Best Bike Under £1500 – Singletrack Reader Awards 2018

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Tough competition for the best of our budget bike picks this year. We have two extremely capable full-suspension bikes up against a versatile steel hardtail, all of which are designed here in the UK.

The finalists

  • Calibre Bossnut Evo
  • Genesis Longitude 2018
  • Sonder Evol NX1 Recon

Voting instructions are at the end of this article. Read on to learn more about each finalist.

Calibre Bossnut Evo 

  • Price: £999
  • From: GoOutdoors
We tested the V.2 the Evo gets a 1x drivetrain and stealth dropper routing

The Calibre Bossnut won the best bike under £1000 award in 2017, and it’s hardly surprising that the updated model has wowed readers again for 2018 but in the sub £1500 category. Starting with a tough alloy frame that features hydroformed tubes, the Bossnut EVO is stocked with an air-sprung RockShox suspension package that delivers 130mm of travel front and rear. Progressive geometry sees a long front centre and slack head angle employed for descending stability, making this a confident starting point for new riders, or a speed-friendly bike for more experienced riders.

Genesis Longitude 2018 

  • Price: £1199
  • From: Madison


A value-packed tough and honest bike from Genesis that can handle more than one wheel size and offers versatility for commuting and bikepacking. The Longitude is the type of bike you can jump on at the end of a hard days work, winch to the top of a mountain and bivvy out for the evening. If big adventures are your bag the Longitude is the bike to own, plus our very own Mr. Love has one.

Sonder Evol NX1 Recon 

sonder evol

Evol is “Love” backwards so Sonder definitely got the name of its full-suspension bike correct because you guys seem to love it a lot! The Evol was designed, developed and tested on classic trails around the Peak District, so you can feel pretty confident that this bargain full-bouncer has the goods to get you up, across and down some serious terrain without breaking the bank.

How to vote

The voting page opens at midnight Saturday 15th September. Come back after then to..

Cast your vote by clicking this link

Click here to see all our other categories and finalists

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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