- Msrp Price$12500
- Star Rating (4)
- Riding type Cross Country
- Drive train SRAM XX1
- Frame build Carbon Pro
The world of mountain biking continues to expand to offer an ever increasing range of options. From suspension to wheel size to now even major choices in tyre width. Not too long ago the fraternity of 29er riders were considered non-traditional and considered themselves somewhat of a secret society. Now 29ers are considered the norm with Fat-bikes the new fringe mountain biking genre. So how do you make sense of all the options. It isn't easy but let's give it a go.
The all-mountain category of mountain bikes has become one of the most popular of all. We believe this is partly due to the increase in available technical trail and the explosion of Enduro Downhill racing. These bikes generally are dual suspension with travel somewhere in the 140-160mm. You can expect to have a lot of fun on this style of bike and be provided with a boat-load of confidence that is delivered by slack geometry and lots of plush suspension. But rider beware, these bikes aren't great at going up-hill. Yes you can get them up the climbs, but expect to be dropped by other riders on lighter more 'trail' orientated rigs. More on trail bikes next!
Trail mountain bikes are a nice 'Do it all' option. They have a confidence inspiring geometry and amount of suspension that will allow you to tackle just about any level of terrain, with the exception of full-blooded down hill tracks. They are also light enough that you could show up to your local enduro or 100K race and not feel totally disadvantaged against lighter XC racing machines. If you could only have one mountain bike, and you weren't quite sure where your mountain biking was going to take you, this is the category of bike you would want to consider.
Think Olympics when you think of Cross Country mountain bikes. These are the greyhounds of the bike world and are designed to be as light as possible to ensure you can get to the top of climbs as fast as humanly possible. Many new riders are drawn to Cross Country bikes, in part because of their weight and the fact that when you test ride them in the car park they feel incredible. But it is important to understand that mountain biking is technical and many novice riders would be better off to start on more trail orientated bikes to develop confidence early on, even if it does mean being a little slow at the local race. These bikes are incredibly light and fast, but aggressive geometry and steep head angles mean they can be a hand-full on steep technical terrain.
The hint is in the name like most of the categories, but none quite as direct as Dirt Jump. These bikes are more like BMX bikes than mountain bikes and are made with a sole purpose in mind. Get loose on massive dirt jumps. Not for the faint-hearted.
We tend to lump together Down hill and Free ride bikes as the differences between them are virtually undetectable. If even if you do want to get down to the nitty gritty detail of what makes one over the other, the main point is that these bikes are completely interchangeable. Extremely slack geometry, 200+mm of travel and made to hurtle down hill over outrageously technical terrain. If you ever get the opportunity to try one, do it! You will have a blast. Just make sure you have a shuttle or a lift to take you back up the hill because riding these badboys up hill is virtually impossible.
The new kid on the block is E-mountain bikes. Take a capable mountain bike, whether that be a hard tail or dual suspension trail bike and ad in an electric pedal assist motor and bingo bango... You have yourself a fun machine that isn't reliant on your fitness level.
Despite the big brands only getting into this category in the last couple of seasons Fatbikes have been around for a relatively long time. Another fringe category, Fat Bikes allow you ride places normally deemed impossible. Sand, mud or even snow are now possible on these bikes with great big fat tyres, some of which have spikes in them.