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Price $1,250 List$1,550 List$1,600 List$1,359 List$1,100 List
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Pros Solid all-around performance, meaty tires, modern geometry, fun on a wide range of terrain12-speed drivetrain, balanced suspension, stealthy looks, solid all-around performanceAffordable, full-suspension, good all-around performanceAffordable, comfortableInexpensive, dropper seat post
Cons Big tires can feel a little slow rolling, seat post is too short, no chain stay protectionNo dropper post, non-aggressive tiresNo dropper post, poor tire specificationPoor tire specification, upright rider position, less stable at speedPoor fork specification, poor tire specification, not as stable at speed
Bottom Line The reasonably priced Specialized Fuse 27.5 is capable, well-rounded, and a blast to rideThe 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 Growler 40 offers decisively middle of the road performance in a comfortable and reasonably priced packageThe affordable Timberjack Deore is an entry-level hardtail that performs well on smooth and mellow trails
Rating Categories Specialized Fuse 27.5 Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Rocky Mountain Growler 40 Salsa Timberjack Deore
Fun Factor (30%)
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8
8
6
5
Downhill (30%)
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8
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Climbing (25%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Specialized Fuse... Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Rocky Mountain... Salsa Timberjack...
Wheelsize 27.5"+ 29" 27.5" 27.5"+ 27.5"+
Weight 29 lbs 14 oz (tubeless) 30 lbs 9 oz (with tubes) 31 lbs 10 oz (tubeless) 30 lbs 10 oz (with tubes) 31 lbs 12 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 RockShox Judy Silver TK, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34, 130mm RockShox Recon RL, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34 LOR Air, 130mm SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR, 130mm
Rear Shock N/A Suntour Raidon R, 120mm X-Fusion 02 Pro R, 120mm N/A N/A
Wheelset Specialized Stout Trail, 38mm internal width Giant XCT 29" tubeless ready, 25mm internal width Formula hubs with Marin tubeless ready rims, 29mm internal width Shimano hubs with Alex MD35 rims, WTB ST 140 TCS 2.0
Front Tire Specialized Butcher GRID TRAIL, GRIPTON compound, 27.5" x 2.8" Maxxis Forekaster EXO TR 29" x 2.35" Vee Tire Crown Gem 27.5" x 2.3" WTB Ranger 27.5" x 2.8" WTB Ranger Comp 27.5" x 2.8"
Rear Tire Specialized Slaughter GRID TRAIL, Gripton compound, 27.5" x 2.8" Maxxis Forekaster EXO TR 29" x 2.35" Vee Tire Crown Gem 27.5" x 2.3" WTB Ranger 27.5" x 2.8" WTB Ranger Comp 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 Specialized Stout, square taper SRAM SX Eagle DUB Marin Forged Alloy Rocky Mountain Microdrive 2PC Race Face Ride
Chainring 30T 30T 32T 30T 30T
Bottom Bracket Square taper SRAM DUB Press fit External Sealed Cartridge Bearings Rocky Mountain Sealed not listed
Cassette SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace CSMS2 11-46T Shimano Deore 10-speed, 11-42T
Saddle Specialized Body Geometry Bridge Giant Contact(neutral) Marin Speed Concept WTB Volt WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost TranzX dropper XS-S: 100mm, M-XL: 120mm Giant Connect Marin, Two Bolt Alloy X-Fusion Manic TranzX JD-YSP15L
Handlebar Stout riser, 750mm/780mm width depending on frame size Giant Connect Trail, 780mm Marin Mini-Riser, 780mm Rocky Mountain XC 760mm Salsa Rustler (MD, LG, XL) 800mm tested
Stem Stout Giant Contact Marin 3D Forged Alloy Rocky Mountain AM Salsa Guide Trail
Brakes Tektro HD-M275 Shimano MT200 Shimano BR-MT201 Shimano MT400 Shimano MT201
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Five years Five years Three years
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