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Top 10 Best Walmart Mountain Bikes

If you are on a budget, Walmart mountain bikes are one of the affordable options to consider. Contrary to popular belief, not all Walmart products are of low quality just because they are cheap.  They have features and components that are more than enough to get you out on the trail. The key is to know what to look for.

Finding Your Perfect Mountain Bike

There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a Walmart mountain bike. Firstly, take note of the frame size and frame material. Aluminum frames are common in mountain bikes and are both lightweight and sturdy. Avoid steel frames, except for in the smallest, cheapest kids bikes (and even there, aluminum is better if you can find it).

Secondly, look for bikes with front suspension (the “fork” that holds the front wheel) only, and avoid the ones with rear shocks/springs.  Both front and rear, “full suspension” adds a lot of complexity and extra parts, which at Walmart prices are mean too much that can go wrong.

Thirdly, keep in mind that many models of the Walmart mountain bikes require assembling. Therefore, you should ask yourself how confident you are when it comes to putting things back together. It can be a fun activity, but could quickly go sour if you aren`t the type of person with enough patience to assemble all the components into one bike.

If you get your Walmart bike assembled from a store, or partly assembled and shipped to you, there may be some further work to do.  People frequently report that items aren’t installed properly.  A small amount of bicycle maintenance knowledge may be enough for you to fix these yourself, or you may need to plan on paying a bit more for a tune up at a local bike shop.

How We Reviewed

The following products were reviewed based on the following parameters: Features, Pros & Cons, Price, Where to Buy, and Warranty. Features are essential in our reviewing process because they tell us what type of suspension and braking system the bike has, in addition to derailleurs and braking mechanisms. Looking at the pros and cons, we were able to ultimately learn how well each feature responds in real life, while price lets us know how much value these Walmart mountain bikes have. The Where to Buy section offers you an immediate gateway to your desired product. Finally, the warranty section helps you evaluate the risks you are taking with the purchase on a long-term view.

Prices of the Products (and Similar Products from Walmart)

Walmart is a great place to get affordable bikes, but probably not where you look for the very top end.  While you might find a $5,000 enduro bike on Walmart.com, we are going to focus on $200-$700 bikes that are considerably cheaper than you might find from another source.

What We Reviewed

  • Schwinn Boundary 29″ Mountain Bike
  • Schwinn Axum 29″ Mounting Bike
  • 24″ Genesis Whirlwind
  • Mongoose Durham Mountain Bike, 24″
  • Hyland 26″ and 27.5″ Mountain Bike
  • Giordano Intrepid Mountain Bike
  • Schwinn DSB Hybrid Bike

Schwinn Boundary 29″ Mountain Bike

Features

The Schwinn Boundary has some of the features that you find on much more expensive bikes, including a single front chainring “1x” system, disc brakes and rapid push shifters.  It is a option for light trail riding, especially if you are willing to make some simple upgrades, such as the saddle (bike-talk for seat) and the pedals.

Like most Schwinn models on Walmart, it only comes in one size and they don’t say what it is.  Based on reviews, it sounds like this is an 18-inch frame, which is a solid “Medium”.  That means it should fit anyone between 5’7″ and 5’11” pretty well.

Category

  • XC Mountain Bike

Pros

  • Aluminum frame that is designed for trail riding
  • Simple 1x gearing system
  • Rapid shifters

Cons

  • Cheap, unknown brand parts (fork, derailleur, brakes, wheels, tires)
  • Won’t hold up to rougher trails
  • Only comes in one size

Where to buy

Schwinn Axum 

Schwinn Axum mountain bike

photo: Walmart.com

Category

  • XC Mountain Bike

Features

The Schwinn Axum has generated a lot of attention as one of the best values in mountain biking.  If you actually plan to get into mountain biking and riding beyond beginner trails (and the size fits), this is the bike for you.   The bike features a 1×8 drivetrain, which means only 8 speeds, but spread over a wider range to give you options without complexity.

The Axum is more upgradeable than the less expensive Schwinn Boundary which could allow the bike to grow in capabilities as you take on more challenging mountain biking.   As it comes, it is a capable bike for gravel roads, dirt paths, and some light mountain bike trail use.

The biggest issue with the Schwinn Axum is that it only comes in a 19-inch “large” frame.  That means it should fit riders 5’10”-6’2″.   That is a lot of people, but certainly not everyone.

Pros

  • Well made aluminum frame that is designed for trail riding
  • Simple 1x gearing system
  • Good platform for upgrades

Cons

  • Heavy fork
  • Limited gearing range will make hilly rides difficult
  • Only comes in one size

Where to buy

Walmart: $449 

Note – a version (Schwinn Exum DP) with a good dropper post is available for $50 more, which is a great deal if you plan to ride trails with significant uphill and downhill sections.

Genesis Messina & Genesis Mauler

Genesis Mauler / Messina kids mountain bike

photo: walmart.com

Category

  • Kids XC Mountain Bike

Features

The 24 inch Genesis Messina (girls) and Mauler (boys) is a great bike for a very good price.  There are very few affordable kids bikes with aluminum frames, which means kids are often stuck with heavy, hard to move bikes.  The Genisis Messina/Mauler is the exception.

The Messina features disc brakes, quality Microshift components, and trigger shifters.  Assembly might be an issue if you aren’t so inclined, but doing it yourself should mean it is done well.

Pros

  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Microshift components
  • Disc brakes

Cons

  • Requires significant assembly
  • Heavy components detract from light frame
  • Cheap suspension fork ads weight without much advantage

Price

Where to Buy

Warranty

Limited lifetime warranty on frame and fork. 12 month warranty on all other parts. Excluding wear and tear items.

Hiland 26 & 27.5 Inch Aluminum Mountain Bike

Hiland women's mountain bike from Walmart

photo source: Walmart.com

Category

  • XC Mountain Bike

Features

The Hiland Mountain Bikes take advantage of some well regarded new component makers to produce an affordable bike that should be reliable and capable of riding a variety of paths and light trails.

Unlike other bikes on this list, the Hyland bikes come in multiple sizes, which means there is an option for everyone.

Pros

  • Lightweight aluminum frame
  • Multiple sizes for shorter women and men (as well as taller)
  • Affordable, but quality components

Cons

  • Not rated for rougher trails
  • Some unknown branded parts
  • Some buyers report poor packaging and parts damaged in shipping

Where to Buy

Walmart – $339-$369

Schwinn Central

Category

  • Hybrid bike

Features

The Schwinn Central Hybrid is a solid option for getting out and enjoying cycling.  It isn’t set up for mountain biking, but the aluminum frame and Shimano drivetrain will allow you to ride rougher roads and smoother off-road paths.

Pros

  • Aluminum frame
  • Rides comfortably
  • Comes with fenders and cargo rack

Cons

  • One size for all (fairly small), won’t fit everyone
  • Requires assembly
  • Sold on Walmart.com by a 3rd party vendor, so no local store support
  • Relatively heavy

Where to Buy

Walmart:  Mens Schwinn Central $319

Warranty

The 700c Schwinn DSB Hybrid Bikes come with a lifetime warranty.

Giordano Intrepid

Giordano Intrepid mountain bike

photo: https://kent.bike

Category

  • XC Mountain Bike

Features

The Giordano Intrepid is the current king of the mountain bikes available at Walmart.  It features a formed frame, similar to $1000+ name brand bikes and a set of components that should prove very capable on many cross country (“xc”) mountain bike trails.

The components on this bike, especially the more expensive ones to replace are a significant step up from the Schwinn Exum.  Those include the Suntour 120mm XCM fork and the CST tires.

The Giordano Intrepid only comes in one size; medium.  This should fit a wide range of people, but not as wide as Kent claims.  They say 5’6″ and up; we would recommend it for those 5’7″ to 6′, depending on what feel you like in a bike.

Pros

  • Quality, trail capable components
  • Beautifully made frame with no weld joints
  • Modern slack geometry
  • 1×10 drivetrain offers the most range of any Walmart bike
  • 120mm travel fork will soak up more bumps

Cons

  • No dropper post
  • Non-clutch derailleur means chain slap or coming off
  • At this price, it would be nice to professional assembly
  • Only comes in one size

Where to Buy

Walmart: $648

Kent Trouvaille

Kent Trouvaille mountain bike from Walmart

photo: Walmart.com

This bike is at the end of this list, instead of the beginning, because it is rarely in stock online, or in stores.  However, at $399, it is probably the best value in a true mountain bike from Walmart.  It features an aluminum frame with internal routing for cables, a Suntour XCM suspension fork (a higher spec than on many $600+ bikes), disc brakes, and good tires from CST.

Pros

  • Bike geometry that positions you for trail riding
  • Quality aluminum frame
  • Easy to upgrade

Cons

  • Derailleur doesn’t have a clutch, causing the chain to come off easily on rough terrain
  • Mechanical, instead of hydraulic, brakes
  • Many buyers report assembly problems, requiring skills or a bike shop to fix

Where to buy

Walmart: $399

What Walmart Mountain Bike is Best?

Each of the mountain bikes listed above should be a great bike for the right rider.  Matching the bike to your size and the type of riding you plan to do, should yield a mountain bike you can really enjoy.

With all bikes from Walmart or any other big store, you will need to check them over carefully and ensure that they are properly assembled and functioning well.  To be safe, any bike should be checked over by an experienced bicycle mechanic before riding.

Walmart Mountain Bikes: Product FAQ

1. What Is a Mountain Bike?

The mountain bike is a type of bike that is specifically designed to be used on trails and other rugged terrains. More specifically, on the ground that is not paved or flat, but one on which one could easily slip or trip. For example in the woods, you would need a special bike to traverse the dirty tracks covered in wet leaves and uncovered roots that are poking through.

2. What Does a Mountain Bike Do?

Mountain bikes are used for riding on trails and other rugged terrains. In general on grounds that are slightly more difficult to ride through than the usual concrete pavements.

3. How Does a Mountain Bike Work?

Mountain bikes feature a sturdy frame, special suspension systems, heavily treaded tires for riding on rugged terrains. All these features and more ensure safe and smooth rides on terrain that can be sometimes tricky to even walk on. A Mountain Bike transforms the experience of riding your bike on the flat ground to a higher degree. It levels it to an extreme sport fueled with adrenaline.

4. Where Can You Buy It/Them?

You can buy Walmart mountain bikes at your local Walmart retailer, or online at Walmart.com or Amazon.com. Not so sure how to go about your purchase? Don`t miss the chance to check out our quick and handy guide on how to shop for your bike and its accessories.

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