9 New Mountain Bikes That Blew Us Away!

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      <b>9 New Mountain Bikes That Blew Us Away!</b>


      1. <b></b> <b>Devinci Troy: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Devinici has revamped its popular 140mm travel Troy for 2016, giving the 27.5-inch trail bike features that will put it near the top of every rider’s wish list. Refined geometry sees an increased top tube length of 20mm, and 4mm-shorter chainstays that now come in at a tight 424mm. Devinci utilized wider Boost 148mm-width rear axle spacing that allows for the shorter stays, and also has the benefit of a stiffer wheel thanks to wider spoke triangulation. The Troy utilizes a fifth-generation Split Pivot suspension design, and comes in a carbon version with aluminum chainstays as well as an all-aluminum build. Seven models will be offered, with prices ranging from $6,599 for the Troy Carbon RR model with Rockshox Pike fork and SRAM XO1 drivetrain, to $2,599 for the Troy S version built with a Rockshox Sector RL fork and Shimano Deore 2x drivetrain.</span>


      1. <b></b> <b>Tracer 275 C Palmer: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Intense is doing something really cool for 2016 with a new limited-edition Palmer spec Tracer 275 C. This bike is built with all of Shaun Palmer’s sponsors’ products, just like he rides it. Specs include a Fox Factory 36 Float fork and Float X shock, DT Swiss E1501 wheels, e*thirteen TRSr carbon crank, Magura MT8 brakes, and a Renthal Fatbar handlebar. This Tracer’s paint is even customized with Palmer’s black-and-white, tattoo-inspired graphics. Only 100 of these bikes will be made, and each will cost $7,499.</span>


      1. <b></b> <b>Intense Uzzi Pro: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>After a hiatus from the Intense line for a few years, the Uzzi is making its return in 2016. With 190mm of travel and 27.5-inch wheels, the Uzzi sits right in between the enduro-focused Tracer, and the M16, a downhill racer. This bike also gives birth to a new subcategory: superenduro. This style of riding blurs the lines of gravity riding, with superenduro bikes able to climb yet still attack descents like true park-style bikes. The aluminum frame features Boost-width 148mm-wide rear axle spacing and adjustable geometry. Also new for 2016 is the JS Tuned suspension design (formerly called VPP), specifically optimized for each bike by </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Intense founder Jeff Steber</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>. The Uzzi is available as a frameset for $2,199, as a complete bike with a Pro-level build costing $5,999, and as Foundation spec at $3,999. </span>


      1. <b></b> <b>Whyte T-129rs: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>You’ll be seeing new brand Whyte here in North America soon, but not in bike shops: The UK-based company will be selling consumer-direct starting this October. If the </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Whyte</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> name sounds familiar, it’s because Jon Whyte used to design suspension for Marin, including the Quad Link design. Whyte’s suspension is called QUAD-4, and is essentially a horst link four-bar design. Initially there will be eight models, but more will be offered after January 1. Models will range from 160mm-travel, 27.5-inch </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>enduro</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> models to 29er trail bikes like the T-129rs. With 120mm of wheel travel and modern geometry (note the long front center, short chainstays, and low bottom bracket), it’s a trail bike that fits right in with the new generation of 29ers. It’s priced right too at $3,349 built with an aluminum frame, Shimano XT 1x drivetrain, and Fox 34 fork. </span>


      1. <b> GT Verb:</b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> I used to advise people shopping for a mountain bike below about $2,000 to avoid full-suspension bikes because they were often poorly equipped. Bikes like the GT Verb, though, are changing my mind. The Verb is a 27.5 inch-wheeled, 120mm-travel bike, built with a version of GT’s </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>iDrive</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> rear suspension system. The top-of-the-line Verb Elite (shown) sells for $1,630 and comes with tubeless-ready rims, Maxxis tires, Shimano 2×10 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, a short stem, and 740mm-wide bar. This is a real mountain bike, for real riding. Even the $1,080 Verb Comp is equipped with a 2×9 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and a fork with aluminum stanchions.</span>


      1. <b> Jamis Defcon:</b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> The Defcon is Jamis’ new 160mm, 27.5-inch trail and enduro bike. The aluminum frame is notably more burly-looking than anything </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Jamis</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> has made since it had a downhill bike in its line. Up front is a relaxed 66.5-degree head tube angle, but out back are short 17.1-inch chainstays. All pivots are equipped with brand-name Enduro bearings. The frame has internal routing, including dropper, tapered head tube, and a threaded bottom bracket shell. Three models are offered, all with the same frame. The top-grade Defcon 1 (shown) sells for $4,899 and is equipped with Fox Suspension, Shimano 1×11 drivetrain, and Shimano Saint brakes. The Defcon 2, at $3,799, gets RockShox suspension, SRAM 1×11 drivetrain, and SRAM Guide brakes. The Defcon 3, at $2,799, is built with X-Fusion suspension, Shimano 2×10 drivetrain, and Shimano Deore brakes. All three models are equipped with KS dropper posts. </span>


      1. <b> Jamis Dragonslayer:</b> <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Jamis</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> has long had a steel-framed hardtail in its line called the Dragon. For 2016, it gets a 27+ cousin called the Dragonslayer ($2,699). Built around 3-inch tires, the Dragonslayer was designed as a multipurpose mountain bike that can shred trails, load up for backcountry riding, or convert to a singlespeed. The frame has mounts for three water bottles, a rear rack, and frame bags; sliding dropouts; full-length housing; Boost 148 spacing with a 15mm thru-axle; and a 44mm headtube for tapered-steerer forks. One model is offered, built with a Shimano 2×10 drivetrain and a 120mm Fox 34 fork.</span>


      1. <b> Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The new Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum provides the same geometry and features as the well-regarded </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Mach</span> <span style=”font-weight: 400;”>6</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> Carbon</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>, but at a better price: $1,899 for the frame only, and $3,499 to $7,499 for complete bikes. The six-inch travel frame has Boost 148 spacing, and a wide-stance rear linkage to improve stiffness—which, representatives claim, is almost identical to the carbon version. Of course, there is a weight penalty: The claimed frame weight is 7.4 pounds, almost a pound heavier than the Mach 6 carbon.</span>


      1. <b> Norco Revolver: </b><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Norco has had the carbon </span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Revolver</span><span style=”font-weight: 400;”> in its lineup for years, but as a hardtail. This year, it finally brought the full-suspension version of the bike to the market, and in deference to the new 27.5-inch trend, the company is offering the bike in both 29er and 27.5-inch models</span>
    • #188040

      That was a bad copy-and-paste job.

      Who wrote the original? I didn’t see a credit…

      • #188041

        i did it was in a google docs lol, it didnt come out right

    • #188050

      In that case, “bad copy & paste, but good review” !

      Were you at Sea Otter? Where did you get a chance to ride all these? And yes, I’m jealous as hell.

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