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Price $1,359 List$1,550 List$1,600 List$1,250 List$1,100 List
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Pros Affordable, comfortable12-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 terrainInexpensive, dropper seat post
Cons Poor tire specification, upright rider position, less 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 fork specification, poor tire specification, not as stable at speed
Bottom Line The Growler 40 offers decisively middle of the road performance in a comfortable and reasonably priced packageThe 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 affordable Timberjack Deore is an entry-level hardtail that performs well on smooth and mellow trails
Rating Categories Rocky Mountain Growler 40 Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse 27.5 Salsa Timberjack Deore
Fun Factor (30%)
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5
Downhill (30%)
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Climbing (25%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Rocky Mountain... Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse... Salsa Timberjack...
Wheelsize 27.5"+ 29" 27.5" 27.5"+ 27.5"+
Weight 30 lbs 10 oz (with tubes) 30 lbs 9 oz (with tubes) 31 lbs 10 oz (tubeless) 29 lbs 14 oz (tubeless) 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 Suntour Raidon 34 LOR Air, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34, 130mm RockShox Recon RL, 130mm RockShox Judy Silver TK, 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 Shimano hubs with Alex MD35 rims, Giant XCT 29" tubeless ready, 25mm internal width Formula hubs with Marin tubeless ready rims, 29mm internal width Specialized Stout Trail, 38mm internal width WTB ST 140 TCS 2.0
Front Tire WTB Ranger 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 Comp 27.5" x 2.8"
Rear Tire WTB Ranger 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 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 Rocky Mountain Microdrive 2PC SRAM SX Eagle DUB Marin Forged Alloy Specialized Stout, square taper Race Face Ride
Chainring 30T 30T 32T 30T 30T
Bottom Bracket Rocky Mountain Sealed SRAM DUB Press fit External Sealed Cartridge Bearings Square taper not listed
Cassette SunRace CSMS2 11-46T SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T Shimano Deore 10-speed, 11-42T
Saddle WTB Volt Giant Contact(neutral) Marin Speed Concept Specialized Body Geometry Bridge WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost X-Fusion Manic Giant Connect Marin, Two Bolt Alloy TranzX dropper XS-S: 100mm, M-XL: 120mm TranzX JD-YSP15L
Handlebar Rocky Mountain XC 760mm Giant Connect Trail, 780mm Marin Mini-Riser, 780mm Stout riser, 750mm/780mm width depending on frame size Salsa Rustler (MD, LG, XL) 800mm tested
Stem Rocky Mountain AM Giant Contact Marin 3D Forged Alloy Stout Salsa Guide Trail
Brakes Shimano MT400 Shimano MT200 Shimano BR-MT201 Tektro HD-M275 Shimano MT201
Warranty Five years Lifetime Five years Lifetime Three years
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