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Mountain Bikes

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

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2017

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

The Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket is a wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

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2017

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

The Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket is a light windbreaker, that provides exceptional protection against heavy rain and breathes reasonably well.

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

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2017

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

The Louis Garneau Torrent RTR is a wind and water resistant, packable, light-weight mountain bike shell with many reflective hits.  

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

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2017

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX is a sleek, form-fitting wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

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2017

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is a versatile windbreaker that protects against diverse elements and breathes comfortably throughout the entire jacket.

Borealis Crestone Pro

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2017

Borealis Crestone Pro

The Borealis Crestone Pro is a 26" carbon-fiber, full-rigid Fat bike with 4.8 inch tires on carbon rims.

OTSO Voytek

87

2017

OTSO Voytek

The OTSO Voytek is a 26" carbon-fiber hardtail Fat bike with 100mm of front suspension (also available with rigid fork), designed for all purpose use.

Norco ITHAQUA 6.2

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2017

Norco ITHAQUA 6.2

The Norco ITHAQUA 6.2 is a budget-friendly, full-rigid carbon fat bike with 26" wheels, 4.5 inch tires and a mix of mid-level SRAM componentry.

Cannondale Fat CAAD 1

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2017

Cannondale Fat CAAD 1

The Cannondale FAT CAAD 1 is a 26" aluminum-framed fat bike based on their iconic CAAD road bike frames with a Lefty Olaf front suspension fork, SRAM components, and 4.8" tires.

Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro

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2017

Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro

The Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro is an 26" aluminum-framed Fat bike with a RockShox Bluto front fork, a dropper post and a mix of Shimano XT and SRAM XO components.

Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q 50

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2017

Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q 50

The Rocky Mountain Suzy-Q 50 is a 27.5” full-rigid Fat bike with an alloy frame, a carbon fork, and slightly narrower wheels/tires (3.8”) than the majority of bikes in this category.

Turner Flux 4.0

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2017

Turner Flux 4.0

The Turner Flux 4.0 is a mid-top level Trail rig, with a ride quality that leans towards cross-country: quick in the corners and daring you to get out of the saddle, while remaining a fully capable trail bike. 

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL

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2017

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL

Rocky Mountain lists the Thunderbolt 770 MSL in its XC category, but it’s equally suited in this Trail category. It features a full Shimano XT build and FOX Float suspension front and rear with a full carbon frame featuring adjustable geometry.

Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ

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2017

Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ

The Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ is a Trail bike with Yeti's premium TURQ full-carbon frame and mostly Shimano XT components. The SB5+ is a mid-top-level bike featuring 27.5" plus-size wheels and tires.

Specialized Camber Expert Carbon 650b

89

2017

Specialized Camber Expert Carbon 650b

The Specialized Expert Carbon Camber 650b is a mid-to-top of the line Trail bike with 27.5" wheels, a full-carbon frame and a mix of Shimano XT and SRAM components.

Breezer Supercell LTD

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2017

Breezer Supercell LTD

The Breezer Supercell LTD is a 29” mid-to-top level Trail bike with an aluminum frame, 120mm of travel, and primarily outfitted with SRAM XO components. 

Diamondback Catch 2

84

2017

Diamondback Catch 2

The Diamondback Catch 2 is a full-suspension 27.5" middle-level Trail bike with an aluminum frame and outfitted with a SRAM drivetrain.

Niner RKT 9 RDO

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2016

Niner RKT 9 RDO

The Niner RKT 9 RDO is really fast. Niner used their original race design and made it a little more aggressive and responsive, while a bit less technical-trail-friendly, to create this pure speed machine. 

Fuji Rakan 1.1

83

2016

Fuji Rakan 1.1

The Fuji Rakan 1.1 is a mid-to-high end premium aluminum bike featuring Fuji’s M-Link suspension and sits somewhere between a Trail and true Cross-Country bike, as a great option for riders who tend to lean toward more aggressive trails and faster descending, and away from major climbs or racing. 

BMC Fourstroke 02

83

2016

BMC Fourstroke 02

BMC’s flagship, full-suspension, racing XC family, the Fourstroke, is a platform designed for raw speed and snappy handling: The Fourstroke 02 model certainly lives up to that, however the highly aggressive geometry is not the best option for more technical courses with large and/or steep-faced bumps. 

Bulls Wild Edge

85

2016

Bulls Wild Edge

The Bulls Wild Edge is a mid- to top-end XC racing-focused bike from this German brand which has a major presence in Europe but only recently came to the States.