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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Twin Six Standard review


Twin Six, an alternative-style cycling apparel company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, surprised just about everyone last year when it announced its entrance into the bike manufacturing business.

Dream Builds | Scott Contessa Genius 700


A look at Bike editor Nicole Formosa's Scott Contessa Genius 700 Dream Build.

Preview: Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon


The Santa Cruz Tallboy is, in many ways, the bike that proved the merit of full-suspension 29ers. But does it stack up to the new breed of big-wheeled bikes?

Diamondback Mission 2 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


With its overbuilt pivots, supple suspension feel and good pedaling support, this burly bike should offer years of service to aspiring rippers.

Dream Builds | Trek Fuel EX 29


Gear Editor Ryan Palmer shows off his dream build: a decked-out Trek Fuel EX 29.

GT Sensor X Pro | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


A burly concoction from GT, praised for its pedaling efficiency, praised for its descending ability, and targeted for, or better yet, tailor-made for shredders.

Ibis Mojo HD3 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The new Mojo HD is more capable and even quicker on the gas than its predecessor. Ibis has crafted one of the best-balanced all-mountain bikes on the market.

Scott Genius 900 Tuned | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


Versatility is the Genius’ strong suit. It’s a bike that changes personality from a cross-country racer to a trail bike with the flip of a switch.

Meet the 2015 Norco Aurum Carbon


The new version of Norco's Aurum comes with a host of upgrades to serviceability and performance.

Norco Range C 7.2 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Range C 7.2 is a downhill-scorching carbon missile that nails its target, and offers a super-competitive, well-thought-out parts spec for the price.

Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


A split-personality trail bike, the Trigger rips uphill like an XC bike in short-travel mode and levels descents when flipped to full-travel. The tradeoff for this multiple personality is that it needs to be switched from mode to mode to get the best out of it, and comes with an attendant level of heightened complexity.

Juliana Roubion | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Juliana Roubion was the belle of the bike ball inside the garage at the Bible, its turquoise matte paint job and shiny parts beckoning from the racks. Its reputation as a kick-ass adventure-mobile had preceded our meeting, in no small part due to Juliana’s affiliation with ‘it’ brand Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Dream Builds | Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL Rally


Diving straight into steep, technical, unfamiliar trails can be a bit intimidating. Not exactly something that you would want to tackle on a bike that you just threw a leg over for the first time, but that’s exactly what happened the first time I rode the Rocky Mountain Altitude a couple summers ago in Whistler when the 27.5-inch-wheeled version debuted.

Durango Moonshine | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


"American made" and "full suspension" can't usually be used in reference to the same bike. But the 650b, all-mountain Durango Moonshine is an exception.

BMC Speedfox | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Speedfox has hit the mark as a well-rounded bike, with a toe in both the XC and the trail pools, although the toe in the XC pool goes in a wee bit deeper.

Trek Farley review


Trek’s Farley is about as ‘Wisconsin’ as a bike can be. The frame is named after the larger-than-life comic Chris Farley, who was born and raised in Madison; the wheels are named after the folklore animal, the Jackalope, which may not have originated in the Badger State, but has seriously deep roots there; and the tires are called Hodag, which is a fearsome mythological beast that resides near the town of Rhinelander in Northern Wisconsin. The only thing that could make this bike more Wisconsin is cheesehead-shaped hand pogies.

Specialized Rumor Evo | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


When it comes to this bike, evolution isn’t just in the name; the Rumor Expert Evo is good. So good that it had us checking and re-checking the wheel size in between bouts of laughter.

Preview: Specialized Camber Comp Carbon


Specialized's Camber is like the aggressive rider’s cross-country bike... or maybe it’s the cross-country rider’s trail bike. I still can’t say which, but I can say this: it hauls ass up climbs and hangs better on descents than it has a right to, given how little squish it’s packing.

Giant Reign | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The return of the perennially popular Reign, redesigned around 27.5-inch wheels, was definitely worth the two-year wait.

GT Sanction | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


Confident riders will have no trouble reaching vision-blurring speeds with conviction on the Sanction thanks to its stout aluminum frame, supple suspension and long wheelbase.

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