There’s a long list of mountain bikes that claim to be the Swiss Army Knife of the trail. Truth is, most of them are right in their assessment. The difference maker, is whether or not they’re suited for the sort of trail you ride on most often. Here at Bicycle Sport, we think we’ve found a few models that really can “do it all” around these parts.
Trek Fuel EX
Trek calls the Fuel EX line-up the, “world’s best-loved mountain.” Hard not to argue that a bike with all-day and all-mountain capability isn’t going to get some love. Now the Fuel EX line-up comes standard with more travel, a more aggressive – but still seriously comfortable geometry, and 29″ or 27.5″ mid-fat options. Yes, it really IS a do-it-all sort.
Here’s Trek’s take on the Fuel EX series:
Want a rugged, capable long-travel trail bike with the spritely manners of an XC bike? Get it with Fuel EX. Fuel EX blends the best of both worlds in one uncompromising package.
And the folks at Teton Gravity Research:
Man, the Fuel EX has got a big sweetspot. It rocked the lift park, crushed a 45-mile XC race and everything in between. And it’s a PARTY on a trail ride. I have yet to really find its limits.
Uncompromising is right. From the entry-level 5 series to the top-of-the-line 9’s, it’s easy to find a Trek EX mountain bike that fits your budget and your goals.
Santa Cruz Tallboy
Want more? Crack open the Santa Cruz Tallboy. Cool and capable, the Santa Cruz Tallboy is at home on Charlotte’s Backyard Trails as it is on Bent Creek, Tsali, or the Whitewater Center. Fast and furious it is, but with a confidence-inspiring ride that’ll give you the guts to take on the tough stuff with nary a finger on the brake lever.
Here’s what Santa Cruz says about this one:
In its 29-inch form, the Tallboy’s renowned rowdy streak comes to the fore. Happy at full gas, up or down hill, the speed and agility of the 29 configuration will have you bagging on e-bikes at every turn.
A 68 degree head angle and 110mm of VPP travel distills the original Tallboy’s playful character into something all the more mischievous. Longer reach and shorter chainstays fuel that personality, and bring the Tallboy bang up to date with the rest of the Santa Cruz range.
And the gang at Dirt Rag:
The Tallboy is best suited for the rider who tackles a lot of different terrain, climbs fairly often and needs an efficient bike that handles pretty much everything they are going to come across.
“What’s best about these bikes,” says our man, Michael Quinn, “is that they’re practically perfect for the kind of riding we have around here. Plus, you can take them to the mountains and not soil your britches, if you know what I mean!”
Yes, there is something to be said about a stable, comfortable, confident ride. We can help you find yours here at Bicycle Sport. That’s just one of the reasons Endurance Magazine readers voted us, “Best Place to Buy a Mountain Bike!”