Pivot LES: Pivot knows that weight matters.
That’s why Pivot designed a bike without a
pivot. With the all-new full-carbon Pivot LES
29er, they’ve created a frame that offers the
complete package: a balance of frame stiffness,
tuned compliance and straight-up performance.
Jamis Dragon 650: The Dragon 650 is a Reynolds 853
steel bike with the in-between 27.5-inch wheels for
trail riding. Is the 29-inch wheel size going to lose
out to 27.5-inch wheels the same way 26-inch
hoops gave way to the 29er? It certainly could. We
can say this, though: If you’re committed to hard-
tails, whether for racing or epic trail riding, you
deserve a spin on a steel 27.5-inch bike. $2700. ;
Cannondale F29 1: Hardtail-lovin’ loyalists everywhere
have found that the Cannondale F29s offer the ulti-
mate in 29er performance. With their ultralight and
ultra-stiff frames, Speed SAVE micro-suspension
technology and 29er race geometry, the F29s
combine the light weight and agility of 26-
inch-wheeled bikes with the relentless
momentum of big wheels. $2790.
Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29er:
With a 3.1-inch-travel RockShox Reba RL 29 fork,
2x10 drivetrain and a carbon frame, the
Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 is a lightweight
cross-country machine with podium finishes in
Specialized Stumpjumper Marathon Carbon 29er:
The Stumpjumper HT Marathon Carbon is built for
speed and efficiency. With a 3.1-inch-travel RockShox
SID Brain fork and SRAM X0/X9 2x10 drivetrain, it’s
competition-ready off the showroom floor, but will
also make for a speedy little trailbike. $4900.