Ripper 26: Slingshot bikes use what they have dubbed “Sling
Power Technology.” A coil-spring, stainless steel cable and
fiberglass board work together to store and release energy to
balance the power of the pedal stroke through the dead spot.
The Ripper 26 with an XTR build will set you back $3500.
S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon: This $9400
Stumpjumper FSR is constructed of FACT 11m
carbon and features 5. 5 inches of travel. The bike
is equipped with a Fox/Specialized Brain shock
with Autosag and has a SRAM XX drivetrain.
Slash 9: All new for 2012, the Slash is an aggressive trail
platform. This model features 6. 2 inches of travel thanks
to a Fox TALAS fork in the front and a Fox RP3 shock
with Trek’s DRCV technology in the rear. The bike retails
5 Spot: Turner classifies this long-standing model as
an enduro trailbike and features 5. 5 inches of dw-link
travel. This bike is available in three different build kits
starting at $4598. A pro kit will set you back $7998.
SB-66: This trail mode comes with 6 inches of travel and is
built to be a great all-around trailbike. It features Yeti’s Switch
technology, which increases pedaling efficiency while allowing
for a responsive mid-stroke in the rear suspension. The retail
price ranges from $3300–$6800 depending on the build.
S-Works Enduro Carbon: This trailbike from Specialized is
geared toward enduro riding, with 6. 3 inches of travel and an
adjustable Fox TALAS fork. There are five different Enduro
models, with this one being the top of the line at $7700.