More Full-squish Xc-ori­ented bikes

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - TRAIL TEST -

In­tense Spi­der Pro $6,950

In­tense Cy­cles, a brand well-known for its grav­ity-ori­ented bikes, also makes a ma­chine de­signed to go up­hill as well as it can go down. With a full car­bon frame, front and rear Fox sus­pen­sion and sram X1/X01 driv­e­train, the Spi­der has all the es­sen­tials to keep you com­pet­i­tive on the start line. In­tense stays true to its down­hill pedi­gree and specs the Spi­der with a Ren­thal bar. sram Guide RS brakes keep your speed in check and the Rock­shox Re­verb drop­per post with stealth rout­ing gets the seat out of the way for those down­hill passes. ( mec.ca)

Trek Top Fuel 9.8 SL Women’s $6,900

Trek’s Top Fuel 9.8 SL Women’s bike is aimed at rid­ers look­ing to stand on the cross coun­try podium. Rid­den by Cana­dian Emily Batty in World Cup events, the Top Fuel’s frame is made of both car­bon and alu­minum. A Fox 32 Step Cast fork and Float Reak­tiv rear shock soak up the bumps so the Bon­trager Kovee Pro oclv car­bon rims can roll smoothly on the trails. A sram X1 11-speed driv­e­train pro­vides re­li­able and light­weight shift­ing while the sram Level tlm brakes pro­vide great stop­ping power with a lot of mod­u­la­tion. If the part spec isn’t enough to win you over, it also comes in a sweet pow­der blue paint job. ( trek­bikes.com)

Spe­cial­ized Epic FSR Ex­pert Car­bon World Cup $6,149

The Epic fsr is the flag­ship dual-sus­pen­sion XC race bike for Spe­cial­ized. The Ex­pert Car­bon World Cup edi­tion sports a Rock­shox SID fork equipped with Spe­cial­ized’s Brain tech­nol­ogy. Rear-sus­pen­sion du­ties are han­dled by the Fox sbc Epic re­mote Mini Brain. The rear shock also has Spe­cial­ized’s Auto Sag, a fea­ture that elim­i­nates the need to ad­just air pres­sure dur­ing setup. A sram X1 11-speed driv­e­train works along­side a Race Face Aef­fect 6000 1-by crank sport­ing a direct-mount 32-tooth chain­ring. Ro­val wheels with DT Swiss hubs round out the build of this ul­tra­light, and ul­tra-smart race bike. ( spe­cial­ized.com) —mattstet­son

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