Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Mountain Bikes

Turner Flux 4.0

91

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

90

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

89

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

85

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

84

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.