Best Budget Mountain Bikes under £500 in 2023

Nov 3, 2023

Mountain biking is an exhilarating and adventurous way to explore the outdoors. It’s also a sport that can often be quite the investment! High-end mountain bikes can cost thousands of pounds, making it seem like an inaccessible hobby for some. However, fear not! There are plenty of budget-friendly options available that will still provide an excellent riding experience. In this blog, we’ll explore the best budget mountain bikes under £500 available from Cycle King & Hawk Cycles.



Rigid: These have no suspension and are good for day-to-day cycling. They’re especially good for those of you who are new to cycling, as they require minimal maintenance.

Hardtail: These have a front suspension allowing for absorption of bumps in the track. We recommend these for those starting out in off-road cycling. They don’t require lots of maintenance but do ensure comfort in your ride.

Full suspension: These are fully equipped with front and rear suspension, and are perfect for anyone who loves a thrill and adventure. If most of your riding will be off-road, these are the best for you.



Frame materials: Most budget mountain bikes feature aluminium frames. Which means they are lightweight, durable, and comfortable to ride.

Suspension: Rigid and Hardtail bikes are usually more affordable and suitable for lighter trails.

Wheel size: The most common wheel sizes for mountain bikes include 26”, 27.5” and 29”. They all come with an array of advantages, so if you’re unsure which is right for you, get in touch with your local Cycle King & Hawk Cycles’ store.

    • If your main use will be short, fast-flowing trails, 26” wheels are best for you. They’re often lighter and offer better acceleration.
    • Alternatively, for a faster, strong and more comfortable ride, opt for 27.5” wheels.
    • For sturdier wheels, the 29” size will support you better over rough terrains.

Gears: Mountain bikes can have single, double, or triple chainring setups. A single chainring system is simpler and more common in budget-friendly bikes.

Our Top Picks


GT Palomar Mountain Bike Gunmetal Grey – WAS £425, NOW £297.50 (SALE ENDS SOON)

Whether you’re riding on bike paths, dirt tracks or just around the block, the GT Palomar is the perfect hardtail for any cyclist! It’s made from an aluminium frame, meaning it’s lightweight and easy to transport.



Ammaco Montana 29″ Wheel Mountain Bike Grey –  WAS £429.99, NOW £269.99 (SALE ENDS SOON)

Perfect for the off-roadingenthusiast. The Ammaco Montana is equipped with 29” wheels, ensuring that can experience a smooth and steady ride across those trails.  The bike also features powerful disc brakes, front suspension forks and shimano revoshift 21 speed gears! With this bike, you’re completely in control of your ride.

Ammaco Santos 26″ Wheel Mountain Bike – WAS £379.99, NOW £259.99 (SALE ENDS SOON)

The Santos bike is perfect for light trails and day-to-day cycling. It features a lightweight aluminium frame, wide mountain bike tyres, double wall alloy rims and a powerful v type brake system. You’ll be riding in style!


Barracuda Draco 100 mountain bike – WAS £240, NOW £199.99 (SALE ENDS SOON)

The Draco is an amazing budget mountain bike! With mountain bike style solid geometry, front suspension forks, 18 speed running gears and powerful v-brakes – you won’t be missing out on any of the thrills!



Mountain biking doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby, and is in fact, available to everyone! Our everyday low prices mean that we can provide bikes without breaking the bank. You can browse our selection of mountain bikes here. With a range of options, you could be riding your dream mountain bike in a matter of hours! Choose click and collect or home delivery or visit us in one of our stores where our friendly staff will help you find your perfect bike.


Prices correct as of 03/11/2023.