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Scott Spark 720 $5,600

At 120 mm of travel, the 27.5" Spark 720 bridges the gap be­tween an XC bike and a trail bike. It of­fers the ef­fi­ciency that rac­ers want, with a parts spec that will make this bike more than com­pe­tent on tough trail rides. The sus­pen­sion was re­designed for 2017, with the shock mount mov­ing from the top tube to the down tube. That shock mount is trun­nion-style, which makes things wider and stiffer. The car­bon main frame, which boasts Boost spac­ing, is mated with an al­loy 6011 swingarm and a Fox 34 Float fork. Com­po­nents are largely Shi­mano slx, with an XT rear de­railleur thrown in for good mea­sure. The rest of the com­po­nents are from Syn­cros, with the ex­cep­tion of the not-of­ten-seen Fox Trans­fer drop­per post. (

Can­non­dale Scalpel-si Car­bon 1 $9,700

The Scalpel-si Car­bon 1 builds on Can­non­dale’s proven pedi­gree on the race cir­cuit. The size small frame comes with 27.5" wheels, while the medium, large and ex­tra large ver­sions come with 29" wheels. The spec on the 1 x 11-speed bikes in­cludes a Shi­mano XTR rear de­railleur mated with an XT shifter and cas­sette, Can­non­dale’s own Hol­low­gram Si crankset, xtr Race brakes and Can­non­dale Czero SL car­bon wheelset shod with Sch­walbe Rac­ing Ralph tires. Sus­pen­sion on this 100-mm-travel full car­bon frame is han­dled by a Lefty 2.0 car­bon fork and a Rock­shox Monarch XX rear shock. ( can­non­

Scott Scale 900 $8,600

Some bikes look like they’re built for fun, while oth­ers look like they’re built to get from A to B as fast as pos­si­ble. The Scott Scale 900 falls into the lat­ter cat­e­gory. This car­bon hard­tail sports light­weight 29" Syn­cros XR1.5 alu­minum rims, a Shi­mano xtr 2 x 11-speed driv­e­train, a Fox 32 SC Float fork with 100 mm of travel and house-brand Syn­cros car­bon com­po­nents, all of which scream pur­pose-built race bike. Boost spac­ing on the front and rear adds to the over­all stiff­ness. The only pos­si­ble up­grade you could make to this bike would be a set of car­bon wheels. (

Bianchi Methanol 9.2 CV $11,500

Bianchi is largely known for its ce­leste road bikes, but the com­pany also turns out a very re­spectable moun­tain bike. Sit­ting at the top of the hard­tail line is the car­bon­fi­bre 29" Methanol 9.2 CV. You get Boost spac­ing front and rear, a Shi­mano xtr 1 x 11 driv­e­train paired with an fsa SL-K crankset, xtr brakes and DT Swiss XR 1501 Spline wheels. Bianchi of­fers rid­ers the op­tion of up­grad­ing the base model with a Ro­tor crankset and DT Swiss xrc 1200 Spline car­bon wheelset if they’re in­ter­ested. Stan­dard frame colour is black, but there’s also a ce­leste green op­tion for hard­core Bianchi fans. ( bianchi­—stu­ar­tk­er­naghan

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