12 Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes in 2018

There is a bicycle out there for everyone including ones geared towards athletes, casual riders and people with disabilities. As long as you have the will to get on the road, there is a bike for you. That includes consumers that prefer the trail over the pavement.

We followed that trend with our best hardtail mountain bike list. Whether you are looking to purchase a bike for your child or one for yourself, there are a wide variety of sizes in our table below. We didn’t break things down by gender although there are several on our list that are built specifically for the ladies along with a few for the kids.

Top 12 Hardtail Mountain Bikes Comparison Chart

DesignNameAvailable SizesMultiple ColorsRating (1-5)
  1. Diamondback Overdrive 29 Hardtail Mountain Bike 16 No 4.5
  2. BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B Mountain Bike 17, 19 Yes 4.3
  3. Diamondback Bicycles Hook 16, 18, 20 No 4.3
  4. Bavel Children Kids Bicycle 18 Speed Complete Mountain Bike 20 Yes 4.3
  5. Diamondback Bicycles 2016 Laurito Hardtail Complete Mountain Bike 15, 17 Yes 4.2
6. Roadmaster Granite Peak Boys Mountain Bike NA No 4.2
7. Schwinn Women’s High Timber Mountain Bicycle 16 No 4.2
8. Merax Finiss 26″ Aluminum 21 Speed Mg Alloy Wheel Mountain Bike 19 Yes 4.2
  9. Schwinn Sidewinder Women’s Mountain Bike 16 No 4.0
  10. Diamondback Bicycles Sorrento Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike 16, 18, 20, 22 No 3.8
  11. Roadmaster Granite Peak Women’s Bike 18.5 No 3.8
  12. Schwinn Men’s High Timber 27.5″ Wheel Mountain Bicycle 18 Yes 3.5

MTB –  Buying Info

Mountain bike can be a blast to ride if you make the right choice. Our experts have narrowed down the choices to the 12 best hardtail mountain bike models, field but you’ll still need to consider things like your riding style and components.

Frame Size

Before you settle on the perfect mountain bike, you need to think about how tall you are and the size of the frame on the bike you have your eye set on. If you currently own a bike or are an experienced rider, you can skip on ahead as you have known what size is right for you for years. If you are new to the biking work, keep on reading as not everything will be sized Small, Medium or Large.

No matter how cool the bike looks, you need to be sure it is the right size for safety and comfort. As you’re buying online, you cannot test that out, but you can measure. You basically need to stand straight against a wall and put something between your legs to mimic the depth of a seat. Measure from there to the floor, and you’ll have a rough idea on the frame size to look for.

Riding Style

Going with a bike that has a hardtail frame means you are going to have to get by without a few things like rear shocks. You will get front-suspension on 99% of hardtails however as they aren’t rigid framed, they just have a tough backside. That means you will want to pay more attention to the front fork, the amount of travel and even those handlebars.

While we tend to use the term “trail” loosely when talking about mountain bikes, they are for more than just taking a roll through the woods. If you plan on downhill racing or will be doing any jumping, you’ll want to consider the amount of travel in the front fork. It’s your only means of suspension on a hardtail, so choose a bike with a fork to match your riding style.

Brakes, Saddles, and Shifters

When it comes to brakes, shifters and other components one name will stand above all. That’s Shimano, and you will quickly learn to familiarize yourself with their components and model numbers on these bikes. Most have Shimano components out of the box or parts from SRAM. Most of these bikes will also have disc braking systems as well.

Out of all the components on your brand new bike, the one thing you may need to replace sooner than later would be the saddle. It doesn’t matter how cool looking your bike is or how well it rides if it is uncomfortable to sit on. Consider the size of the seat on the bike and how it adjust as you may want to have an extra on hand if it does not fit your needs or riding style.

Top 5 Best Hardtail Mountain Bike Reviews

1. Diamondback Overdrive 29 Hardtail Mountain Bike

Diamondback makes bikes that cover all types of terrain, but they are known for their MTB and off-road prowess more than anything. They have been a fan favorite for decades as well considering they walk that fine line between quality construction and affordability. The Diamondback Overdrive 29 Hardtail is our top choice and a bike that’s tough to beat if you want something a step above the entry level class.

As the name implies, the 29 Hardtail has stiff backside and a sturdy frame with butted tubing. It’s crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum and is fairly lightweight but not necessarily what we would consider svelte. This model is a smaller size with a 16-inch frame but is decked out with top-tier components across the board. A few of note include a Shimano 3×8-speed drivetrain, Tektro mechanical disc brakes and 29-inch tires.

While the size is not going to be a good fit for everyone, the Diamondback Overdrive is a mean machine that’s suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. On the downside, it is only available in Black, and some may find the seat a bit too hard to their liking.

2. BEIOU Carbon Fiber 650B Ultralight Mountain Bike

BEIOU’s mountain bike is another bike not necessarily built for beginners. Well, not unless you’ve got deep pockets as it’s the most expensive bike on our best hardtail mountain bike list. That’s not a bad thing at all if you appreciate quality and need a bike that is lightweight on the trail. How light? This baby clocks in at only 23 lbs. thanks to a frame made from Toray T800 and T1000 carbon fiber.

On a bike of this nature, you get a laundry list of specs. While we won’t go over all of them, some ones you will want to pay attention to would include the Pro model RT 27.5 wheelset, the Shimano Deore 610 speed control system and the Tektro HD-M285 hydraulic disc brake setup. The crankset is integrated, and the cable routing is internal so that it will be out of the way. The tires are even above par with 27.5-inch Maxxis wheels with carbon hubs.

The BEIOU 650B mountain bike is available in two different sizes with a 17-inch and 19-inch frame. We are partial to the slick Black model, but the bicycle is also available in White and Red if you want to brighten things up.

3. Diamondback Hook Mountain Bike

Diamondback’s second hardtail MTB is dubbed the Hook, and it is more accessible than our top choice. Both are easy to ride, but this one is sized Small to Large with a 16-inch, 18-inch, and 20-inch model. It comes with an Orange frame featuring Black and Blue accents so it will definitely catch a few eyeballs when you are out on the trail.

When it comes to performance the Diamondback Hook is right up there with the best of them. The brake system has 160mm rotors with Tektro Aries mechanical disk brakes. The SRAM single ring drivetrain ensures smooth shifting as you cycle through the gears. The SR Suntour XCM front fork will provide plenty of cushion as well with 120mm of travel suspension. Last but not least are the tires, which are Kenda Nevegal Lite’s set on 27.5-inch wheels.

Some consumers would consider this an “entry level” MTB, and we will wholeheartedly agree. The Hook is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the price point, but offers up a quality ride for beginners and more experienced riders as well.

4. Bavel Kids 18-Speed Mountain Bike with Alloy Frame

There was a time when kids had to drag their old Huffy or BMX to the woods if they want to experience a mountain bike. Well, those days are long gone as there are plenty of MTB’s built for kids including the Bavel Kids 18-speed mountain bike. The age on this bike is listed at 7 -9 years old and it has a 20” aluminum frame. While we agree with that age range, your child’s size and skill level also play a large part in the equation.

This mini MTB still comes with solid components despite its size. There is a Shimano shifter and derailleur to go along with a proper disc braking system and a shock absorbing front fork. The frame will be tough and so with the fork as it’s made from high carbon steel. That said, this bike is not exactly what we would consider light as it is around 30 pounds, which is more than the BEIOU 650B.

It may not be the sleekest MTB on the block, but the Bavel mountain bike is a solid choice for children looking to ride with Mom or Dad outdoors. The size and the fact it has 18-speeds gives them room to grow as well. This bike is available in Black or White with Red lettering and accents.

5. Diamondback Laurito Hardtail Mountain Bike

Now we’re going to take a look at something a little different. The Diamondback Laurito is a hardtail with what’s referred to as a “step through” frame; this means it is easier to get on or off of in than a typical bike due to an angled top bar in the frame. While different, it is still sturdy as its 6061-T6 heat-treated for additional strength.

This is a 21-speed mountain bike with 27.5-inch wheels and 7-speed derailleur courtesy of Shimano. Want to pop a fender on to keep mud at bay or even a rack? That’s not a problem as it has eyelets in the frame that allow you to easily install a few additional accessories. It has enough gears and power to get you up some mean hills but is not going to hold up as well as some of the larger hardtail MTBs with better components or more exotic builds.

This particular bike from Diamondback is not listed as a ladies, but the style, colors, and size lead us to believe otherwise. It is sized at either 15-inhces or 17-inches and comes in two different shades of Blue & White and Silver & Pink.