Kona Blast: For the money, there might not be a more
value-added, ready-to-rumble mountain bike out
there. The Blast is constructed with a 6061 alu-
minum-butted frameset that balances performance,
comfort and durability with components selected
to last. The Blast just might be one of Kona’s
more aptly named models. $1000.
Trek Mamba 29er: Trek 29er sport hardtail
mountain bikes are some of the most
fun, most confidence-inspiring big
wheelers around. No surprise, since
Trek has more 29er experience than
any other company. $1020.
Brodie Crib: The Crib is the perfect bike for
those looking for affordability and quality. With a
focus on fork offset, adjusted fork trail and
short chainstays, it performs like a 29er
should. The Crib comes with an aluminum
frame, SR Suntour fork and a Shimano drive-
train at right around 30 pounds. $1025.
GT Avalanche Hans Rey Signature: There
aren’t many people as experienced riding
bikes as Hans Rey, and this bike will prove
just that. Look closely at the graphics on
this signature bike and you’ll see that
they’re made up of all the riding destina-
tions Hans has been to over the many
years riding for GT. The Avalanche is
designed to take you places with its alu-
minum-frame construction, Shimano Deore
shifting and RockShox suspension. $1050.