We get it. Given today’s market, brands are compelled, every year, to offer more travel, more capability and overall more bike than was expected of them the year before. We at Bike are probably partially responsible for that. It’s a big reason why XC bikes often get left by the wayside. But sometimes we see cool, new, innovative trail bikes and wonder, “What would this bike ride like if it had a little less travel?”

Spot’s Mayhem and Rollik are exactly those kinds of bikes. The Living Link suspension magically combines an ultra-supportive pedaling platform with a near-linear feel throughout the entire stroke until the very end, offering the sensation of both more and less travel than the bike actually offers. For trail riders who like a lot of get-up-and-go, it’s an attractive combination. But you know who really likes a lot of get-up-and-go? Racers. A linkage that will give back the precious power that gets put into it would probably be in high demand at the starting line. And one that will give them an edge on the masochistically chosen descents would be an absolute necessity. Enter the Ryve.

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Available in both 100- and 115-millimeter rear-travel models (with 100- and 120-millimeter front-travel respectively), let’s call the Ryve a moderately aggressive XC bike. The head angle is 68.4 degrees for the Ryve 100, 67.4 for the 115. Matched with a 1,178-millimeter wheelbase and 478-millimeter reach on the large-sized 100 and 1,188 and 470 for the 115. Each configuration and every build comes standard with a dropper post and (except for the entry-level build) 780-millimeter-wide bars.

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The top-end 6-star XTR and SRAM AXS builds go for $7,600 and $8,000 respectively, the X01 5-star build goes for $5,600 and the GX Eagle 4-star price is TBD. Spot sells consumer-direct, and the 5- and 6-star models are available now with the 4-star models coming soon.