Ratings Overview - Best Trail Mountain Bike

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Ibis Ripmo GX 2018
The Ibis Ripmo is a capable, long-travel, 29er with a sporty and athletic feel. With 145mm of DW-Link suspension, aggressive angles, and a relatively sporty feel, this bike is comfortable attacking...  read more >
$4,799

Editors' Choice Award
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82
Fun Factor - 9 of 10
9
Downhill Performance - 9 of 10
9
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
The Yeti SB5.5 X01 Eagle Turq.
Yeti SB5.5 X01 Eagle 2017
Charging down brawny, enduro-grade terrain at high speeds is the Yeti SB5.5's happy place. Descent focused geometry, 29er wheels, a burly 160mm fork, and a supple 140mm rear end keep the bike...  read more >
$7,099

Editors' Choice Award
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82
Fun Factor - 9 of 10
9
Downhill Performance - 10 of 10
10
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Santa Cruz Hightower LT XE 2018
The Hightower LT is Santa Cruz's enduro-ready 29er that produces a splendid balance of climbing efficiency and downhill capability. Two testers put this wagon-wheeled shred sled through its paces to...  read more >
$5,699

Editors' Choice Award
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81
Fun Factor - 9 of 10
9
Downhill Performance - 10 of 10
10
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Ibis Ripley LS NX 2018
The Ibis Ripley offers a nimble and playful ride with razor-sharp handling. Downhill skills are precise allowing riders to change direction in a hurry. Playful antics are highly encouraged and...  read more >
$3,999

Editors' Choice Award
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78
Fun Factor - 10 of 10
10
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29
Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 2019
The all-new 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper received loads of attention when it was announced in April. In fact, the new Stumpy was surrounded with more hype than any Specialized mountain bike, ever...  read more >
$4,200

Top Pick Award
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76
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Transition Smuggler GX 2018
The Transition Smuggler is capable 29er that punches above its 120mm travel class. Two testers spent three weeks aboard the Smuggler to provide you with the critical ride characteristics. Travel...  read more >
$3,999

Top Pick Award
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76
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 6 of 10
6
Santa Cruz Hightower C R 2018
The Santa Cruz Hightower Carbon R 29 is a mid-travel trail bike that can operate comfortably on a wide range of terrain. This mango monster can effectively tackle steep and technical trails that are...  read more >
$3,999

Top Pick Award
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75
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50 2018
The freshly updated Rocky Mountain Altitude caught our attention with its impressive price tag and impressive components. This aggressive trail bike has excellent uphill skills while providing a...  read more >
$3,399

Best Buy Award
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74
Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 8 of 10
8
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Canyon Spectral AL 6.0 2018
The Canyon Spectral is a capable bicycle that provides impressive performance and an unrivaled value. Two testers rode this aggressive trail bike for three weeks to get a handle on its key ride...  read more >
$2,399

Editors' Choice Award
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72
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Juliana Joplin S Carbon C 2018
The Juliana Joplin 2.0 Carbon 29 S conjures up a perfect storm of speed and agility. Surprisingly, this 29er packs a loud and vocal punch with its tight suspension, 1116mm wheelbase, and wide-range...  read more >
$4,799

Editors' Choice Award
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72
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
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Pivot Switchblade Aluminum
Pivot Switchblade Aluminum Race XT
The Pivot Switchblade is an athletic trail bike with a precise and surgical attitude. This aluminum shredder has 135mm of travel and blends stellar climbing abilities with an incredibly fun downhill...  read more >
$3,899

Top Pick Award
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Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29
Santa Cruz Tallboy D 29 2017
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is a capable and efficient short-travel 29er. This redesigned 110mm bike provides nearly unrivaled downhill performance amongst 100-120mm travel bikes. In addition, the...  read more >
$2,599

Best Buy Award
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Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Commencal Meta TR 4.2 Essential 2017
Commencal's redesigned Meta TR V4.2 Essential provides excellent performance at an impressive price point. This bike offers sporty handling and surgically attacks the trail. Despite the relaxed...  read more >
$3,249

Best Buy Award
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71
Fun Factor - 8 of 10
8
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Pivot Trail 429
Pivot Trail 429 Race XT 2019
The Pivot Trail 429 is a zippy, xc-minded, trail bike with very impressive climbing abilities. For 2019, the Trail 429 has replaced the popular Mach 429 model in the Pivot lineup. The Trail 429 adds...  read more >
$4,699

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69
Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Specialized Stumpjumper ST Comp Carbon 29 2019
The name Stumpjumper is synonymous with mountain biking. The new 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper range of bikes was released with much anticipation and fanfare in April. The Stumpjumper ST Comp Carbon...  read more >
$4,200

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67
Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Evil Following MB
Evil Following MB 2018
The Evil Following MB is a capable, short-travel, 29er that slays berms and operates with confidence at blistering speeds. This bike is delightful when charging flow trails and inspires a healthy...  read more >
$5,699

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66
Fun Factor - 6 of 10
6
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
YT Jeffsy AL Comp 27 2018
The YT Jeffsy 27 AL Comp is a capable bike that provides high-end performance on flow trails but provides a decisively rough ride on bony terrain. Two testers spent three weeks putting this 150mm...  read more >
$2,799

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65
Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
YT Jeffsy AL One 29 2017
The YT Jeffsy 29 offers solid climbing performance and reasonable downhill skills. The Jeffsy is a nice option for long days in the saddle where your not hyperfocused on a single ride...  read more >
$2,999

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 7 of 10
7
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Yeti Beti SB5
Yeti SB5 Beti XT/SLX 2018
The Yeti Beti SB5 features a high-end frame design, serious cosmetic flair, and impressive on-trail performance. This pretty little lady takes her best shot at technical climbs and then transforms...  read more >
$4,799

Top Pick Award
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63
Fun Factor - 7 of 10
7
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Maintenance - 7 of 10
7
Giant Anthem 2
Giant Anthem 2 2017
The Anthem 2 is a fun and flickable 110mm, 27.5-inch offering from Giant. This nimble steed rips through corners and hunts down every site hit. It bunny hops and manuals at will and speedy...  read more >
$2,575

100
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58
Fun Factor - 6 of 10
6
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
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Norco Optic Womens
Norco Optic C2 650B Womens 2018
The Norco Optic C2 650B offers a comfortable ride with an upright feel. The trail bike undoubtedly leans towards the cross country application. With the combination of a steeper, 68-degree, head...  read more >
$4,999

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Fun Factor - 5 of 10
5
Downhill Performance - 3 of 10
3
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 6 of 10
6
Yeti SB4.5 SLX/XT 2018
The Yeti SB4.5 XT/SLX is a quick-witted and slender trail bike with swift climbing abilities. This bike grinds uphill very effectively with light gearing and comfortable positioning. It ascends...  read more >
$4,799

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56
Fun Factor - 4 of 10
4
Downhill Performance - 3 of 10
3
Climbing Performance - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
The 2018 Liv Pique SX 1.
Liv Pique SX 1 2018
Liv's 2018 Pique SX 1 is the most downhill focused version of the Pique lineup to date. This lively and quick bike gets a slacker head tube angle and longer travel fork than the 2017 model. The...  read more >
$3,700

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54
Fun Factor - 6 of 10
6
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 8 of 10
8
Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1
Niner Jet 9 1-Star NX1 2017
The Jet 9 is a straight-lining, 120mm charger from Niner. It tackles rocky, high-speed terrain with authority but struggles in the turns. Nimble and playful this bike is not. Stable trail manners, a...  read more >
$2,600

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45
Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Trek Fuel EX 7 29
Trek Fuel EX 7 29 2017
A 29er with a traditional, tall bike feel, the Trek Fuel EX holds its momentum over trail obstacles but is slow to respond to commands. This lack of precision detracts from descending confidence...  read more >
$2,600

100
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Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 4 of 10
4
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 4 of 10
4
Intense Recluse
Intense Recluse Pro 2017
One of the most highly anticipated bikes in our 2017 trail test, the Intense Recluse didn't deliver. We couldn't wait to see how the stylish 140mm bike compared to the others, particularly the Santa...  read more >
$6,999

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42
Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 5 of 10
5
Climbing Performance - 4 of 10
4
Ease of Maintenance - 5 of 10
5
Santa Cruz Chameleon R1+
Santa Cruz Chameleon R1+ 2017
The Chameleon's back, and Santa Cruz's transforming hardtail is craftier than ever. With adjustable chainstays, 27.5+ or 29-inch capability, a front derailleur hanger and the ability to run a single...  read more >
$2,349

Top Pick Award
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40
Fun Factor - 4 of 10
4
Downhill Performance - 1 of 10
1
Climbing Performance - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Maintenance - 10 of 10
10
Specialized Fuse Comp 6Fattie 2018
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...  read more >
$1,600

Editors' Choice Award
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33
Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 1 of 10
1
Climbing Performance - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Maintenance - 9 of 10
9
Trek Stache 7
Trek Stache 7 2017
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...  read more >
$2,100

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Fun Factor - 3 of 10
3
Downhill Performance - 1 of 10
1
Climbing Performance - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Maintenance - 9 of 10
9
Kona Honzo AL/DL
Kona Honzo AL/DL 2017
Kona offers straightforward 29-inch hardtail performance with the Honzo. The bike is a light and pleasant climber, easy to manual up and over obstacles. It's stout gearing and classic, narrow tires...  read more >
$2,199

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Fun Factor - 2 of 10
2
Downhill Performance - 1 of 10
1
Climbing Performance - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Maintenance - 9 of 10
9
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Total 30 products tested