Moun­tain Bikes

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All-moun­tain/Trail, Women’s, Cross Coun­try, En­duro

In­tense Primer Ex­pert $6,990

If you think 27.5" is the proper size wheel for a trail bike, In­tense would dif­fer and ar­gue its point by mak­ing you ride the Primer. With chain­stays mea­sur­ing 438 mm, this is one 29er with a re­ally short rear end. Paired with slack seat and head tube an­gles, the ge­om­e­try makes for a very agile, but sta­ble-feel­ing bike. The travel is ad­justable – be­tween 115 mm and 130 mm – which is a great fea­ture if you ride dif­fer­ent trail net­works or ar­eas. Be­ing one of only a few 29" trail bikes, the Primer will pedal ef­fi­ciently thanks to its low weight and vir­tual pivot point-like link­age. ( mec.ca)

Can­non­dale Trig­ger Car­bon 1 $10,340

Many bikes claim to have equal climb­ing and de­scend­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but few achieve those fea­tures in the same way Can­non­dale does with the Trig­ger. With a 140-mm Su­per­max Car­bon 2.0 Lefty fork and a funky-look­ing Fox Dyad rt2 shock that ac­tu­ally pulls in its stroke rather than push, the Trig­ger stands out vis­ually. But what stands out even more is the fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion. With the flip of a switch, the Dyad shock si­mul­ta­ne­ously ad­justs the bike’s travel, air-spring vol­ume, damp­ing and ge­om­e­try. Few bikes can of­fer what the Trig­ger gives you when it comes to ad­justa­bil­ity on the go. It is as close as you can get to hav­ing two bikes in one. ( can­non­dale.com)

Ibis Mojo 3 XT 1X $7,819

Ibis was one of the first brands to em­brace, truly, the pur­suit of a dual-sus­pen­sion bike that could climb as well as it could de­scend. In 2006, the first Mojo hit bike-shop floors, and since then Ibis has been im­prov­ing and up­dat­ing the line to ac­com­mo­date in­dus­try stan­dards and trends. Quite sim­ply, the 2017 Mojo 3 has it all. Set up around 27.5" hoops, the Mojo 3 of­fers clear­ance for tires as wide as 2.8" thanks to the Boost 148-mm rear spac­ing. With the abil­ity to choose be­tween stan­dard and plus-size tires as well as 11 dif­fer­ent build kits – such as the XT 1X with a De­o­re­cen­tric spec, a Fox Fac­tory Float 34 fork with 140 mm of travel and a Fox Fac­tory Float dps that trav­els 130 mm – you’re sure to find your Mojo. ( ibis­cy­cles.com)

Staran FSM-140 Prime $3,950

Staran Cy­cles is the new kid on the block when it comes to trail bikes. The Burling­ton, Ont.-based com­pany uses an on­line, di­rect-to-cus­tomer sys­tem to de­liver its bikes. The Staran Prime is a 140-mm travel bike built to take some abuse on the trails but not on your wal­let. At $3,950, the com­plete bike comes with solid parts in­clud­ing a Fox 34 Float fork, Fox Fac­tory Float X shock and full Shi­mano XT shift­ing and brakes. With a 10-year war­ranty on the frame, you’re sure to see more of these bikes rolling through your lo­cal trails. ( staran­cy­cles.com)

Santa Cruz 5010 C R2x $4,999

The Santa Cruz 5010 is avail­able in three frame op­tions in­clud­ing one alu­minum and two car­bon, and mul­ti­ple con­fig­u­ra­tions. The C r2x build fea­tures an al­loy frame, Shi­mano slx driv­e­train and sram brakes. The bike re­lies on a vir­tual pivot point sus­pen­sion. It works with a Fox Rhythm fork and Fox Float Per­for­mance shock to give you 130 mm of travel. Ev­ery­thing rolls along 27.5" wtb stp i23 tcs rims laced to No­vatec d712 hubs. The 5010 is a tight and nim­ble bike that is ready to tackle any tech­ni­cal trail whether you’re head­ing up or down. ( san­tacruzbi­cy­cles.com) —Mattstet­son

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