What’s a good beginner bike? – Budget mountain bike

What’s a good beginner bike? – Budget mountain bike

Today, we’ll talk about how to find an inexpensive, but trailworthy beginner mountain bike. In this video I use a $329 XC Hard tail mountain bike as an example, and even do a little bit of shredding on it.

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  1. Matt Obloy on June 25, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Thoughts on a Motobecane Full Suspension
    Fantom DS SPORT, there’s one on bikesdirect for $599

  2. Knugen 420 on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    They way we see you violently disapear at 0:45 was hilarious. I hope you didnt hurt yourself too much.

  3. Djd 25 on June 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    I bought a walmart one im gona die ._.

  4. ArmedKartoshka on June 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I have a Novara Bonanza, is that a decent bike for trails?

  5. KiDD ViDD on June 25, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    just spent $500 on a 2007 full susoension like new. rocky mountain slayer.

  6. Devaganesh Selvam on June 25, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    my mtb has no Derailleur hanger but has a Quick release only at the front but not at the back.
    Everything else checks out and is on my mtb.
    is it trail worthy

  7. Chris Gaming237 on June 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    My budget is nothing and my bike is slowly dying my bottom bracket is creaking and they are loose and my headset is creaking to and just popped a tire I can’t even afford a tire🤦‍♂️ I don’t have a job all I do is spend time outside or riding someone’s else’s bike but my bike is really slowing me down and I’ve broke so much stuff on that bike I can’t afford to fix anymore

  8. Felix S on June 25, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    my 800$ trail bike got stolen and now i have an XC bike 🙁

  9. loopistar on June 25, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    What are your thoughts on the Line hardtail

  10. Yusuf Iğnak on June 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Is it possible to ride a MB with sloppy roads like in Istanbul?

    I got my cousins’ bike for a few days to try out and still I am confused. Should I continue with MB as my habits (I was riding them since I am 10) or finding somethin sleek and city-like?

    Because I believe that city bikes are not good option for climbing the ramparts and slopes.

  11. Jay the Goat on June 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    What’s a good beginner bike?

  12. Alpha Hylian on June 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I have everything here on my entry level trail hardtail except the disc brakes. I also got a trail bike for $400.

  13. Pro Gaming on June 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Trek Marlin 7 is kinda nice to 🙂

  14. the SAVAGE LLAMA!!!!!!! on June 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    And if you see nuts, stay away

  15. psynchro on June 25, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    8:25 I can already feel it coming…

  16. AKA_KingIsaac H on June 25, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I have a trek marlin 4

  17. Rhys Goldie on June 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm


  18. The Amateur gamer Chidum Ekenta on June 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm


  19. zurgo 2004 on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Im still investing in my hardtail roadmaster granite peak 26

  20. Matiss Brants on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    What is that trail bike ?

  21. Q .Wheatley on June 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    about four or five weeks ago I started cycling to school, and idk if it was my youtube recommendations or what but I have been watching all kinds of mtb content and I just bought my first "real" mtb with my graduation money! a nukeproof scout race 27.5 from chain reaction cycles. and I honestly cannot wait for it to arrive! and honestly it was Set, gmbn and all their friends that pushed me too this. anyway, I hope to see some of yall out on the trails of western Washington and bc!
    Update! So after a few days some things have changed and after some issues with chain reaction I have bought a 2020 specialised fuse 27.5 from Skagit cycle. I am going to be honest if you need help with your order and want to contact chain reactions customer service and you don’t live in Europe good luck, and if you use PayPal they use your billing address as your shipping address. Just some food for thought.

  22. rcolv_ on June 25, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Just get a hardtail Carrera bike and hit some wheelies

  23. Terrascale on June 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    whats a good beginner bike?

  24. eli23nyc on June 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Ah… now I see why all the DiamondBack Bikes.. (rides for DiamondBack)..
    I bought a 2013 DiamondBack Overdrive Sport.. in late 2013.. and it still looks and rides great.
    I bought it too big for me really, but it’s been a good bike on the street and light trails..
    Just bought a 2019 Trek Stache 5 to replace it, but I’ll be holding onto it as a backup bike.

  25. Scott Reyes on June 25, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Great video. This was so helpful in understanding what to stay away from.

  26. DestinyWorld Cars on June 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    30,000th like!

  27. DarthPingu07 on June 25, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Hey Seth, I’ve recently got into your channel and you actually inspired me to learn how to ride a bike at the tender age of 28 lol. So I went out and bought a £179 Cross dxt700 MTB. I’m a heavy guy and want to take care of my new baby aswell as go on trails once I’ve learnt however, big stickers on it say "no stunts and jumps". My question is; is it possible to upgrade parts on it so it can stunt and jump? And if so, what will I need? I’m a newbie to bikes in general and though I’ve learnt slot from your channel, this question still goes through my head. I hope I can ride with you one day, thanks for the inspiration man!

  28. Jesus of Minecraft on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Trek marlin 5

  29. Raadwan Masum on June 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    lol, my bike breaks all these rules.

  30. Rapidresponse911 on June 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I love my Trek Marlin 5

  31. thotimus prime on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Is that Prometheus next to your bike.

  32. MGICMANIAC on June 25, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    My mongoose is better than your best bike

  33. Theofficialyesman on June 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    *Rim brake* has left the chat

  34. hiphopcroaks24 on June 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Diamond backs are freaking great anything
    $450-$600 is perfect price point for a beginner bike anything above $400 you’ll most likely get at least an 8speed pretty decent brakes and a decent front shock

  35. Tyler Falk on June 25, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    What is good for a first full squish

  36. El Jefe on June 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I started on a GT Ricochet, not bad for the price but far from perfect.

  37. Luke / on June 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I bought a 2018 diamond back heist 0.0 in late 2017. And it’s a beast. I was the only person I know with a diamond back and I was Going to get a Scott but u changed my mind. People used to say the bike is bad until they tested it. And I only got it because of u so thanks

  38. hairlesheep on June 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Is there a mountain bike/road bike hybrid that has these or that you would recommend please?

  39. Adrian Ramirez on June 25, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I call one of my local bike shop and they said that i need to buy a 1500 dolars bike , and they dont even let me ask for a chepear one

  40. Alexandra Ramos on June 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Hey seth what would you recommend for $1000 dollar mountain bike wise??

  41. WOOD WORM on June 25, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Just picked up a slightly modified giant yukon 2012 for only $180

  42. cdpc211 on June 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Is the full suspension bike a good beginner bike?

  43. ZonateWhisper5 on June 25, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    What tires is he using

  44. Writer B.L. Alley on June 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    My best advice is to set a budget for the bike and gear while avoiding bikes with proprietary components. Yes, many of the parts will be lower quality, but that’s okay for a starter bike. Why wear out or even damage expensive components while learning? Instead, let those cheaper parts take the abuse, then upgrade them one-by-one as they fail or wear out. That way the bike will get better (and probably lighter) as the rider’s skill improves.

    It’s more important to find a bike the _feels_ good. The basic fit guides are woefully inadequate and cannot tell a new rider how a particular bike will feed when they mount the saddle. I recently helped my ex choose a beginner mountain bike. One we liked claimed to fit riders from 5’2" to 6’0", yet it wasn’t even comfortable for myself at 6′ and un-rideable for her at 5’4". We found a steel bike that had great geometry for her so it went on the list in spite of that limitation. Thankfully we found a very similar alloy bike that fit just as well but was much lighter and still fully up-gradable. By keeping the cost of the bike low she is able to purchase more gear and tools while learning and will end up with better skills and a better bike later.

    If you were comparing side-pull calipers to disc brakes I would agree with you, but I’ve logged thousands of miles and decades of cycling on my linear-pull rim brakes and never had an issue with braking performance, reliability, or excessive wear. Even if you warp a rim (not taco it), v-brakes will still work, but if you bend or break a disc it’s done.
    I was also reading about an increase in incidents involving disc brakes creating a point of rotation so close to the axle they can leverage the front wheel right out of the dropouts. Sadly, instead of redesigning the dropouts or going back to reliable v-brakes, they are fundamentally changing how the wheels mount by switching to through axles, negating every fork-mount rack and ease of service. One of the reasons I recommended the bike my ex finally purchased was the fact it has front and rear v-brakes rather than discs.

    No one other than downhill racers needs rear suspension. It adds weight and complexity and absorbs more pedaling energy. Your legs are the rear suspension.

  45. Cameron Hill on June 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I’m pretty late but wondering. If I have a bike with disk breaks cant I buy a budget bike without them and just swap them on to it?

  46. Cory The evil starfish on June 25, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Two years to a year ago my family bought a Raleigh M80 bike which still works save for me falling face first and popped the inner tube best bike i ever own so far

  47. William Guo on June 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I need help. Does the Vilano 26" Mountain Bike Ridge 2.0 have a good hanger?

  48. Luis Garcia on June 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I sold my electric guitar and my xbox. The worst part is that I live in Houston

  49. GingerWithUhJ on June 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    What’s a good beginner bike.

  50. Laurent Delacroix on June 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I’m older and overweight. I need excersise and am excited about riding a bike. I’m also on a very limited budget.
    I really don’t want to jump or go fast down hill.
    I do want to ride on the street and on our towns dirt leisure trails.
    My solution? I bought a used bike for 150. It’s old but in decent shape and condition.
    I want to get tires for the street and trails I mentioned.
    And the fork seems to have a sticky issue.
    Are there budget manufacturers of the forks? If so, are any better than the other and suitable for what I’ve described here?
    I’m excited about getting out and having fun. I’ll never be able to get serious about advanced biking.
    I will be losing weight, improving fitness, enjoying outdoors, and being around longer for the people who depend on me.
    Any advice or criticism will be appreciated.
    God bless