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Price $1,100 List$1,550 List$1,600 List$1,250 List$1,359 List
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Pros Inexpensive, dropper seat post12-speed drivetrain, balanced suspension, stealthy looks, solid all-around performanceAffordable, full-suspension, good all-around performanceSolid all-around performance, meaty tires, modern geometry, fun on a wide range of terrainAffordable, comfortable
Cons Poor fork specification, poor tire specification, not as stable at speedNo dropper post, non-aggressive tiresNo dropper post, poor tire specificationBig tires can feel a little slow rolling, seat post is too short, no chain stay protectionPoor tire specification, upright rider position, less stable at speed
Bottom Line The affordable Timberjack Deore is an entry-level hardtail that performs well on smooth and mellow trailsThe Giant Stance 29 2 is best budget full suspension bike we've testedThe affordable entry-level full suspension Hawk Hill 1 boasts performance that exceeds the asking priceThe reasonably priced Specialized Fuse 27.5 is capable, well-rounded, and a blast to rideThe Growler 40 offers decisively middle of the road performance in a comfortable and reasonably priced package
Rating Categories Salsa Timberjack Deore Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse 27.5 Rocky Mountain Growler 40
Fun Factor (30%)
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Specs Salsa Timberjack... Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain...
Wheelsize 27.5"+ 29" 27.5" 27.5"+ 27.5"+
Weight 31 lbs 12 oz (with tubes) 30 lbs 9 oz (with tubes) 31 lbs 10 oz (tubeless) 29 lbs 14 oz (tubeless) 30 lbs 10 oz (with tubes)
Frame Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Frame Size L L L L L
Available Sizes XS-XL XS-XL XS-XL XS-XL XS-XL
Fork SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34, 130mm RockShox Recon RL, 130mm RockShox Judy Silver TK, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34 LOR Air, 130mm
Rear Shock N/A Suntour Raidon R, 120mm X-Fusion 02 Pro R, 120mm N/A N/A
Wheelset WTB ST 140 TCS 2.0 Giant XCT 29" tubeless ready, 25mm internal width Formula hubs with Marin tubeless ready rims, 29mm internal width Specialized Stout Trail, 38mm internal width Shimano hubs with Alex MD35 rims,
Front Tire WTB Ranger Comp 27.5" x 2.8" Maxxis Forekaster EXO TR 29" x 2.35" Vee Tire Crown Gem 27.5" x 2.3" Specialized Butcher GRID TRAIL, GRIPTON compound, 27.5" x 2.8" WTB Ranger 27.5" x 2.8"
Rear Tire WTB Ranger Comp 27.5" x 2.8" Maxxis Forekaster EXO TR 29" x 2.35" Vee Tire Crown Gem 27.5" x 2.3" Specialized Slaughter GRID TRAIL, Gripton compound, 27.5" x 2.8" WTB Ranger 27.5" x 2.8"
Shifters Shimano Deore 10-speed SRAM SX Eagle Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore 10-speed SRAM SX Eagle Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed
Cranks Race Face Ride SRAM SX Eagle DUB Marin Forged Alloy Specialized Stout, square taper Rocky Mountain Microdrive 2PC
Chainring 30T 30T 32T 30T 30T
Bottom Bracket not listed SRAM DUB Press fit External Sealed Cartridge Bearings Square taper Rocky Mountain Sealed
Cassette Shimano Deore 10-speed, 11-42T SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace CSMS2 11-46T
Saddle WTB Volt Sport Giant Contact(neutral) Marin Speed Concept Specialized Body Geometry Bridge WTB Volt
Seatpost TranzX JD-YSP15L Giant Connect Marin, Two Bolt Alloy TranzX dropper XS-S: 100mm, M-XL: 120mm X-Fusion Manic
Handlebar Salsa Rustler (MD, LG, XL) 800mm tested Giant Connect Trail, 780mm Marin Mini-Riser, 780mm Stout riser, 750mm/780mm width depending on frame size Rocky Mountain XC 760mm
Stem Salsa Guide Trail Giant Contact Marin 3D Forged Alloy Stout Rocky Mountain AM
Brakes Shimano MT201 Shimano MT200 Shimano BR-MT201 Tektro HD-M275 Shimano MT400
Warranty Three years Lifetime Five years Lifetime Five years
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