£300.00-£500.00 – Giant ATX 27.5 Hardtail Bike
In this range we have chosen the Giant ATX 27.5. This bike comes in at £349.99 and gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The Aluxx-Grade Aluminium frame gives a nice super light hydroformed frame that has the aesthetics of a much more expensive bike. With the new wheel size of 27.5” (the new standard) makes for a very sure and stable ride. The 21 gears are provided by Shimano and operate smooth and easily thanks to the EX fire shifters. Cable disc brakes really help with the stopping of this bike in wet or demanding situations with easy on the fly adjustment or maintenance makes for a user friendly experience. The SR Suntour fork takes care of the 100mm suspension up front ironing out all the bumps on your ride making for a comfortable ride.
£500.00 – £750.00 – Cannondale Trail 4 Hardtail Bike
In this price bracket we like the Cannondale Trail 4. This bike is £649.99 and has a 6061 alloy light weight frame coupled with a 27.2 seatpost makes for a comfortable ride. Suspension is taken charge of by the Rockshox XC30 with remote pop lock. The Trail 4 has 27 Shimano gears – crisp and precise shifting provided by the Shimano Alivio rear mech. 650b (27.5”) wheels are pretty much the norm these days and Cannondale have specced these wheels on this bike – they’re the more playful wheel size making us think that this bike is all about being a bit of a hooligan on the trails! Tektro are in charge of stopping you with their Auriga hydraulic disc brakes. Straight out of the box they’re ready to go! This is a nice step up from Cable disc brakes proving sure braking every time. We love the blacked out frame with its stealth look, this is a true weekend warrior machine, looking to take to the trails and have fun!
£750.00-1000.00 – Whyte 805 Hardtail Bike
The bike we thought long and hard about in this price bracket is the Whyte 805 at £999.99 – whilst closer to £1000.00 rather than £750.00+ it kept coming up with the spec and overall value for money. £999.99 is a lot of money to spend, though we truly feel that the specification of this bike can’t be ignored. The frame is made out of 6061 multi butted aluminium with Whyte’s own “Get a grip post system”. This super secure way of clamping the seatpost in the frame ensures that you are not going to get a seatpost that will move under super bumpy terrain whilst seated! Sram GX 10 speed gears with a compact double chainset up front giving you a huge array of gears to get you up or down! 100mm of bounce up front is taken care of by Rockshox Recon Silver forks. Light weight and very subtle over trail chatter keeps your confidence up and wheel down when you are ploughing through singletrack. We see Tektro hydraulic brakes again – this is a good sign. We see them on the Cannondale Trail 4, but on the Whyte 805 we have the Tektro Gemini brake system. Another flawless Tektro brake system mounted to make sure you stop when you want to. WTB rims and MAXXIS tyres complement each other for a grippy and solid ride. This trail bike has to be our favourite in this bracket as it’s ready for the singletrack straight out of the shop!
£1000.00 – £1300.00 – Cube LTD SL Hardtail Bike
In this price band we thought of the Cube LTD SL straight away. The 29” wheels come on the odd size frames, 17, 19, 21 & 23 and 650b (27.5”) wheels come on even sized frames 16 & 18” – if you can fit on 17” frames you’ll benefit most from the larger wheels. They roll faster and turn any bump into a much smaller feeling bump. The bike has an aluminium frame which we have come to expect from mountain bikes these days, but the most exciting thing is Shimano 11 speed gear system. This usually runs one chainring up front, though this bike has been specced with a double ring up front giving 22 speed with a super mega low first gear. Even if you’re not feeling super fit, the first gear will climb anything at all with ease. Fox forks with the new FIT4 damper system is smooth as you like – the higher end suspension is in a league of its own. Controlled small bumps to big hits you will not be let down. Schwalbe have mixed and matched their tyres on this bike. Tough Tom for the front and Rapid Rob for the rear, just by the names you can tell the front tyre is point and shoot whilst the rear tyre is fast accelerating. Shimano XT M800 brakes are in charge of your stopping. Brand new for 2016 they are the most up to date Shimano XT brakes you can get with their short lever you only need one finger to bring you to a stop with controlled power. The weight it really rather light too, just over 12kg!
£1300.00 - £1600.00 – Trek Superfly 8 Hardtail Bike
Trek Superfly 8 is the last best bike in this write up. It again comes in at the top end of this price bracket at £1599.99. This bike is designed to go FAST! Rockshox SID RL Solo Air fork is light, stiff and full of composure under pressure. As soon as you climb aboard this bike it feels like it wants to accelerate and take you on a speedy adventure. Bontrager Mustang tubeless ready wheels are ready for sealant and removal of innertubes to make it feel even faster and run lower tyre pressures without the issue of pinch flats. SRAM GX 11 speed is the groupset that doesn’t lose your chain over bumpy trails. Wide 11 – 42 T Cassette at the back gives you an easy first gear and a fast last gear. Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes are specced on the bike to give you powerful stopping in a lightweight package.
If you`re looking for Hardtail bike, check out our range of hardtail bikes at Formby Cycles. Happy cycling