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5th generation Cotic FlareMAX
It’s hard to believe, but the Cotic FlareMAX is now in its fifth generation. The latest steel, full-suspension “downcountry” bike sees a slightly lower bottom bracket and an updated Reynolds 853 tubeset. The Cotic FlareMAX features 125mm of rear travel and is designed to work with a variety of forks with travel ranging from 120mm to 140mm.
- Price: Frames from £1839.17 (about $2,300)
- Buy from cotic.co.uk
Deviate Highlander II
The high-pivot Deviate Highlander sees big updates this year, starting with the addition of size small frames (previously only medium, large, and extra-large were available.) The Highlander II settles on 145mm of rear suspension travel, paired with a 160mm fork for what Deviate says is the “ultimate trail bike.”
The Deviate Highlander II is coil-shock compatible and sports a 65° head angle and 77° seat angle. A 490mm reach on size large frames is a bit longer than most, promising a stable ride feel on the trail.
- Price: $3,600 (frame only, no shock)
- Buy from deviatecycles.com.
Scott Patron E-enduro Bike
The Scott brand is getting very good at hiding rear shocks (and everything else) inside their frames, and that includes eMTBs like the new Scott Patron. This is a big, enduro e-bike with 160mm of rear travel and a massive 750Wh battery for self-shuttling big descents. The Lumen is Scott’s lighter weight eMTB, with the rear shock tucked inside the seat tube.
- Price: From $6,499 complete.
- Buy from Scott dealers.
Smartwool adds new MTB apparel
Smart wool has a few new options for their mountain bike apparel line, including a long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, and short sleeve jersey with both men’s and women’s options, various colors, and sizes.
- Price: Varies
- Buy from Smartwool.