Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike Under 1000

Best Full Suspension Mountain Bike Under 1000

by Dustin Pennington - Last Updated: November 25, 2018

If you are finding it hard to find the best full suspension mountain bike under 1000 dollars; know this, you are not alone. Thankfully, here at Upbeatbike, we have a team of people dedicated to making sure you have the information you need to make the best purchase you can.

After substantial research and a ton of trial and error, we have come up with a list of top-notch full suspension mountain bikes that are guaranteed to cover all of your mountain biking needs.

Note: As always, if you are pressed for time and simply need a quick answer to your question, we’ve got you covered. Go ahead and check out the Diamondback Atroz 1. What makes this bike the best purchase? It combines top-notch suspension systems and the rugged, durable, frame giving you a smooth ride regardless of the terrain you’re riding.

Here are some of our favorite full suspension mountain bikes under 1000 dollars:

Folding Full Suspension Bike: Cyrusher FR100 24-Speed

Folding bicycles have become a much bigger ‘deal’ than almost anybody could have expected, and we should all be happy about it. Folding bikes are more portable and make so much more sense if you need something more compact than your typical bikes.

The frame is made from lightweight aluminum and has suspension forks that are of a lot better quality than you would expect from a foldable bike. Of course, the 24 gears is a nice addition too – making riding uphill so much easier for you.

The Pros

  • More portable than rigid frame mountain bikes
  • Fat tires let you traverse the roughest of terrain with ease
  • Excellent suspension system for a foldable bike
  • Quick-release clamp makes folding and unfolding the bike a breeze
  • Awesome disc braking system (this comes in handy when zooming downhill)
  • The 24 gears come in handy when traveling up those steep hills
  • The bike folds for easy storage

The Cons

There isn’t much to dislike about the bike, but there some issues that warrant being discussed. The biggest issue I have with the Cyrusher FR100 is how heavy it is. This is par for the course with folding bikes, as well as for full suspension bikes. So it is to be expected. But man, this is an extremely heavy bike.

Also, the pedals are not sturdily made and you’ll need to upgrade them if you intend to use this bike a lot.

The Verdict

If you are looking for a full suspension bike, and like the idea of having a foldable bike then the Cyrusher FR100 folding mountain bike may be something that interests you. The bike itself is sturdy and durable (as it should be for how heavy it is), so it’s something that is sure to last you several years.

As long as you are cool with lugging around a heavier bike then this foldable Cyrusher FR100 is something that you are sure to enjoy. Maybe upgrade the pedals though. Your future self will thank you for it.

My Favorite Full Suspension Bike: Diamondback Atroz 1

If you’ve ever ridden a Diamondback bike before then you probably understand why I love the brand as much as I do. And I’m not alone either, most people that are familiar with this brand fall in love with the product. Combining a sturdy frame with excellent parts, the Diamondback Atroz is easily one of my favorite full suspension bikes there is – period. And once you factor the incredible price into the equation, there’s no reason not to love the Atroz.

The Pros

  • You get so much bike for the price
  • Incredible suspension systems keep your ride smooth and easy, even on the roughest and most difficult terrain
  • Shimano Acera 3×8 shifters give smooth and easy shifting with 24 gears
  • Tektro 2 finger pull disk brakes
  • Easy assembly
  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • 5-warranty on the bike frame
  • 1-year warranty on the swing arm

The Cons

I absolutely adore this full suspension bike from Diamondback, but there are definitely some places where improvements could be made. I’d like for this bike to come with a drop post, but it doesn’t. That said it is ready for one to be installed. However, being significantly less than 1000 dollars, I can accept that a drop seat post isn’t included.

You may also want to upgrade the rear suspension after a while too.

The Verdict

It is no secret that I love Diamondback products, and the Atroz is one of the better discount full suspension bikes you can find. In fact, after you make a few upgrades to the bike, it will quickly start to outperform higher priced bikes.

It’s durable, smooth, and simply just fun to ride. If you want a great full suspension bike for less than 1000 then you ‘absolutely’ have to try the Diamondback Atroz 1.

Best Budge Full Suspension Bike: 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 Full Suspension

Looking for something lightweight, sturdy, and inexpensive? If so, then the Gravity FSX 1.0 is going to be your best bet. It has an adjustable front and rear suspension, that allows you to take on some rough terrain without even having to shell out 500 bucks.

Front and rear disc brakes provide supreme stopping power. Again… for less than 500 dollars.

The Pros

  • A low-cost bike that stands up to the rigors of your ride
  • An aluminum frame that is strong and durable
  • Simple assembly
  • Above average parts that hold up well during individual rides
  • Handles extraordinarily well on rough terrain

The Cons

Even though the parts hold up better than expected during an individual ride, they aren’t built to last for a very long time. You’ll definitely have to make some upgrades to the forks and derailluer. I’d also recommend upgrading the saddle and pedals if you plan on keeping this bike for a long time.

The Verdict

Sometimes, all you need is a decent bike that will last long enough until you’re able to get a top-tier bike. And if that’s the boat you’re in right now, then there is no doubt that the 2018 Gravity FSX 1.0 full suspension bike is your best bet. It handles very well, and with some well-placed upgrades, you’ll even be able to turn this into a more than repsectable bike.

Runner-Up for Best Budget Full Suspension Bike: Northwoods Aluminum Full Suspension Mountain Bike

I’m not usually too kind to the lower priced bikes, usually, its because the bikes just aren’t worth owning. But this full suspension Northwoods bike is an excellent budget bike for well under 300 dollars.

It’s a 21-speed bike with twist shifters that make it easy to switch between gears and a Shimano rear derailleur that ensures the gears shift smoothly every time.

The Pros

  • Very good bike for a nominal price
  • Excellent for young children who are just getting into mountain biking
  • Smooth shifting gears with a dependable derailleur – something that you don’t always get with budget bikes
  • Easy assembly
  • All around excellent bike for the price

The Cons

The biggest issue I take with the Northwoods full suspension bike is the suspension. It’s a pretty low-quality fork, but that’s understandable when you take the price of the bike into consideration. You may also, find that the saddle is uncomfortable. Thankfully that’s an easy upgrade to make.

The Verdict

The Northwoods Aluminum Full Suspension bike is great for anybody just getting into mountain biking. It’s heavier than most, and the forks aren’t top-tier but they aren’t going to bottom out and break on you anytime soon either. If you need something for a beginning rider, that isn’t going to break the bank, then this is a bike you should take a look at.

Most Important Part of Full Suspension Bikes

When you’re looking for an inexpensive full suspension bike, you have to go into it knowing that you are going to have to make concessions on parts. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find a good bike for less than 1000 dollars, in fact, you can find pretty good bikes for less than 500. The deal is you’ve got to make sure the bikes most important part are high-quality parts. These are the parts listed in order from most important to least.

Frame

The bike frame is probably the most important aspect of a bike. That’s because it’s the only part of the bike that you can’t replace. Everything else is completely upgradable. So make sure the frame is sturdy enough to withstand the punishment that you are going to put it through. It’s also a good idea to make sure the frame of your bike has at least a two to three-year warranty.

Suspension

You can always replace the bike’s suspension, but that is a fairly expensive endauver. Instead of getting a bike with poor suspension systems, try to find one that has adequate forks. Remember, it’s better to get mid-level components than low-level ones – and the price difference isn’t all that different.

Brakes

So it turns out, brakes are a pretty big deal. You know… for reasons like safety and such. You should probably ensure that the bike you are purchasing has a good set of brakes. The last thing you want is to be headed full steam ahead towards a cliff and not be able to stop in time all because you chose to skimp on your brakes

Shifters

Shifters are important because they are the things that allow you to shift gears. Without these, your climb up steep hills is going too far more difficult than it has to be. Find a bike that has decent shifters, that allow smooth transitions between gears and you’ll be just fine.

Everything Else

All of the other parts are very easy and fairly inexpensive to replace. Things like saddles, handlebars, and drop seats are simple to replace, which means they are the last things you need to worry about when shopping for a bike.

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