Cross-coun­try Un­der $3,000

Pedal Magazine - - Buyers Guide 2017 -

Fo­cus Raven Core

The Fo­cus Raven Core is a light­weight car­bon hard­tail that aims to speed you to the fin­ish line. With two wheel-size op­tions avail­able (27.5 and 29”), the in­ter­nally cable-routed car­bon frame fea­tures a PF30 BB and 142mm thru axle. The Rock­shox Re­con Sil­ver RL re­mote ac­tu­ated front fork ab­sorbs trail hits to keep you rid­ing smooth, while the Shi­mano SLX 11-speed driv­e­train and dou­ble chain­rings of­fer plenty of gear ranges for any ter­rain. The SRP is $2,800.

Bianchi Kuma 29.0

Painted in the clas­sic Bianchi Ce­leste colour with a matte fin­ish, this alu­minum frame is cou­pled with an SR Sun­tour XCM RL DS 100mm fork that of­fers a re­mote speed lock­out. A Shi­mano De­ore M610 10-speed group with Shi­mano XT M781 SGS 10-speed rear de­railleur pro­vides power to spare. Alex MD2.0 rims are laced to For­mula Cen­ter Lock hubs and wrapped with Kenda Small Block Eight Sport tires to pro­vide a bal­ance be­tween speed and trac­tion. The SRP is $1,599.

Marin Rift Zone 5

Em­ploy­ing a high-qual­ity Se­ries 4 alu­minum-al­loy frame with 110mm IsoTrac sus­pen­sion plat­form that is part of the Rift Zone al­loy fam­ily, the Marin Rift Zone 5 de­liv­ers per­for­mance in an af­ford­able pack­age. Fea­tur­ing a Shi­mano De­ore 1x10-speed driv­e­train, Rock­Shox Re­con Sil­ver RL 120mm travel fork and Shi­mano hy­draulic disc brakes, the Rift Zone 5 pro­vides good bang for the buck. The SRP is $2,549.

Trek Pro­cal­iber 9.6

The Trek Pro­cal­iber 9.6 is back to rule the cross-coun­try cir­cuit once again, re­defin­ing the term “hard­tail” and set­ting the bar for speed and in­tel­li­gence. Its IsoSpeed de­cou­pler de­liv­ers un­com­pro­mis­ing cross-coun­try per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and an in­cred­i­ble ride. Boost 148/110 hubs cre­ate stronger wheels, more tire clear­ance and shorter stays, while the OCLV Moun­tain Car­bon frame is fast, light and trail-tough. Avail­able in 29” or 27.5” for the 15”-frame wheel, Shi­mano brakes and driv­e­train are cou­pled with Bon­trager seat­post, stem, han­dle­bars and wheels. The SRP is $2,999.

Scott Scale 765

The Scott Scale 765 is built with a cus­tom-butted 6061-al­loy frame along with a ta­pered head­tube and in­ter­nal cable rout­ing. It comes equipped with a Rock­Shox fork that fea­tures Re­mote Lock­out tech­nol­ogy to al­low for mul­ti­ple travel set­tings that can be ad­justed for any rid­ing con­di­tions. With the same ge­om­e­try as its Car­bon sib­lings and a SRAM 1x11 driv­e­train, this is a durable, af­ford­able hard­tail de­signed with world-class speed. The SRP is $1,499.

Norco Charger 9.1

The Norco Charger 9.1 is de­signed for se­ri­ous fun on the trails. Like its name im­plies, the 29” Charger is a hard-charg­ing, trail-ready bike on which you can build your skills and your fit­ness. SRAM Level T brakes of­fer loads of stop­ping power, and the SRAM NX 1x11-speed driv­e­train pro­vides gear op­tions for any ter­rain. Less weight and in­creased strength and stiff­ness mean you can de­scend faster, climb bet­ter and have more fun! The SRP is $1,899.

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