Ratings Overview - Best Trail Mountain Bike

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The Yeti SB5.5 X01 Eagle Turq.
Yeti SB5.5 X01 Eagle 2017
Charging down brawny, enduro-grade terrain at high speeds is the Yeti SB5.5's happy place. Descent focused geometry, 29er wheels, a burly 160mm fork, and a supple 140mm rear end keep the bike...  read more >
$7,099

Editors' Choice Award
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Fun Factor - 9 of 10
9
Downhill Performance - 10 of 10
10
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Santa Cruz Hightower LT XE 2018
The Hightower LT is Santa Cruz's enduro-ready 29er that produces a splendid balance of climbing efficiency and downhill capability. Two testers put this wagon-wheeled shred sled through its paces to...  read more >
$5,699

Editors' Choice Award
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81
Fun Factor - 9 of 10
9
Downhill Performance - 10 of 10
10
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Ibis Ripley LS NX 2018
The Ibis Ripley offers a nimble and playful ride with razor-sharp handling. Downhill skills are precise allowing riders to change direction in a hurry. Playful antics are highly encouraged and...  read more >
$3,999

Editors' Choice Award
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78
Fun Factor - 10 of 10
10
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Transition Smuggler GX 2018
The Transition Smuggler is capable 29er that punches above its 120mm travel class. Two testers spent three weeks aboard the Smuggler to provide you with the critical ride characteristics. Travel...  read more >
$3,999

Top Pick Award
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Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 6 of 10
6
Santa Cruz Hightower C R 2018
The Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon R 29 is a mid-travel trail bike that can operate comfortably on a wide range of terrain. This mango monster can effectively tackle steep and technical trails that are...  read more >
$3,999

Top Pick Award
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75
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50 2018
The freshly updated Rocky Mountain Altitude caught our attention with its impressive price tag and impressive components. This aggressive trail bike has excellent uphill skills while providing a...  read more >
$3,399

Best Buy Award
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Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
The Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 has easily got the best build to value ration we've ever seen.
Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 2018
The Canyon Spectral is a capable bicycle that provides impressive performance and an unrivaled value. Two testers rode this aggressive trail bike for three weeks to get a handle on its key ride...  read more >
$2,399

Editors' Choice Award
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72
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29
Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is a capable and efficient short-travel 29er. This redesigned 110mm bike provides nearly unrivaled downhill performance amongst 100-120mm travel bikes. In addition, the...  read more >
$2,599

Best Buy Award
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Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Commencal Meta TR 4.2 Essential 2017
Commencal's redesigned Meta TR V4.2 Essential provides excellent performance at an impressive price point. This bike offers sporty handling and surgically attacks the trail. Despite the relaxed...  read more >
$3,249

Best Buy Award
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Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
The 2018 Juliana Furtado R.
Juliana Furtado R 2018
Among Juliana's most popular bikes, the Furtado lives up to its reputation as a trail bike with a solid skill set. It climbs and descends equality well, balancing precise handling with downhill...  read more >
$3,899

Editors' Choice Award
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Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 6 of 10
6
Climbing Performance - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
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Santa Cruz Bronson X01 Eagle 2017
The Santa Cruz Bronson is truly a bike that can take you anywhere -- up technical trails, back down them, and on long, mountain-ranging days. The bike performs so consistently that it's challenging...  read more >
$6,599

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Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 3 of 10
3
YT Jeffsy AL Comp 27 2018
The YT Jeffsy 27 AL Comp is a capable bike that provides high-end performance on flow trails but provides a decisively rough ride on bony terrain. Two testers spent three weeks putting this 150mm...  read more >
$2,799

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Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
YT Jeffsy AL One 29 2017
The YT Jeffsy 29 offers solid climbing performance and reasonable downhill skills. The Jeffsy is a nice option for long days in the saddle where your not hyperfocused on a single ride...  read more >
$2,999

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Pivot Mach 429
Pivot Mach 429 Trail X01 Eagle 2017
The Mach 429 Trail is Pivot's efficiency minded cross-country / trail offering. As a 29er, it's a straightlaced and focused machine that speeds through uphill miles pretty painlessly. In this guise...  read more >
$5,999

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 29 2018
The Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 is a capable and effective mid-travel trail bike. This bike has the skills and capability to tackle a wide range of terrain but lacks personality, comfort...  read more >
$3,500

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 6 of 10
6
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Giant Anthem 2
Giant Anthem 2 2017
The Anthem 2 is a fun and flickable 110mm, 27.5-inch offering from Giant. This nimble steed rips through corners and hunts down every site hit. It bunny hops and manuals at will and speedy...  read more >
$2,575

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Fun Factor - 6 of 10
6
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
Trek Remedy 8 2017
The redesigned Trek Remedy 8 is billed as a capable all-mountain bike. Three of our riders rode this bike for a week to see get its vital ride characteristics. We found the Remedy 8 to be a lively...  read more >
$3,299

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Specialized Stumpjumper 6Fattie
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro Carbon 6Fattie 2017
Specialized provides options with the Stumpjumper 6Fattie. As a 27.5+ bike it offers near limitless traction and 3-inches of tire to smooth out the rough edges of the trail. If you switch to its...  read more >
$6,500

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Fun Factor - 6 of 10
6
Downhill Performance - 6 of 10
6
Climbing Performance - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Maintenance - 6 of 10
6
Yeti SB4.5 SLX/XT 2018
The Yeti SB4.5 XT/SLX is a quick-witted and slender trail bike with swift climbing abilities. This bike grinds uphill very effectively with light gearing and comfortable positioning. It ascends...  read more >
$4,799

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Fun Factor - 4 of 10
4
Downhill Performance - 3 of 10
3
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
Specialized Camber Comp 29
Specialized Camber Comp 29 2017
Specialized's cross-country leaning Camber Comp climbs like a dream and descends reasonably well, but hits its technical limits sooner than we'd like. Its airy and nimble nature is too easily...  read more >
$2,600

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Fun Factor - 4 of 10
4
Downhill Performance - 3 of 10
3
Climbing Performance - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
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Specialized Fuse Expert 6Fattie
Specialized Fuse Expert 6Fattie 2017
The Expert 6Fattie build kit is no longer available for the 2018 season Specialized expertly balances climbing and descending performance with the Fuse. Its comfortable geometry expertly...  read more >
$2,000

Editors' Choice Award
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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 3 of 10
3
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 9 of 10
9
Trek Fuel EX 7 29
Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017
A 29er with a traditional, tall bike feel, the Trek Fuel EX holds its momentum over trail obstacles but is slow to respond to commands. This lack of precision detracts from descending confidence...  read more >
$2,600

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Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1
Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
The Jet 9 is a straight-lining, 120mm charger from Niner. It tackles rocky, high-speed terrain with authority but struggles in the turns. Nimble and playful this bike is not. Stable trail manners, a...  read more >
$2,600

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Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Intense Recluse
Intense Recluse Pro 2017
One of the most highly anticipated bikes in our 2017 trail test, the Intense Recluse didn't deliver. We couldn't wait to see how the stylish 140mm bike compared to the others, particularly the Santa...  read more >
$6,999

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Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 4 of 10
4
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Santa Cruz Chameleon R1+
Santa Cruz Chameleon R1+ 2017
The Chameleon's back, and Santa Cruz's transforming hardtail is craftier than ever. With adjustable chainstays, 27.5+ or 29-inch capability, a front derailleur hanger and the ability to run a single...  read more >
$2,349

Top Pick Award
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Fun Factor - 4 of 10
4
Downhill Performance - 1 of 10
1
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 10 of 10
10
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Total 25 products tested