Your mountain bike doesn't have to cost the world to unleash a world of fun. As mountain biking has grown in popularity manufacturers have recognised that not everybody is wanting to hand over their life savings for a new ride. As a result, we're seeing some riper bikes at really sharp price points. The most common denominator between these bikes and the more expensive, high end options being frame construction.
Aluminium V Carbon Fibre Mountain Bike Frames
Your high end frames are now typically made from carbon fibre whilst these more common, affordable bikes are often aluminium. What's the difference? Carbon Fibre is often lighter and can be manipulated to obtain a very high strength whilst dispersing and absorbing vibrations (impacts) well to make for a smooth, comfortable ride. However, we've been riding aluminium bikes for ages! The mountain bike industry has extensive experience with the material and as a result utilise highly advanced manufacturing techniques to achieve the best possible results. The outcome is a range of very light, high quality and great looking mountain bike frames, some of which putting riders on the world cup podium.
The Best Aluminium Trail Bikes
If you're looking for a great mountain bike to experience the Brisbane and South East Queensland mountain bike trail network the Norco Fluid FS is a stellar option. This Canadian designed bike has 120mm rear travel and a 130mm fork, available in both 27.5" and 29" wheel size depending on frame size. Norco have really maximised the value of these bikes by putting some great parts on these aluminium frames and keeping them at a super sharp price point. Available in as the 'Norco Fluid FS2' at $2999.95 or 'Norco Fluid FS1' at $3,499.95 both bikes come with Maxxis tyres, a twelve speed drivetrain and quality hydraulic brakes. For the slightly higher price of the FS1 riders will be heavily rewarded with a Rockshox Pike fork upgrade XT / SLX drivetrain and more.
Another worthy contender is the Giant Trance 29" 2 at $4,099.00. The Giant Trance 29" aluminium frame shares the same geometry and suspension design as its carbon counter part so you know the design is dialled. With Shimano's new 12 speed SLX drivetrain climbing is made as easy as possible whilst quality Fox suspension smooths out your descents. At 115mm rear travel with a 130mm fork the Trance 29" is a versatile trail bike perfect for our local Brisbane trails.
These bikes are perfect for riders who are hooked on mountain biking but still fresh to the sport. They offer a nice balanced design that allows riders to progress their skills as they spend more time on the bike.
High End Aluminium Mountain Bikes
Some boutique brands offer their bikes are offered in an aluminium construction, giving riders the opportunity to ride their latest designs without the full carbon price tag. The latest brand to jump on board is Ibis with their new 'Ripmo AF'. With complete bikes starting at $4,990 with DVO suspension and twelve speed shifting these are a real head turner for riders looking for that boutique bike without the full boutique price. Lean more about the Ibis Ripmo AF.
As you can see there are many quality aluminium mountain bikes on the market that are perfect for many riders looking to take the next step in their mountain biking experience. Seriously fun and capable bikes at some super sharp prices. If you'd like to take that step talk to our team today or visit is store and we'll look after you.