If you are new to the mountain-biking world, there are things you need to know to make the whole experience a success. Whether going with friends or alone, it is important for you to be aware of the best and classiest mountain cycles and which one is the right bike for you respective of the kind of environment you shall be sporting in.
Lets’ begin the trail!
With 17.1 inches chainstays and possessing a decidedly chipper trail attitude, the 2016 Trek Fuel EX 9 29 is the hottest bike in the market to watch out for. The EX 9 is equipped with a 130-mil Fox Performance 34. If you are on the hunt for a durable, rugged, long-travel trail bike also having a nimble XC bike in mind, then Fuel EX 9 is the one you should grab right now.
|Boost 148/110 which is wider and steeper to give you unprecedented 29er control|
|ABP to keep your suspension active when you’re on the brakes|
|Advanced tech to make Trek the best-riding full suspension bike|
|Trail-optimized G2 29er geometry which is fast, agile and confident|
|EVO Link which creates a stiffer frame for greater control with minimal weight|
Trek replaced its signature 2 chamber DRCV shock with a high volume Fox EVOL shock that is capable of retaining Trek’s proprietary regressive damper. It also comes with a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, Fox Float 34 fork and RockShox Reverb dropper post. For the money, the Trek Fuel EX 9 29 is unbeatable.
2.0 Yeti SB4.5C
The Yeti SB4.5C is loaded with 4.5” (114mm) of rear travel and 29” wheels and inherits Yeti’s long-and-low geometry; a 140mm fork and a 67.4 degree head angle indicate that there is more to this turquoise machine than initially meets the eye. This bike is the first 29er to incorporate Yeti’s unique Switch Infinity suspension. The SB4.5C is more than capable than an XC race bike and faster uphill than a trail bike.
|Switch Infinity technology patented suspension system|
|Collet axle system on pivots reduces bearing wear|
|High modulus carbon fiber main frame and swing arm|
|Tapered inset headtube (44mm/56mm)|
|Custom debris and chainguards|
|Internal cable routing|
|Integrated axle and derailleur hanger system|
Yeti offers two tunes of the FOX FLOAT DPS EVOL shock-XC and trail- which change its character noticeably. The XC-tune shock provides firm a nd progressive rear suspension and rides higher in its stroke. With the trail-tune shock, the suspension provides better traction and uses more of its travel quite easily.
The bike feels bigger in terms of travel and is more settled on rough terrain.
At 437mm, chainstays are short for a 29er —even shorter than on either the SB5c or SB6c. This makes the front wheel easy to loft and helps the 4.5c feel less ponderous than a long, slack, and big-wheeled trail bike might ordinarily be. It rips the tight stuff well, and it’s even more agile-feeling than some smaller-wheeled bikes.
Price: $3400 onwards
This bike blows most of the fish out of the water. The new Ibis Ripley 29 LS is equipped with nimble geometry of the original Ripley and slack version called the Ripley LS, internal cable routing to setup port system and better pivot internals. This bike also boasts of a seat mast lowered by ½” to accommodate more dropper posts.
The Ripley LS also has fantastic and increased ground clearance, nifty chain-slap protectors, a threaded bottom bracket and a Boost 148mmx12mm Shimano through axle.
|120mm rear wheel dw-link travel|
|Carbon fiber main frame and swingarm|
|Fox Factory FLOAT DPS 3pos w/adj and EVOL Sleeve with Kashima Coat 184mm x 44mm|
|Tapered head tube|
|Internal cable routing|
|Hydraulic adjustable seat posts|
|Shimano side swing front derailleur compatible|
The stiffer eccentric cores and new rubber molded chainstay and seatstay protection makes this bike a force to be reckoned with. The Ibis Ripley received the Bicycling Editor’s Choice award in 2015.
Price: $3029 onwards
4.0 Whyte T-130 RS
This bike is the proud winner of What Mountain Bike’s Trail Bike of The Year 2016.
“Whyte’s new T-130s all deliver a tight, highly controlled ride, top kit and killer geometry packages and the RS is a real ripper” – BikeRadar
The Whyte T-130 RS is tweaked, has stretched geo, ground-hugging traction, infectiously rowdy descending prowess and is impressive on the climbs too. This aluminum beast has not left us with anything to say after grabbing prestigious award, so let’s straight zoom to the key features!
|Shimano XT M8000 brakes, 1800mm(front)/160mm (rear) Rotor|
|Shimano XT cassette|
|RaceFace Turbine Clinch cranks|
|RockShox Pike RC fork|
|Shimano rear derailleur compatible,11 Speed Shadow Plus, Direct Mount|
Price: $ 3552
If you are fast enough for full suspension, then this bike is the one for you to gab! Like the Habit, a full suspension bike having 27.5” wheels, this one has wider rims and 3”wide tires. The Bad Habit 2 is equipped with RockShocx and a 2×10 drivetrain, while the more-expensive Bad Habit 1 is equipped with a single-ring drivetrain and Cannondale’s unique Lefty fork.
Moreover, the Smartformed Alloy gives the bike a stronger and sturdier feel. The Bad Habit has excellent traction over loose, rocky and wet terrain and gives the rider a perfect blend of upright position for full trail visibility while still aggressive to quickly react to changing topography.
|Shimano Deore brakes|
|SRAM GX Drivetrain|
|Cannondale Hollowgram crank|
|Tyres of 27”+ size|
The Liv Lust Advanced 1 has a carbon fiber framework (the rear triangle is aluminum though), wheels measuring 27.5” and 100mm of rear wheel travel which makes this bike appear in our list of top 10 best mountain bikes. This bike assures to give you a light, fast and full-suspension ride, whatever is the topography. If you are looking beyond a typical XC bike, then this is the perfect ride for you.
The Advanced 1 is equipped with SRAM GX 1×11 drivetrain, a dropper seatpost,120mm travel fork, SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc brakes, superior rims and much more. No matter what your experience level is in mountain biking, or even if you are a newbie in this sport, this bike gives you full control over the terrain and is truly a great companion for your adventures out there!
|Advanced-grade composite mainframe with 4 inches of smooth Maestro suspension|
|120mm-travel RockShox SID RL fork with 15mm thru-axle, Oneloc lockout|
|RockShox Monarch R rear shock|
|Giant P XC-2 rims, Giant Performance Tracker hubs, stainless butted spokes|
|SRAM GX11 11-speed drivetrain with SRAM Guide R hydraulic disc brakes|
This 29er bike raises the bar of mountain bikes to the next level. Equipped with short 17.5 chainstays, full carbon fiber frame and Pivot’s proprietory hollow core internal molding technology, the Mach 429 Trail is guaranteed to give you the best breathtaking ride of your life! Though the rear suspension has 116mm of travel, it has more to it than meets the eye. The crisp and efficient suspension combined with Fox Float DPS shock and Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings is just enough to beat other competitors to a pulp.
The Pivot mach 429 Trail boasts of being the Bicycling Editor’s Choice 2016.
|Carbon Fiber framework and Pivot’s proprietary hollow core internal molding technology|
|Fox Float DPS shock|
|29” wheels; 27.5” capable|
|Cold forged alloy linkages with Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings|
|Highly durable rubberized leather downtube and swingarm protection|
|New Pivot removable front deraulier mount with 1x and perfect front shifting with Shimano’s side-swing 2x system|
8.0 Alchemy Arktos
The front triangle of the Alchemy Arktos made of carbon fiber is combined with a burly and stiff aluminum rear triangle for added endurance and longevity. One of the best endure bikes in the market, the Arktos is equipped with 6” travel and 1x drivetrain along with FoxFloat X. With a 66.5 degree head angle, 17.2” chainstays and 13.6” bottom bracket, this bike is the one to watch out for!
The Arktos also features an all new dual-link Sine suspension that Alchemy licensed exclusively from David Earle who had previously worked on Santa Cruz’s VPP and Yeti’s Switch designs. This new dual linkage platform is all set to give you that extra push on your trail. Alchemy offers 12 color choices based on the strikingly good 2-tone paint; however the company also offers custom paint options for those bike-lovers who are looking to make their bike stand out in terms of appearance.
|Fox Float X|
Price: $3799 onwards
This new model from Bianchi is made from ultralight carbon specially designed to raid uphill. Inheriting the geometry of other models in Bianchi’s lineup, the Specialissima features the geometry of the Oltre XR.2 (but with rounder and a better tube shaping to give it a traditional look) and also the Countervail vibration-cancelling technology. Bianchi has also worked on this model by tuning this viscoelastic carbon layer both in the frame and fork to help the bike stay connected on the road.
This bike has dropout with metallic inserts and the frame also accommodates electronic and mechanical shifting. The Specialissima indeed combines speed and smoothness with a touch of lightness to give you the extra comfortable ride you are looking for.
The Specialissima is also the proud winner of the Bicycling’s Editor’s Choice 2016.
|Campagnolo Super Record brakes|
|Countervail carbon frame and fork|
|FSA K-Force seatpost|
|Available sizes of 47,60,53,55,57,59,61 cm|
Price: $7800 onwards
If there is any bike to symbolize the sport of mountain biking, then it’s the Stumpjumper. With an eye-catching design and superb agility, this bike a solid all-rounder for all kinds of trails. The 2016 version has swept most mountain bikers off their feet with its 27.5”, 27.5 plus and 29er wheel size variants along with shorter chainstays of 420mm for 27.5” and 437mm for 29” respectively.
This bike is equipped with trail-blazing geometry and slackers of 67 for 27.5”; 67.5 for 29” respectively. The Stumpjumper also features Specialized’s fully integrated SWAT technology that allows bikers to store their essential maintenance kits. This EVO loaded bike comes with 140mm fork and 135mm rear travel for the 29er version while the 27.5” version has 150mm of both front and rear travel.
The Stumpjumper also comes with the Command dropper post, irrespective of the models. This unbeatable agility bike is loaded with X1 groupset and the 9m carbon construction adds to the superiority. This low slack geometry bike is the perfect all-rounder to make you ride seamlessly through day and night, provided you are good enough to keep up with the pace of this beast.
|Shimano SLX brakes, FOX FLOAT shock|
|SRAM XG-1180, 11-speed, 10-42t cassette|
|SRAM X1 cranks|
|RockSHox Pike RC 650b fork, Solo Air spring|
|M5 alloy frame|
|SRAM X1 derailleur|
|SWAT Door utiilty|