Top 10 Most Expensive Mountain Bikes
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1. Specialized Levo SL Founder’s Edition ($26,500)
#1 on our Most expensive mountain bikes list. When we first started this feature, we never thought it would include a bike that cost more than $20,000. Perhaps just under, but not over. Then Specialized came out with the “Founders Edition” of the new Levo SL, which was incredibly expensive and only made in a small number. There are (were?) only 250 of them in the world, and the Founders Edition has a special paint job, a custom-embroidered saddle. Also some gaudy gold-leaf graphics in addition to its high-end parts. All of it is very Bugatti.
Even if you don’t count this insanely expensive model. The Levo SL is a game-changing e-MTB that came out early in 2020. The Levo SL has started a new era for lightweight, low-power e-MTBs. The S-Works model weighs less than 17 kg. In our launch story. You can learn more about the technology inside the Levo SL and get an overview of the whole line. How does it ride? Wil tested the new Levo SL Carbon Expert for three days. And thinks it is one of the best mountain bikes he has ever tried.
2. Pivot Switchblade Team XX1 AXS ($19,999)
Another shiny new bike for 2020 is tied for second place with the Heckler. This one doesn’t have a motor, though. In fact, that’s not true. It has three motors: one in the shifter, one in the seatpost, and one in the rear shock. But there isn’t one between the crank arms. It isn’t an e-MTB, it’s just a regular mountain bike. When it comes out in early 2020, the Pivot Switchblade will be completely new. It will have a new suspension layout and a striking frame profile that are light years ahead of the first-generation Switchblade.
In our “first look” article, we talked in depth about the new Switchblade and went over all of the available specs, like this XX1 AXS Live Valve model that costs a dollar less than $20,000. Yikes! We also tried out the new Switchblade, but the one we rode cost almost as much as the one we tested. A pretty good deal, huh? On the other hand, it’s one of the best mountain bikes we’ve ever ridden, which is what it would want to be.
3. Santa Cruz Heckler CC XX1 AXS RSV ($19,999)
We knew Santa Cruz would get into the e-MTB market at some point. And they did so with the Heckler CC at the beginning of 2020. Based on the Bronson with 150mm of travel, the Heckler has very similar geometry and suspension. The Shimano STEPS E8000 motor. And removable battery pack are built into a strong carbon fiber frame. Santa Cruz bikes aren’t known for being cheap, and the Heckler CC has done nothing to change that. A complete Heckler CC bike starts at $12,999.
In our news story, you can read about the whole Heckler CC line, and our review of the Heckler CC R is here. Or you can just look at the picture above to see Santa Cruz’s most expensive home ever.
#3 on our Most expensive mountain bikes list
4. Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo ($18,000)
Like the Scott Genius, the Turbo Levo S-Works isn’t a brand-new bike for 2020, but we had to include it on this list. Because, well, $18,000!
The new Turbo Levo has a FACT 11m carbon fiber frame, a huge 700Wh battery, and a Brose 2.1 motor system. The RockShox Reverb AXS dropper post is one of the new features added to the S-Works model for 2020. Fox Racing Shox’s Kashima suspension package, Roval’s carbon wheels, SRAM’s Code RSC brakes, a Deity stem, carbon Specialized handlebars, carbon Praxis Works cranks, and a titanium-railed saddle are also on the bike. Pretty crazy, huh?
If you don’t want to spend more than $18,000, you’ll be glad to know that the alloy model of the 2020 range starts at $7,600. Check out our long-term review of the Specialized Turbo Levo Expert right here if you want to know how it rides.
5. Pivot Mach 4 SL XTR Team Live Valve ($16,499)
As another US boutique brand like Intense, Yeti, and Santa Cruz, Pivot Cycles has been making high-performance mountain bikes for more than a decade, starting with the original Mach 4 in 2007. This year, Pivot unveiled its brand-new Mach 4 SL, which is a lightweight, full-suspension XC race bike with 100mm of travel and one of the best-looking frame designs we’ve seen from the Arizona-based company.
Since the Mach 4 SL is a high-end race bike, it is only made of carbon fiber. There are a few options for specs, and the XT model starts at $7,999. At this year’s Port to Port, we tested the all-singing, all-dancing, all-juggling Mach 4 SL Team XTR Live Valve model, which has a list price of $16,499. Can someone spend more than that? Yes, it sure is! There’s one that costs $16,999 and has SRAM XX1. Crikey!
How good is it? Chris and Wil have both been on it, and they both say “YES!” Here is where you can read our review of the Pivot Mach 4 SL.
6. Yeti SB165 T-Series X01 AXS ZIPP ($15,990)
#6 on our Most expensive mountain bikes list.Yeti Cycles was always going to be on our list of expensive bikes, just like Santa Cruz. The Colorado-based company has been very busy over the past year, so there are plenty of options. The SB130 and SB150 29ers were the first of the new line of “Super Bikes” from the brand, but this year it’s all about the SB140 and SB165 27.5-inch models. This is the newest model from Yeti, and it is currently the option with the longest travel.
How much does it cost? In Australia, a Yeti SB165 T-Series frame by itself costs $5,890. Wow. Complete bikes start at $9,990 for the SRAM GX Eagle model and go all the way up to $15,990 for the X01 AXS ZIPP model. That model is pretty much the same as the bike shown above, with the same Fox Factory Series suspension and dropper post, but with the new Zipp 3Zero Moto carbon wheels that we are currently testing. Holy toledo!
7. Specialized S-Works Enduro ($15,000)
In 2020, there were more big-travel, big-wheeled bikes on the market than ever before, but the Specialized Enduro made the biggest waves with its radically low-slung frame and suspension design based on the Demo.
Before, you could get the Specialized Enduro with either an alloy or carbon frame and either 27.5in or 29in wheels. For 2020, the company is narrowing its focus and making it race-ready by only offering a carbon frame and 29in wheels. The S-Works model shown here loses a bit more weight by using carbon fiber suspension links. It also has a smooth Shimano XTR 112 groupset, Roval Traverse SL wheels, and Fox Kashima-coated suspension. When you add a $1,200 Reverb AXS dropper post, you have one of the most expensive stock enduro bikes you can buy. Find out everything you need to know about the 2020 Specialized Enduro, including the prices and specs of the four different models available in Australia, right here.
8. Santa Cruz Megatower CC XX1 AXS RSV ($14,999)
It has been making bikes in and above the $10,000 price range for a long time, so it’s no surprise to see the California-based company on our list. It has released a number of important bikes for 2020, such as the new Hightower and the radically slack Tallboy. However, the big-travel Megatower has gotten the most attention, since it’s a brand-new model from the tires up.
As a high-end piece of gear, the Megatower is only available in carbon fiber, and a complete Megatower C S bike starts at $8,699. Have an extra $15,000? The top model comes with Santa Cruz’s own Reserve carbon rims, a Fox 36 Factory Series fork, and SRAM XX1 AXS wireless shifting to satisfy your desire for bling. But how does it ride? And does everyone need it? Mick went to the launch of the new Santa Cruz Megatower. Here, you can read his review of the bike and watch a video he made about it.
9. Canyon Strive CFR LTD ($14,199)
The second bike on this list from Canyon is a new 2020 option for the latest Strive, which is the German brand’s top-of-the-line carbon fiber enduro race bike. Canyon has a new “LTD” spec for this year that is based on what its enduro team is racing on. So, we have a full electronic SRAM XX1 AXS drivetrain, RockShox Ultimate suspension, a wireless Reverb AXS dropper post, and the Zipp 3Zero Moto wheels, which are very hard to photograph. With the Shapeshifter system and a CFR full-carbon chassis, this is one seriously high-end bike, especially for a brand that most people know for its cheap bikes.
The 2020 Canyon Strive range has a ton of different options for features. Check out Mick’s long-term review of the Strive CFR 9.0 Team to see what we thought of the more “doable” options.
10. Scott Genius 900 Ultimate AXS ($13,649)
The 2020 Scott Genius 900 Ultimate is a very expensive bike that, as far as we know, is the first mass-produced mountain bike to combine Fox Live Valve suspension and SRAM AXS wireless shifting into one exotic, electric package. Yes, this bike has three batteries that need to be charged regularly, and it’s not even an e-MTB!
We put it on our list because of this, even though it’s not a brand-new platform for 2020. The frame, geometry, and suspension design are all the same as they were in 2019. A set of Syncros carbon wheels, a Kashima-coated Fox Transfer dropper post, and that striking one-piece carbon fiber handlebar/stem finish off the package. If you want to stand out, this bike will probably do the trick.