The Best Value Bikes of 2016

This year is brimming with blinged out, high-zoot, lightweight and thoroughly badass mountain bikes. Those adjectives, however, don’t always share real estate in the same sentence with words like “value.” So, what the hell, here’s a list of some bikes that I think present a good value. They aren’t “cheap,” they might not even be “affordable,” but they are all a hell of a lot of bike for the buck.

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Review: Trek Slash 8 27.5


Trek's Remedy model often overshadows its rowdier stable mate, the Slash. Trek’s Slash, however, takes the ability to brawl up a solid notch or two, with 6.3 inches of rear suspension, a more gravity-oriented geometry and both a stouter frame and parts pick.

Review: Santa Cruz Tallboy C


When Santa Cruz's Tallboy debuted in 2009 it quickly established itself as The Bacon of 29ers. But does it hold up to the new breed of full-suspension wagon wheelers?

First Ride: Turner RFX


Gear editor Ryan Palmer takes a ride on Turner's new RFX during Interbike's Outdoor Demo.

First Ride: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 650b


We check out Specialized's Stumpjumper FSR Expert 650b at Interbike's Outdoor Demo.

Alchemy Arktos – Interbike 2015


The Alchemy Arktos is the Denver, Colorado brand's first entry into the carbon full-suspension market.

First Impressions: Liv Intrigue SX


The new Liv Intrigue SX was the highlight at the Liv booth at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo, which kicked off Monday morning at Bootleg Canyon outside Las Vegas.

First Impressions: Jamis Dragonslayer


The Jamis Dragonslayer is the company's latest addition to its line of steel hardtails, and it's built for capability, durability and flexibility.

Balancing Act: Santa Cruz’s Revised 5010


The new 5010 has received a handful of updates, making it longer and slacker. But is it still the quick and playful bike that earned so many devotees? Read on to find out.

First Ride: Juliana Roubion CC XX1


The new Juliana Roubion 6-inch-travel all-mountain rig has been redesigned with new geometry and revamped VPP suspension.

First Ride: 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson


We put Santa Cruz's new Bronson to the test on the rocky and rowdy trails of Downieville, CA. Get the details on the new bike and see what we thought of it.

First Ride: Juliana Furtado


The Juliana Furtado is truly a single bike that is capable of adapting to its surroundings and leading you on adventures in the backcountry or right out of the garage. But after two years on the market, it needed a little sprucing up and Santa Cruz Bicycles designed one hell of a fun whip.

First Impressions: S-Works Specialized Stumpjumper 6Fattie


A one-day test aboard the top-shelf plus-size Stumpjumper.

Canyon Plans Entry in U.S. market


Canyon has partnered with a third party in the U.S. to help it establish a system for customer service, technical support and warranty. Since Canyon doesn’t sell its bikes through a traditional brick-and-mortar retail model, having the right process in place to field customer inquiries is imperative.

Five New Bikes – Eurobike 2015


A quick look at five new bikes from Transition, Knolly, Cannondale and Liv.

First Look: Evil Insurgent – Eurobike 2015


Rather than just slapping Goldilocks-sized wheels on the existing bike, the Evil Insurgent charges onto the 650b battle ground with a completely re-designed 150-mil-travel frame.

Intense Announces M16 Carbon Downhill Bike – Eurobike 2015


Intense has been playing with plastic for about five years now, and we knew the downhill bike had to be in line for the carbon treatment at some point. That day came during Intense's 2016 product announcement here at Eurobike 2015.

First Look: Devinci Hendrix – Eurobike 2015


Devinci has launched a new plus-size trail bike. Photos and details inside.

Wilderness Tested: Yeti SB4.5c


The new Yeti SB4.5c features carbon construction, 29–inch wheels, trail–specific geometry and 148mm Boost design for added stiffness.

First Ride: Specialized Rhyme 6Fattie


Nicole Formosa finally got her hands on the top-end Specialized Rhyme 6Fattie at Crankworx Whistler earlier this month, and immediately hit the chairlift to find out if all that extra tire makes a difference when the rubber meets the trail.

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