Trek's innovative Stache is a fast and furious ride capable of glossing over rocks, but its huge 29+ tires are unweildy. That's why we like this bike on smoother, rolling trails where you can take advantage of its speed without having to fight its heft. As such, it's an excellent bike for high mileage MTB adventures on straightforward terrain. It's also a really intriguing option for a beginner. Insane traction and stability give newer riders the confidence to tackle trail features like they are driving a monster truck. Grins for days. It's just a different type of riding and is not a great choice for a daily driver on a wide range of singletrack. While it still feels like a concept bike, its 29+ tires have a time and place. Its charging personality will intrigue anyone looking for a knock-about bike with a hard-core personality. At $2,100 with a middle-of-the-road component spec, the Stache's value is pretty solid.
This would be a fantastic second bike for low traction days, pushing skills, or as an adventure rig. Wide open trails without a lot of tight turns or steep climbs are the Stache's ideal habitat. Like traction but not ready for 29+ tires? Check out the 27.5+ 2017 Specialized Fuse. If you like longer trail rides but, want a less harsh experience, the 2017 Santa Cruz Tallboy is a wonderful choice.