Jones Diamond and Truss fork: Taking the 29-inch wheel size,
these bikes will suit a rider looking for an extremely capable,
assured, sweet-riding, unsuspended bike—there are 3D
SpaceFrame versions in titanium and now steel, and the
new traditional Diamond frame in steel. The framesets
can be bought as a complete bike, rolling chassis or
frameset, in geared or single-speed, and for dirt or
pavement riding. $1100, frame only.
Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er:
The Rockhopper is a time-tested cross-country hardtail built for cruising fire
roads and slicing through singletrack.
Equipped with Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic
disc brakes and a custom-tuned SR
Suntour suspension fork with lockout,
the Rockhopper Comp combines
performance with value in a package
every rider will appreciate. $1100.
Giant Talon 0 29er: The Talon 29er’s
lightweight, responsive ALUXX alu-
minum frame is designed with
geometry that’s optimized for its
29-inch wheels. These larger-diameter hoops roll over obstacles
with greater ease, improve your
traction and help you maintain
momentum on any trail. $1125.
Scott Scale 620: The Scale 620 is a
26-inch-wheeled, HMF, carbon fiber
XC race machine. Built with depend-
able high-end components, this is a
fully capable, more budget-con-
scious rider or racer. $1200.