Cross-country Under $3,000
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.