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Pros High value, fun on a wide range of terrain, dialed geometryAggressive geometry, built to last, killer tiresSwift climbing, sharp handling, excellent valueHigh fun-factor, rails corners, very poppyEasy-going geometry, exceptionally versatile, killer drivetrain
Cons Poor fork specification, less compliant frame compared to outgoing modelMay be overkill for riders/trails, sluggish in tight spacesNot as fun on rough trails, 11-speed drivetrainNarrow range of terrain where it shines, terrible rear tire specificationHeavy, weak tire specification
Bottom Line A well-rounded hardtail that blends solid value with stellar performance in most situationsA mean and aggressive hardtail with an appetite for high speedsA slick-climbing hardtail mountain bike that is ready for a cross country race but is happy thrashing flow trailsA very fun and versatile hardtail that is comfortable on a narrow range of terrainA versatile bikepacking rig that has the ability to rip trails
Rating Categories Fuse Expert 29 Growler 50 Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz Chameleon... Marin Pine Mountain 2
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Specs Fuse Expert 29 Growler 50 Ibis DV9 NX Santa Cruz... Marin Pine...
Wheel Size 29" 29" 29" 29" 29"
Weight (w/o pedals) 29 lbs 14 oz 31 lbs 3 oz 26 lbs 8 oz 30 lbs 5 oz 33 lbs 15 oz
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Carbon Aluminum Steel
Frame Size Tested Large Large Large Large Large
Available Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL S, M, L, XL
Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL, 130mm RockShox 35 Gold RL Fox Float Rhythm 34 Fox Rhythm 34 120mm RockShox FS 35 120mm
Wheelset Specialized Stout Alloy SL, 29mm ID WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims with Shimano MT400 hubs Ibis Hubs, Ibis 938 Alloy rims SRAM MTH hubs with WTB ST i25 TCS 2.0 rims Alloy Doublewall rims w/ Shimano and Alloy hubs, 32mm ID
Front Tire Specialized Butcher Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB Vigilante TCS Light High Grip 2.6" Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.6" Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 2.3" Vee Tire Flow Snap 2.6"
Rear Tire Specialized Purgatory Grid, Gripton, 2.6" WTB TrailBoss TCS Light Fast Rolling 2.6" Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.6" Maxxis Ardent Race EXO TR 2.25" Vee Tire Co Flow Snap 2.6"
Shifters SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX Eagle SRAM NX 11-speed SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM NX Eagle SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed SRAM NX 11-Speed SRAM NX Eagle Shimano SLX 12-speed
Crankset SRAM NX Eagle DUB SRAM SX Eagle 30T SRAM NX 30T SRAM NX Eagle 148 DUB 30T 175mm FSA Grid 32T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Threaded SRAM BSA DUB SRAM GXP XR SRAM DUB Threaded FSA Outboard
Cassette SRAM NX 11-50T SRAM PG-1210 11-50T SRAM PG 1130 11-42T SRAM PG 1230 11-50T Shimano SLX M7100 12-speed, 10-51T
Saddle Specialized Bridge Comp WTB Volt Race 142 WTB Silverado 142 WTB Silverado Race Marin Pine Mountain Trail
Seatpost TranzX dropper 150mm travel 34.9mm diameter Rocky Mountain Toonie Drop KS E30i Dropper Race Face Aeffect TranzX Dropper, 150mm
Handlebar Specialized Stout Riser 780mm Rocky Mountain AM 780mm Ibis 780mm Alloy Race Face Ride Marin Pine Mountain Trail Bar, 50mm rise, 780mm width
Stem Specialized Stout Rocky Mountain 35 AM Ibis Race Face Ride Marin 3D Forged Alloy
Brakes SRAM Level TRL Shimano MT420 4-piston front, MT400 2-piston rear SRAM Level SRAM Level T Shimano MT520 4-piston front/MT500 2-piston rear
Grips Specialized Trail Rocky Mountain Lock-on Light Lizard Skins Charger Evo Santa Cruz Palmdale Marin Bear Paw Locking
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