Cross-coun­try Over $6,000

Pedal Magazine - - Buyers Guide 2017 -

Trek Top Fuel 9.8 SL

The Trek Top Fuel 9.8 SL’s frame is con­structed of OCLV Moun­tain Car­bon in the main frame and seat­stays, and is com­pleted with al­loy chain­stays. The frame uses Trek’s Mino Link that al­lows rid­ers to tune the head­tube an­gle and BB height up to 10mm. A Fox 32 Float front fork makes the travel of the bike 100mm front and rear, while Boost 110 spac­ing is used up front and Boost 148 in the rear. A Fox Float RE:ak­tiv rear shock han­dles the hits in the rear, while a SRAM X1/X01 groupset and Bon­trager Kovee Pro OCLV Car­bon wheels com­plete the build. The Top Fuel is de­signed around 29” wheels, ex­cept for the 15.5” frame, which uses 27.5” wheels. The SRP is $6,899.

Scott Ge­nius 700 Pre­mium

The Scott Ge­nius 700 Pre­mium fea­tures a HMX car­bon-fi­bre frame built around a 27.5”-wheel plat­form. The bikes uses Scott’s TwinLoc tech­nol­ogy to al­low rid­ers to choose be­tween three travel/ge­om­e­try set­tings to help op­ti­mize the bike for the trail. A cus­tom Fox Nude shock and Kashima-coated Fox 34 Float Fac­tory fork pro­vide a max­i­mum travel of 150mm front and rear. Shi­mano XTR M9000 groupset, Syn­cros Car­bon cock­pit, Fox Trans­fer dropper post and Syn­cros TR1.5 wheels fin­ish the Ge­nius 700 Pre­mium build. The SRP is $10,299.95.

Rocky El­e­ment 999 RSL

The El­e­ment 999 RSL from Canada-based Rocky Moun­tain fea­tures a Smooth­wall car­bon C13 frame with ad­justable ge­om­e­try and sus­pen­sion rate. A Fox Float DPS shock with 100mm of travel is paired with the frame, while a Fox 34 Float Fac­tory 120mm fork is mounted up front. A SRAM 1x12 XX1 Ea­gle driv­e­train, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Rock­Shox Re­verb Stealth dropper post and Race Face Next han­dle­bar fin­ish the build. The El­e­ment 999 RSL rolls on Stan’s Valor car­bon rims with Stan’s Neo Ultimate hubs that are ready for the bike’s Boost spac­ing. The SRP is $11,499.

Spe­cial­ized S-Works Epic Car­bon FSR Di2 29

The S-Works Epic FSR Di2 is based around an S-Works FACT full-car­bon frame, which uses a unique S-Works lay-up for im­proved per­for­mance. The frame fea­tures 12x148 Boost spac­ing and 100mm of travel, which is pro­vided by a Fox/SBC Epic re­mote Mini Brain shock. There is 100mm of travel found up front as well, thanks to a Rock­Shox RS-1 Brain fork. A Shi­mano XTR M9070 Di2 driv­e­train with a Race Face Next SL car­bon crankset, XTR M9000 hy­draulic disc brakes, Spe­cial­ized FACT car­bon han­dle­bar, S-Works FACT car­bon seat­post and Ro­val Con­trol SL 29” wheels com­plete the build. The SRP is $14,999.

Marin Rift Zone 8 Car­bon

The Rift Zone 8 from Cal­i­for­nia-based Marin Bikes is a 29”-wheeled trail bike with 110mm of travel front and rear. A car­bon mono­coque front tri­an­gle with an al­loy IsoTrac rear-end sus­pen­sion and 29’er trail ge­om­e­try de­liver light­weight, ef­fi­cient ped­al­ing per­for­mance. A Rock­Shox Pike RC 29 fork pro­vides the sus­pen­sion up front, while the bike is equipped with a 1x11 Shi­mano XT driv­e­train and brakes. The en­tire pack­age rolls on Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 wheels, and a bot­tle opener for post-ride bev­er­ages can be found in place of a front de­railleur. The SRP is $6,199.

Kona Hei Hei Race Supreme

The Hei Hei Race Supreme uses Kona’s Race Light Car­bon for a light, stiff frame and is based around the com­pany’s Fuse sus­pen­sion plat­form. A Rock­Shox Monarch XX shock pro­vides 100mm of rear travel, which is matched up front by a Rock­Shox RS-1 fork. A SRAM XX1 Ea­gle driv­e­train, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes and WTB Ci24 TCS 29” wheels com­plete the build. The SRP is $10,499.

Apollo Artec D9

From Aus­tralian brand Apollo, the Artec D9’s frame is con­structed of high-mod­u­lus car­bon and has 120mm of travel and Boost 148 spac­ing. A Rock­Shox Monarch RT shock and Rock­Shox RS-1 fork pro­vide the sus­pen­sion, while a SRAM 1x12 X01 Ea­gle groupset and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes han­dle the de­mands of the trail. The bike is com­pleted with 29” DT XR 1501 Spline wheels, a Rock­Shox Re­verb dropper post and an An­swer Pro SL car­bon han­dle­bar. The SRP is $11,299.

MEC In­tense-Primer Pro

The MEC In­tense-Primer Pro 29’er is based around a mono­coque car­bon frame with ti­ta­nium hard­ware and a car­bon top link. Com­pact seat­stays and a short wheel­base make for a nim­ble ride, while Boost spac­ing in­creases stiff­ness at the wheels. A Fox Float 34 Per­for­mance Elite fork with 140mm of travel is paired with a Fox Float Per­for­mance Elite SV EVOL rear shock that can be ad­justed to be­tween 115mm and 130mm. A Rock­Shox Re­verb Stealth seat­post with 125mm of travel, SRAM 1x12 X01 Ea­gle groupset, SRAM Level TLM hy­draulic disc brakes, DT Swiss M 1700 Spline TWO wheels, Thom­son Elite stem, Ren­thal Fat­bar Lite bars and a Fab­ric Scoop Ra­dius Pro sad­dle high­light the build. The SRP is $8,380.

Jamis Dakota Team

Based around a high-mod­u­lus car­bon-fi­bre frame cou­pled with a Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm of travel, the Jamis Dakota Team fea­tures a 1x12 SRAM XX1 Ea­gle driv­e­train, Shi­mano XTR hy­draulic disc brakes, a Ritchey Trail WCS car­bon han­dle­bar and seat­post, a Ritchey Trail WCS stem and 29” Stan’s NoTubes Crest MK3 Team wheels. No need to be shy when you’re rid­ing the Jamis Dakota Team. The SRP is $8,599.

Norco Re­volver 9.1 FS

From Cana­dian man­u­fac­turer Norco, the Re­volver 9.1 FS has a high-mod­u­lus car­bon frame that is paired with a Rock­Shox Monarch RL shock and Rock­Shox SID RLC fork for 100mm of travel front and rear. The Re­volver is ready to roll on 29” DT Swiss X 1700 Spline Two wheels, while other build fea­tures in­clude a 1x12-speed SRAM X01 driv­e­train, SRAM X1400 crankset and SRAM Level TLM hy­draulic disc brakes. This go-any­where ride will keep you smil­ing from ear to ear. The SRP is $6,799.

Bianchi Methanol 9.2 CV

The Methanol 9.2 CV is a full-car­bon hard­tail that fea­tures Bianchi’s Coun­ter­vail vi­bra­tion-can­cel­ing sys­tem. The frame uses 12x148 Boost spac­ing and is paired with a Fox 32 SC FIT4 fork with 100mm of travel and a 15x110 axle. A Shi­mano XTR M9000 groupset is com­pleted by a FSA Sl-K 392EBO crankset. The Methanol 9.2 CV also fea­tures an FSA K-Force Light han­dle­bar, stem and seat­post, as well as a DT XR 1501 Spline 29” wheelset. The SRP is $11,499.

Fo­cus O1E Team

The Fo­cus O1E Team has a full-car­bon frame with Boost 148 spac­ing and uses F.O.L.D kine­mat­ics to pro­vide 100mm of travel with the help of a SRAM Monarch XX shock. The frame is paired with a SRAM RS-1 fork with 100mm of travel, while a SRAM 1x12 XX1 Ea­gle groupset and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes com­ple­ment the full SRAM spec. The O1E Team rolls on DT Swiss SR 1501 wheels. The SRP is $9,500.

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