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The Pine Mountain is best on less-rowdy terrain.
The Pine Mountain is best on less-rowdy terrain.
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Kyle Smaine


Kyle Smaine was raised right at the base of South Lake Tahoe’s best mountain bike trails. He spent the winters skiing until the snow melted and then began chasing thrills on Northern California singletrack. Consumed by a winter contest circuit as a professional halfpipe skier, he is one of the only testers without extensive bike racing experience…yet his Strava times say otherwise. Kyle has spent several summers wrenching on bikes at a local shop and likely empties too much of his bank account to feed his bike addiction.

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $2500

Best Mountain Bikes Under $2500

Are you looking for a new mountain bike that costs $2500 or less? We researched the best budget-friendly full suspension mountain bikes on the market before purchasing seven models to test...
Best Budget Mountain Bikes of 2022

Best Budget Mountain Bikes of 2022

Looking for an affordable mountain bike? After researching the best budget-friendly models we selected 5 of the most compelling options to test and compare side by side. Our professional...
Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes

Best Hardtail Mountain Bikes

We conducted a mind-numbing amount of research to identify the most compelling hardtail mountain bikes available. After that, we slapped down the credit card to purchase 7 of the most...
Specialized Fuse 27.5
Top Pick

Specialized Fuse 27.5

The Specialized Fuse 27.5 is easily the best budget hardtail mountain bike that we've tested. Recent updates to the Fuse's frame design and geometry have taken this bike's performance to...
Giant Stance 29 2
Editors' Choice

Giant Stance 29 2

Giant's new Stance 29 2 is a versatile and highly capable entry-level full-suspension mountain bike. This bike punches far above its weight class and is the best all-around full-suspension...
Marin Hawk Hill 1
Top Pick

Marin Hawk Hill 1

The reasonably priced Marin Hawk Hill 1 is a quality affordable mountain bike. The recently updated modern geometry have made it more stable and comfortable on the descents, and this is a...
Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon C S

Santa Cruz Tallboy Carbon C S

The redesigned Santa Cruz Tallboy is another of a new breed of super capable short travel trail bikes. This 29er trail bike sports 130/120mm of front/rear-wheel travel with a modern...
Santa Cruz Hightower CC XO1

Santa Cruz Hightower CC XO1

Santa Cruz recently redesigned their popular do it all 29er trail bike, the Hightower, turning it into a hard-charging downhill slayer. This bike is sure to please the aggressive rider...
Rocky Mountain Growler 40

Rocky Mountain Growler 40

The Rocky Mountain Growler 40 is an affordable hardtail with a distinctly middle of the road performance. What it lacks in wow factor it makes up for with predictable handling and a...
Salsa Timberjack Deore

Salsa Timberjack Deore

The very reasonably priced Salsa Timerjack Deore 27.5+ is an entry-level hardtail mountain bike. This is a solid option for non-aggressive riders and smooth moderate terrain that will get...
Ibis DV9 NX
Top Pick

Ibis DV9 NX

The Ibis DV9 is a zippy hardtail mountain bike with a high-end carbon fiber frame and well-rounded performance. Climbing is feathery and swift and downhill performance is fun thanks to...
Salsa Timberjack NX Eagle 27.5+

Salsa Timberjack NX Eagle 27.5+

The Salsa Timberjack NX Eagle is a versatile bike at an attractive price point. On-trail performance won't blow you out of the water, but it is the versatility that makes this bike special...
YT Jeffsy AL Base
Editors' Choice

YT Jeffsy AL Base

The YT Jeffsy AL Base is an impressive sub $2500 trail bike and the winner of our Editor's Choice Award. This is a comfortable, versatile, and highly capable 140mm travel bike with a build...
Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Alloy 10

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Alloy 10

Rocky Mountain is well known for making excellent mountain bikes, but the Thunderbolt Alloy 10 is the least trail worthy model in this review due to its poor component specification. We...
Cannondale Habit 6

Cannondale Habit 6

The Cannondale Habit 6 is a mid-travel trail bike with a need for speed. A long and slack geometry along with 130mm of plush front and rear suspension combine to make this bike a fall line...
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