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Ellsworth
$3,395.00 $1,699.00 at Backcountry

Mountain bikers are often caricatured as beer-swilling, lowbrow versions of their skinny tire counterparts, uninterested in anythi...ng but the thrill of mud-covered, terrain-smashing lunacy. We contend that this is unfair, as many of us appreciate the multifaceted refinement of a bike like Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon Mountain Bike Frameset. The Evolve is not only handles terrain with confidence, but it also climbs well and has the cross-country speed pedigree of 29-inch wheels. It doesn't skimp on good looks, either, with Ellsworth claiming that it's a piece of "performance art." We agree, and we've found that the best way to appreciate this particular piece is covered in mud while enjoying a cold beer after a maniacal run through a rock garden. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional Toray carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12 millimeter bolt needed for each pivot assemble makes for a lighter, less complicated system. Fewer parts mean fewer issues, and you can ride confidently knowing that the part that is there happens to be the size of your rear axle. The semi-integrated tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transfer... Read More

Ellsworth
$5,750.00 $3,699.00 at Backcountry

29ers are typically about one thing: speed. Given this myopic focus on all things forward-moving, we often ignore the aesthetics o...f our big-wheeled machines, but with Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon XT Complete Mountain Bike, this is impossible. On first glance, you might assume that the California-based manufacturer put as much time into designing the Evolve's paint job as it did engineering the frame and suspension; however, a quick look at Ellsworth's tech sheet disabuses you of that misconception. The Evolve is, in fact, built for 29-inches of durable, aggressive speed and sharp handling -- the good looks are just a welcome extra. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC-machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12mm bolt needed for each pivot assembly makes for a lighter, less complicated system. The semi-integrated, tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transferring into forward motion instead of lost to those two suspension gremlins, forward Jack and vertical Bob. Furthermore, ICT doesn't require a lock-out, so the suspension is always fully active, even while climbing. The addition of chain torque doesn't constrain the sys... Read More

Ellsworth
$3,395.00 $1,699.00 at Backcountry

Mountain bikers are often caricatured as beer-swilling, lowbrow versions of their skinny tire counterparts, uninterested in anythi...ng but the thrill of mud-covered, terrain-smashing lunacy. We contend that this is unfair, as many of us appreciate the multifaceted refinement of a bike like Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon Mountain Bike Frameset. The Evolve is not only handles terrain with confidence, but it also climbs well and has the cross-country speed pedigree of 29-inch wheels. It doesn't skimp on good looks, either, with Ellsworth claiming that it's a piece of "performance art." We agree, and we've found that the best way to appreciate this particular piece is covered in mud while enjoying a cold beer after a maniacal run through a rock garden. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional Toray carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12 millimeter bolt needed for each pivot assemble makes for a lighter, less complicated system. Fewer parts mean fewer issues, and you can ride confidently knowing that the part that is there happens to be the size of your rear axle. The semi-integrated tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transfer... Read More

Ellsworth
$5,750.00 $3,699.00 at Backcountry

29ers are typically about one thing: speed. Given this myopic focus on all things forward-moving, we often ignore the aesthetics o...f our big-wheeled machines, but with Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon XT Complete Mountain Bike, this is impossible. On first glance, you might assume that the California-based manufacturer put as much time into designing the Evolve's paint job as it did engineering the frame and suspension; however, a quick look at Ellsworth's tech sheet disabuses you of that misconception. The Evolve is, in fact, built for 29-inches of durable, aggressive speed and sharp handling -- the good looks are just a welcome extra. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC-machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12mm bolt needed for each pivot assembly makes for a lighter, less complicated system. The semi-integrated, tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transferring into forward motion instead of lost to those two suspension gremlins, forward Jack and vertical Bob. Furthermore, ICT doesn't require a lock-out, so the suspension is always fully active, even while climbing. The addition of chain torque doesn't constrain the sys... Read More

Niner
$3,699.00 $2,589.00 at Backcountry

The fact that the Jet 9 Complete Mountain Bike Frame isn't the top of Niner's line actually carries a distinct benefit: you don't ...have to pay the pole-position tax levied against carbon wonder frames, but you still enjoy Niner's race-ready efficiency and unrivaled 29er suspension platform. Some racers need a full plastic bike to feel fast, while others just need actual speed. The Jet 9 Carbon is for the latter. Just because it's an alloy frame, doesn't mean the 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. The Jet 9's rear triangle is also updated for 2015, spearing your rear wheel with a robust 12x142 millimeter thru axle. The new axle is the new standard, adding stiffness and rigidity for more precise rear wheel tracking over nasty terrain compared to its predecessor's 10x135 setup. 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 100mm 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 abili... Read More

Niner
$3,699.00 $2,589.00 at Backcountry

The fact that the Jet 9 Complete Mountain Bike Frame isn't the top of Niner's line actually carries a distinct benefit: you don't ...have to pay the pole-position tax levied against carbon wonder frames, but you still enjoy Niner's race-ready efficiency and unrivaled 29er suspension platform. Some racers need a full plastic bike to feel fast, while others just need actual speed. The Jet 9 Carbon is for the latter. Just because it's an alloy frame, doesn't mean the 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. The Jet 9's rear triangle is also updated for 2015, spearing your rear wheel with a robust 12x142 millimeter thru axle. The new axle is the new standard, adding stiffness and rigidity for more precise rear wheel tracking over nasty terrain compared to its predecessor's 10x135 setup. 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 100mm 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 abili... Read More

Niner
$2,299.00 $1,599.00 at Backcountry

The fact that the Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame isn't the top of Niner's line carries a distinct benefit: you don't have to pay... the pole-position tax levied against the RDO frames, but you still enjoy Niner's race-ready efficiency and unrivaled 29er suspension platform. The Jet 9 Carbon shares the same monocoque front triangle with tapered head tube as the RDO -- including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, eight oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. That's where the similarities end, and the JET 9 Carbon takes on an existence all of its own. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup as the front, but Instead of carbon links, the JET 9 gets stiff, forged alloy ones. It also ditches the 12x142mm rear thru-axle in favor of 10x135mm quick-release standard. These measures reduce weight, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities. 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. The CVA design also boasts stubby chainstays, which goes some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with 29ers. The Jet 9 Carbon enjoys both the free-rolling, stable abandon of those big 29er contact points and an ability to negotiate tight switchbacks and technical stretches that's more in line with 27. 5s. While climbing, it labors pleasantly with little complaint and virtually no bob. While we know and like plenty of Bobs off the bi... Read More

Niner
$4,699.00 $3,289.99 at Backcountry

Though we appreciate the nod toward affordability of the aluminum rear triangle on the newest Jet 9 Carbon frame, the fact that th...e 2014 model used carbon in both the front and rear triangles won it an enduring place in our hearts. That's why we jumped at the chance to spec this lightweight racer with appropriately speed-minded kit. From the feathery stanchions of the 32 Float fork to the minimalist one-by drivetrain, the resulting Niner Jet 9 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike is built for cyclists who treat every ride like race day. While it doesn't officially carry Niner's flagship Race Day Optimized (RDO) label, the Jet 9 Carbon does feature the same monocoque front triangle and tapered head tube. It's also got the same built-up bottom bracket, oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup as the front, but Instead of the RDO's carbon links, the JET 9 gets stiff, forged alloy ones. It also ditches the 12x142mm rear thru-axle in favor of the 10x135mm quick-release standard. These measures reduce weight, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities. 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, but 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. The CVA design also boasts stubby chainstays, which goes some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with the 29ers of yesteryear. The Jet 9 Carbon enjoys both the free-rolling, stab... Read More

Santa Cruz Bicycles
$3,699.00 $2,499.99 at Competitive Cyclist

When it comes to the latest suspension magic and carbon alchemy, we're as excitable as the next cyclist, but there's something mor...e than nostalgia behind our love of the Santa Cruz single pivot alloy frame that's the platform for our in-house Bantam X01 Complete Mountain Bike. Instead of romantic pining for days past, we ride the Bantam for utility and fun. It's utilitarian because the bombproof suspension and frame have been proven on the trails for decades; it's fun because that proven tech is easy to maintain and proof against mid-ride failure, so we spend more time in the saddle and less time in the shop. During the suspension arms race, we've seen more than our fair share of wacky, complicated schemes that may ease the ride but multiply the possible points of failure exponentially. The beautiful simplicity of the Bantam's single-pivot design does away with all that, providing five flexible inches of travel built on super-stiff collet hardware and feeding power into an efficiently oversized 12x142mm rear axle. The rear end is matched with a low bottom bracket and a tapered head tube, which conspire to further increase stiffness and sticking lines. The Bantam's geometry mirrors Santa Cruz's 5010 race rocket, so it lets you clean those lines with aggressive flair that comes from the rider, not a high-priced luxury bike. We've spec'd this Bantam with our own blend of race kit, enjoying the freedom to choose the components we love as riders, not the components that benefit a manufacturer's bottom line. The drivetrain is SRAM's revolutionary X01 mated to a Race Face Turbine crankset, a blend of simplicity and durability that matches the frame. We also opted for Mavic's all-inclusive Crossroc wheel system. Given that we had carte blanche with the brakes, there was never any question what we'd choose: Shimano XT. When it comes to hydraulic braking, we're not sure why anyone would ever run anything else. So we didn't. Given the focus we've devoted to what we love ... Read More

Fizik
$150.00 $119.95 at Sierra Trading Post

CLOSEOUTS . Handmade in Italy specifically for 29andquot; wheel bikes, Fizikand#39;s Thar K:ium mountain bike saddle offers plenti...ful rail adjustability to allow for a compact seating position. Available Colors: BLACK, BLACK/RED. Read More

Pacific
$99.99 $79.99 at Kmart

Surprise the Boy In Your Life with the Pacific Evolution 20 Inch Boy's Mountain Bike It can be tough to encourage kids to spend ti...me outdoors but with the Pacific Evolution 20 Inch boy's mountain bike , you'll have a hard time getting them back in the house. Designed for boys between 48 and 55 inches tall, this bike boasts a bright lime-green frame that's sure to get plenty of attention. Although it's fun for cruising through neighborhoods, it really gets exciting when you head to the mountains. The 20-inch wheels are suitable for trail terrain, plenty of obstacles and twists along the way. Having a 20 Inch boy's mountain bike will transform summer for your child. Instead of needing a ride across the street, they can hop on their bike and go. Instead of complaining about boredom, you can watch them practicing tricks in the backyard on their bike. You can enjoy peace of mind thanks to safety features like twist shifters with linear pull brakes for safe and quick stops. Plus, the steel frame is light enough to bring with you on summer trips with the whole family. 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

Hero Kit
$119.00 $79.99 at Backcountry

'Super Hero Extreme' might be very well be an overbearing string of superlatives better left to action packed Saturday-morning ani...mations of the 90s. But, given the amount of lightweight tools and essential gear in this repair Kit for Mountain Biking, you'll understand why Hero Kit went to this degree. What makes this kit different from the Super Hero is that it's lighter and more compact. That qualifies for extreme, right? This is achieved by replacing a standard tube with a Specialized Turbo, upgrading the pump to an ultralight model, and including a smaller Planet Bike top tube bag. The rest of the kit shares all the thoughtful features as the others. Not only does the kit provide tools, it also includes step-by-step instructions, too. This means that when your electronic gadgets are out of range or have chewed through a battery, you're still able to reference a 24-page waterproof manual of easy-to-follow instructions. Essentially, that's the extent of this kits thoughtfulness. However, it's much more than just a book and multi-tool in a plastic bag. First off, the included LokSak is a waterproof, highly-durable bag -- not something that you pack a lunch in. The Hero Kit also includes a multi-use wipe in order to spare your favorite sock from a dishonorable trailside demise. Some more commonly overlooked essentials are duct tape, cable ties, and an emergency contact card. Well, that covers personal and some mechanical aids, although, there's more to the latter. You'll also find that the Hero Kit smartly includes a gear cable, 9- and 10-speed KMC replacement links, a frame bolt, and a cleat bolt. If you've ever experienced the frustration of a loose cleat halfway through a ride, you're able to rightfully appreciate the last detail. As for tire repairs, the kit includes a Planet Bike tire levers and a patch kit, along with a Tyvek boot in order to repair torn sidewalls. Finally, the Hero Kit Hero Kit for Mountain Biking's multi-tool has 12 functions includi... 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

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

TRAYL
$349.99 $279.99 at Sports Authority

Sleek and smooth, this Trayl women's TR 27.5-inch hardtail mountain bike will be your daily companion in the great outdoors. Its s...turdy 6061 aluminum frame stands up to wear and tear, and a padded seat provides a comfortable ride. The suspension fork has been improved to absorb 25% additional shock over rugged terrain. Size: MEDIUM. Color: WHITE/TURQUOISE. Gender: Female. Read More

Diamondback
$349.99 $279.99 at Sports Authority

The Diamondback Lustre ST women's mountain bike is the perfect entry-level machine for a recreational ride. It features a step-thr...ough steel frame for easy on and off, with a front suspension that absorbs the big hits for more control. Twist shifters run it through 21 gears, and alloy linear-pull brakes deliver powerful stops whether you're on the street or the dirt. Size: 15. Color: BLUE. Gender: Female. Read More

Huffy
$262.99 $179.99 at Kmart

XMJ1279 Features Whether riding on roads or up mountains, the hi-ten steel 27.5'' dual suspension frame is easier to handle, more ...comfortable to ride, and reduces wear and tear on the rest of the bike Kolo suspension fork helps the front wheel soak up bumps and drops; with a flexible fork, the bike absorbs the roughness of the road so your hands and arms don't have to Knobby tires are durable enough for mountain trails yet strong and fast enough for street rides Age group: 12+ years Frame Color: Grey Frame Material: Steel Weight Capacity: 250 Pounds Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 45'' Overall Width - Side to Side: 25'' Overall Depth - Front to Back: 67'' Overall Product Weight: 42.5 lbs 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

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

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Mavic
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry

Pure mountain performance technical jerseyUltimate trail jersey for riders looking for serious technical features, good fit and pe...rformance with clean styling. Technical construction for lightweight durability. 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

Mavic
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry

Pure mountain performance technical jerseyUltimate trail jersey for riders looking for serious technical features, good fit and pe...rformance with clean styling. Technical construction for lightweight durability. Read More

Mavic
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry

Pure mountain performance technical jerseyUltimate trail jersey for riders looking for serious technical features, good fit and pe...rformance with clean styling. Technical construction for lightweight durability. 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

Hero Kit
$119.00 $79.99 at Backcountry

Super Hero Extreme' might be very well be an overbearing string of superlatives better left to action packed Saturday-morning anim...ations of the 90s. But, given the amount of lightweight tools and essential gear in this repair Kit for Mountain Biking, you'll understand why Hero Kit went to this degree. What makes this kit different from the Super Hero is that it's lighter and more compact. That qualifies for extreme, right? This is achieved by replacing a standard tube with a Specialized Turbo, upgrading the pump to an ultralight model, and including a smaller Planet Bike top tube bag. The rest of the kit shares all the thoughtful features as the others. Not only does the kit provide tools, it also includes step-by-step instructions, too. This means that when your electronic gadgets are out of range or have chewed through a battery, you're still able to reference a 24-page waterproof manual of easy-to-follow instructions. Essentially, that's the extent of this kits thoughtfulness. However, it's much more than just a book and multi-tool in a plastic bag. First off, the included LokSak is a waterproof, highly-durable bag -- not something that you pack a lunch in. The Hero Kit also includes a multi-use wipe in order to spare your favorite sock from a dishonorable trailside demise. Some more commonly overlooked essentials are duct tape, cable ties, and an emergency contact card. Well, that covers personal and some mechanical aids, although, there's more to the latter. You'll also find that the Hero Kit smartly includes a gear cable, 9- and 10-speed KMC replacement links, a frame bolt, and a cleat bolt. If you've ever experienced the frustration of a loose cleat halfway through a ride, you're able to rightfully appreciate the last detail. As for tire repairs, the kit includes a Planet Bike tire levers and a patch kit, along with a Tyvek boot in order to repair torn sidewalls. Finally, the Hero Kit Hero Kit for Mountain Biking's multi-tool has 12 functions includi... Read More

Yeti Cycles
$2,000.00 $1,199.00 at Backcountry

The alloy SB-66 marked a change in direction for the boys in Golden, CO, as it was the first platform to receive Yeti's innovative... approach to suspension design -- Switch Technology. Developed to both climb and descend aggressive backcountry trails, the 152mm travel SB-66 Mountain Bike Frame represents the current direction of progressive mountain biking. Key to the SB-66's multifaceted ability is its distinctive Switch Technology, rear suspension design. Technically, it's a mini dual-link system. And while there're a number of iterations currently on the market, Yeti's application offers something a bit different. Switch Technology refers to the rotational movement of an eccentric housed in the lower pivot. Essentially it's a pivot within a pivot, with 12mm separating the centers. As the rear suspension compresses into its travel, the eccentric (and the pivot) rotate counter-clockwise as viewed from the drive-side of the bike. It moves this way through the first 100mm or so of travel to provide an anti-squat, neutral characteristic to the suspension. When riding, it feels as if the SB-66 has a built-in pedaling platform, and since it's a result of the eccentric, it doesn't rely on heavy compression damping. This gives the SB excellent traction and control on choppy trails. At the same time, the SB-66 is ready for larger hits. Once the mid-stroke is exceeded, Switch Technology changes direction and rotates clockwise. This keeps chainstay growth at a minimum for a reduced pedal kickback and lively handling on tight and twisty trails. It also ramps up the leverage ratio. For the most part, Switch Technology produces a flat curve, but once the rear suspension is pushed towards the limit, it firms up to provide a bottomless feel. There's another benefit as well. Since the bottom bracket, eccentric, and lower pivot for the swing link are all machined into a single, forged aluminum structure, they're in perfect alignment on every bike. This translates into a rear s... Read More

Hero Kit
$119.00 $79.99 at Backcountry

Super Hero Extreme' might be very well be an overbearing string of superlatives better left to action packed Saturday-morning anim...ations of the 90s. But, given the amount of lightweight tools and essential gear in this repair Kit for Mountain Biking, you'll understand why Hero Kit went to this degree. What makes this kit different from the Super Hero is that it's lighter and more compact. That qualifies for extreme, right? This is achieved by replacing a standard tube with a Specialized Turbo, upgrading the pump to an ultralight model, and including a smaller Planet Bike top tube bag. The rest of the kit shares all the thoughtful features as the others. Not only does the kit provide tools, it also includes step-by-step instructions, too. This means that when your electronic gadgets are out of range or have chewed through a battery, you're still able to reference a 24-page waterproof manual of easy-to-follow instructions. Essentially, that's the extent of this kits thoughtfulness. However, it's much more than just a book and multi-tool in a plastic bag. First off, the included LokSak is a waterproof, highly-durable bag -- not something that you pack a lunch in. The Hero Kit also includes a multi-use wipe in order to spare your favorite sock from a dishonorable trailside demise. Some more commonly overlooked essentials are duct tape, cable ties, and an emergency contact card. Well, that covers personal and some mechanical aids, although, there's more to the latter. You'll also find that the Hero Kit smartly includes a gear cable, 9- and 10-speed KMC replacement links, a frame bolt, and a cleat bolt. If you've ever experienced the frustration of a loose cleat halfway through a ride, you're able to rightfully appreciate the last detail. As for tire repairs, the kit includes a Planet Bike tire levers and a patch kit, along with a Tyvek boot in order to repair torn sidewalls. Finally, the Hero Kit Hero Kit for Mountain Biking's multi-tool has 12 functions includi... Read More

Alpinestars
$99.95 $59.97 at Backcountry

Cold weather doesn't mean the trails are closed, it just means you may need an extra layer. The Alpinestars All Mountain WR Pants ...gives you just the right amount of protection for those shoulder season rides. The All Mountain WR pants are constructed from a synthetic fabric that breathes to keep you dry, while also being water-resistant. This means those light showers won't have you running for cover, and early morning mist will have nothing on you. To help with articulation while pedaling, the pants are sewn with stretch panels at the sides. They are adjustable with side hook-and-loop closures to ensure a perfect fit, and while not considered baggy, they have enough room in the legs to comfortably accommodate knee pads. To keep you cool on those uphills, zippered side vents allow you to quickly dump heat. Alpinestars also included a zippered front pocket for keys, ID, or a bit of spare cash. Read More

Ellsworth
$3,395.00 $1,699.00 at Backcountry

Mountain bikers are often caricatured as beer-swilling, lowbrow versions of their skinny tire counterparts, uninterested in anythi...ng but the thrill of mud-covered, terrain-smashing lunacy. We contend that this is unfair, as many of us appreciate the multifaceted refinement of a bike like Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon Mountain Bike Frameset. The Evolve is not only handles terrain with confidence, but it also climbs well and has the cross-country speed pedigree of 29-inch wheels. It doesn't skimp on good looks, either, with Ellsworth claiming that it's a piece of performance art. We agree, and we've found that the best way to appreciate this particular piece is covered in mud while enjoying a cold beer after a maniacal run through a rock garden. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional Toray carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12 millimeter bolt needed for each pivot assemble makes for a lighter, less complicated system. Fewer parts mean fewer issues, and you can ride confidently knowing that the part that is there happens to be the size of your rear axle. The semi-integrated tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transfer... Read More

Ellsworth
$3,395.00 $1,699.00 at Backcountry

Mountain bikers are often caricatured as beer-swilling, lowbrow versions of their skinny tire counterparts, uninterested in anythi...ng but the thrill of mud-covered, terrain-smashing lunacy. We contend that this is unfair, as many of us appreciate the multifaceted refinement of a bike like Ellsworth's Evolve Carbon Mountain Bike Frameset. The Evolve is not only handles terrain with confidence, but it also climbs well and has the cross-country speed pedigree of 29-inch wheels. It doesn't skimp on good looks, either, with Ellsworth claiming that it's a piece of performance art. We agree, and we've found that the best way to appreciate this particular piece is covered in mud while enjoying a cold beer after a maniacal run through a rock garden. The Evolve Carbon is built with Ellsworth's Force Vector Anisotropic Design, which translates into unidirectional Toray carbon fiber laid-up in varying shapes and wall thicknesses in order to strike a balance between weight and energy transfer while keeping the suspension system's pivot points aligned. In the rear triangle, the addition of CNC machined aluminum rockers and chainstays makes for an even stiffer drivetrain, and the single 12 millimeter bolt needed for each pivot assemble makes for a lighter, less complicated system. Fewer parts mean fewer issues, and you can ride confidently knowing that the part that is there happens to be the size of your rear axle. The semi-integrated tapered head tube takes advantage of the steep head tube angle for a stiff front end that elevates 29er steering to levels you'd expect from smaller wheels. Ellsworth claims that the Evolve Carbon's Instant Center Tracking (ICT) suspension is the most advanced suspension platform in the world. As it moves through travel, ICT keeps the instant center (or virtual pivot created by ICT's four bar suspension) as close to the chain force line as possible. In on-trail terms, this maintains a steady pedaling platform so your power is always transfer... Read More

Yeti Cycles
$2,000.00 $1,199.00 at Backcountry

The alloy SB-66 marked a change in direction for the boys in Golden, CO, as it was the first platform to receive Yeti's innovative... approach to suspension design -- Switch Technology. Developed to both climb and descend aggressive backcountry trails, the 152mm travel SB-66 Mountain Bike Frame represents the current direction of progressive mountain biking. Key to the SB-66's multifaceted ability is its distinctive Switch Technology, rear suspension design. Technically, it's a mini dual-link system. And while there're a number of iterations currently on the market, Yeti's application offers something a bit different. Switch Technology refers to the rotational movement of an eccentric housed in the lower pivot. Essentially it's a pivot within a pivot, with 12mm separating the centers. As the rear suspension compresses into its travel, the eccentric (and the pivot) rotate counter-clockwise as viewed from the drive-side of the bike. It moves this way through the first 100mm or so of travel to provide an anti-squat, neutral characteristic to the suspension. When riding, it feels as if the SB-66 has a built-in pedaling platform, and since it's a result of the eccentric, it doesn't rely on heavy compression damping. This gives the SB excellent traction and control on choppy trails. At the same time, the SB-66 is ready for larger hits. Once the mid-stroke is exceeded, Switch Technology changes direction and rotates clockwise. This keeps chainstay growth at a minimum for a reduced pedal kickback and lively handling on tight and twisty trails. It also ramps up the leverage ratio. For the most part, Switch Technology produces a flat curve, but once the rear suspension is pushed towards the limit, it firms up to provide a bottomless feel. There's another benefit as well. Since the bottom bracket, eccentric, and lower pivot for the swing link are all machined into a single, forged aluminum structure, they're in perfect alignment on every bike. This translates into a rear s... 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

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

Yeti Cycles
$2,000.00 $1,199.00 at Backcountry

The alloy SB-66 marked a change in direction for the boys in Golden, CO, as it was the first platform to receive Yeti's innovative... approach to suspension design -- Switch Technology. Developed to both climb and descend aggressive backcountry trails, the 152mm travel SB-66 Mountain Bike Frame represents the current direction of progressive mountain biking. Key to the SB-66's multifaceted ability is its distinctive Switch Technology, rear suspension design. Technically, it's a mini dual-link system. And while there're a number of iterations currently on the market, Yeti's application offers something a bit different. Switch Technology refers to the rotational movement of an eccentric housed in the lower pivot. Essentially it's a pivot within a pivot, with 12mm separating the centers. As the rear suspension compresses into its travel, the eccentric (and the pivot) rotate counter-clockwise as viewed from the drive-side of the bike. It moves this way through the first 100mm or so of travel to provide an anti-squat, neutral characteristic to the suspension. When riding, it feels as if the SB-66 has a built-in pedaling platform, and since it's a result of the eccentric, it doesn't rely on heavy compression damping. This gives the SB excellent traction and control on choppy trails. At the same time, the SB-66 is ready for larger hits. Once the mid-stroke is exceeded, Switch Technology changes direction and rotates clockwise. This keeps chainstay growth at a minimum for a reduced pedal kickback and lively handling on tight and twisty trails. It also ramps up the leverage ratio. For the most part, Switch Technology produces a flat curve, but once the rear suspension is pushed towards the limit, it firms up to provide a bottomless feel. There's another benefit as well. Since the bottom bracket, eccentric, and lower pivot for the swing link are all machined into a single, forged aluminum structure, they're in perfect alignment on every bike. This translates into a rear s... Read More

Niner
$1,799.00 $999.00 at Backcountry

While this frame shares the AIR 9 name with Niner's versatile carbon hardtail, that's about all they share. The AIR 9 RDO Carbon M...ountain Bike Frame - 2014 is an entirely different animal, and the RDO designation, an acronym for Race Day Optimized, clearly states this 29er's purpose -- to place you on the podium. Niner eliminated all excess on this frame and focused solely on making it as light as possible. For example, the rear brake mounts are now cleanly located inside the stays, which reduces the amount of hydraulic line needed, while making the AIR 9 RDO look lean and mean. Also, this frame does not use Niner's CYA bottom bracket system. While the CYA is renowned for its versatility, it added complexity and heft to this purpose built race machine, so Niner went with the lighter PressFit30 interface instead. The RDO retains the clean internal cable routing and titanium chain-slap protectors found on the AIR 9 Carbon. The AIR 9 RDO isn't just cosmetically and physically different; it's structurally different, too. At the core of every Niner frame is extensive computer-based finite element analysis, and here it's used to develop a high modulus carbon fiber structure with optimized weaves, lay ups, and tube shapes to produce the lightest Niner to date. The RDO's fluid form is no accident, and is designed to dampen chatter and guide impact forces to the stronger parts of the frame. Chain torque goes directly to the rear wheel via the large bottom bracket shell and shapely chainstays, yet trail vibrations are quelled by the swooping seatstays. Niner ties the bottom bracket to the strength- and precision-enhancing tapered head tube via a large down tube to ensure the frame tracks true and responds to every input. Niner recommends an 80 to 100mm suspension fork, or a rigid unit with a 470mm axle to crown length and 45mm offset. Perhaps not coincidentally, their award-winning carbon fork shares those exact dimensions. The tapered head tube comes equipped with a... Read More

Niner
$1,799.00 $999.00 at Backcountry

While this frame shares the AIR 9 name with Niner's versatile carbon hardtail, that's about all they share. The AIR 9 RDO Carbon M...ountain Bike Frame - 2014 is an entirely different animal, and the RDO designation, an acronym for Race Day Optimized, clearly states this 29er's purpose -- to place you on the podium. Niner eliminated all excess on this frame and focused solely on making it as light as possible. For example, the rear brake mounts are now cleanly located inside the stays, which reduces the amount of hydraulic line needed, while making the AIR 9 RDO look lean and mean. Also, this frame does not use Niner's CYA bottom bracket system. While the CYA is renowned for its versatility, it added complexity and heft to this purpose built race machine, so Niner went with the lighter PressFit30 interface instead. The RDO retains the clean internal cable routing and titanium chain-slap protectors found on the AIR 9 Carbon. The AIR 9 RDO isn't just cosmetically and physically different; it's structurally different, too. At the core of every Niner frame is extensive computer-based finite element analysis, and here it's used to develop a high modulus carbon fiber structure with optimized weaves, lay ups, and tube shapes to produce the lightest Niner to date. The RDO's fluid form is no accident, and is designed to dampen chatter and guide impact forces to the stronger parts of the frame. Chain torque goes directly to the rear wheel via the large bottom bracket shell and shapely chainstays, yet trail vibrations are quelled by the swooping seatstays. Niner ties the bottom bracket to the strength- and precision-enhancing tapered head tube via a large down tube to ensure the frame tracks true and responds to every input. Niner recommends an 80 to 100mm suspension fork, or a rigid unit with a 470mm axle to crown length and 45mm offset. Perhaps not coincidentally, their award-winning carbon fork shares those exact dimensions. The tapered head tube comes equipped with a... Read More

Niner
$2,299.00 $1,599.00 at Backcountry

The fact that the Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame isn't the top of Niner's line carries a distinct benefit: you don't have to pay... the pole-position tax levied against the RDO frames, but you still enjoy Niner's race-ready efficiency and unrivaled 29er suspension platform. The Jet 9 Carbon shares the same monocoque front triangle with tapered head tube as the RDO -- including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, eight oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. That's where the similarities end, and the JET 9 Carbon takes on an existence all of its own. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup as the front, but Instead of carbon links, the JET 9 gets stiff, forged alloy ones. It also ditches the 12x142mm rear thru-axle in favor of 10x135mm quick-release standard. These measures reduce weight, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities. 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. The CVA design also boasts stubby chainstays, which goes some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with 29ers. The Jet 9 Carbon enjoys both the free-rolling, stable abandon of those big 29er contact points and an ability to negotiate tight switchbacks and technical stretches that's more in line with 27. 5s. While climbing, it labors pleasantly with little complaint and virtually no bob. While we know and like plenty of Bobs off the bi... 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

Niner
$2,299.00 $1,599.00 at Backcountry

The fact that the Jet 9 Carbon Mountain Bike Frame isn't the top of Niner's line carries a distinct benefit: you don't have to pay... the pole-position tax levied against the RDO frames, but you still enjoy Niner's race-ready efficiency and unrivaled 29er suspension platform. The Jet 9 Carbon shares the same monocoque front triangle with tapered head tube as the RDO -- including the PF30 PressFit bottom bracket, eight oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. That's where the similarities end, and the JET 9 Carbon takes on an existence all of its own. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup as the front, but Instead of carbon links, the JET 9 gets stiff, forged alloy ones. It also ditches the 12x142mm rear thru-axle in favor of 10x135mm quick-release standard. These measures reduce weight, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities. 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. The CVA design also boasts stubby chainstays, which goes some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with 29ers. The Jet 9 Carbon enjoys both the free-rolling, stable abandon of those big 29er contact points and an ability to negotiate tight switchbacks and technical stretches that's more in line with 27. 5s. While climbing, it labors pleasantly with little complaint and virtually no bob. While we know and like plenty of Bobs off the bi... Read More

Niner
$1,799.00 $999.00 at Backcountry

While this frame shares the AIR 9 name with Niner's versatile carbon hardtail, that's about all they share. The AIR 9 RDO Carbon M...ountain Bike Frame - 2014 is an entirely different animal, and the RDO designation, an acronym for "Race Day Optimized," clearly states this 29er's purpose -- to place you on the podium. Niner eliminated all excess on this frame and focused solely on making it as light as possible. For example, the rear brake mounts are now cleanly located inside the stays, which reduces the amount of hydraulic line needed, while making the AIR 9 RDO look lean and mean. Also, this frame does not use Niner's CYA bottom bracket system. While the CYA is renowned for its versatility, it added complexity and heft to this purpose built race machine, so Niner went with the lighter PressFit30 interface instead. The RDO retains the clean internal cable routing and titanium chain-slap protectors found on the AIR 9 Carbon. The AIR 9 RDO isn't just cosmetically and physically different; it's structurally different, too. At the core of every Niner frame is extensive computer-based finite element analysis, and here it's used to develop a high modulus carbon fiber structure with optimized weaves, lay ups, and tube shapes to produce the lightest Niner to date. The RDO's fluid form is no accident, and is designed to dampen chatter and guide impact forces to the stronger parts of the frame. Chain torque goes directly to the rear wheel via the large bottom bracket shell and shapely chainstays, yet trail vibrations are quelled by the swooping seatstays. Niner ties the bottom bracket to the strength- and precision-enhancing tapered head tube via a large down tube to ensure the frame tracks true and responds to every input. Niner recommends an 80 to 100mm suspension fork, or a rigid unit with a 470mm axle to crown length and 45mm offset. Perhaps not coincidentally, their award-winning carbon fork shares those exact dimensions. The tapered head tube comes equipped with a... Read More

Niner
$4,699.00 $3,289.99 at Backcountry

Though we appreciate the nod toward affordability of the aluminum rear triangle on the newest Jet 9 Carbon frame, the fact that th...e 2014 model used carbon in both the front and rear triangles won it an enduring place in our hearts. That's why we jumped at the chance to spec this lightweight racer with appropriately speed-minded kit. From the feathery stanchions of the 32 Float fork to the minimalist one-by drivetrain, the resulting Niner Jet 9 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike is built for cyclists who treat every ride like race day. While it doesn't officially carry Niner's flagship Race Day Optimized (RDO) label, the Jet 9 Carbon does feature the same monocoque front triangle and tapered head tube. It's also got the same built-up bottom bracket, oversized cartridge bearings, and cleanly routed internal cables. The rear triangle uses a similar carbon layup as the front, but Instead of the RDO's carbon links, the JET 9 gets stiff, forged alloy ones. It also ditches the 12x142mm rear thru-axle in favor of the 10x135mm quick-release standard. These measures reduce weight, without sacrificing anything to the handling deities. 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, but 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. The CVA design also boasts stubby chainstays, which goes some way toward addressing the blocky handling issues usually associated with the 29ers of yesteryear. The Jet 9 Carbon enjoys both the free-rolling, stab... Read More

Niner
$4,099.00 $2,459.99 at Backcountry

The Niner Air 9 Carbon X01 Complete Mountain Bike is a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the frameset at its hea...rt is virtually the same as the 2015 model. Stiff, light, carbon, hardtail -- all the XC race-ready goodness is here. The bad news is that we're offering it at a "good news" price compared to the bikes with the 2015 paint job, so the 2014 Air 9 Carbon won't be available forever. The AIR 9 Carbon borrows heavily from its superlative sibling, the AIR 9 RDO, with the key difference being a slight increase in the material used. While that recommends it for larger, more hammer-happy riders, it does also add a nominal weight gain. The Air 9 is still born from Niner's finite element analysis, so it features the same optimized weaves, layups, and tube shapes as the RDO -- there's just a bit more of it to love. The Air 9 also exhibits Niner's signature swooping lines, which aren't just chosen for aesthetics. The distinctive dip through the bottom bracket and the rear dropout's rounded corner are designed to minimize chatter and diffuse impact forces throughout the frame. The drivetrain's spine comprises a tapered head tube, a robust down tube, and an oversized PF30 bottom bracket shell. These key areas are reinforced to reduce the number of watts lost to lateral flex, and the overall effect makes for a frame that tracks true and snaps to attention with every input. We've taken the liberty of building the Air 9 Carbon with some of our favorite kit. For the "go" parts, we can't fault the reliability of Mavic wheels and SRAM's X01 one-by drivetrain. The "stop" parts are Shimano's XT hydraulic disc brakes. The combination of these two names mean the drivetrain is virtually bombproof and -- in the event that the edge gets a touch too ragged -- you'll be in the hands of what many of us consider the best brakeset in the off-road world. Read More

Niner
$4,699.00 $3,289.00 at Backcountry

When the RIP 9 first debuted in 2006, the cycling industry was a very different place. Since then, 29ers have gotten lighter to ap...pease the true all-mountain rider and the idea that big-wheel bikes have to be low-travel or hardtail machines has finally been laid to rest. The RIP 9 XT Complete Mountain Bike proves that Niner hasn't been resting on its laurels, as the trends toward lower weight and longer travel were largely defined by the RIP 9's development. By making gains in both categories, the RIP 9 proves that it's still more than relevant, even after all these years. While the RIP 9's travel -- increased by 10mm compared to the previous iteration -- is a welcome feature, it's also not terribly unique. There are countless 29ers in the five-inch range now; however, very few of them can even dream of hitting the RIP 9's actual weight of about 3,080g. Niner attributes this low weight to the process of airforming used to shape the tubing, which allows for increased control of material thickness and optimized frame shapes while using less material than hydroforming. The result is an alloy frame that weighs less than 300g more than the flagship RDO model. Other similarities between the RIP 9 and RIP RDO manifest throughout the frame, including removable ISCG05 chain-guide mount, direct-mount front derailleur interface, oversized rear axle, and titanium frame guards. It's also got the RDO's race-proven geometry. 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 piv... Read More

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