Many of the bikes we tested in our Sub-$2,000 Budget Bike Shootout left impressions on us, but we pretty much all agreed the Mark Hawk Hill 1 has the best performance to budget ratio. For under $1,600 you can get a bike that shreds with a decent spec, capable geometry and an impressively supple suspension feel. In fact, Sourpatch liked this bike so much that if he had $2,000 to spend on a bike, this would be his purchase, with a dropper post upgrade, or he’d even look at the Hawk Hill 2 which comes in at $1,949, still under our $2,000 price point and has a better component spec and dropper post.


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