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Best Mountain Bike Deals This Week

November 29, 2022

Today is Black Friday, and we’re updating with the newest MTB deals that we feel are worthy bikes to get you and your family out on the trail. Some of these mountain bike deals are likely to sell out, or only have limited sizes available.

Marin Palisades Trail 2 – $499

Marin Palisades Trail 2 mountain bike on sale
Marin Palisades Trail 2 – photo source: https://www.marinbikes.com

Jenson has the 2021 Marin Palisades Trail 2 on sale for $499 plus $75 shipping to the Continental US.

The Marin Palisades Trail 2 is a very well regarded hardtail with components that take it beyond the usual entry level bike. The air fork and serious trail tires show that this bike is meant for actually getting out on the trail.

Where to buy:

Notes:

  • MSRP listed on Jenson is way off; Marin lists it as $799
  • Shipping is “free”, the $75 is for “oversize charge” on bikes, which is fair enough overall
  • This bike comes without pedals; IMRIDER nylon pedals from Amazon are my favorite affordable option

Five Ten Freerider MTB Shoes – $60

Photo – REI.com

These are the shoes that made platform pedals the choice of most mountain bikers. They have sticky rubber soles to stay stuck on and just the right level of stiffness to make your pedaling efficient. REI currently has all the sizes available for this price.

Where to buy:

Kids 20″ Decathlon Rockrider ST900 – $179

Decathlon Rockrider ST900 20-inch kids mountain bike.
Decathlon Rockrider ST900 20-inch kids mountain bike. photo source: decathlon.com

Decathlon’s Black Friday deals are being slowly rolled out and they have a fantastic deal on their top of the line kids mountain bike in the 20-inch size (they recommend it for kids 3’11”-4’5″). It’s got solid levels of components and a lightweight aluminum frame for actual trail riding. If you want to get your kids out doing some real mountain biking early, this is a great bike. From over $300, it is currently $179.

Where to buy: Decathlon.com – price: $179

Genesis Mauler 24-inch – $98

Genesis Mauler kids 24-inch mountain bike

This is a great price on a perfect Christmas present bike for your kids. There are few kids bikes with aluminum frames and the trigger shifters and disc brakes mean that this bike will look, and mostly perform, like mom-or-dad’s mountain bike. The Microshift derailleur doesn’t have a clutch, so the chain is likely to come off on really rough terrain, but other than that, this bike should be capable of getting your kids started with off-road riding.

If you do want to take them mountain biking, we’d recommend removing the kickstand to save some weight. Replacing the seat post with aluminum would also save weight and make the bike look a bit cooler.

Where to buy: Walmart.com – price: $98

Decathlon Rockrider ST100 – $98-$148

Decathlon Rockrider ST100 basic mountain bike

Walmart & Decathlon.com have several kids and adult sizes of the Rockrider ST100 for half price. These are very basic bikes that aren’t meant for serious trail riding. However, for a combination of around town and on gravel and paths, it should be a reliable and functional bike. Decathlon is a major European retailer with a long history of value own brand products.

As with all mail order bikes from Walmart (and many other online/big box stores), you should carefully inspect how it is put together and make sure everything is correct before riding.

Where to buy:

Giant Talon 1 2021 – $784

Giant still has some 2021 bikes that they are selling out on their site. The Talon with 27.5 tires is a fun frame that is more suited to the trail than similar level bikes from Trek and Specialized with a more slack head angle and steeper seat tube. It comes with a trail-spec Shimano Deore 1×10 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes with 180 discs up front and 160 in back (also an upgrade on most competitors).

The fork is a bit of a conundrum. The Talons can be spec’d with either a Rockshox coil fork with limited travel or Giant’s (relatively) new air forks with 100mm. If you buy from a shop, you can ask them to find you one with the Giant fork. I’m not sure what you’ll get if you order from Giant-bicycles.com. Maybe you can talk to customer service once you order.

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Giant also has a few other good deals right now:

Giant Stance E+ 2 e-mtb on sale
Giant Stance E+ 2 photo source: https://www.giantbicycles.com

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