Sette Serum Pro: The Serum Pro is a self-sponsored
rider’s dream come true. The Serum Pro is outfit-
ted with a full-Shimano XT component group
right down to the wheelset. If you’ve been
mountain biking for more than a couple of
weeks, you know that Shimano XT has
long been the perfect blend of lightweight
and durability. The stoppers are Avid Elixir
CR, and a Fox 32 F100 R takes care of
business up front. High-quality Sette
components round out the mix. $1700.
Giant XTC 29er 2: With its highly engineered ALUXX
SL aluminum tubing and performance XC geometry,
it is optimized for 29-inch wheels, and the XTC is
designed for stability and agile trail manners.
Giant’s OverDrive steerer tube technology,
tapered and oversized for front-end stiffness and
steering precision, is mated with a 3.9-inch-travel
suspension fork to elevate your trail-riding skills.
Specialized Carve Expert 29: Equipped with a 3.9-
inch-travel RockShox Reba RL 29 fork, the alu-
minum Carve Expert 29 is ready for race day or
a quick loop after work. Featuring Avid
hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano 2x10 drive-
train and versatile Specialized Ground
Control 2.1-inch tires, the Carve Expert
provides race-day performance that rips
on your favorite local trail. $1800.
Durango Pucker: Durango Bike Company believes riders
should know where their bikes and components come
from. They also believe that the 27. 5 wheel is the
wave of the future because of better rider fit,
reduced rolling resistance, improved handling and a
lower center of gravity. This in-betweener hardtail
is welded right in Durango, Colorado, where
there’s no shortage of mountain bike history or
master craftsmen. We can’t wait to have one of
these bikes in our hands to test. $4950.