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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Reviewed: Santa Cruz 5010


Lean, low and keen to let loose, the sleeper bike from Santa Cruz in 2013.

First Impressions: 2014 Giant Intrigue 1


liv/Giant started from scratch with its women’s line for 2014, developing the bikes from the ground up, all based around the ever-more-popular 27.5-inch wheel size. That means unique geometry, colorways and graphics and factory molds cast specifically for women’s frames, an investment few brands are making.

Video: First Impressions, 2014 Devinci Troy XP


Stevie Smith can ride it to victory at Crankworx Air DH, but how does the Troy stand up to us mortals?

First Impressions: 2014 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 29er


There are actually 11 Stumpjumper FSR bikes and three frame-only options to choose from, ranging in price from $2,900 to $9,500. The back-in-black model here—the Expert Carbon EVO 29er—is the angry, pissed off member of the sprawling Stumpjumper family. Here are our first impressions, straight from the dirt, here at Interbike 2013.

Video: First Impressions of New Yeti SB75


The venerable Colorado-based company introduces its new 27.5-inch-wheeled bike, the SB75, which shares the same 'Switch Technology' linkage as its 'Super Bike' brethren.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Yeti SB66c


The Yeti SB66c has been called a "quiver-killer". Of course, that's been said of a lot of bikes, but is there another ultra-light, six pound all mountain bike that has been raced to a World Cup DH podium? Nope. The Yeti SB66c is a rare bike, no doubt about it--light and efficient enough to tackle all-day climbs, yet capable of smoothing the ugliest lines on technical descents.

Reviewed: Scott Gambler


We rode and wrote about the Scott Gambler 10 for the 2013 Bible Of Bike Tests, and we liked it. So much so that we needed to make sure we liked it as much as we did. So, we had one shipped up to Whistler for some bike park bashing throughout the summer. Here's what we found after a summer of bashing about on the Gambler.

Gallery: Eurobike Tradeshow


The fall tradeshow season kicked off with the Eurobike show, held last week in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Fourteen massive halls housed booth after booth of shiny, new bikes and eye -candy components produced by the smallest and largest companies in the industry, and nearly every brand in between.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Jamis Dakota D29 Team


This lightweight hardtail race whip will force any rider to go faster, yet it pulls few punches in the fun department.

News: Trek Releases Ticket S, Semenuk’s Winning Slopestyle Frame


After a decade of development Trek's slopestyle bike finally makes it into production, sort of.

Inaugural ‘Taurine-Free Classic’ Helps Shake Off Crankworx Jitters


Crankworx is indeed an exhilarating festival. But it is also an exhausting one, especially for the haggard members of the Mountain Bike Press Corps. With so many contests and product launches to cover, we can scarcely find time to actually ride bikes. It was time to rise up and revolt, to liberate ourselves from the fetters of global taurine domination. It was time to leave the Red Bollocks and the Big Green Monster behind. It was time to head to Squamish for a ride with some of our buddies.

Blueprint Exclusive: Kona’s 2014 Process


We loved the 2013 Kona Process DL. They scrapped the bike for 2014 and replaced it with a new line of both 29er and 650b bikes. Why? We went looking for answers in our latest Blueprint Series video. We've also put more than 600 miles and 150,000 feet of descending on the new bikes and have in-depth reviews of all three 2014 Kona Process models. Here's the most in-depth coverage you'll find of a bike line that should turn heads this coming season.

Exclusive: Daniel Scott’s Foldable Chromag


Determined to get around the cost of flying with a bicycle, Daniel Scott of Trail Solutions/IMBA approached Chromag to build him a very special one of a kind two-piece bicycle.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL BC Edition


Rocky Mountain's Element 970 RSL BC Edition is a cross-country racer, British Columbia style. Light, efficient and surprisingly capable in technical conditions—an excellent choice for grueling endurance races.

News: Scott Sports bets big on bigger wheel sizes


Scott Sports has abandoned 26-inch hoops in favor of the larger 27.5 and 29-inch options on all of its trail, all-mountain and XC mountain bikes, leaving the smaller wheel size available only on its DH Rambler, Voltage freeride and dirtjump bikes and a few entry-level Aspects.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Marin Rift Zone 29er XC8


More frolicsome than its serious, speed-seeking counterparts, this bike has solid parts that make it good value.

First Impressions: 2014 Specialized Trail Bikes


Our gear editor went to France to try out the new (2014) Specialized trail bike models and came back blown away by a bike that had never turned his head before--the Camber. What's so great about that bike? Read on--we have his report on both the new Camber and Stumpjumper lines.

Video:Pinarello Dogma XM


Is it science or is it a jumble of big words that will bewilder consumers into buying one? Pinarello have taken science and turned it up to eleven.

Tested: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon


Cannondale credits its ECS-TC (Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control) system for this super-precise ride quality. And all marketing hype and terminology aside, every single one of our test riders has commented about immediately feeling this true-tracking ride quality.

Sneak Peek: 2014 Kona Process


2014 Kona Process splits to three models: the Process 111, Process 134 and Process 153.

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