5 Best Mountain Bikes Under $800 – 2021 Mountain Bikes!

5 Best Mountain Bikes Under $800 – 2021 Mountain Bikes!

5 New Mountain Bikes under $800!

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2021 Giant Talon 2: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/talon-2-2021

2021 Specialized Rockhopper Comp: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/rockhopper-comp-29/p/184113?color=291603-184113&searchText=91520-5402

2021 Kona Fire Mountain: https://konaworld.com/fire_mountain.cfm

2021 Kona Lava Dome: https://konaworld.com/lava_dome.cfm

2020 Vitus Nucleus VRS: https://vitusbikes.com/collections/nucleus/products/nucleus-27-vrs-bike-deore-1×10

2021 Rocky Mountain Soul 10: https://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/soul/2021?tid=403

2021 Rocky Mountain Fusion 10: https://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/fusion/2021?tid=403

0:00 – Intro
0:45 – Features That Aren’t Common on Budget Bikes
3:14 – Requirements For The List
3:42 – Bike Availability
4:00 – 2021 Giant Talon 2
6:43 – 2021 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
8:13 – 2021 Kona Fire Mountain/Lava Dome
9:55 – 2020 Vitus Nucleus VRS
12:26 – 2021 Rocky Mountain Soul 10/Fusion 10
13:59 – Final Thoughts


  1. Schwany on October 12, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Why didn’t the Marlin 7 make the list? It looks better than stuff like the lava dome

  2. james 1089 on October 12, 2020 at 3:56 am

    trek marlin 6 is a 1x drivetrain and is under 800

  3. Игорь Борисенко on October 12, 2020 at 3:57 am


  4. YOUATHOT123 on October 12, 2020 at 3:57 am

    I have found a kona Lava dome for £530 but it’s on a pretty dodgy website what should I do

  5. m0derncat on October 12, 2020 at 3:58 am

    I wanted to get the 2020 vitus nucleus vrs but I’m pretty sure it’s off sale now I’m not shure if it will ever go back on sale which sucks and I can’t find anybody selling one used with a small frame

  6. jayboy 18 on October 12, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Finally someone living in the real world with respectable prices for a good bike

  7. nightsinger81 on October 12, 2020 at 4:01 am

    What about the 2021 Talon 1? It’s 830$ in the US, but only 779 € in Europe. Since we can’t even get the Talon 2 over here, I wonder how the Talon 1 would compare to the others.

  8. arty boy on October 12, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Unfortunately great options from Vitus and Diamondback are not available to those in Asia. What makes up for it is Giant being an Asian brand which offers great value for money and is widely available. I just bought a $880 Giant XTC 820 sporting Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain/MT200 hydraulic discbrakes + an in-house 100mm air suspension fork.

  9. Van N on October 12, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Disclaimer makes 400$ upgrade worth it..

  10. ToxicBeast71 on October 12, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Should I get the Talon 2 or a different one

  11. CrankZilla on October 12, 2020 at 4:06 am

    TNMNT !!!

  12. Brian DP on October 12, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Hey, the confusion with the specs on the talon 2 may be due to their website mixing up regional spec info. What I mean by that is, for the Australian and New Zealand market, the talon 2 uses a 2×8 Shimano acera group set, and it gets worse, because I believe it has a screw on cluster, and not a cassette. So that may bring some clarity to the confusion. Great vid, very informative for those in the market for something more budget friendly.

  13. Guy Dabah on October 12, 2020 at 4:10 am

    Awesome reviews, I really appreciate the time you’re taking to do this!
    Unfortunately, most of the models you mentioned aren’t available where I live.
    I would like to know how the 2021 Norco Storm 12 are compared to these bikes, and also the Merida Big.Nine 200 (2021), where I live they are at the same price range as the models you suggested.

    Thank you!

  14. Zayd Ansari on October 12, 2020 at 4:11 am

    I live in a flat place with pretty flat trails, any bike I get would be nice to have more traditional XC type geometry. Would this make the Vitus a bad choice with its more “aggressive” geometry?

  15. Bruce Hewat on October 12, 2020 at 4:13 am

    I bought a 2021 giant Talon 0. The upgraded components make it an amazing value. The truth is entry level bikes are more capable than ever. Spend just a bit more and you’ll get something far superior to what’s being offered at the box stores. You don’t need to spend thousands to get on the trails in a capable hard tail.

  16. Ahmed Kantaoui on October 12, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Nice bicycle

  17. Charis Faridchie S on October 12, 2020 at 4:16 am

    How about 2021 Polygon Xtrada series?

  18. Kathriel Granada on October 12, 2020 at 4:16 am

    2021 best hardtail below 500 dollar pls pls

  19. Dana Grimwood on October 12, 2020 at 4:16 am

    The 2020 Specialized Pitch is also a great choice in that price range.

  20. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:17 am

    11:45 things I would change on this:
    different crank to allow oval chainring to be mounted, as this crank does not have an aftermarket option, and SR Suntour does not offer oval chainring.
    a dropper post is an must.
    the rest I don’t know, or is personal preference and fit, I don’t know about engagement on the hub, and all the other stuff.
    the geometry looks decent.

  21. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:17 am

    3:16 riveted chain rings, awful.
    3:23 nice absolute black oval chain ring, lovely, the benefits are very noticeable for me, no more knee pain while riding.
    also it works great as an bottle opener, at least 32T & 42T does.

  22. Schwany on October 12, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Imagine if these were actually in stock

  23. Ed Broski on October 12, 2020 at 4:20 am

    I had the 2018 specialized Rockhopper until someone stole it

  24. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:21 am

    3:19 that depends which brakes it is. for example shimano M6000 are not as powerful as my mechanical dual piston TRP Spyke, if adjusted to my fingers, cus those shimano brakes have a major flat, adjusting the reach decreases the actuation of the brake, so a rider with long fingers has a powerful brake but a kid has useless brakes.
    but with my mechanical brakes that’s not the no matter how I adjust the reach I have enough pull, so I have enough actuation, power.
    but several hydraulic brakes on the market are designed to have this too, like Formula Cura 4 & Trick Stuff Maxima, amongst others probably I forgot to mention, but these examples don’t have bite point adjustment, cus they actually don’t need it, unless you like to make your brake so it have silly amount of modulation.
    But Hope Tech is a popular choice, it has that, you can adjust the bite point, Sram has it on their high end brakes, so does Shimano, they call it freestroke, with design like shimano uses on those brakes like Deore, SLX, XT, XTR with previous generation and current generation, you need this adjustment.

    But you are right about the hydraulic brakes being easier to pull, my TRP Spyke brakes have a strong return spring, it was fatiguing, so I went back to hydraulics, but then came back to it when those leaked, so that’s what I use now, but when I came back I probably did so much braking, and work outs probably helped too, that my fingers were much stronger, so for me it’s not an issue anymore.
    But mechanical brakes have some disadvantages, like if you forget to put Loctite on the threads for pad adjustment/ pistons, they will rattle loose, you need to adjust the wire, and they require longer hose for rear brake, , the brake hose can’t have as extreme angles, and even if you get all that right rear brake might still get locked up past 90 degrees left handlebar angle, but that’s an unrealistic turning angle, if you have that angle you have crashed.

  25. Stephen on October 12, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Good video, easy to follow and useful info👍

  26. Riley Stannard on October 12, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Wtf was that face at the start

  27. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:23 am

    2:55 Stans no tubes offer conversion kit, that include a valve in the rim strip, the rim strip will make the tyre fit better, and take up the room, seal it properly.
    but if you want to use Cush Core or any tyre insert like that, you need to just have a rim strip and install a rim insert tubeless valve.
    So there are specific products that allow a good conversion, a long time ago I tried the Stans no tubes rim strip tubeless conversion, it worked well.

  28. Frybancee149 F4rt on October 12, 2020 at 4:25 am

    One of my friends has the 2020 kona fire mountain and another has the 2021 Kona lava dome and they love them.

  29. TheBluGummy on October 12, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Please do a list less than 500

  30. G Deit on October 12, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Framed bikes release their new bikes on October 1st via their website..I bought an aluminum fat bike with nx 1×12 sram hydraulic disc brakes for 675$ and I bought their 29 fat skinnies trail wheels with tires, disc , and a 10sp cassette which I had to change and they only cost me 169$ for the set..I shortened the stem added my favourite bars and a dropper one up v2 about 1150$ total

  31. brothawils on October 12, 2020 at 4:31 am

    The 2020 giant Talon 2 is so much greater than the 2021. They really cut down on the components and made the bike cheaper

  32. Pete Cusack on October 12, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Open dropout? Do that mean the fork is not closed on the end so it can not fit a through axil?

  33. Garrett Deal on October 12, 2020 at 4:34 am

    the vitus nucleus 2021 is out now

  34. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:39 am

    I think the best deal of all would be to buy a Ragley bike or a frame.

  35. Birdyboy on October 12, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Thanks! This really helped!👍

  36. XavierPaul on October 12, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Trek Marlin 7 2021 👍

  37. ToxicBeast71 on October 12, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Whats the music?

  38. Ermina Estrada on October 12, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Can you make a video for womens bike AMERICAN MADE!

  39. R6s on October 12, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Another one i recommend a ton over these is the marlin 5 and 6

  40. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:42 am

    2:09 i ride a bike with coil front and back ,and love it, no need to adjust air pressure, have a shock pump with you.
    if might get annoying so much I had to do it, in the winter, the pressures change a lot, after few minutes bikes is barely rideable, cus the pressure gets so low.
    I am glad I am back on coil after many years way from coil.
    but now I have high end suspension, and not cheap pogo sticks, with plastic caps, dials.

  41. Kimberly Woerlen on October 12, 2020 at 4:43 am

    I was looking on the Canadian website, and the Talon 2 had a 3 by, it said you could convert it though

  42. ToxicBeast71 on October 12, 2020 at 4:46 am

    The music is perfect lol sounds like barber shop music

  43. Nilo on October 12, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Thanks to you Cobra Kyle, I was finally able to get a Vitus Nucleus. I’ve been visiting the CRC website regularly waiting for them to come back in stock. But I had not checked in a couple of days. Then I saw your review. I paused the video and went to the site. And BAM! The 2021 was finally available!! Couldn’t believe it. I went back to your video to read the comments. Sure nuff I wasn’t trip’n. Several of you all commented it was back the day before.

    I was kinda freaking out. Wasn’t mentally prepared for when the day actually came. Not to mention I had to clear it with the boss. But when I showed her there were only four left in stock, she said I should get it. Good thing too, they were out of stock the following day!

    So because of you (and my awesome wife), I got my VRS in a couple days ago. The bike is great. Just wanted to share my appreciation. Thanks man

  44. Antonio Šeb on October 12, 2020 at 4:47 am

    that rocky soul in orange, so nice

  45. Harry Grimley on October 12, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Thank you Kyle. New to your channel. Just started seriously looking for an entry-level mnt bike. This I will watch several times. Why did the trek Marlin 7 not make it In the list?

  46. SumSouuthernSugar on October 12, 2020 at 4:51 am

    Great video. Thanks. I went to Ebay and immediately found the first bike I searched for. Selling for way more than your mentioned price and the price listed on the manufacturer’s website. Also, the "new" bike seems to have some very "similar looking" but model or two downgraded, less expensive parts. Oh, and $300 shipping. 😉 Beware the scam artists!

  47. Johannes Nilsen on October 12, 2020 at 4:52 am

    7:37  nice seatpost, it has two bolt design, which is a must, to adjsut theh angle just right.

  48. Android-nator *** on October 12, 2020 at 4:52 am

    Where can you buy the VITUS NUCLEUS 2020 or 2021 here in the U.S.A.?

  49. Babit Rana on October 12, 2020 at 4:53 am

    My talon 2 2021 has 2 by 8 speed gear.. i am from nepal

  50. RLDKA on October 12, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Thank you so much you helped me a lot in choosing my first "real" mtb! Now I only need money lmao