Hit the Trails
Tackle any off-road route with these killer climbers.
BEST FOR: WEEKEND WARRIORS Ibis Ripmo AF GX
The Ripmo’s wider gear range lets you tackle steeper climbs than the Fuse can. The standard air shock (shown) absorbs the impact on jumps, without sacrificing pedaling efficiency uphill. But for maximum bounce and bigger air over rougher terrain, upgrade to the coil shock. Either way, beefier than normal brake rotors control the momentum. $4,295; ibiscycles.com
BEST FOR: NEWBIES Specialized Fuse 27.5
Those new to riding trails will appreciate the Fuse’s build, which puts your center of gravity farther back for better uphill traction. A Sunrace and Shimano drivetrain, instead of a generic one, and hydraulic disc brakes, rather than mechanical ones, help you ride with confidence, and the 2.8-inch-wide tires create grip for laying into corners. $1,250; specialized.com
BEST FOR: EXPERTS Pivot Switchblade Team XTR
For seasoned riders who want one bike for the whole mountain, the Switchblade lets you roll on 27.5-inch-diameter tires, up to 2.8 inches wide, or 29ers up to 2.6 inches, so you can crush any trail. Fox’s electronic suspension (optional) reacts within 3 milliseconds, smoothing out the ride. $8,999; pivotcycles.com