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: Specialized Camber Comp Carbon


Vernon's final take on the middle child in Specialized's mountain lineup.

Dual Tester: Trek Stache 9 29+


27.5 plus wasn't big enough for Trek. No, they had to take it all the way to 29 plus, using the largest-diameter production wheel around. Ryan Palmer and Vernon Felton put the big-wheeled Trek Stache 29+ to the test.

Video: First Impressions – 2016 Devinci Troy


Devinci just launched its redesigned Troy trail bike. Check out this video for details and first impressions.

Video: Bike Break with Richie Rude


Like most racers in yesterday's Enduro World Series, race winner, Richie Rude chose a decidedly beefed-up build to tackle Whistler's unforgiving terrain.

Testers’ Choice: Our Favorites from This Year’s Bible


Our testers spill the beans about their favorite bikes in this year's Bible of Bike Tests.

First Impressions: Rocky Mountain Maiden


For the past couple days, we've been high up in the Canadian Rockies at Retallack Lodge, getting in over 20,000 feet of descending on Vancouver-based Rocky Mountain's brand new downhill bike, the Maiden.

First Impressions: Scott Scale 710 Plus


Putting Scott's new Scale Plus hardtail to the test on the trails of Park City, Utah.

First Look: Cannondale Habit


The word is out on Cannondale's new trail bike. Video, details and first impressions inside.

2016 Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SL – Roundtable Reel


Trek has a new XC boss its 2016 lineup.

Tested: Scott Genius LT Plus vs. Genius LT


We pit Scott's plus-size Genius LT against it's normal-size twin to suss out some of the differences between the two wheel sizes.

First Look: 2016 Kona Bikes


Kona has updated their 2016 lineup with new colors and a few small component changes. Here's a look at the more significant changes.

First Look: New Felt Bikes


Felt Bicycles' mountain bike models received mostly minor changes for 2016–paint color, a few spec swaps here and there and a small price increase–with the biggest news of the year to come in October.

Trek Procaliber 9.9 SL – Roundtable Reel


Trek's new hardtail that’s…not quite a hardtail.

First Look: The New Juliana Nevis Carbon


Juliana’s hardtail cross-country weapon is now only available in carbon, and has received some updates that Juliana claims will make it more compliant and stable, while still maintaining the bike's razor-sharp handling.

Review: Cannondale Jekyll 3


Click the handlebar-mounted travel adjuster and the Jekyll morphs from downhill slayer to climbing stud.

First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber


With a slacker head angle, shorter stays and a lower bottom bracket, the 2016 Camber has the geometry to make it absolutely crush trails. And it does, but with a much more XC feel than the 2014 and 2015 EVO models.

Review: Kona Process 153


Read Vernon's final take on Kona's all-mountain slayer.

First Look: 2016 Trek XC Bikes


Trek reboots their XC lineup, showing two new models with throwback names.

First Look: New Ibis Ripley LS and Revamped Ripley


In addition to a host of frame updates to their original Ripley, Ibis is showing off the new "longer and slacker" Ripley LS.

Reviewed: Santa Cruz V10


The Santa Cruz V10 is best known for winning races and finishing atop the podium. With development aided by the one of the most successful teams in World Cup downhill history, the V10 ushers in a new generation of downhill race bikes.

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