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The 15 Best Cheap Bikes You Can Get

Jeff Balton

Do you need a quality bike but you don’t want to break the bank? Then you’re in the right place. Check out our list of the 15 best cheap bikes you can get online.

What Makes One Cheap Bike A Good Cheap Bike?

suggestedThere’s a difference between cheap bikes and good cheap bikes. Paying little for your two-wheeler does not automatically mean that you will be sacrificing quality.

A cheap bike can still last for years and be ridden for thousands of miles before you decide to replace it. If your requirements and expectations are not extremely high, there’s definitely a perfect cheap bike out there for you!

What we consider a good cheap bike?

A cheap bike has good components for the money. A cheap bike (in our opinion) should cost you around $1,000. For some people, that’s not cheap; but, considering the bigger picture, it’s a decent price for a good cheap bike.

A cheap bike should not be cheaply made but cheaply priced!

How did we make this list?

First of all, you won’t find cheap Amazon bikes here. Why?

Because there is so much more to look at out there than the cheap bikes on Amazon. We dug out the best cheap bikes all over the Internet.

We checked online and found out what others listed as “best cheap bikes”. We analyzed their lists, gathered more information, checked online bike shops and created our own list.

Without further ado, let’s see what the best cheap bikes are (TOP 15).

MSRP $600

Tommaso Imola is the definition of Italian design. And you don’t have to pay through the nose for it, you can get it on a cheap bike!

This cheap road bike is built around a quality Tommaso 6061 SLA aluminum compact road frame and it’s available in three awesome colors: Black, Orange, and White.

First of all, the frame is light and durable, so it will last for years of good riding fun, without any issues. The accent is on the curved top tube which gives Imola plenty of character.

This is a pretty fast bike equipped with Shimano Claris shifters and derailleurs for quick and easy gear switching. There are 24 gears at your disposal, so you can easily maintain your riding cadence even up very steep hills.

Tommaso Imola is the answer to the question of whether cheap bikes can be good or not. If you do your own research and choose wisely, cheap road bikes can definitely be good.

This bike does not have disc brakes. Instead, it provides stopping power using a pair of Shimano Claris brake calipers that still do a great job of bringing you and the bike to a halt. If you don’t live in a very hilly area, this is good, because it provides some weight saving as well.

Imola is the perfect road bike for beginners who want a reliable and stylish two-wheeler without going broke!

 

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MSRP $899 (Now $673.93)

Let’s show you the best road bike for women straight away as well! We didn’t have much doubt when we chose the Co-op Cycles ARD 1.1W to take this position.

It was the obvious choice for three main reasons: the quality of the build, the choice of components, and the overwhelmingly positive online reviews. 

The first thing we have to mention, which you will notice straight away as well, is the paintwork. The choice of colors is modern and as simple as it can get, yet the ARD 1.1W is one of the best-looking cheap road bikes on the market. Matte black with turquoise details—we want to ride it!

This cheap Co-op road bike can also boast with a decent set of components. It rides on Shimano Claris shifters and derailleurs offering 16 gears in total. They’re fitted on a decently light Co-op Cycles 6061 double-butted aluminum frame that has just the right ratio of stiffness and compliance.

See more: Best bikes for women

Like most modern road bikes nowadays, the ARD 1.1W comes with disc brakes, but also has wider 28 mm tires. Therefore, you can confidently ride it around bends and on descents, no matter the road conditions.

In our opinion, this bike is everything a beginner female road cyclist needs. A good-looking but a mean machine that will put a smile on your face for thousands of miles!

 

MSRP $219

Here we have a bike that not too many people talk about online. But we are determined to change that. The Vilano R2 bike deserves that and deserves to be on our list of the best cheap bikes you can get.

This is by far one of the cheapest bikes on our list. It costs just over $200, but you get more than you expect to from that amount of money.

First of all, Vilano R2 has a relatively light 6061 double butted aluminum frame, painted black and light green. The contrast of the colors is very attractive, so most don’t assume this is a “Walmart” bike when they see it on the roads.

This Vilano road bike is fitted with Shimano Tourney shifters and derailleurs and offers 21 gears to the lucky owners. This is the most basic Shimano groupset, but it still offers good value for money.

Vilano R2 is a great choice for bicycle commuters who want a reliable machine to take them from point A to point B or accompany them on relaxed weekend rides. 

Other notable things to mention are the 700c double-walled rims which are on the heavier side, but thus stronger and more durable. The bike rolls on 25 mm tires which offer good traction but not such great puncture protection.

If you want to spend as little money as possible but still get a reliable bike that will serve you well if you use it for what it was built for, you won’t make a mistake with Vilano R2.

 

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MSRP $485

Is there a tempting mountain trail or a forest road that you’ve been planning to ride for a long time but don’t have the bike to do that? You can change that with just $485 out of your pocket if you get the Cannondale Trail 8.

As you will see from the example of this bike and whatwe tell you about it below, cheap mountain bikes can definitely be good. They have cheaper components, but if you choose wisely (with our help), you can get a great deal. 

Even though Trail 8 costs less than half of what we consider a cheap bike, there are still plenty of things it can be proud of. The first of these are the Cannondale’s SmartForm C3 alloy aluminum frame and 75 mm SR Suntour fork. This fork is not enough for stunts and exhibitionism on the trails, but it’s more than enough for some fun rides and explorations.

Let’s not forget the Shimano drivetrain with 16 gears and Tektro mechanical disc brakes. Remember, disc brakes are a must on a true mountain bicycle. They operate on 160/160 mm rotors, so there’s more than enough stopping power.

Depending on which size of the frame you go for, your Cannondale Trail 8 will roll in either on 27.5″ or 29″ wheels. The S size comes with smaller, whereas the other sizes come with larger wheels. All of them tread lightly on WTB Ranger 2.25″ (front) and 2.0″ (rear) tires.

So, if you finally want to take the path less traveled and do it cheaply, we recommend checking out the Cannondale Trail 8.

 

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MSRP $499

As we have already seen above, Co-op Cycles makes some fantastic cheap women’s road bikes. But as you will see below, they make awesome mountain bikes for women as well. Most beginner riders will agree that Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1W is the perfect example of that.

We gladly agree with them and present you our reasons. The first one is the good-looking paintwork with a color named aquarius. If that does not ring any bells, its a beautiful shade between purple and blue.

The second thing that caught our eyes were the massive-looking tires. The DRT 1.1W splits rocks beneath it with 27.5 x 2.1″ wide Kendra Kadre tires with protruding knobs.

This diameter and width of wheels and tires will give you stability and comfort even when you decide to test yours and your bike’s riding limits. 

Let’s not forget about the Shimano Altus front and Acera rear derailleurs, as well as Shimano Altus shifters. Sure, they are entry-level components, but they are better than Tourney and light years ahead of no-brand components.

The biggest surprise on this bike are the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes which you almost never see on bikes that cost less than $500!

For all of these reasons, we can confidently say that Co-op Cycles DRT 1.1W is a great bike for female riders who want to get fit or have some off-road fun.

 

Read more: Best cheap mountain bikes

MSRP $1,499

If you’re ready to take your off-road riding to another level but you’re not ready to do the same with your spending, we have some good news for you. We present to you Marin Rift Zone 1, the best full-suspension cheap mountain bike money can buy.

We are aware that we are not honoring our promise of showing you bikes that cost less than $1,000. However, this is a cheap bike considering that it has both front and rear suspension. There’s more technology and more moving parts put into it, so it costs a bit more.

Note that that’s not just any suspension. Your’re getting the RockShox Recon RL fork with 130 mm of travel and X-Fusion O2 Pro R 210x50mm rear shock. That means this bike is capable of some good results on the trails.

Marin Rift Zone 1 comes with a 1×11 drivetrain with a Shimano Deore rear derailleur, so you will definitely not need to push it up steep hills. 

You don’t have to push it down hills either, considering the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes with 180/160 mm rotors. Around bends and on slippery terrain, the 29 x 2.3″ tires will take care of the grip. All you need to do is choose the route.

The conclusion is that Marin Rift Zone 1 is worth your money if you want to ride more demanding trails and singletracks and you want to get great value for your money.

 

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MSRP $850

Steel bikes are not dead! Diamondback is making sure to keep it that way with their best cheap fat bike called El Oso Uno!

In Spanish, “El Oso” translates to “Bear” which starts to make a lot of sense when you take a look at the bike itself. There couldn’t exist a more fitting name for it!

Just like a real bear, Diamondback El Oso Uno does not stop for any obstacles. Why should it? With its 4.0″ wide tires, there’s nothing that can get in its way. Certainly not rocks, bumps, or mud. That’s a piece of cake! Or should we say “a jar of honey”?

Other than the massive tires, El Oso also has a Butted Heat Treated Steel frame and a Custom Rigid Steel Fork. Steel is the best material if you want durability, versatility, and comfort, so El Oso does not lack in any of these.

This mean beast has 18 gears in total, which you can change using Shimano Acera (rear) and Alivio (front) derailleurs. Bears can run up to 25 mph, so with the right pair of legs, we’re positive you can outride one.

But don’t worry, you’ll be able to stop easily by activating the Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 180/160 mm rotors. They provide more than enough stopping power, in our opinion.

If you need a bike that can tackle rocks, mud, snow, forests, and whatever else comes to your mind, Diamondback El Oso Uno is the right tool for the job.

 

MSRP $689.99

It is funny that this bike is so cheap since the average cost of an electric mountain bicycle is around $2,000. More often than not, it’s even more than that. Which means you can get three bikes at the cost of one with Merax. That’s a good deal.

If you want to ride an electric bike and reap all of the benefits it has, you do not have to sacrifice all of your savings. Merax 26″ Aluminum is a 7-speed electric mountain bike perfect for your daily commutes or leisure rides on unpaved roads.

With its 350W high-speed motor, this Merax electric model can easily get you going at the speed of 20 mph. This bike stores its power inside a 36V 8.8Ah Lithium Ion Battery which will last you for 22 to 28 miles of riding. But, depending on your riding style, you can get more or less out of it.

This bike works in two modes, as a pedal-assist bike or as a throttle bike. You can either press the throttle and let the motor do the rest, or you can choose one of the five levels of assistance when you’re pedaling.

When the battery runs out of juice, you can use the 7-speed Shimano drivetrain to get wherever you need to go and explore some mountain trails, country roads, or fire roads.

If you wish to ride without getting drenched in sweat or keep riding in spite of your injury, you can do it cheaply with the Merax 26″ electric mountain bike.

 

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MSRP $700

If you want to get just one bike to cover all of your cycling needs, we recommend opting for a hybrid model. If, on top of that, you want to spend little money but get lots of value, we recommend choosing the Cannondale Quick CX 3.

The best word we can find to describe this Cannondale model is “capable”. It precisely describes the combination of lightweight aluminum frame developed by Cannondale’s engineers and an SR Suntour NEX suspension fork. This fork has 50 mm of travel and a lockout function, so you can engage it and disengage it whenever you want to.

Thanks to that, the Quick CX 3 bike is the perfect choice both for paved and unpaved roads. You should not ride it on extreme mountain trails, but it can handle anything else.

When it comes to the components, Cannondale fitted this bike with Shimano Tourney (front) and Altus (rear) derailleurs, putting 16 gears on your disposal.

If you want the Quick CX 3 to be your everyday workhorse, you can fit it with fenders, racks, lights, and two water bottle cages. It has ready mounts for all of that!

Best of all, this bike is great for urban riding considering it comes with hydraulic disc brakes. If you need to brake suddenly to avoid a crash or an obstacle, you’ll be able to do it easily.

Cannondale Quick CX 3 can meet and exceed all of your expectations if you need a durable and capable fitness or commuter bike.

 

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MSRP $550

What is your favorite route to take? Route number one, two, three…? No matter which one you choose, the Raleigh Route 1 hybrid bike will be able to take you along it. This is the best cheap hybrid bike for women Raleigh has to offer, so we didn’t think twice when adding it to our list.

This Raleigh model costs little but puts out a lot. Its basis is a lightweight aluminum frame with custom formed tubing. The fork has suspension, provided with an SR Suntour fork with 75 mm of travel. That’s more than enough for your everyday needs and an occasional excursion to the mountains.

If you have a hard time getting on and off your bike, the step-through frame design on the Route 1 will change that for you. You can also equip it with fenders, racks, lights, and water bottles, and ride it further than ever before. 

The components are pretty standard for this price range. You’ll get a front Shimano Tourney derailleur and a rear Shimano Altus. In total, there are 21 gears you can work with, which is more than enough for entry-level riders, as well as for recreational and practical needs.

Last but not least, for maximum stability, comfort, and control, Raleigh Route 1 comes with mechanical disc brakes and 700 x 42c tires. Thus, you do not have to be conservative when choosing which roads to take!

If you’re a lady looking for a versatile bike that will help your grocery haul, fitness goals, or improve your health, Raleigh Route 1 is a good and cheap solution.

 

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MSRP $499

Did you know that commuting by bicycle is the cheapest way you can get from one place to another? You probably did. However, most people think the initial investment is high, but that’s not true. Pure Cycles Urban Commuter costs less than $500, which makes it an investment than can pay off in no time.

Yet, that’s not the only reason why this commuter bike is a good investment. After we’ve taken a closer look at its components, you’ll see that it offers tons of value.

The frame and the fork are made of cromoly steel, which is becoming a very popular choice for commuter bikes. It’s a cheap and decently light material whose main characteristic is comfort.

The Urban Commuter is a good-looking bike as well, with elegant and sleek lines. It’s available in orange and black color schemes, so you can choose the one that best suits your character.

City rides usually do not require many gears, but the Urban Commuter still has 8 of them. No need to get tired or sweaty when riding.

The tires are 32 mm in width, which is neither too narrow nor too wide. You’ll feel confident when riding, and the Tektro mechanical disc brakes will only add to that feeling.

We recommend you purchase Pure Cycles Urban Commuter if you want an attractive everyday bike that costs little but is capable of plenty.

 

MSRP $59.99

If your child is old enough to walk, they’re old enough to ride a bike. The best way to teach a kid how to ride a bicycle is to let them teach themselves. They can do this in no time with a balance bike, such as the Banana GT. According to Bikexchange.com, this is the cheapest toddler bike they recommend.

If you’re not familiar with balance bikes, these are tiny lightweight bicycles without pedals or training wheels. They have two wheels, a frame, handlebars, and a saddle. That’s all your kid needs!

Balance bikes are a fantastic choice to help your kid learn how to balance on two wheels and prepare them to ride a bigger bike later on, when they grow older. 

We’ve chosen the Banana LT because it offers the best bang for the buck. This model is ideal for children between 2 and 5 years old. It will allow them to have plenty of fun and ride completely independently.

It’s suitable for kids that are between 12.2″ and 15.7″ tall. You can adjust the seat height with an easy-to-use quick-release mechanism.

The Banana Bike LT is lighter than ever. Therefore, even if your toddler falls while trying to ride it, there’s little chance that they will get hurt. It weighs just 6.39 lbs, so they can easily carry it over obstacles themselves.

From our experience (and experts agree) kids can learn how to balance on two wheels in just a couple of days on a balance bike. That’s a good reason to purchase the Banana LT.

 

MSRP $228

Do you like waves, light breeze, and the smell of the sea? Is your ideal day spent on a sandy beach just relaxing under the sun? Then the best cheap bike for you is the sixthreezero Around the Block cruiser.

This is a simple bike that will make your life simpler and your days better and more interesting. It’s available in five color combinations that include the color of the frame and the color of the saddle and grips. It’s hard to choose the best one.

Sixthreezero Around the Block is a single-speed beach cruiser, so maintenance is a breeze. All you need to do to keep it running is clean and lube the chain from time to time and that’s it.

It has a classic, curvy design, with wide tubing that flows from one end of the bike to another, like the waves in the sea. The geometry and the curved handlebars will put you into an upright riding position, which is ideal for comfortable city rides.

To simplify things even more and make the bike more authentic, you’ll be stopping using coaster brakes, just like in the good old days.

However, if you want some more advanced levels, you can add more gears (3/7/21), rim or disc brakes, and even opt for an electric model.

Sixthreezero Around the Block will take you around your block and along the beach to enjoy the sun, commute to work, or get a nice exercise.

 

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MSRP $286

Cycling can be expensive, complicated, and result-oriented, but it can also be simple, cheap, and inspired by fun. If you’re aiming for the latter, then Schwinn Discover is the perfect bike for you.

This good-looking cruiser is the ideal means of transportation for women who want a bike that is easy to maintain and can get them from one place to another without fuss.

It’s extremely comfortable to ride due to the upright geometry and wider tires on 700c wheels. The handlebar is slightly curved toward the rider, so you will reach it easily without having to bend.

The riding experience is even better if we consider that this bike has front suspension as well, even though it costs around $300. That means a lot when the roads get tough.

The Schwinn Discover comes fitted with fenders and a rear rack, and you can add a water bottle cage on it as well. Therefore, you can take this bike on longer rides and bring some refreshment with yourself. You can even ride it on rainy days if you don’t mind getting wet.

In case the roads in your vicinity are not perfectly flat, you’ll be happy to learn that Schwinn Discover has 21 speeds and Shimano derailleurs and shifters for easy and reliable gear changing.

Whether you want to commute from home to work, spend more time outside, or carry groceries, you can’t go wrong with Schwinn Discover.

 

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MSRP $949

There’s a lot of hype around gravel bikes lately. More and more cyclists are talking about it and more of them are being ridden outside every day. Gravel riding is not just another expensive cycling fad. You can get a gravel bike cheaply and see for yourself. Our recommendation is Salsa Journeyman Claris 650!

If you want a versatile bike that’s capable of much more than a hybrid, then the Journeyman is going to make you very happy. 

Salsa Journeyman is an aluminum bicycle that borrows some traits from road bikes and others from mountain bikes.

It comes with drop handlebars that allow you to change your grip frequently for more comfort, as well as 2.1″ tires that can roll over anything in their way.

As you can guess from its name, this gravel bike is powered by the Shimano Claris groupset, which is common on entry-level bikes. It’s not perfect for pros, but it’s perfect for beginners. In total, there are 16 speeds you can choose from, with a 46/30T crank and an 11-34T cassette, which offers a good range of gears.

Like all gravel bikes, Salsa Journeyman touts mechanical disc brakes, which makes it suitable for tackling off-road terrain and steep descents.

The frame has a plenitude of mounts, so you can easily fit front and rear racks, fenders, lights, several water bottles, frame bags, etc. With all that, you can head out on a multi-day adventure carrying everything you could possibly need, and more.

Read more: Best Gravel Bikes

 


What to keep in mind when buying a cheap bike?

Keep in mindA for A manufacturer – Not all manufacturers make cheap bikes. However, some of them do. Also, there are some manufacturers who should NOT produce any kinds of bikes. So, do your research, read reviews and make a wise decision.

B for Build – There are lots of people looking for carbon frames. Don’t do that when you’ve decided to go cheap!

C for Components – You can expect low-level components, but keep away from crap-level components. There are such in-house or Chinese components which aren’t durable at all. Shimano (And SRAM), on the other hand, offer low-level components, which are reliable if used correctly. Of course, they are not capable of miracles since they are meant for low-level bikes.

The main idea behind getting a good bike for a cheap price

You might be wondering whether cheap bikes are worth the money or not. Our answer is yes, they are worth it.

And I’ll reveal a secret to you that will teach you how to find cheap bikes.

Do you consider a $1,400-bike cheap? But what if you get it for $800?

Yes, these things happen.

Especially when you keep an eye on the best bike deals. There are always countless deals where you can pick the best cheap bike!

Where To Buy Cheap Bikes Online?

There are various places where you can find cheap bikes online (in case you didn’t find anything on our list). We marked the top 3 choices below:

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