Giant Revel 29er: With a lightweight ALUXX-grade aluminum frame and smooth-rolling,
larger-diameter 29-inch wheels, this all-new
off-road machine boasts frame features and
designs inspired by race bikes costing
thousands more. Designed to work with an
80-millimeter suspension fork, it offers a
smooth ride and room to grow for ambitious,
recreational trail riders. $700.
Motobecane 400HT: This frame features aluminum trail-tuned power stays, box-section chainstays, a bi-axial
gusseted downtube, sculpted rear dropouts and a
replaceable rear derailleur hanger. The components are a
mix of Shimano, Cane Creek and SRAM. $800.
Cannondale Trail SL 29er 3 SS: With
frame weights and technology that rival
anything found on the World Cup race
circuit just a few years back, the Trail
SL series of bikes proves that you
don’t have to spend a ton to get truly
exceptional performance. Available in
both 26- and 29-inch versions, there’s
a Trail SL for every rider. $920.
Norco Charger 6.2: The Charger will have you exploring
new trails and reaching new destinations. Available in 26-
or 29-inch options, the bike is designed to do it all: pedal
to the top of the hill with ease, as well as rip along and
ride down the other side with confidence. The Charger is
a hassle-free, trail-ready bike that you can charge hard
to build your skills and your fitness. $850.
BUYER’S GUIDE 2013 / MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION 33