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ESI Grips
$19.00 at Competitive Cyclist

The ESI Chunky Mountain Bike Grip delivers you a cush ride with excellent control in all conditions. The Chunky is constructed wit...h ultra-grippy silicone, which not only secures your hold but also does a superb job of absorbing vibration. The silicone also gives you a custom fit by molding to the unique shape of your hand. ESI's grips are offset (meaning they are slightly thicker on one side) to provide optimal vibration damping while still giving you precise steering. And with a medium thickness, the Chunky Mountain Bike Grip works well for most riders. Read More

CLUG
$20.00 at Dwell store

Clug is the world's smallest bike rack. Clug works with your floor to turn almost anywhere you can think of into SOMEWHERE your bi...ke can live. It helps save space, keep your place tidy and display your ride proudly without damaging it or your walls. No winch, hooks or balancing acts, just a satisfying clug and you're bike is secured to the wall. Clug is easy to install and can be securely attached to a variety of surfaces, including wood, concrete, Brick, drywall, etc. The durable clug clips are strong and the minimal profile eliminates the clutter of traditional storage systems; no bars, hooks or straps. Clug is available in three sizes: one to fit standard road bike tires between 23 and 32mm (1.0 - 1.25 Inch), one to fit hybrid tires between 32 and 42mm (1.3 - 1.75 Inch) and one to fit big fat mountain bike tires 43 - 62mm (1.75 - 2.5 Inch). note: one or both tires should rest on the floor while a single clug holds either tire securely to the wall. Read More

Open
$3,400.00 $2,699.99 at Backcountry

Watching the open O-1. 0 roll by is like seeing a Stealth Bomber fly overhead. You marvel at the visual experience, sure, but it's... the knowledge that you're witnessing one of the most technologically advanced machines of its kind in action that really captivates you. Gerard Vroomen, Andy Kessler, and the team at open didn't set out to dabble in the status quo, which required unacceptable trade-offs: strength for low weight, or stiffness for ride quality. Rather, they set out to break the mold. To accomplish that goal, they challenged conventional wisdom and adopted the mantra that every aspect of the modern hardtail 29er frame could be improved. The result of this relentless pursuit is the O-1. 0. They started with the material itself. There are many myths surrounding carbon fiber. One is that the more 'high-modulus' carbon fiber you use in constructing a frame, the better. The simple fact is that though high-modulus carbon is stiffer, it's also more brittle, and thus, weaker. So for the O-1. 0, open used stiffer, lighter carbon where it made sense, and stronger carbon where it was needed, like in the tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2in head tube. open calls this blended approach TRCinTRS, for The Right Carbon in The Right Spot, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the industry's love affair with acronyms. The result of the TRCinTRS approach was the creation of the lightest mountain bike frame ever to pass the German company EFBe's structural integrity tests, which are some of the most rigorous in the world. Another myth that open was determined to put to rest is that carbon mountain bikes can't have a compliant feel. One look at the O-1. 0's profile, and you'll notice that the tubing slims down from the front of the bike to the rear. The seatstays, in particular, are razor-thin when viewed from the side. The purpose of the slender tubing is to provide a little vertical flex in back for comfort without sacrificing lateral rigidity. The key phrase here is 'a little,' as open points out ... Read More

Juliana
$5,999.00 $3,999.99 at Backcountry

Carbon fiber, VPP, FOX Racing Shox, and Shimano XT components are enough buzz words to make any knobby-tire enthusiast weak in the... knees. Add to the picture 27. 5in wheels and 125mm of travel and you've got a recipe for mountain bike of the year. But, the Juliana Furtado Carbon Primeiro Complete Mountain Bike isn't for the masses that determine that. Instead, it's designed by a decorated rider for a much smaller sect of the mountain biking population. The female rider. What started as a flower in Santa Cruz's line of bikes, Juliana is now its own division of SC headed by --you guessed it --Juli Furtado. This means that each model meets her expectations -- not Joe Sixpack's. If you take a look at the saddle, bars, and cranks of this Joplin Carbon Primeiro you'll see that they're sized proportionally for female riders. Not to mention the 27. 5in wheels being more nimble and easier to package in the smaller chassis women require. By having proportionate components, you can enjoy the benefits of a carbon fiber frame out of the box. And, one of those advantages, aside from the obvious -- weight -- is it allows the frame to offer superior line-holding stiffness. The front triangle is constructed as once piece. Rather than have components produced separately, and then bonded or wrapped, the carbon fibers are continuous around tube junctions to distribute loads and absorb impact energy better. One thing that you can't see without cutting the frame in half is that it looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside. There's nothing there except smooth carbon, this actually prevents stress risers in failure prone areas of the frame. For that reason too, there are no riveted or bonded-on cable and hose guides--they're incorporated into the original layup. That layup provides stiff and solid mounting points for the latest generation of VPP rear suspension. The upper and lower links flatten out the shock rate and provide a more active feel to the early part of the a... Read More

Niner
$1,849.00 at Backcountry

Just because it's an alloy frame, doesn't mean the Niner Jet 9 is an outdated curiosity from racing's past. On the contrary, Niner... is still investing in aluminum technology, and the new Jet 9 benefits directly. Niner replaced hydroforming with airforming, a process that involves super-heated aluminum blasted into form with compressed air. This nets greater control over tube thicknesses and allows Niner to use almost a pound less material without sacrificing any stiffness or durability, all while preserving the incomparable ride of 29-inch wheels. The Jet 9's rear triangle is also updated for 2015, using new linkage shapes that are somehow lighter and stiffer. It also spears your rear wheel with a robust 12 x 142mm thru axle instead of its predecessor's 10 x 135 setup. The new axle is the new standard, adding yet more stiffness and rigidity for more precise rear wheel tracking over nasty terrain. Another side benefit of less back-end flex is a longer life for the complicated series of pivots used in the CVA suspension system, a surprisingly capable design that you'll want to last as long as possible. While the industry-wide love of 29ers has sent some manufacturers into R&D purgatory in order to find a solution to full suspension/29er compatibility issues, Niner has been sitting pretty for some time with its 100 millimeters of CVA travel. The CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts the bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing's lost to compressing the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth when taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push on through rock gardens. The CVA design results in surprisingly stubby chainstays, which go some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with 29ers. The Jet 9 negotiates tight switchbacks and technical stretches with a finesse... Read More

GT
$1,749.99 at Backcountry

We often like to say the best way to learn how to carve up the trail is to spend some time on a hardtail. Nothing puts you in bett...er touch with the earth than a hardtail, helping you feel what the tires and frame are doing before suspension components dull the trail's message. And, whether learning how to shred or just in the market for a solid, reliable, and fun hardtail, the GT Zaskar 27. 5 Elite Complete Mountain Bike is tough to beat. Of course, the skeleton of any hardtail mountain bike is its frame, and that frame informs every aspect of the bike's performance. GT has spent the better part of more than three decades studying this, and the Zaskar is a great demonstration of what its engineers have come to understand. The Zaskar 27. 5 frame uses a proprietary blend of aluminum alloys called Speed Metal Ultra, with each metal allocated specifically to various areas of the frame, including the top tube, seat tube, down tube, bottom bracket junction, and other areas wherein the demands on the material are unique to that particular section. The result is a fine-tuned frame that's light enough to slay some cross-country singletrack but tough enough to rip some serious all-mountain trails, as well. A big portion of the frame's capability is owed to GT's famed Triple Triangle design. The seatstays are elongated to join the mainframe not at the seat tube/top tube junction, but further forward on the top tube. The seat stays are welded to the frame not just here, but also where they cross the seat tube. This configuration achieves several things. First, it shrinks the rear triangle. The tighter angles make it stiffer, for greater acceleration and less torque-robbing torsional flex under load. Secondly, the fact that the seatstays stay straighter for longer before they join the frame means they are wider at the seat tube junction, again reinforcing lateral stiffness for greater stability and responsiveness. Of equal importance is the durability which the design affor... Read More

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Ibis
$3,950.00 at Backcountry

The Ibis Ripley Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike blends all the high speed aggression of a 29er with the nimble dexterity of a... 26-inch bike. The Ripley owes its nimbleness to a shorter trail that lets it weave through terrain or around tight switchbacks with a deftness that contradicts the usual line on 29ers -- namely, that their steering just flops around when confronted with low-speed, technical sections of terrain. The Ripley frame forming the bike's skeleton is laid-up with Ibis' micro-balloon or microsphere core, which lets the engineers build the frame with no internal foam or aluminum frame -- even for the small, fiddly bits like the swingarms and clevis. The anti-squat suspension was designed by Dave Weagle, the same suspension guru behind all of the revolutionary suspension models bearing the DW-Link imprimatur, so it stays firm and unresponsive to pedal input throughout its 4. 7in of travel. The frame is built up with a shred-ready mix of Shimano, Stan's NoTubes, and X-Fusion. Read More

Ibis
$5,599.00 at Backcountry

The identity of 29in trail bikes has never been much of a mystery: they're stable, reliable, and not always as quick as you'd like.... Ibis, not content with the status quo, decided to change things up, and to that end introduced the Ripley, a killer carbon-fiber trail bike with the stability of classic 29er and the liveliness of a zapped rabbit. Making a bike as nimble as the Ripley requires a few things: a killer suspension, the perfect geometry, and a light weight. If it was easy to get all three things in a single package, more people would do it, so the fact that Ibis figured it out as a testament to its know-how and stick-to-itiveness. Using plenty of complicated technological fandangling, Ibis was able to design a frame that weighs a WHOPPING five pounds, while maintaining the strength to be ridden hard. To get the suspension dialed in, the company enlisted the help of suspension guru Dave Weagle, the designer of the original DW-Link. The result is a suspension setup that's responsive, nimble, and strong on the climbs, thanks to the suspension design and the inclusion of a Fox FLOAT CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock with 120mm of travel. Ibis paired the shock up with a Fox FLOAT 32 CTD G2 Fork, also with 120mm travel, to crush virtually anything short of rampaging downhill rides. With the guts of the Ripley set up to perfection, Ibis set about outfitting it to provide top-shelf everything else. To that end, this build comes with Shimano Deore XT shifters and derailleurs, Ibis Lo-Fi Carbon handlebars, and an Ibis-branded stem, saddle, and seatpost. The Stan's ZTR Arch EX wheelset is shoed with Specialized Ground Control 2BR and Fast Trak 2BT tires in the front and rear, respectively, and the e. thirteen cranks drive two chainrings, one with 24 teeth and one with 34. A nine-speed Shimano XT cassette gets you easily through the gears. Read More

GT
$7,499.99 at Backcountry

Gee, Rachel, and Dan all have a few things in common. First is parents. Second, all three have definitively stamped their names on... the sport of mountain biking, and especially downhill, over the last few seasons. Lastly, they've done it almost all aboard this bike, the GT Fury. Sure, the model's seen some tweaks and mutations over the years as it's been refined, but only to make it better. Leave no room for doubt: the 2015 GT Fury World Cup Complete Bike is a 27. 5-inch-wheeled, world-crushing machine. The Fury is constructed with 6069 aluminum, a slightly burlier version of the 6061 aluminum used on GT's lighter machines. Butted and hydroformed into the lightest but strongest shapes for the abuses of DH, the frame is beyond tough enough, but still reasonably light.GT's Independent Drivetrain 203mm rear suspension platform helps here, too. Bolstered by a 12x150mm rear thru-axle, the rear triangle is a stout, unified piece anchored by a single large linkage that's articulated by an actuation arm securing the shock. You gain single-pivot-like stiffness and reliability, but with the efficiency of a controlled wheel path, and the stability of a suspension system that's virtually isolated from the front triangle. Best of all, the Fury's linkages were tuned to deliver linear travel, without dramatic ramp-up toward the end of the stroke. Travel is consistent but controlled throughout its entire movement, creating much better reactivity to the ground and much better control, especially over fast and technical sections. Yes, that sacrifices a bit of the bike's friendliness around the bike park, but this bike's intended riders will pay that no mind: this is a machine aimed at the DH podium, and nothing else. Finally, before you scope that spec sheet, check out that geometry. Notice anything? The GT is huge. Comparable dimensions compared to most manufacturers' geometry would generally be considered about a size larger across the board. This is no mistake. After years o... Read More

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GT
$4,099.99 at Backcountry

It's hard to find a weak spot in the 2015 GT Helion Expert Carbon Complete Mountain Bike's armor. It's got top-notch materials, a ...revolutionary suspension platform, a great build, and for everything you get, we think the price ain't all that bad, either. The Helion Expert's frame benefits from GT's recent years of investing enormously in developing the most advanced applications of carbon fiber to the world of mountain biking. While they have a few different versions of the specific carbon types they've developed, the Helion Expert utilizes only the lightest and strongest, called FOC Ultra. FOC stands for Force Optimized Construction, which is a vague way of describing GT's complicated proprietary process of allocating carbon to various areas of the frame and aligning its fibers within fractions of millimeters of precision to achieve maximum stiffness where the frame needs it, and shed all excessive weight at the same time. The result is a chassis that has only been on the market for a few months, but has already won numerous awards for its outstanding overall performance, and it's causing a lot of frustration among GT's competitors. Helping out that performance is GT's revolutionary Independent Drivetrain suspension platform. The idea of isolating the drivetrain so that it's not affected by suspension movement is nothing new, but GT's approach is, and it works really, really well. The crankset and the rest of the drivetrain make their home entirely on the rear triangle, unlike many designs that put the crank on the mainframe and the rest of the drivetrain parts on the rear triangle. The problem with this is suspension compression that occurs with pedal force, robbing you of efficiency. It's simpler to build bikes this way -- indeed, the I. D. system on the Helion is complicated to look at, but it works. Sprinting or out-of-saddle climbing is rewarded with hardtail-like efficiency, not dependent on a shock's damping, yet it's incredibly compliant, and the fron... Read More

GT
GT
$3,999.99 at Backcountry

Built upon the same bones as the Fury Elite, but with upgraded components and lower weight, the 2015 GT Fury Expert a less expensi...ve version of the same machine that the Athertons have used to crush the World Cup DH circuits for the past few seasons. The Fury is constructed with 6069 aluminum, which is a slightly burlier version of the 6061 aluminum used on GT's lighter machines. Butted and hydroformed into the lightest but strongest shapes for the abuses of DH, the frame is beyond tough enough, but still reasonably light. GT's Independent Drivetrain 203mm rear suspension platform helps here, too. Bolstered by a 12x150mm rear thru-axle, the rear triangle is a stout, unified piece anchored by a single large linkage that's articulated by an actuation arm securing the shock. You gain single-pivot-like stiffness and reliability, but with the efficiency of a controlled wheel path, and the stability of a suspension system that's virtually isolated from the front triangle. Best of all, the Fury's linkages were tuned to deliver linear travel, without dramatic ramp-up toward the end of the stroke. Travel is consistent but controlled throughout its entire movement, creating much better reactivity to the ground and much better control, especially over fast and technical sections. Yes, that sacrifices a bit of the bike's friendliness around the bike park, but this bike's intended riders will pay that no attention to that -- this is a machine aimed at the DH podium, and nothing else. Finally, before you scope that spec sheet, check out that geometry. Notice anything? The GT is huge. Comparable dimensions compared to most manufacturers' geometry would generally be considered about a size larger across the board. This is no mistake. After years of engineers and marketing departments telling pro athletes that they're the only ones who want longer top tubes, steeper head angles, and longer wheelbases, and that such bikes will never sell well to the public, the Athertons weighed... Read More

GT
GT
$1,549.99 at Backcountry

The new GT Helion Comp Complete Mountain Bike storms onto the scene this season with its crosshairs set on both cross-country and ...trail riding. Its low weight and ultra-efficient 110mm of suspension front and rear make it more than ready for some serious XC hammering, while its neutral geometry, 27. 5-inch wheels, and tough build kit mean it can hang with almost any trail bike. The frame of the Helion Comp you see here is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Who cares, right? You will. This is often regarded as the best all-around alloy from which to make bike frames. It's mostly aluminum, but also has composite components of magnesium and silicone, blended in the proper proportion to bestow the metal with rigidity, deformation resistance, and incredible torsional strength while still being one of the lightest alloys on the market. In the Helion, the tubes are butted and hydroformed to exacting thicknesses all over the frame, allocating strength and stiffness where they're needed while eliminating weight where it's not. The bottom line is a frame that is ready to take your worst while helping you ride your best. Helping out here is GT's revolutionary Independent Drivetrain suspension platform. The idea of isolating the drivetrain so that it's not affected by suspension movement is nothing new, but GT's approach is, and it works really, really well. The crankset and the rest of the drivetrain make their home entirely on the rear triangle, unlike many designs that put the crank on the mainframe and the rest of the drivetrain parts on the rear triangle. The problem with this is suspension compression that occurs with pedal force, robbing you of efficiency. It's simpler to build bikes this way -- indeed, the I. D. system on the Helion is complicated to look at, but it works. Sprinting or out-of-saddle climbing is rewarded with hardtail-like efficiency, not dependent on a shock's damping, yet it's incredibly compliant, and the front half of the bike remains extremely... Read More

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Niner
$1,499.00 at Backcountry

Niner's on a mission to build the best 29in mountain bikes in the world, but building the perfect bike doesn't necessarily mean lo...ading it up with space-age suspension and two meters of travel. When you want to pedal, flow, and climb, a hardtail's where it's at, and the 2015 Niner Air 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is a steed that'll charge smooth, fast trails with plenty of power and a surprising amount of forgiveness. Carbon's known for being stiff and light, so it's the most efficient material when pedaling speed is of the essence. Modern layups are far more durable than traditional carbon constructions, too, so one spill won't spell the end of your frame. Niner uses a special computer-based finite element analysis when designing its frames, and in this case the end result is a series of optimized weaves, layups, and tube shapes that save weight and increase strength. The Air 9 Carbon isn't as space-shuttle-light as the Air 9 RDO, but it will still have you blasting up climbs and leaving your buddies in the dust. The elegant lines of the chainstays and seatstays look great, but they're actually designed to reduce chatter and guide stresses to the strongest parts of the frame, and the chainstays and bottom bracket have a hefty design that sends torque straight to the back wheel without losing power through excessive flexing. There are even titanium plates incorporate into key spots to prevent chain slap and rock chips. To max out the Air 9 Carbon's capabilities, Niner recommends mounting up an 80 to 100mm suspension fork, or a rigid unit (preferably from Niner). You'll need a 31. 6mm seatpost and a 35mm seat clamp. The rear triangle offers clearance for tires up to 2. 4 inches, although there are variances across tire manufacturers, so some of the largest 2. 4s may not fit. Read More

Juliana
$6,399.00 $5,759.00 at Backcountry

Men and women approach the sport of mountain biking differently on many levels, and one of these is in the bikes themselves. Where...as most guys need to go out and buy six different bikes to optimize their experience in the six "different" kinds of riding they do, women will more often than not pick one machine and master it, growing their skills in all areas of riding on one bike, rather than blaming it for what they can't do and insisting they need yet another one when they get bored. For certain members of that gender, the 2015 Juliana Furtado Carbon CC XT Complete Mountain Bike was created -- it's the ultimate "one" bike on which to conquer all trails, and it will never leave you wishing for something else. So what makes the Furtado such a well-balanced machine? Here are the highlights: First, 27. 5-inch wheels, the sweet spot between big-wheel 29ers and quick, light 26ers. Second, 125mm of rear wheel travel, landing right between short-travel race rigs and big-hit trail-crushers. Third, perfectly neutral geometry that can climb, descend, and handle with the best of them. Fourth, in the case of the Furtado Carbon CC XT complete you see here, the all-conquering carbon chassis and the wonderful things that you can do upon it with the excellent parts you'll find on board. Juliana's industry-leading carbon fiber construction is beautifully showcased in the Furtado. The company's "CC" carbon models use higher-grade carbon for a moderately lighter, stiffer overall chassis than the standard carbon frameset on which the R here is built, but this standard frame is otherwise identical, and anything but "standard" in the grand scheme of carbon mountain bikes. Both the front and rear triangles are constructed as a whole, rather than bonding them together from sub-assemblies. In addition to saving weight, it ensures that the Furtado is as strong as possible. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with other construction methods. If you were to ... Read More

GT
$2,699.99 at Backcountry

Too often, "value-oriented" can mean "cost-cut," and we know that you know that. That's why we don't throw around such terms too l...ightly in describing machines like the 2015 GT Force X Sport Complete Bike, an all-mountain machine that can ride all the trails without costing all the dollars. The Force X is GT's all-mountain platform, targeted at riders who want to be able to climb and descend with equal confidence. Rear travel comes in at 150mm, bestowing the rider with more than enough cush to crush on technical descents, but not so much that high-effort pedaling feels like it's lost in a sea of travel (this is largely due to the Force X's excellent suspension system, which we'll get to in a minute). The alloy Force X models, like this one, are made from 6069-series aluminum, a slightly more heavy-duty alloy than the 6061 used in its XC- and Trail-oriented Helion and Sensor frames. The metal is still hydroformed for maximum weight savings, however, and shaped to maximize stiffness and stability wherever necessary. The result is a rig that can tackle big lines but still feels like it can take on big climbs, too. Helping the materials deliver is GT's revolutionary Independent Drivetrain suspension platform. The idea of isolating the drivetrain so that it's not affected by suspension movement is nothing new, but GT's approach is, and it works really, really well. The crankset and the rest of the drivetrain make their home entirely on the rear triangle, unlike many designs that put the crank on the mainframe and the rest of the drivetrain parts on the rear triangle. The problem with this is suspension compression that occurs with pedal force, robbing you of efficiency. It's simpler to build bikes this way -- indeed, the I. D. system on the Force X is complicated to look at, but the proof is in the pudding. Sprinting or out-of-saddle climbing is rewarded with hardtail-like efficiency, not dependent on a shock's damping platform, yet it's incredibly compliant, and the... Read More

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Niner
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

29ers are built for speed. That's a simple enough fact. It also stands to reason that a little bit of suspension will facilitate t...hat hunger for speed, but too much will bog you down. Given that Niner bills the R. I. P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the flagship chassis of its 29er-only fleet, it's not surprising that it combines 5in of enduro-grade travel with the XC tendencies of 29-inch wheels for a machine that's truly all-mountain. The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform at the R. I. P. 9's heart is the key to Niner's fame. That's because the CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. Pedal input isn't lost to compression in the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth while taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push through trail furniture. No amount of big-wheel speed or enduro-minded travel can save a shoddy frame, though, so Niner dumped every bit of its R&D nous into the material lay-up of the frame's two triangles. The frame began life as a gleam in a pixel's eye in computer modelling software before moving through exhaustive phases of virtual and then physical prototyping. The final product replicates the virtual models' precise standards with Niner's internal compaction system, which uses internal bladders for virtually perfect tube shaping with no imperfections or resin pooling. This let Niner dial the lay-up, adding stiffness through the drivetrain spine and keeping the frame light and compliant where those qualities benefit the ride most. Compared to its alloy counterpart, the R. I. P. 9 RDO's carbon build also allows for an extra 10mm of travel while shortening the chainstay by 5mm. This combines with the moderate head tube angle for a fast climbing, sharply responsive, nimble bike that still tracks through terrain with all of the confident aggression ... Read More

Intense Cycles
$1,999.00 at Backcountry

Having long been established as a premier name in dual-suspension mountain bikes, Intense made a notable departure from its norm l...ast year when it introduced a hardtail. Equally known for its incredible attention to detail, however, it should come as no shock that the Intense Cycles Hard Eddie Frame reaches for, and achieves, the same intangibly awesome ride quality as anything else in Intense's stable. Except for a new color option, nothing has changed for 2015, and that's just fine with us. While Intense is best known for its American-made aluminum bikes, the Hard Eddie is built from carbon fiber. Knowing that carbon fiber can be finicky to work with, Intense brought in consultants from composite experts SEED to make the best possible use of the material, and then handed the manufacture to one of Taiwan's finest composites manufacturers. The Made in USA ethos still stands though, thanks to the fact that all the dropouts and hardware are built in Temecula, alongside Intense's aluminum models. It ensures that your bike benefits from the best of modern composite construction and maintains the soul you'd expect from an Intense. The frame is laid up as a whole from high modulus carbon fiber, rather than bonding the frame together from sub-assemblies. This construction method not only minimizes unnecessary material, and accordingly weight, but it maximizes the strength of the structures as well. That's because the fibers are uninterrupted by seams, which happens with bonded constructions. Weight is minimized as excess epoxy is squeezed from the frame prior to curing, and this ideal degree of compaction optimizes the strength. Plus, it keeps the frame weight at a feathery two and a half pounds for a medium frame. The Hard Eddie gets Intense's G1 replaceable dropout system, with a modern 12x142mm thru-axle. By using a replaceable dropout, rather than a replaceable derailleur hanger, you get a stiffer mount for the derailleur, and accordingly, crisper shifts, with th... Read More

Niner
$2,999.00 at Backcountry

The world of mountain bikes seems to be evolving at an exponential rate these days. Blame the introduction of global communication...s and manufacturing technology that are serving to accelerate development in this industry and many others, if you want. Or blame elves. Whatever you attribute it to, it's producing high-tech marvels of engineering, but also dirt-simple factory rigs like this fantastic Niner ROS 9 Plus 3-Star Complete Mountain Bike, and for that alone, we're grateful. The ROS 9 Plus's frame splintered off of the standard ROS 9 frame family, which itself was spawned from Niner's original SIR 9 steel hardtail platform. The ROS's aim was to dig deeper into big lines and enduro-type terrain, with slacker frame geometry oriented around longer-travel forks. The ROS 9 Plus, then, takes that frame and widens the rear triangle enough to accommodate the so-called 29 Plus rim and tire standard that's growing in popularity, thanks to its just-ride sizing that splits the difference between fat bike fatties and standard 2-ish-inch wide traditional mountain bike tires. The result is a fast, playful, and relatively light 29 Plus-ready steel hardtail frame on which a wide variety of riding would be very welcome. Here's where the dirt-simple part comes in: the refreshingly sparse build that doesn't sacrifice any of the frame's readiness. Sure, it could be even dirt-simpler, with a single-speed drivetrain, and maybe a coaster brake, but you can buy your own ROS 9 frame and build up that machine. This one comes with a SRAM X1 drivetrain and Niner's own chro-mo steel fork. In conjunction with the tough 4130 frame, it's a strong but supple combo that will let you feel the trail without giving up the compliance you want to tackle the big stuff. In short, it's a dream machine for anyone from weekend warriors to junior varsity masochists, or just anyone looking for a good, fun, fast mountain bike. Read More

Niner
$1,499.00 at Backcountry

Niner's on a mission to build the best 29in mountain bikes in the world, but building the perfect bike doesn't necessarily mean lo...ading it up with space-age suspension and two meters of travel. When you want to pedal, flow, and climb, a hardtail's where it's at, and the 2015 Niner Air 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame is a steed that'll charge smooth, fast trails with plenty of power and a surprising amount of forgiveness. Carbon's known for being stiff and light, so it's the most efficient material when pedaling speed is of the essence. Modern layups are far more durable than traditional carbon constructions, too, so one spill won't spell the end of your frame. Niner uses a special computer-based finite element analysis when designing its frames, and in this case the end result is a series of optimized weaves, layups, and tube shapes that save weight and increase strength. The Air 9 Carbon isn't as space-shuttle-light as the Air 9 RDO, but it will still have you blasting up climbs and leaving your buddies in the dust. The elegant lines of the chainstays and seatstays look great, but they're actually designed to reduce chatter and guide stresses to the strongest parts of the frame, and the chainstays and bottom bracket have a hefty design that sends torque straight to the back wheel without losing power through excessive flexing. There are even titanium plates incorporate into key spots to prevent chain slap and rock chips. To max out the Air 9 Carbon's capabilities, Niner recommends mounting up an 80 to 100mm suspension fork, or a rigid unit (preferably from Niner). You'll need a 31. 6mm seatpost and a 35mm seat clamp. The rear triangle offers clearance for tires up to 2. 4 inches, although there are variances across tire manufacturers, so some of the largest 2. 4s may not fit. Read More

ESI Grips
$17.00 at Backcountry

The seemingly magical properties of silicone grips have made them popular items in endurance racing circles, and you're able to th...ank ESI for starting the trend. With the Racer's Edge Grips, ESI has brought that smooth ride and all-conditions control to those of us who prefer thinner grips. ESI's grips are built from silicone for a host of reasons. Chief among them is the vibration damping that silicone provides. Basically, these are much more effective than a standard grip at canceling out high frequency vibrations, which ultimately leads to numbness and pain in the hands. It's especially noticeable during long rides, but the benefits will be apparent every time that you hop on your bike. Silicone is grippy stuff, which is good news, because that grip works in both directions. As a result, the grips are secured not only to your hands, but to your handlebars as well. In fact, when installed per the instructions, these grips stick firmly to handlebars, even in the rain. And naturally, they provide a solid hold for your hands, regardless of sweat or dirt. Better yet, because silicone has memory, these grips will break in to the shape of your hand, providing a custom-fit that gets better the more that you ride them. These grips are offset, which means that they're slightly thicker on one side than the other. So, when installing them, make sure that you have the thicker end facing your palms, and the thinner end underneath your fingers. This will ensure maximum vibration damping, while still providing a direct steering feel. The Racer's Edge grips are fairly thin, and work well for riders with smaller hands, or those that simply prefer thinner grips. Riders with larger hands, or those who prefer thicker grips, will be better served by the ESI Chunky grip. The ESI Racer's Edge Grips are available in one size and in the colors Black, Blue, Green, Red, and White. Please note that we advise referring to the included instructions for correct installation. Read More

Niner
$1,999.00 at Backcountry

If you glance at the specs, you'll notice that the 2015 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame is roughly 100 grams lighter than the ...previous version. This was accomplished using Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS). This process allows the Niner engineers to create tubing that is near perfect in shape and wall thickness, without wasted carbon or resin build-up. Without the cushiness of a rear shock, Niner went to town to design a frame that not only dampens vibration and minimizes chatter, but also moves impact forces to the larger and stronger areas of the frame so you can take a hit from rougher trails. The bottom bracket is designed for a PF30 and your pedal power is transferred to the rear drivetrain via the same chainstays as the previous version. The difference is that Niner has added a 12x142 Maxle to the rear dropouts. The oversized downtube keeps the bike holding tight to the line you choose, and its clearance allows for tires up to 2. 4in wide. Read More

GT
$2,699.99 at Backcountry

Too often, "value-oriented" can mean "cost-cut," and we know that you know that. That's why we don't throw around such terms too l...ightly in describing machines like the 2015 GT Force X Sport Complete Bike, an all-mountain machine that can ride all the trails without costing all the dollars. The Force X is GT's all-mountain platform, targeted at riders who want to be able to climb and descend with equal confidence. Rear travel comes in at 150mm, bestowing the rider with more than enough cush to crush on technical descents, but not so much that high-effort pedaling feels like it's lost in a sea of travel (this is largely due to the Force X's excellent suspension system, which we'll get to in a minute). The alloy Force X models, like this one, are made from 6069-series aluminum, a slightly more heavy-duty alloy than the 6061 used in its XC- and Trail-oriented Helion and Sensor frames. The metal is still hydroformed for maximum weight savings, however, and shaped to maximize stiffness and stability wherever necessary. The result is a rig that can tackle big lines but still feels like it can take on big climbs, too. Helping the materials deliver is GT's revolutionary Independent Drivetrain suspension platform. The idea of isolating the drivetrain so that it's not affected by suspension movement is nothing new, but GT's approach is, and it works really, really well. The crankset and the rest of the drivetrain make their home entirely on the rear triangle, unlike many designs that put the crank on the mainframe and the rest of the drivetrain parts on the rear triangle. The problem with this is suspension compression that occurs with pedal force, robbing you of efficiency. It's simpler to build bikes this way -- indeed, the I. D. system on the Force X is complicated to look at, but the proof is in the pudding. Sprinting or out-of-saddle climbing is rewarded with hardtail-like efficiency, not dependent on a shock's damping platform, yet it's incredibly compliant, and the... Read More

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Ibis
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

Ibis is known for taking its time when it comes to developing new products. The Ripley frame is no different, with nearly six year...s of development in its design and testing. The impetus behind the Ripley was the desire to innovate a trail bike where the 29er platform feels most advantageous. The result: a lightweight, responsive, agile frame. Ibis uses its monocoque frame design to create the lightweight frame. But the Ripley features a first: a micro balloon foam core for the swingarm and clevis. Unlike other manufacturers who use a foam or aluminum structure to lay the carbon over, Ibis uses foam as a core. This not only increases the rigidity of the frame, it also reduces the weight. The responsiveness and agility are the products of the collaboration with suspension designer Dave Weagle. The goal was to create a suspension system that reduces the usual elongated chainstays to create a compact system for fast reaction and fast riding. The result is a twin-eccentric system that provides an anti-squat pedaling motion to put all of your effort into the horizontal movement of the bike. Additionally, the handling of the Ripley was developed using input from riders who agreed that it rode best with a 70-degree angle for a 120mm travel fork. Using the FOX Racing Shox 32 FLOAT 120 G2 CTD and rather stubby 17. 5-inch chainstays, the Ripley is ready to rock the trails. Read More

Niner
$6,099.00 at Backcountry

Ideally suited for the riders who love nothing more than ferociously pedaling up and blasting down the steepest, most intimidating... terrain they can find, the Niner RIP 9 RDO 4-Star XO1 2015 Complete Mountain Bike crushes everything in sight. Blurring the lines between trail and all-mountain categories with its bump-smoothing 29-inch wheels, ultra-light and incredibly stiff RDO carbon frame, and 125mm of supple CVA suspension, the RIP 9 RDO is more than eager to tackle the rowdiest trails you can step to. This seriously capable machine features a monocoque carbon chassis known as RDO, or Race Day Optimized by Niner. Employing the latest computer modeling techniques to design this beast, the result is a bike with a massive bottom bracket, 142mm rear spacing, titanium frame guards, and oversized Angular Contact Bearings for enhanced power transfer. Add to that a well sorted mid-travel geometry with upgraded carbon linkages, redesigned rear triangle, and snappy 17. 7-inch chainstays for an incredible all-terrain ride that eats up anything in its path. And because it retains a climb-friendly 70-degree head tube and 73-degree seat tube angle, the RIP 9 RDO is ready to set PRs and KOMs without breaking a sweat. The bike's 4-Star build complements its sleek, eye-catching demeanor with a well spec'd kit that's both ultra-reliable and optimized for performance. The SRAM X01 11-speed drivetrain provides both crisp shifting and protection against dropped chains with its clutch-equipped SRAM X01 rear derailleur. The 10-42t XD cassette is used for a massive range of usable gears with a single chainring up front. Shimano's XT M785s provide excellent stopping power, especially considering the heat-dispersing Shimano Ice Tech rotors. The Fox FLOAT CTD rear shock employs a silky-smooth Kashima coating along its 125mm of travel, while the beefy Pike RCT3 Solo Air fork lends 140mm of travel up front. Other high-ticket items include a Stan's NoTubes Flow EX wheelset, RockShox Rever... Read More

Niner
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

High speeds test your reaction time as much as your bike-handling skills, so you need to stop thinking and start reacting when you...'re punching the throttle. That's a lot easier to do when you have a lightning-quick bike that can smooth out rough trail and respond immediately to rider and terrain input, which is exactly what the 2015 Niner Jet 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame is all about (having smooth-rolling 29in wheels doesn't hurt, either). The Jet 9 RDO is super smooth, for sure, but its real calling card is speed. It's Niner's XC race weapon, with a Carbon Compaction System (CCS) carbon-fiber construction that's 130g lighter than last year's model, and even lightweight paint and decals keep things feathery. Carbon's naturally stiff and efficient for powerful pedaling, but Niner's taken things further by designing a fat, torsionally stiff bottom bracket and hooking up a burly 12mm thick rear axle that reduces flexion and corresponding energy loss. The shapes found in the Jet 9 RDO border on art, but are actually the result of thousands of hours of computer and real-world testing, and offer a state-of-the-art combination of stiffness, forgiveness, and handling. A tapered head tube helps ensure precise, confident steering whether you're opening things up or picking your way down techy lines. The crown jewel of the Jet 9 RDO might just be Niner's Continuously Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform. As is Niner's MO, it designed the CVA around 29in wheels, rather than tinkering with setups designed for 26in wheels, and you can feel it. The CVA's pivot design allows the bike to feel supple, smooth, and taut all at the same time, and responds to quickly-changing terrain without the need for preloading, so it reacts without the need for heavy loads or impact forces. It's also designed to eliminate bob, so all your energy goes into moving forward, not bouncing up and down. To make the most out of CVA, Niner hooked the Jet 9 RDO up with a Fox Float CTD shock, which pro... Read More

Niner
$3,999.00 at Backcountry

For the majority of the last 20 years in mountain biking, the trend in frames has been to incorporate lighter and smarter suspensi...on systems to help smooth out the trails. A dedicated few, however, have stuck by their hardtails, touting lower maintenance and a superior, more natural connection to the trail that translates into greater confidence than feel-robbing rear shocks can ever provide. For hitting big lines and drops, of course, rear suspension has its place, but for those purists, hardtail bikes like the 2015 Niner ROS 9 3-Star X1 Complete Mountain Bike don't just do it well, they do it best. You'll notice that the ROS 9 looks a lot like the SIR 9 from which it's descended, but the burlier steel tubeset gets stronger welds and is far better equipped to handle bigger forks and wild riding styles. As a result, the ROS frame weighs in at 6 pounds, putting on the heavier side of the hardtail spectrum. But, as anyone who's ever walked back to the trailhead due to a broken frame can tell you, a little extra weight is well worth the peace of mind, especially when you're jumping that gnarly double for the first time. Weight and materials aside, a quick glance at the geometry sheet will confirm that the ROS isn't your average hardtail. Depending on your choice of a 120mm or 140mm fork, you'll end up with a 68- or 67-degree head angle, respectively. And in the world of 29ers, that's very slack -- perfect for going fast. Out back, the chainstays hover around the 16. 5-inch mark, with 5mm of fore/aft adjustability courtesy of Niner's BioCentric bottom bracket. That keeps it turning on a dime, and makes full speed manuals a piece of cake. But it doesn't sacrifice stability with its roomy cockpit and low bottom bracket. Of course, a steroidal hardtail like this needs to be able to host parts that will keep up. That's where, for example, the 44mm head tube comes into play -- allowing compatibility with tapered forks. The 31. 6mm seat tube fits just about every dropper ... Read More

Ibis
$6,999.99 $5,599.99 at Backcountry

In the realm of aggressive use trail bikes, there's arguably no bike more classic than the Mojo HD. So when Ibis gave it an update..., they dropped half a pound off the frame and increased the clearance to accommodate 27. 5-inch wheels. And here we have the Mojo HDR 650b XX1 complete mountain bike. With a bike this capable, it only makes sense to dress it in some of the finest components known to mankind, and this trail monster proves that Ibis agrees.The Mojo HD is already legendary, which is why Ibis chose not to mess with the geometry or the suspension on the HDR. Accordingly, you'll find the same DW-Link suspension design, which relies on parallel links to generate 130mm of plush, yet firm travel. And if that sounds like a paradox, let us assure you, it isn't. Dave Weagle is a bright guy, and as the namesake and designer of the DW-Link, he has a history of building some of the best performing suspension bikes on the planet. What that means for the HDR is that the suspension is designed to provide anti-squat in response to rider input. So, rather than relying on elevated amounts of compression damping to provide a firm feel, the suspension design does that for you. And since that allows for a lighter compression tune, the rear wheel is free to move out of the way of impacts. The result is a bike that smoothes out the roughest trails, while remaining firm when you get on the pedals. Like its predecessor, the HDR's front and rear triangle are built of carbon fiber, and employs a process that Ibis has been steadily refining since the first Mojo hit the scene in 2005. Those refinements have enabled Ibis to shave roughly half a pound from the HD, without sacrificing any strength or stiffness. And that's important, since the HDR is intended to be rallied down the fastest, roughest trails around. You'll find the same stiff aluminum links and head tube insert, so durability won't be a concern. As before, the rear wheel is held in place by a 142x12mm Maxle quick release... Read More

Niner
$1,849.00 $1,099.00 at Backcountry

In order to celebrate spring and 29ers and 29ers with full, springy suspension, we've written a haiku about Niner's high-travel RI...P 9 Mountain Bike Frame: Five-inch suspension29er with travelBig hit compliance OK, our poetics don't exactly inspire comparisons with Matsuo Basho. But that's OK, because the bike speaks for itself. Anyone who isn't inspired to sing paeans to a bike with all the trail aggression of a 29er and a poetic dose of all-mountain suspension is probably looking at the wrong website. The alloy version of Niner's limitless RIP 9 series has the same proven geometry, removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, and titanium frame guards as the RDO version, so you're not missing out on any of the little tricks that make the RIP series such a beloved, effective trail ripper. What it is missing is a plastic frame, as Niner brings its new airform aluminum manufacturing process to bear. Airforming uses compressed air instead of water to shape alloy into the RIP 9's tubes, allowing for increased control of material thickness and tube shapes. This makes for a process that lets Niner use less material than with hydroforming, so the airformed RIP is able to come within a claimed 295 grams of carbon RIP RDO. Go ahead and calculate that in pennies-per-gram terms and you'll agree that it's no sacrifice. The head tube and seat tube angles are a relatively steep 69. 5 and 72. 5 degrees, respectively. Combined with a tapered head tube, these angles mean the spry RIP 9 can climb and navigate technical terrain better than a slacker 29er while still reducing fork deflection for tracking that sticks to its line. Of course, it is still a 29er with five glorious inches of Constantly Varying Arc travel (CVA), so you can always just ride roughshod over that terrain, instead. Niner's CVA suspension system started with a clean sheet in order to tweak the links and pivots for 29 answers to whatever questions an un... Read More

Ibis
$5,599.00 at Backcountry

The identity of 29in trail bikes has never been much of a mystery: they're stable, reliable, and not always as quick as you'd like.... Ibis, not content with the status quo, decided to change things up, and to that end introduced the Ripley, a killer carbon-fiber trail bike with the stability of classic 29er and the liveliness of a zapped rabbit. Making a bike as nimble as the Ripley requires a few things: a killer suspension, the perfect geometry, and a light weight. If it was easy to get all three things in a single package, more people would do it, so the fact that Ibis figured it out as a testament to its know-how and stick-to-itiveness. Using plenty of complicated technological fandangling, Ibis was able to design a frame that weighs a WHOPPING five pounds, while maintaining the strength to be ridden hard. To get the suspension dialed in, the company enlisted the help of suspension guru Dave Weagle, the designer of the original DW-Link. The result is a suspension setup that's responsive, nimble, and strong on the climbs, thanks to the suspension design and the inclusion of a Fox FLOAT CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock with 120mm of travel. Ibis paired the shock up with a Fox FLOAT 32 CTD G2 Fork, also with 120mm travel, to crush virtually anything short of rampaging downhill rides. With the guts of the Ripley set up to perfection, Ibis set about outfitting it to provide top-shelf everything else. To that end, this build comes with Shimano Deore XT shifters and derailleurs, Ibis Lo-Fi Carbon handlebars, and an Ibis-branded stem, saddle, and seatpost. The Stan's ZTR Arch EX wheelset is shoed with Specialized Ground Control 2BR and Fast Trak 2BT tires in the front and rear, respectively, and the e. thirteen cranks drive two chainrings, one with 24 teeth and one with 34. A nine-speed Shimano XT cassette gets you easily through the gears. Read More

Niner
$899.00 at Backcountry

Niner has built a devoted following by repeatedly showing the mountain biking world that our preconceived notions about 29-inch wh...eels are pretty much all wrong. The latest salvo fired in the aforementioned battle is the ROS 9 Mountain Bike Frame, a chromoly steel monster truck that's far from your average wagon-wheeled hardtail. First of all, it's strong, not light. It's built to handle years of abuse under aggressive riders. That's a good thing, because the slack head angle and tight chainstays make it clear that it???s built for going nuts on trail features, instead of chasing KOMs. Niner says it???s the hardtail for riders who don???t like hardtails, but we???re more inclined to call it old-fashioned fun, without the pretense. The ROS looks a lot like the SIR 9 from which it's descended, but the burly steel tubeset is far better equipped to handle bigger forks and wild riding styles. As a result, the ROS frame weighs in at 6 pounds, so it's no featherweight. But as anyone who???s ever walked back to the trailhead due to a broken frame can tell you, a little extra weight is well worth the peace of mind, especially when you???re jumping that gnarly double for the first time. A quick glance at the geometry sheet will confirm that the ROS isn???t your average hardtail. Depending on your choice of a 120mm or 140mm fork, you???ll end up with a 68- or 67-degree head angle, respectively. And in the world of 29ers, that's very slack ??? perfect for going fast. Out back, the chainstays hover around the 16. 5-inch mark, with 5mm of fore/aft adjustability courtesy of Niner's BioCentric bottom bracket. That keeps it turning on a dime, and makes full speed manuals a piece of cake. But it doesn't sacrifice stability with its roomy cockpit and low bottom bracket. A bike this burly isn't much good if you're stuck with flimsy components. That's where the 44mm head tube comes into play ??? allowing compatibility with tapered forks. The 31. 6mm seat tube fits just about ever... Read More

Niner
$6,099.00 at Backcountry

Ideally suited for the riders who love nothing more than ferociously pedaling up and blasting down the steepest, most intimidating... terrain they can find, the Niner RIP 9 RDO 4-Star XO1 2015 Complete Mountain Bike crushes everything in sight. Blurring the lines between trail and all-mountain categories with its bump-smoothing 29-inch wheels, ultra-light and incredibly stiff RDO carbon frame, and 125mm of supple CVA suspension, the RIP 9 RDO is more than eager to tackle the rowdiest trails you can step to. This seriously capable machine features a monocoque carbon chassis known as RDO, or Race Day Optimized by Niner. Employing the latest computer modeling techniques to design this beast, the result is a bike with a massive bottom bracket, 142mm rear spacing, titanium frame guards, and oversized Angular Contact Bearings for enhanced power transfer. Add to that a well sorted mid-travel geometry with upgraded carbon linkages, redesigned rear triangle, and snappy 17. 7-inch chainstays for an incredible all-terrain ride that eats up anything in its path. And because it retains a climb-friendly 70-degree head tube and 73-degree seat tube angle, the RIP 9 RDO is ready to set PRs and KOMs without breaking a sweat. The bike's 4-Star build complements its sleek, eye-catching demeanor with a well spec'd kit that's both ultra-reliable and optimized for performance. The SRAM X01 11-speed drivetrain provides both crisp shifting and protection against dropped chains with its clutch-equipped SRAM X01 rear derailleur. The 10-42t XD cassette is used for a massive range of usable gears with a single chainring up front. Shimano's XT M785s provide excellent stopping power, especially considering the heat-dispersing Shimano Ice Tech rotors. The Fox FLOAT CTD rear shock employs a silky-smooth Kashima coating along its 125mm of travel, while the beefy Pike RCT3 Solo Air fork lends 140mm of travel up front. Other high-ticket items include a Stan's NoTubes Flow EX wheelset, RockShox Rever... Read More

Niner
$899.00 at Backcountry

Niner has built a devoted following by repeatedly showing the mountain biking world that our preconceived notions about 29-inch wh...eels are pretty much all wrong. The latest salvo fired in the aforementioned battle is the ROS 9 Mountain Bike Frame, a chromoly steel monster truck that's far from your average wagon-wheeled hardtail. First of all, it's strong, not light. It's built to handle years of abuse under aggressive riders. That's a good thing, because the slack head angle and tight chainstays make it clear that it???s built for going nuts on trail features, instead of chasing KOMs. Niner says it???s the hardtail for riders who don???t like hardtails, but we???re more inclined to call it old-fashioned fun, without the pretense. The ROS looks a lot like the SIR 9 from which it's descended, but the burly steel tubeset is far better equipped to handle bigger forks and wild riding styles. As a result, the ROS frame weighs in at 6 pounds, so it's no featherweight. But as anyone who???s ever walked back to the trailhead due to a broken frame can tell you, a little extra weight is well worth the peace of mind, especially when you???re jumping that gnarly double for the first time. A quick glance at the geometry sheet will confirm that the ROS isn???t your average hardtail. Depending on your choice of a 120mm or 140mm fork, you???ll end up with a 68- or 67-degree head angle, respectively. And in the world of 29ers, that's very slack ??? perfect for going fast. Out back, the chainstays hover around the 16. 5-inch mark, with 5mm of fore/aft adjustability courtesy of Niner's BioCentric bottom bracket. That keeps it turning on a dime, and makes full speed manuals a piece of cake. But it doesn't sacrifice stability with its roomy cockpit and low bottom bracket. A bike this burly isn't much good if you're stuck with flimsy components. That's where the 44mm head tube comes into play ??? allowing compatibility with tapered forks. The 31. 6mm seat tube fits just about ever... Read More

GT
$3,999.99 at Backcountry

Maybe you climb fast because you like the pain of redefining limits. Maybe you like being able to do it faster than the double cro...wn shuttle crowd. Maybe you just can't wait to rip that line again. Whatever your reasons, if you look forward to the up as much as the down, GT's Sensor X Pro Complete Mountain Bike is on your level. This racing chassis' heart is the Independent Drivetrain Angle Optimized Suspension System (AOS), which GT developed specifically for aggressive 27. 5-inch riding that looks like XC on climbs and enduro while coming down the other side. The high main pivot lets the wheel travel vertically during impacts, limiting chain growth to keep the pedal platform steady while easily rolling through small bumps. It also isolates the drivetrain to eliminate wasted watts by keeping the pedals linked as closely as possible to the chainstay. Of course, any suspension system is useless on floppy frame. To keep things on the up-and-up, the Sensor avoids wonder plastics in favor of the tried and tested material option: 6069 hydroformed aluminum. The metal itself is lightweight and stiff, but hydroforming allows GT to adapt the tubes to its signature triple triangle frame design. The Sensor X Pro adopts the triple triangle design with a geometry similar to the rest of the Sensor line, but with a few, aggressive changes. The most obvious of these is the slacker head tube, which drops from 68. 5 degrees to 67. 3 (size medium), adding almost an inch to the wheelbase and boosting ripability by untold numbers. It's also got a long top tube and runs a stable, wide handlebar for confident control on descents that doesn't drop the bottom bracket to the point where obstacles on corners translate to spills. The AOS suspension is governed by a FOX Float CTD Boost Valve shock, which takes full advantage of the suspension's small bump compliance and efficient pedaling by controlling bottom-out compression for a feeling of endless travel that doesn't sap speed like a ... Read More

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Niner
$4,699.00 at Backcountry

The biggest change Niner made to the Jet 9 Carbon 4-Star X01 Complete Mountain Bike's frame is that the lightweight, stiff alloy u...sed only in the previous iteration's rear suspension links is now used throughout the back end. This mixed-media design uses a carbon front triangle to put the race-proven geometry of the Jet 9 in the hands of more cyclists while keeping the focus on stiffness, an attribute further boosted with the new addition of a 12x142mm thru axle. The cumulatively stiffer ride maintains carbon's efficiency, tracks more precisely over terrain, and protects the oversized cartridge bearings of the suspension -- after all, the pivot points aren't designed to handle torsional and lateral flex, and a stiffer overall system keeps things moving as they should. Other than that back end boost, much of the Jet 9 Carbon resembles the previous model. It shares a carbon monocoque main triangle and many of the RDO's features, including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, cleanly routed internal cables, and relatively stubby chainstays. Most importantly though, they share the same eager 29er geometry. While the industry-wide love of 29ers has sent some manufacturers into R&D purgatory in order to find a solution to full suspension/29er compatibility issues, Niner has been sitting pretty for some time with its 100 millimeters of CVA travel. The CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing's lost to compressing the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth when taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push on through rock gardens. Adding to CVA's trail appeal is a low ratio of shock stroke to suspension movement. This decreases the amount of preload needed, which translates to smooth, effective damping and less drag on the shock seals. For 2015, Niner trusts it... Read More

Niner
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

29ers are built for speed. That's a simple enough fact. It also stands to reason that a little bit of suspension will facilitate t...hat hunger for speed, but too much will bog you down. Given that Niner bills the R. I. P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the flagship chassis of its 29er-only fleet, it's not surprising that it combines 5in of enduro-grade travel with the XC tendencies of 29-inch wheels for a machine that's truly all-mountain. The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform at the R. I. P. 9's heart is the key to Niner's fame. That's because the CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. Pedal input isn't lost to compression in the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth while taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push through trail furniture. No amount of big-wheel speed or enduro-minded travel can save a shoddy frame, though, so Niner dumped every bit of its R&D nous into the material lay-up of the frame's two triangles. The frame began life as a gleam in a pixel's eye in computer modelling software before moving through exhaustive phases of virtual and then physical prototyping. The final product replicates the virtual models' precise standards with Niner's internal compaction system, which uses internal bladders for virtually perfect tube shaping with no imperfections or resin pooling. This let Niner dial the lay-up, adding stiffness through the drivetrain spine and keeping the frame light and compliant where those qualities benefit the ride most. Compared to its alloy counterpart, the R. I. P. 9 RDO's carbon build also allows for an extra 10mm of travel while shortening the chainstay by 5mm. This combines with the moderate head tube angle for a fast climbing, sharply responsive, nimble bike that still tracks through terrain with all of the confident aggression ... Read More

Niner
$1,849.00 $1,099.00 at Backcountry

In order to celebrate spring and 29ers and 29ers with full, springy suspension, we've written a haiku about Niner's high-travel RI...P 9 Mountain Bike Frame: Five-inch suspension29er with travelBig hit compliance OK, our poetics don't exactly inspire comparisons with Matsuo Basho. But that's OK, because the bike speaks for itself. Anyone who isn't inspired to sing paeans to a bike with all the trail aggression of a 29er and a poetic dose of all-mountain suspension is probably looking at the wrong website. The alloy version of Niner's limitless RIP 9 series has the same proven geometry, removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, and titanium frame guards as the RDO version, so you're not missing out on any of the little tricks that make the RIP series such a beloved, effective trail ripper. What it is missing is a plastic frame, as Niner brings its new airform aluminum manufacturing process to bear. Airforming uses compressed air instead of water to shape alloy into the RIP 9's tubes, allowing for increased control of material thickness and tube shapes. This makes for a process that lets Niner use less material than with hydroforming, so the airformed RIP is able to come within a claimed 295 grams of carbon RIP RDO. Go ahead and calculate that in pennies-per-gram terms and you'll agree that it's no sacrifice. The head tube and seat tube angles are a relatively steep 69. 5 and 72. 5 degrees, respectively. Combined with a tapered head tube, these angles mean the spry RIP 9 can climb and navigate technical terrain better than a slacker 29er while still reducing fork deflection for tracking that sticks to its line. Of course, it is still a 29er with five glorious inches of Constantly Varying Arc travel (CVA), so you can always just ride roughshod over that terrain, instead. Niner's CVA suspension system started with a clean sheet in order to tweak the links and pivots for 29 answers to whatever questions an un... Read More

GT
$1,999.99 at Backcountry

Though GT officially uses the name Speed Metal Ultra for the material that the Zaskar 27. 5 LE Expert Complete Mountain Bike's fra...me is made from, the phrase speed metal is also appropriate when applied to the bike's ride. The durable, lightweight, and--most importantly--stiff alloy material ensures that every possible watt is transferred from the pedals, through the hardtail rear triangle, and into the trail. This obsessive pursuit of speed would make for a harsh ride in traditional frames, but GT's Triple Triangle design lengthens the chainstays, making for two connection points that avoid the seat tube juncture and diffuse trail chatter through the frame instead of straight up the seatpost. The result is an XC beast whose durability recommends it for abuse that goes beyond singletrack to tempt the enduro crusader in all of us. Read More

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Niner
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

29ers are built for speed. That's a simple enough fact. It also stands to reason that a little bit of suspension will facilitate t...hat hunger for speed, but too much will bog you down. Given that Niner bills the R. I. P. 9 RDO Carbon Mountain Bike Frame as the flagship chassis of its 29er-only fleet, it's not surprising that it combines 5in of enduro-grade travel with the XC tendencies of 29-inch wheels for a machine that's truly all-mountain. The Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension platform at the R. I. P. 9's heart is the key to Niner's fame. That's because the CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. Pedal input isn't lost to compression in the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth while taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push through trail furniture. No amount of big-wheel speed or enduro-minded travel can save a shoddy frame, though, so Niner dumped every bit of its R&D nous into the material lay-up of the frame's two triangles. The frame began life as a gleam in a pixel's eye in computer modelling software before moving through exhaustive phases of virtual and then physical prototyping. The final product replicates the virtual models' precise standards with Niner's internal compaction system, which uses internal bladders for virtually perfect tube shaping with no imperfections or resin pooling. This let Niner dial the lay-up, adding stiffness through the drivetrain spine and keeping the frame light and compliant where those qualities benefit the ride most. Compared to its alloy counterpart, the R. I. P. 9 RDO's carbon build also allows for an extra 10mm of travel while shortening the chainstay by 5mm. This combines with the moderate head tube angle for a fast climbing, sharply responsive, nimble bike that still tracks through terrain with all of the confident aggression ... Read More

Juliana
$5,999.00 $5,099.00 at Backcountry

The 2015 Juliana Joplin Carbon CC X01 Complete Mountain Bike is something rare: a fast, light, fully-equipped, women's-specific du...al-suspension 29er. Are speed and smoothness your biggest desires out on the trail? Look no further. First thing's first: why step up to 29-inch wheels? They may be a bit heavier than traditional 26-inch wheels, which can make the bikes slightly less agile and slightly slower to accelerate, but once you've adjusted to them, they offer tremendous advantages, like lower approach and departure angles to roll over obstacles more easily, and increased contact patch length for greater traction in cornering and climbing. The greater inertia of the larger wheels maintains your momentum better, as well. To be fair, it took a few generations before most manufacturers could dial in the proper geometry to 29ers so that they didn't feel awkward on the trails, but the Joplin is an excellent example of it done right. The Joplin's also a well-balanced bike, with agile handling and geometry that's slightly aggressive, but not so much so as to compromise its comfort in non-aggressive situations. It's as capable on the climbs or descents as you want it to be. A size Small is available, too, with a very low standover height, making the Joplin an exceptionally friendly 29er to shorter riders out there. Santa Cruz, Juliana's parent company, has long been established as masters in alloy formation, and the Joplin showcases this, as well. Hydroformed and butted tubes create a laterally stiff and responsive chassis, with a tapered head tube for accurate steering and threaded bottom bracket to keep maintenance down. The bottom line is a fast, stable machine that's as happy to race as it is to quietly cruise your favorite trails for an afternoon. Santa Cruz and Juliana's revered VPP suspension platform can be blamed for much of the Joplin's overachieving performance, as well. Granting the Joplin 100mm of rear-wheel travel, the wheel doesn't simply bounce up an... Read More

Ibis
$5,599.00 at Backcountry

The identity of 29in trail bikes has never been much of a mystery: they're stable, reliable, and not always as quick as you'd like.... Ibis, not content with the status quo, decided to change things up, and to that end introduced the Ripley, a killer carbon-fiber trail bike with the stability of classic 29er and the liveliness of a zapped rabbit. Making a bike as nimble as the Ripley requires a few things: a killer suspension, the perfect geometry, and a light weight. If it was easy to get all three things in a single package, more people would do it, so the fact that Ibis figured it out as a testament to its know-how and stick-to-itiveness. Using plenty of complicated technological fandangling, Ibis was able to design a frame that weighs a WHOPPING five pounds, while maintaining the strength to be ridden hard. To get the suspension dialed in, the company enlisted the help of suspension guru Dave Weagle, the designer of the original DW-Link. The result is a suspension setup that's responsive, nimble, and strong on the climbs, thanks to the suspension design and the inclusion of a Fox FLOAT CTD Adjust Kashima rear shock with 120mm of travel. Ibis paired the shock up with a Fox FLOAT 32 CTD G2 Fork, also with 120mm travel, to crush virtually anything short of rampaging downhill rides. With the guts of the Ripley set up to perfection, Ibis set about outfitting it to provide top-shelf everything else. To that end, this build comes with Shimano Deore XT shifters and derailleurs, Ibis Lo-Fi Carbon handlebars, and an Ibis-branded stem, saddle, and seatpost. The Stan's ZTR Arch EX wheelset is shoed with Specialized Ground Control 2BR and Fast Trak 2BT tires in the front and rear, respectively, and the e. thirteen cranks drive two chainrings, one with 24 teeth and one with 34. A nine-speed Shimano XT cassette gets you easily through the gears. Read More

Niner
$1,999.00 at Backcountry

If you glance at the specs, you'll notice that the 2015 Niner Air 9 RDO Mountain Bike Frame is roughly 100 grams lighter than the ...previous version. This was accomplished using Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS). This process allows the Niner engineers to create tubing that is near perfect in shape and wall thickness, without wasted carbon or resin build-up. Without the cushiness of a rear shock, Niner went to town to design a frame that not only dampens vibration and minimizes chatter, but also moves impact forces to the larger and stronger areas of the frame so you can take a hit from rougher trails. The bottom bracket is designed for a PF30 and your pedal power is transferred to the rear drivetrain via the same chainstays as the previous version. The difference is that Niner has added a 12x142 Maxle to the rear dropouts. The oversized downtube keeps the bike holding tight to the line you choose, and its clearance allows for tires up to 2. 4in wide. Read More

Juliana
$3,399.00 $2,889.00 at Backcountry

The Juliana Joplin Carbon R complete bike gives you all the bells and whistles--29-inch wheels, a carbon fiber frame, VPP suspensi...on--and keeps them all within reach by outfitting the bike with a value-packed build kit. The only thing you'll have to worry about, once you hit the singletrack, is waiting for your significant other to catch up. The Joplin starts with a carbon fiber frame built around Santa Cruz' legendary Virtual Pivot Point suspension, which, through intelligent design and years of perfecting, eliminates pedal bob while it keeps the suspension plush and lively. The 29-inch platform adds stability and reduces your angle of attack. That means you roll over obstacles more easily, and the wheels naturally roll faster. 29-inch wheels also provide a larger contact patch, so you have more traction in turns. To round out the build, Santa Cruz chose Shimano's dependable Deore drivetrain with Deore XT rear derailleur and SLX cassette and chain. A Fox Float rear shock takes care of suspension duties out back, while a RockShox Recon Gold 120mm keeps the front wheel tracking smoothly. Juliana's women-specific saddle, handlebar, and grips keep you comfortable while you ride. Read More

Niner
$4,999.00 at Backcountry

We're living in a golden era of mountain biking. Never before have you been able to get a bike with all the technical capabilities... of the late 2000's World Cup DH race bikes, at sub-30-pound weights. And one of our favorite examples of this progress is the Niner WFO 9 4-Star Complete Mountain Bike. With a stellar SRAM package, from the X01 one-by-eleven drivetrain, to the EWS-winning RockShox suspension package, this is a bike that will gladly handle anything you throw at it. And while it's clearly optimized for going down, it's both light and efficient enough to make climbing a snap, too. When trail bikes are this good, we think you'll agree -- there's never been a better time to be a mountain biker. The WFO established itself early on as an immensely capable bike when ridden wide freakin' open, and the latest version will crystallize that reputation. For starters, Niner relaxed the head angle to 67 degrees, which puts it on the very-slack end of the spectrum for big-wheeled bikes. And while this change enhances the high speed stability, it was important to keep the WFO responsive across a wide variety of trails. Accordingly, the chainstays were shortened to a more moderate 17. 4 inches, and the top tube lengths have also been reduced by 20mm across the size range. This gives it a lighter handling feel, and keeps the wheelbase from getting unwieldy. Rounded out with a slightly lower bottom bracket, the new WFO has all the stability of its predecessor, with greater versatility. With a generous 150mm of rear wheel travel, the WFO is clearly optimized for descending fast in hairy terrain. But you may be surprised to find how responsive it is when you get on the gas. That's because of Niner's CVA suspension platform. Unlike other designs, CVA is optimized for the increased bottom bracket drop inherent in 29in-wheeled bikes, which helps to maximize efficiency. It tends to ride high in the travel, with a controlled mid-stroke, which keeps the WFO stable through rock ... Read More

Ibis
$2,899.00 at Backcountry

Ibis is known for taking its time when it comes to developing new products. The Ripley frame is no different, with nearly six year...s of development in its design and testing. The impetus behind the Ripley was the desire to innovate a trail bike where the 29er platform feels most advantageous. The result: a lightweight, responsive, agile frame. Ibis uses its monocoque frame design to create the lightweight frame. But the Ripley features a first: a micro balloon foam core for the swingarm and clevis. Unlike other manufacturers who use a foam or aluminum structure to lay the carbon over, Ibis uses foam as a core. This not only increases the rigidity of the frame, it also reduces the weight. The responsiveness and agility are the products of the collaboration with suspension designer Dave Weagle. The goal was to create a suspension system that reduces the usual elongated chainstays to create a compact system for fast reaction and fast riding. The result is a twin-eccentric system that provides an anti-squat pedaling motion to put all of your effort into the horizontal movement of the bike. Additionally, the handling of the Ripley was developed using input from riders who agreed that it rode best with a 70-degree angle for a 120mm travel fork. Using the FOX Racing Shox 32 FLOAT 120 G2 CTD and rather stubby 17. 5-inch chainstays, the Ripley is ready to rock the trails. Read More

Juliana
$1,950.00 $1,099.99 at Backcountry

The Juliana Furtado Mountain Bike Frame -- which shares a geometry and material layup with its celebrated brother bike, the Santa ...Cruz 5010 -- is an easy front-runner on the favorites list of editors, reviewers, and riders across all factions of trail bike partisans. The Furtado's plush geometry, VPP suspension, and medium-travel CTD shock mean that it can handle just about everything a mountain throws at it, coming dangerously close to eliding the distinctions between trail and all-mountain frames. The nice thing about buying a frame is that you get to spec it yourself, so you're not limited by what the manufacturer thinks you should be on. Maybe you want a lighter, 1X crank rather than the stock triple chainring option that Juliana ships on the pre-built Furtado, but you love the above-mentioned proven geometry and industry-leading VPP suspension. Well here you go. Specing a bike yourself can cost a little more and be a bit of a hassle, but some cyclists enjoy the thrill of the gear hunt almost as much as the rush of hunting for a line on a technical descent. The Furtado is made of hydroformed aluminum, which is shaped and butted to place more material where it's needed, earning the modifiers lightweight with durable while capitalizing on aluminum's storied stiffness for efficient climbing and confidence on downhills. The rear triangle is shaped asymmetrically to account for unequal drive-side and non-drive forces. This prevents flex and ensures suspension motion is directed to the rear shock and not into flexing the frame, which would cause it to dog trot around switchbacks or across rock gardens. The Furtado uses Juliana's Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension. VPP is a dual-link suspension model whose links move independently of each other for a suspension that basically moves the rear axle in different ways during different stages of travel. (We write "basically" because this is an over-simplification of how VPP works, but it conveys the general idea well e... Read More

Niner
$1,849.00 $1,099.00 at Backcountry

In order to celebrate spring and 29ers and 29ers with full, springy suspension, we've written a haiku about Niner's high-travel RI...P 9 Mountain Bike Frame: Five-inch suspension29er with travelBig hit compliance OK, our poetics don't exactly inspire comparisons with Matsuo Basho. But that's OK, because the bike speaks for itself. Anyone who isn't inspired to sing paeans to a bike with all the trail aggression of a 29er and a poetic dose of all-mountain suspension is probably looking at the wrong website. The alloy version of Niner's limitless RIP 9 series has the same proven geometry, removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, 142mm rear spacing, and titanium frame guards as the RDO version, so you're not missing out on any of the little tricks that make the RIP series such a beloved, effective trail ripper. What it is missing is a plastic frame, as Niner brings its new airform aluminum manufacturing process to bear. Airforming uses compressed air instead of water to shape alloy into the RIP 9's tubes, allowing for increased control of material thickness and tube shapes. This makes for a process that lets Niner use less material than with hydroforming, so the airformed RIP is able to come within a claimed 295 grams of carbon RIP RDO. Go ahead and calculate that in pennies-per-gram terms and you'll agree that it's no sacrifice. The head tube and seat tube angles are a relatively steep 69. 5 and 72. 5 degrees, respectively. Combined with a tapered head tube, these angles mean the spry RIP 9 can climb and navigate technical terrain better than a slacker 29er while still reducing fork deflection for tracking that sticks to its line. Of course, it is still a 29er with five glorious inches of Constantly Varying Arc travel (CVA), so you can always just ride roughshod over that terrain, instead. Niner's CVA suspension system started with a clean sheet in order to tweak the links and pivots for 29 answers to whatever questions an un... Read More

Niner
$1,849.00 at Backcountry

Just because it's an alloy frame, doesn't mean the Niner Jet 9 is an outdated curiosity from racing's past. On the contrary, Niner... is still investing in aluminum technology, and the new Jet 9 benefits directly. Niner replaced hydroforming with airforming, a process that involves super-heated aluminum blasted into form with compressed air. This nets greater control over tube thicknesses and allows Niner to use almost a pound less material without sacrificing any stiffness or durability, all while preserving the incomparable ride of 29-inch wheels. The Jet 9's rear triangle is also updated for 2015, using new linkage shapes that are somehow lighter and stiffer. It also spears your rear wheel with a robust 12 x 142mm thru axle instead of its predecessor's 10 x 135 setup. The new axle is the new standard, adding yet more stiffness and rigidity for more precise rear wheel tracking over nasty terrain. Another side benefit of less back-end flex is a longer life for the complicated series of pivots used in the CVA suspension system, a surprisingly capable design that you'll want to last as long as possible. While the industry-wide love of 29ers has sent some manufacturers into R&D purgatory in order to find a solution to full suspension/29er compatibility issues, Niner has been sitting pretty for some time with its 100 millimeters of CVA travel. The CVA suspension's lower link sits below the bottom bracket, which puts the bike's virtual instant center ahead of the drivetrain and effectively isolates the drivetrain from the rear triangle. When you press on the pedals, nothing's lost to compressing the suspension, and you won't suffer kickback from chainstay growth when taking advantage of the 29er's ability to push on through rock gardens. The CVA design results in surprisingly stubby chainstays, which go some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with 29ers. The Jet 9 negotiates tight switchbacks and technical stretches with a finesse... Read More

Ibis
$2,999.99 at Backcountry

The Ibis Tranny 29er Special Blend Complete Mountain Bike thinks ahead, not just for what features and components riders are looki...ng for, but for what a hardtail mountain bike can and should be. The Tranny is molded as a carbon fiber monocoque in two separate sections. At the seatstay junction, the wishbone is effectively bolted into a double shear bracket on the back of the seat tube and is shaped to allow a small degree of radial movement. This allows for the chain-tensioning effect of the Slot Machine tensioning unit found just aft of the bottom bracket. As the name implies, there is a slot that allows the clamping hardware in the chainstays to have 15mm of fore and aft movement, and it's protected by a molded rubber sheath that blocks out dirt, keeping the unit creak-free. This range of adjustment permits tensioning of the chain when paired with a singlespeed drivetrain, which negates the need for an eccentric bottom bracket. And if you've ever pulled your hair out trying to silence a creaky EBB, you'll appreciate just how much of a benefit that really is. Pull the Slot Machine all the way forward and you can run the Tranny geared with short chainstays for razor-sharp handling in tight trails. But perhaps the Slot Machine's most unique benefit is that it allows the Tranny frame to be split into two units, making it much more compact when packing for travel. Admittedly, it's not a surefire way to avoid airline bike fees, but plenty of people have done so successfully by packing their Trannys in standard-sized luggage. For all its utility, the Ibis Tranny remains true to its race-proven roots. The low bottom bracket keeps it planted when railing turns, while the short chainstays enhance its responsiveness. With its unified carbon construction, this frame is optimized for stiffness and vibration damping. The front triangle bears some obvious similarities to the Ripley, both in terms of aesthetics, and the supremely balanced steering geometry. The seatstays are... Read More

GT
$2,349.99 at Backcountry

The 2015 GT Helion Elite Complete Mountain Bike is a bit of a head-scratcher. GT has managed to combine an ultra-advanced 110mm su...spension system, rendered in top-shelf aluminum alloy, with a great parts kit, all for an extremely reasonable price. We could ponder this one a while, but instead, we'll just tell you why the Helion Elite is one of the best deals we sell, and after one spin, we think you'll agree. The frame of the Helion Comp you see here is made out of 6061-T6 aluminum alloy. Who cares, right? You will. This is often regarded as the best all-around alloy from which to make bike frames. It's mostly aluminum, but also has composite components of magnesium and silicone, blended in the proper proportion to bestow the metal with rigidity, deformation resistance, and incredible torsional strength while still being one of the lightest alloys on the market. In the Helion, the tubes are butted and hydroformed to exacting thicknesses all over the frame, allocating strength and stiffness where they're needed while eliminating weight where it's not. The bottom line is a frame that is ready to take your worst while helping you ride your best. Helping out here is GT's revolutionary Independent Drivetrain suspension platform. The idea of isolating the drivetrain so that it's not affected by suspension movement is nothing new, but GT's approach is, and it works really, really well. The crankset and the rest of the drivetrain make their home entirely on the rear triangle, unlike many designs that put the crank on the mainframe and the rest of the drivetrain parts on the rear triangle. The problem with this is suspension compression that occurs with pedal force, robbing you of efficiency. It's simpler to build bikes this way -- indeed, the I. D. system on the Helion is complicated to look at, but it works. Sprinting or out-of-saddle climbing is rewarded with hardtail-like efficiency, not dependent on a shock's damping, yet it's incredibly compliant, and the front ha... Read More

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GT
$2,699.99 at Backcountry

Unless you're getting after it in really big terrain, 130mm of travel is about all you need. Perhaps not coincidentally, GT's Sens...or Expert comes equipped with precisely that amount of travel. Up front, the Sensor relies on the tried-and-trusted Rock Shox Revelation fork to soak up trail chatter, and its assisted by the frame's 68. 5-degree head angle. This combo will give you the confidence to take the bigger line in on almost any trail. The back end of the Sensor is worth a mention, too, as the travel's controlled by a tuned Fox Float CTD, which gives you three distinct compression settings based on what kind of riding you're doing at the moment. The drivetrain is comprised of ultra-reliable Shimano bits, including the brakes. You'll roll on WTB rims wrapped in Continental's X-King tires, a favorite on all kinds of terrain. Read More

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