The Specialized Fuse Expert 6Fattie was our 2017 Editors Choice for its balanced performance and impressive build specifications. Specialized no longer offers the $2000 Fuse Expert. The 2018 Specialized Fuse Comp sells for $1600 and still shreds any hardtail-worthy trail you put in front of it. If you are looking for a hardtail that is at home on fast and somewhat technical singletrack, this is the best option The 2018 Fuse Comp is our new Editor's Choice.
We had doubts that the 2018 Fuse Comp could match the performance of the 2017 Fuse Expert. One ride and those doubts went out the window. We rode the two bikes back to back and the performance was comparable. At $1600, the price of admission for ripping Mother Nature's amusement park aboard the Editor's Choice hardtail just went down substantially.