Earlier this week, we ran through 10 great mountain bike options for NICA racers. We heard from some of you that the bikes we highlighted might be a bit outside your current disposable income window. We decided to start researching some less expensive mountain bikes that would be good for pre-teen/teen NICA riders. In the process, we ran across some killer deals on some 2018 bikes. If you want to buy new, the fall is almost always your best bet because shops are generally looking to get rid of remaining inventory to make room for newer models. While not super-light, these five mountain bikes have good quality components and are available now – but not for long!
Ghost Asket 4.9 AL 29 Mountain Bike (2018) | ONLY Small Size Left!
Ghost Asket is a modern trail hardtail at an affordable price. The Asket geometry concept includes a low top tube, slack steering angle, short rear and low bottom bracket to makes the ASKET a playful and comfortable all-around trail bike. The hydroformed aluminum alloy frame is strong, stiff and lightweight (28 lbs 7 oz). The SRAM 1×11 drivetrain offers a wide gear range and the hydraulic disc brakes and progressive rotors provide reliable stopping power. Maxxis Minion tires and 29” DT Swiss rims and hubs keep you rolling over whatever the trail has to offer.
Niner Air 9 1 Star 27.5+ (2018)
Niner’s Air 9 stiff and light frame is made of hydroformed aluminum for optimal shock absorbsion and power transfer. The 2018 Air 9 features SRAM NX components giving it precise and reliable feel. The 1 x 11 drive train features an 11-42T cassette that to keep your rider pedaling through any grade. The Race Face cockpit is wide and low, offering optimal control. Niner’s 27.5 Alloy wheels have a low rotating weight and terrific integrity. Complete with a 120-millimeter Rockshox Judy fork up front, this bike is built to smooth out the trail. This 1-Star NX build completes the bike with 2.8-inch Maxxis Rekon+ tires that roll over loose rocks, bumpy roots, and other trail obstacles. The Niner Air 9 1 Star 27.5+ is available in sizes XS- L with a minimum stand-over height of 26.7 inches.
Diamondback Overdrive Carbon Pro 29
The Diamondback Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon is a great lightweight race ready bike that’s surprisingly affordable. Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon components include RockShox’s Recon Gold RL fork with 100 mm of travel. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes will help your racer effectively control speed and the simple and precise SRAM NX single-ring drivetrain will keep them moving. The big 29inch wheels will maintain their speed incredibly well and roll easily over rock gardens and roots. Bonus: they’re also tubeless compatible. Diamondback Overdrive 29C 1 Carbon is available in S-XL and should fit riders ranging from 5’4” to 6’4″ with a minimum stand-over height of 30.5”.
Co-Op Cycles DRT 2.1 Bike | ONLY Medium Size Left!
The Co-op Cycles flagship DRT 2.1 hard tail mountain bike will have your rider tackling rugged trails with confidence. The 27.5” tubeless ready wheels and wide 2.8” tires provide extra traction for easier climbing and cornering. The Air-sprung X Fusion 27.5+ suspension fork provides 120mm of travel and a remote lockout. The DRT 2.1 includes a 1 x 11 Shimano SLX drivetrain. The aluminum frame includes internal cable routing for a dropper post upgrade. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes deliver reliable stopping power on the trail. The DRT 2.1 is available in sizes XS-L with a minimum stand-over height of 26.7inches. (Medium size stand-over height = 28.8 – should fit riders 5’6”-5’9”)
Ghost Kato 7 27.5/29 Bike (2018)
The Ghost Kato 7 is a fast, agile aluminum hardtail with balanced geometry to climb efficiently and descend confidently. The RockShox FS 30 Silver TK shock provides 100mm travel to keep the ride feeling smooth. The Shimano SLX drivetrain is a 2×11 for 22 gears that are capable of tackling any trail; lets you shift quickly and precisely. The Alex MD 21 rims spin smoothly around Shimano hubs and with Continental X-King 27.5 or 29 in. x 2.2 in. tires for great traction. Small and Medium frame sizes have 27.5 in. wheels; Large and Extra-Large frames have 29 in. wheels. The Ghost Kato 7 is available in sizes S-XL with a minimum stand-over height of 26.4 inches.