Downhill

Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon Price 3,000 (frame with shock) Range 5,660- 7,800 Weight 38.2 pounds Final Take Plastic-fantastic spaceships like this usually don't scream bargain, but the V-10's reliability and significant adjustability essentially make it two bikes in one. Final Take Plastic-fantastic spaceships like this usually don't scream bargain, but the V-10's reliability and significant adjustability essentially make it two bikes in one. A carbon downhill bike can be an easy target for...

Marzocchi Rc3 66 Evo T

Weight 2,849 grams 6.28 pounds Final Take A return to old times. Super plush, with a good spring curve for small-bump compliance and big-hit capability. There was a time quite recently when the Marzocchi reputation was at an all-time low. However, Marzocchi has returned to its glory days with a coil-sprung, open-bath system and some updated technology, and this means the forks are back on top of the game. The 66 was smoother and more supple than any other fork on test, straight out of the box....

Brail

Trek Fuel EX 9.7 Price 3,670 Range 1,700- 7,870 Weight 26.3 pounds Final Take XC race bike Sure. Marathon, death-slog weapon Even better. The Fuel EX is surprisingly versatile. Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to make a bicycle more capable in technical terrain is to add inches to the rear suspension. Trek's Fuel EX, however, proves that conventional wisdom is full of crap. The Fuel EX sports 120 millimeters of rear travel that's about three-quarters of an inch less than many bikes...

Wns

Weight 1,243 grams 2.74 pounds No, that's not a typo-these Stan's wheels weigh less than m l ,300 grams. So, yeah, these things are freaking light. Where did all the grams go There are plenty of feathery bits, from the DT Swiss Revolution spokes on down to the aluminum nipples. The huge weight savings, however, comes courtesy of the ZTR Podium MMX rim. At 284 grams, it's the lightest production mountain bike rim on the market. Given the lack of heft, the rim is surprisingly wide-a 21 millimeter...

Brakes

Price 289 per wheel- Weight 383 grams, 203-millimeter rotor Price 235 per wheel Weight 424 grams, 203-millimeter rotor Price 260 per wheel* Weight 524 grams, 203-millimeter rotor Final Take This brake has tremendous stopping power, but isn't noted for its subtlety. I liken the Saint brake to a light switch. When it's off. it's off, and when it's on. it's on. Pull that lever and all four pistons lump an incredible amount of braking power onto the disc. And like a switch, it's always there within...

Xcmanamon

Final Take Light, fast and designed to help you lay waste to other racers' egos. Norco Phaser 1 Price 3,575 Range 1,950- 3,575 Weight 23.9 pounds Final Take Light, fast and designed to help you lay waste to other racers' egos. Norco has a reputation as a Labatt's quaffing, tuque-wearing, ufter-Canadian freeriding powerhouse. This company, however, isn't a one-trick, bike-park kind of pony. Consider the Phaser A bike that's almost stereotypical cross-country. There's the steep head and seat-tube...

Marzocchi 55 Micro Tl

grams 4.94 pounds Final Take A versatile, adjustable fork that suggests a return to form for Marzocchi. The Marzocchi is well equipped You can adjust the firmness of the fork's lockout and change the fork's spring rate ramping up the end of the compression stroke so the fork won't blow through its travel on drops. The controls themselves, however, can be improved The micro compression adjuster must be spun for an eternity in order to get results and the Volume Adjust knob which changes the...

Tower of babble

fl We've become lost in a maze of meaningless definitions m m NCE UPON A TIME. THERE WERE bicycles. That was the only name for _ _ them. But pretty soon people began tinkering around with them, adapting them to different needs, and they felt the need to come up with new names to identify their new styles of bike. No. Gilles. I tell you, this bicycle I've built for Paris-Brest-Paris is entirely different than the one you used in Pans-Roubaix. It shall be called therandonneur. And so off we went...

All mountain

Giant Reign 0 Price 4,750 Range 2,150- 4,750 Weight 27.7 pounds Final Take The Reign is a lively, agile model that boasts one of the smoother rear suspension designs on the market. the bigger hits. In fact, the Reign's rear suspension worked so well that we found ourselves pushing the bike harder and harder, and soon found ourselves wishing for a fork with bigger stanchions and crown. The Reign, like Trek's Remedy, is outfitted for the majority of mountain bikers-people who ride aggressively...

Bike

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Xcmanathon

Santa Cruz Tallboy Price 6,000 Range 3,940-56.150 Weight 25.4 pounds Final Take Just like an ice-cold 24-ouncer. this Tallboy Is all about good times and it also helps you through the ups and downs of life. By now you've probably heard about the Tallboy, the 29er that Santa Cruz knocked out of the park last year in its first at-bat. But no matter what you've heard, the question is whether you've ndden one yet. Because if you haven't, you could be missing out on one of those rare bikes that...