3.Best for Weekend Warriors: Norco Storm 9.1
BUY NOW $650
Another 29-inch entry to roll up and over most obstacles, this 27-speed model is plusher than most with a 100mm front fork travel for moderate downhills. But the frame is the star here, with Shimano, Suntour, and Tektro components as solid starting points ready to be upgraded later. Pedals are included while the seat geometry feels balanced
4.Best for Aspiring Athletes: Marin Nail Trail 6E
BUY NOW $1,050
Find the sweet spot with a wide-ranging 1×11 SRAM drivetrain matched with a Series 3 aluminum frame. Smaller sizes are built on a 27.5-inch geometry with bigger frames delivered at 29 inches for optimum handling. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are luxurious at the price as is snag-free interior cable routing and a gritty paint job.