Pivot Mach 5. 5 Pro XTR: If there is one
company that hasn’t slowed down in the
last couple of years, it’s Pivot. Our test
riders instantly fell in love with the Mach
5. 5 and its serious capability on the trail.
Some bikes are just purely fun to ride,
and the Mach 5. 5 is near the top of that
list with 2.6-inch-wide tires and 160
millimeters of front travel. ❏
Norco Range 9.2C: 2017 was the year for the revival of
long-travel 29ers. We got our hands on a few different
machines like this, but the Range was a major standout with
its monster-truck travel and progressive geometry. Any bike
developed and tested in B.C. is sure to be a good thing.
Marin Hawk Hill: This bike was a bit of a surprise to the
Mountain Bike Action team. Sporting a very modest $1500 price
tag, the Hawk Hill delivered a seriously quality ride with plenty
of versatility for future upgrades. It was refreshing to see a
company come out with a good machine at a realistic price.