Less comfort, more speed
Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon Ultimate: The choice
of riders like Jeremiah Bishop and Max Plaxton for rough
and technical courses, the Scalpel is a pure-bred racing
machine with trail chops. Enve components and wheels
make this Scalpel the Ultimate. $11,000.
Felt Nine 1: Felt’s new UHC carbon Nine frame is optimized
for 3. 9 inches of travel and is lighter and stiffer than previous
years. Featuring a Shimano XT 2x10 drivetrain and a Fox Float
CTD fork with trail adjust, the Nine is better than ever. $5170.
Giant XTC Advanced SL: Giant’s XTC hardtail family has been
taken to a whole new level for 2013. Using the same lightweight
composite materials and tube-shaping technologies as Giant’s
top-of-the-line road bike offerings, the XTC Advanced SL is ready
for the podium. $7500.
Lynskey Pro 650: Any 26-inch riders
who’ve been wanting to get on a big-
wheel bike but feel overwhelmed on
a 29er will dig the Pro650. It fea-
tures a SRAM X0 2x10 drivetrain,
White Brother’s fork and Avid X0