5 Full Suspension Bikes That Cost £1200 Or Less

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Believe it or not, we are probably at a point in mountain biking when we can pick up a very capable bike for a relatively low-price.

Yes, there are superbikes out there which cost upwards of £10,000, but even brands that used to demand such a premium have looked at their pricing and made major changes.

For this piece though, we’re looking at the bikes at the other end of the spectrum. These are the bikes targetting riders on a budget, new riders or people looking to upgrade from a hardtail to full-sus on the cheap. We’ve chosen to look at bike costing £1200 or less, and we’re pretty surprised by the choice on offer. Take a look below:

The Norco Fluid range starts at just £1200.

Norco Fluid FS 650B 2018 – £1200

We reviewed the Norco Fluid 7.3 FS last year which uses a very similar suspension setup and specification as the 2018 version. Norco uses the same frame on a few of its bikes so is certainly worth thinking about if you want to head down the upgrade route in the future. That said, with Rockshox suspension front and rear and a Shimano drivetrain, the spec is good enough to get you rolling out of the box, although a dropper post would certainly go on our birthday/Christmas list.

Norco Fluid FS 650B 2018 highlights

  • 120mm travel alloy full-suspension frame.
  • Rockshox Monarch rear shock.
  • Rockshox Recon Silver 120mm fork.
  • Shimano Deore 1×10.
  • Tektro hydraulic disc brakes
  • Price £1200
The Bossnut Evo gets a 1x drivetrain and stealth dropper routing

Calibre Bossnut Evo – £999.00

Calibre impressed us with the Bossunt V.2 when we tested it last year, and now it has been fine-tuned to Evo spec it looks even better than ever. Our V.2 test bike came with a 2x drivetrain, but for the Evo version Calibre is using an SRAM NX 1×11 drivetrain and also added stealth dropper routing to keep things neat when you upgrade.

Calibre Bossnut Evo highlights:

  • Alloy 130mm full suspension frame with stealth routing.
  • Rockshox Monarch R rear shock.
  • Rockshox Recon RL 130mm fork.
  • SRAM NX 1×11.
  • Shimano MT500 disc brakes.
  • Price £999.00

Boardman full suspension bikes are available from £900 – £1600

Boardman MTR 8.8 – £1200.00

Boardman budget full-suspension bikes are no stranger to us in the Singletrack office, but the MTR models are new for 2018 and feature a refreshed geometry. The refreshed frames all come with a 67° head-angle, longer reach and a shorter seat tube to allow riders to size up. The 8.8 is the mid-range model, and bike prices actually range from £1000 – £1600. There’s also a women’s specific model too.

Boardman MTR 8.8 highlights:

  • Alloy 140mm full-suspension frame with updated geometry.
  • Rockshox Deluxe R rear shock.
  • Rockshox Recon RL 140mm fork.
  • SRAM NX 1 x 11.
  • SRAM Level T disc brakes.
  • Price £1200.00
Polygon Siskiu D7
Polygon Siskiu D7 – a very contemporary silhouette. 

Polygon Siskiu D7 – £1165.00

The Polygon Siskiu also comes in a variety of specification options, but what we’re most interested in is the design of the frame. The single pivot suspension with linkage driven shock looks very similar to the Canyon Spectral reviewed last month and isn’t a million miles away from the look of the YT Jeffsy, both are bikes with very playful characteristics.

Polygon Siskiu D7 highlights:

  • ALX 120mm travel alloy full-suspension frame.
  • SR Suntour Epixon LO-R rear shock.
  • Rockshox 30 Silver 120mm Solo air fork.
  • Shimano Deore/XT 2×10.
  • Shimano BR-M365 disc brakes.
  • Price £1165.00

The Jamis Dakar A2 comes in two models starting from just £1000

Jamis Dakar A2 2018 – £1000.00

The Jamis Dakar A2 2018 is a completely redesigned bike compared to the original model. The new frame is much cleaner and has a more modern geometry following current trends. The specification is on par with the rest of the bikes on the list plus there’s the option to splurge another £350 on the A1 with upgraded suspension and SRAM 1x drivetrain.

Jamis Dakar A2 2018 highlights:

  • Triple butted 6061 120mm full-suspension frame.
  • Rockshox Monarch R rear shock.
  • Rockshox Recon RL 130mm fork.
  • Shimano Deore 1×10.
  • Shimano M315 disc brakes.
  • Price £1000.00

Which of the five bikes listed would you choose to own? Or if you already have one of these bikes please tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

Comments (6)

    I bought the Dakar A1. The kit on it for the price is excellent. Its all the bike I need.

    Hiya, are we getting full reviews of all these bikes?

    I know some have already been covered, but it would be good to see a proper grouptest.

    We don’t have any plans to do a full group test, but I suppose if there’s enough interest we could plan one.

    Just me then?

    Even the ones you’ve not covered already would be good.


    Just picked up the Bossnut Evo on 27.5’s. (19.5” frame)

    First mtb in years and first full sus ever!

    Having done my research and getting up to scratch with all the latest bike tech, I have to say it’s the best value for money bike out there! The fact that Go Outdoors had a 15% sale off everything in store that ended yesterday meant I just bought this 2018 model for £849! You cannot get a better full sus for that money today, period.

    Just look at the list above, there is a compromise on components for the same price or you have to pay significantly more to get a better spec.

    That being said, I’d be interest to see how it faired against the other bikes above in a real world comparison as suggested by Rusty Spanner. It’s all good having the best on paper and the frame is supposed to have great geometry according to many reviews but how does it stack up against the competition?

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