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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Hop on board for some POV with Marcelo Gutierrez as he narrates an urban DH run. No hablas Español? You’ll just have to enjoy the high-speed footage sans-narration.
Rocky Mountain's Thunderbolt proved itself as one of the most capable trail bikes in this year's Bible of Bike. A couple of our testers even pegged it as the most fun of all 36 bikes. Check out the Roundtable Reel review video to see why.
After a huge crash at Crankworx left him with a potentially career-ending injury, Martin Soderstrom was faced with a long recovery before he could get back on his bike. This is the story of his comeback, with footage of him looking plenty fast on a trail bike. Make sure to watch to the end to see Martin take another crack the trick that caused his massive injury.
Olly Wilkins is one of the many talented riders who doesn't get nearly enough attention - despite being teammates with Bendan Fairclough and Sam Reynolds. He's a ripper on a bike, and he's also making his mark on the industry as DMR's brand manager.
Let’s be honest here, my first choice for a mountain bike shoe is not one dubbed as a “pure race shoe.” My bike is a Giant Reign with 6.7 inches of travel and I live for the downhill, so I’ll take any help I can get to counter the squish on climbs. With hopes that the energy transfer of a stiff shoe could move me uphill faster, I stepped into the Mavic Fury.
Salsa's Spearfish proved one of the most maneuverable XC bikes in this year’s garage, which stood in contrast to the traditionally stable, long-wheelbased trekking machines we usually see from Salsa. But even more surprising was that this bike, which we found so fun and capable, had just 80 millimeters of rear travel.