Canadian Cycling Magazine - - ENDURO BIKES -

Trek Slash 9.8 29 $7,300

Trek has a big wheel op­tion for the en­duro racer who wants all-out speed for the win. The frame is made from the com­pany’s oclv Moun­tain Car­bon, which has high-dam­age ar­eas re­in­forced. The Rock­shox Lyrik RC dual-po­si­tion fork of­fers 130-mm/160-mm travel up front. The Rock­shox Su­per Deluxe rc3 adds 150 mm of rear travel. Bon­trager com­po­nents, likely the nicest house-brand com­po­nents out there, com­plete the pack­age with Line Comp 30 wheels, Evoke 2 sad­dle, and Line bar and stem. The driv­e­train is sram X1. The whole pack­age, in a size 17.5" frame, weighs 13.11 kg. ( trek­bikes.com)

Spe­cial­ized En­duro Pro Car­bon 650b $8,919

The Rock­shox Lyric and Öh­lins stx170 shock give the En­duro Pro Car­bon 650b 170 mm of travel. The bike is com­pat­i­ble with Spe­cial­ized’s 6Fat­tie wheels and tires if you want to run 3.0"wide treads, mak­ing this a ver­sa­tile ma­chine. It’s equipped with sram X01 Ea­gle 12-speed driv­e­train, handy swat stor­age sys­tem and Ro­val Tra­verse wheels. A new ge­om­e­try brings shorter 425-mm chain­stays for quicker han­dling, a slacker head an­gle and longer reach to match to­day’s trends. It’s avail­able in four sizes from small to ex­tra large. ( spe­cial­ized.com)

Rocky Moun­tain Slayer 730 MSL $5,199

Rocky’s new car­bon Slayer uses a sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive Ride 4 ad­just­ment sys­tem to cus­tom­ize the ge­om­e­try eas­ily with­out greatly al­ter­ing the sus­pen­sion setup. This Slayer comes in four sizes (small, medium, large and ex­tra large) rolling on 27.5" Alex Vo­lar 3.0 rims with Boost hubs. A Rock­shox Yari RC pro­vides 170 mm of travel, while the Rock­shox Deluxe De­bonair squishes down 165 mm. sram NX dom­i­nates the driv­e­train. Race Face takes care of the bar (Ch­ester 780 mm) and seat­post (Tur­bine Drop­per). ( bikes.com)—brad­hunter

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