YT Capra Pro Race | $5,200

The bike is an incredible value. Testers complained about the wheels being overly stiff and shoes rubbing on the beefy cranks, but all in all, it's impossible to beat such a high-end build for the price. Even impossible-er to beat is the alloy $2,500 Capra AL.

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Canyon Torque CF 9.0 | $5,000

Fox Factory, Deemax wheels, Float X2 and Guide RSC brakes are a steal for $5,000. One of the best bargains in the bunch, as well as the best in the Torque lineup. Also impressive is the $2,900 aluminum model, though the slightly more conservative YT Capra AL edges it out on value.

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Commencal Meta AM 4.2 World Cup | $4,500

At $4,500 for a consumer-direct alloy option with top-tier componentry, the Meta AM 4.2 World Cup is in a league of its own; there is nothing else to stack it against. Compared to a $5,000 full-carbon, consumer-direct offering with nicer parts, it's so-so in value. Compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar sales floor offering, it's great.

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Transition Patrol Carbon X01 | $6,000

 It's tough to compete with mail-order prices, where for $6,000 you might find carbon wheels. But the Patrol is spec'd smartly where it counts: Fox Performance 36 HSC/LSC fork, DPX2 shock, SRAM Eagle drivetrain, Code stoppers and Maxxis rubber—that's a no-nonsense build.

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Cannondale Jekyll 2 | $6,000

The Jekyll offers a suspension feature no other enduro bike does, which is worth paying a premium for—if you'll use it. And it's sold at a bike shop, which also is worth paying a premium for—if you'll use it.

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Mondraker Dune Carbon RR | $7,800

The value here is not good, even when viewed through the 'for a bike shop price' lens. You pay a premium for something different, you definitely get something different and the parts that accompany it aren't attained from Bargain Market.

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