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Mountain Bikes

Club Ride Joy Ride

80

2016

Club Ride Joy Ride

The Club Ride Joy Ride is a mountain bike short that works equally well on singletrack as it does for the urban rides for which it was designed.

 Shredly Jana Short

85

2016

Shredly Jana Short

The Shredly Jana is an all-mountain/cross-country mountain bike short that is made in the U.S.A..

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short

77

2016

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Short

The Troy Lee Designs Skyline short is an enduro/all-mountain mountain bike short.

ZOIC Navaeh Shorts

80

2016

ZOIC Navaeh Shorts

The ZOIC Naveah is a cross-country/all-mountain mountain bike short.

Pearl Izumi Elevate Short

86

2016

Pearl Izumi Elevate Short

The Pearl Izumi Elevate is an enduro/all-mountain mountain bike short.

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.