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Price $1,550 List$1,600 List$1,250 List$1,359 List$1,100 List
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Pros 12-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, comfortableInexpensive, dropper seat post
Cons No 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 speedPoor fork specification, poor tire specification, not as stable at speed
Bottom Line The 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 packageThe affordable Timberjack Deore is an entry-level hardtail that performs well on smooth and mellow trails
Rating Categories Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse 27.5 Rocky Mountain Growler 40 Salsa Timberjack Deore
Fun Factor (30%)
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6
5
Downhill (30%)
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Climbing (25%)
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Build (15%)
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Specs Giant Stance 29 2 Marin Hawk Hill 1 Specialized Fuse... Rocky Mountain... Salsa Timberjack...
Wheelsize 29" 27.5" 27.5"+ 27.5"+ 27.5"+
Weight 30 lbs 9 oz (with tubes) 31 lbs 10 oz (tubeless) 29 lbs 14 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 Suntour Raidon 34, 130mm RockShox Recon RL, 130mm RockShox Judy Silver TK, 130mm Suntour Raidon 34 LOR Air, 130mm SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR, 130mm
Rear Shock Suntour Raidon R, 120mm X-Fusion 02 Pro R, 120mm N/A N/A N/A
Wheelset 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, WTB ST 140 TCS 2.0
Front Tire 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" WTB Ranger Comp 27.5" x 2.8"
Rear Tire 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" WTB Ranger Comp 27.5" x 2.8"
Shifters SRAM SX Eagle Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed
Rear Derailleur SRAM SX Eagle Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed Shimano Deore 10-speed
Cranks SRAM SX Eagle DUB Marin Forged Alloy Specialized Stout, square taper Rocky Mountain Microdrive 2PC Race Face Ride
Chainring 30T 32T 30T 30T 30T
Bottom Bracket SRAM DUB Press fit External Sealed Cartridge Bearings Square taper Rocky Mountain Sealed not listed
Cassette SRAM SX Eagle, 11-50T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace 10-speed, 11-42T SunRace CSMS2 11-46T Shimano Deore 10-speed, 11-42T
Saddle Giant Contact(neutral) Marin Speed Concept Specialized Body Geometry Bridge WTB Volt WTB Volt Sport
Seatpost Giant Connect Marin, Two Bolt Alloy TranzX dropper XS-S: 100mm, M-XL: 120mm X-Fusion Manic TranzX JD-YSP15L
Handlebar Giant Connect Trail, 780mm Marin Mini-Riser, 780mm Stout riser, 750mm/780mm width depending on frame size Rocky Mountain XC 760mm Salsa Rustler (MD, LG, XL) 800mm tested
Stem Giant Contact Marin 3D Forged Alloy Stout Rocky Mountain AM Salsa Guide Trail
Brakes Shimano MT200 Shimano BR-MT201 Tektro HD-M275 Shimano MT400 Shimano MT201
Warranty Lifetime Five years Lifetime Five years Three years
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