Nov 27, 2018 by Evan Bailey
As I have got back into the sport of mountain biking I have discovered that a lot has changed in the last 5+ years including the amount of manufacturers making mountain bikes! There are a whole bunch of options out there which is great for the consumer! If you are just getting into the sport it can be a bit daunting since chances are you maybe have heard of 4 or 5 of these throughout the years. The usual bike brands people think of are Giant, Specialized, and Trek as they are some of the biggest, but there are a lot of smaller companies out there making great products too that are worth a looking into.
One of the things you should know is that unlike cars, many bike companies only make the frame of the bike themselves. They then buy wheel sets from one company, suspension from another, drive train from another, handlebars from one, brakes from another, the list goes on and on. Lots and lots of components are shared among mountain bike manufacturers. Some people buy the frame and then build their own bikes to their specification, but if you are just starting out I would not recommend this road.
So what does the mountain biking company actually design? Well, they design and the frame geometry which in recent years has been a big deal. They choose obviously what materials to use in the frame to get the strength an lightness needed. There is also a lot of debate on seating position and how far of a reach to the handlebars you want. Also, the bike manufacturers will have different philosophies on how to engineer the rear suspension linkage with some of the big manufacturers working with suspension companies to make a proprietary suspension setup.
I can go on and on on what companies have what technology and why that could be important or why it doesn't matter. The purpose of this post however is to bring a list of mountain biking manufacturers together one place so that as you research you can have a list of mountain biking brands. I plan on updating this list as new companies come around and some may close down so that we know who the players are in the market. What's your favorite brand? Have you been loyal to one company after many bike purchases or are you one to tryout lots of brands? Let me know below