Quiver Cullers

Five moun­tain bikes that can al­most do it all

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - by Matt Stet­son

Five moun­tain bikes that can al­most do it all

“The quiver-killing moun­tain bike still holds uni­corn sta­tus.”

With so many dif­fer­ent brands of­fer­ing so many dif­fer­ent bikes, it some­times feels like you should have a col­lec­tion with var­i­ous travel lengths and ge­ome­tries for any given ride. The term “quiver killer” gets tossed around in the moun­tain bike world. The idea of re­plac­ing a sta­ble of steeds with with a sin­gle stud cer­tainly has its ap­peal. The quiver-killing moun­tain bike, how­ever, still holds uni­corn sta­tus, and has yet to be spot­ted. In the mean­time, here are five bikes that are ex­tremely ver­sa­tile and ca­pable, de­pend­ing on where you ride.

A Wild-card Ride Norco Op­tic C3 $4,399

The Op­tic is a new breed of short-travel bike with trail-style ge­om­e­try. Norco gave the Op­tic 110 mm of rear-wheel travel paired with a 120-mm fork on its frame for 29" hoops. The 27.5” model has 120 mm at the rear and 130 mm at fork. The re­laxed head-tube an­gle of­fers great con­trol on steep tech­ni­cal de­scents, while the travel re­mains ef­fi­cient for climb­ing. The Op­tic has so much range that it can be found with Norco Fac­tory Team racer Ha­ley Smith as she trains for the UCI World Cups or Jill Kint­ner on the slalom course, where the Op­tic helped her gain the ti­tle Queen of Crankworx in 2017. ( norco.com)

For the West

A quiver killer for the re­gion that brought us freeride and seem­ingly end­less de­scents needs to be ca­pable of soak­ing up some se­ri­ously steep ter­rain lit­tered with ob­sta­cles.

In­tense Recluse Foun­da­tion $4,490

From a brand with a sto­ried his­tory in grav­ity rac­ing, the Recluse from In­tense is one ca­pable and ver­sa­tile bike. The full car­bon frame keeps weight down while the Rock­shox 140-mm rear and 150-mm front sus­pen­sion are both JS Tuned, which op­ti­mizes ped­alling ef­fi­ciency for climb­ing. Com­ing in with a 66-de­gree head-tube an­gle, the Recluse is set up for tack­ling steep trails while also of­fer­ing plenty of agility and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity thanks to the 27.5" wheels. ( mec.ca)

Scott Ge­nius Contessa 720 $5,400

The 2018 Scott Ge­nius plat­form saw a huge up­date. As a re­sult, the com­pany has pro­duced one of its most ca­pable trail bikes to date. The stand­out fea­ture is the bike’s abil­ity to change its rear-shock tune and travel on the fly. With the flip of the Twin­loc re­mote switch, the Ge­nius can trans­form from a 150-mm boul­der-gob­bling beast to a more ef­fi­cient-ped­alling, 100-mm-reartravel climb­ing ma­chine. Even though the Ge­nius can’t com­pete with a 100-mm XC bike in the climb­ing depart­ment, it would be hard to find a 150-mm trail bike with the climb­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Ge­nius. ( mi­cas­port.com)

For the East

With thou­sands of kilo­me­tres of wind­ing sin­gle­track, jagged rocks and very lit­tle lift ac­cess or re­sort rid­ing, the Cana­dian Shield of the east de­mands a quiver killer that is as good at ped­alling up as it is at shred­ding down.

Rock Moun­tain Thun­der­bolt Car­bon 70 $6,799

From the West Coast brand comes the Thun­der­bolt, a bike that works well in the East. With 130 mm of travel, the Thun­der­bolt is ca­pable of soak­ing up most of what the Cana­dian Shield has to of­fer. With Rocky’s Ride-9 ad­just­ment sys­tem, you can set the sus­pen­sion and ge­om­e­try the way you like them for climb­ing and then for de­scend­ing. The Thun­der­bolt is only avail­able with 27.5" wheels, which makes it a great op­tion for those who like to rail cor­ners or pre­fer the faster ac­cel­er­a­tion of smaller hoops. Rocky does stay true to its roots with a 140-mm B.C. edi­tion Thun­der­bolt for those who need the ex­tra travel. ( bikes.com)

Trek Fuel EX 8 Women’s $4,300

Trek’s Fuel line has evolved to meet the cur­rent needs of rid­ers look­ing for bikes that can tackle var­ied ter­rain. The Fuel EX 8 Women’s edi­tion fol­lows the line and of­fers up a very well­rounded pack­age. It has an alu­minum frame paired with a cus­tom-tuned Fox Reak­tiv shock that of­fers great small-bump sen­si­tiv­ity while ped­alling, but also ex­cel­lent big-hit ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The shock, with its re­gres­sive-damp­ing tech­nol­ogy, is bet­ter adapted to var­ied ter­rain than shocks with only pro­gres­sive and di­gres­sive char­ac­ter­is­tics. Sim­ply put, you don’t re­ally need to worry about switching between shock set­tings; Reak­tiv tech­nol­ogy has you cov­ered. ( trek­bikes.com)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.