Giant Anthem X 29er 1: Between the QR15 front thru-axle and the
OverDrive 2 tapered head tube, any worries of this 29er lacking
steering precision are out the window. Shimano’s new SLX component group and Fox’s Evolution Series CTD fork and shock top off
the X 1. $2875.
Jamis Dakar XCR 29 Comp: XCR stands for Cross-
Country Race, and that is exactly what the Dakar is built
to do well. It has 3. 9 inches of travel and is designed to
be forgiving but responsive when you are putting down
race-winning efforts. $2900. Kona Kitsune: New for 2013, the Kitsune has the Swing Link rear
suspension configuration and has 4. 7 inches of rear-wheel travel
matched to 5.1 inches of front-wheel travel. This 26-inch-wheel all-
mountain bike is specifically designed to fit even the smallest riders
thanks to a low-slung top tube. $2700.
KHS Sixfifty 6500: Bike companies and riders alike have discovered
how well 27-inch wheels can work for mid-length-travel trailbikes. The
combination often makes for quick-handling bikes that still encourage
confidence when the trail gets steep and rough. $3100.