelPrice
GHOST Kato FS 2 27.527.5"130 mm$1699
Orbea Loki 27.5+ H2027.5+"120 mm$1699
GHOST Kato FS 3 27.527.5"130 mm$1999

The Best Trail Bikes ($$ Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeSuspension TravelPrice
Orbea Loki 27.5+ H1027.5+"120 mm$2199
Diamondback Catch 1 27.5+ 27.5+"130 mm$2499
GHOST Kato FS 5 27.527.5"130 mm$2699

The Best Trail Bikes ($$$ Moderately Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeSuspension TravelPrice
Orbea Occam TR H3029"120 mm$2899
Cannondale Bad Habit 1 27.5+27.5+"120 mm$3199
Diamondback Catch 2 27.5+27.5+"130 mm$3499

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