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Cannondale Trail 5 29
$649.99
Tame your local trails with Cannondale's Trail 5 29. Trail, pavement, dirt, gravel—ride it all with the Trail 5's sturdy aluminum frame and 100mm of plush suspension from the lockout-able Suntour fork. Shimano Altus/Alivio drivetrain components are exactly what you need to whip those hills into shape, so shift with confidence and pedal away! With Shimano hydraulic disc brakes under your hands you've got control and all-weather stopping power to spare. Dressed up with Cannondale's own high-quality aluminum components, the Trail 5 is ready for your next adventure.
Specialized Women's Rockhopper
$559.99
The trail can be a pretty intimidating place at first. Intimidating, that is, until you find the right bike to start ripping on. Specialized's Women's Rockhopper 29 — the perfect ride for you to find your confidence on the trail. It starts with an A1 Aluminum frame that has optimized tube shapes which save weight while dramatically improving aesthetics. To go along with these clean new lines, the Rockhopper also has internal cable routing to further clean up the frame. Lastly, Specialized's Sport XC 29 geometry adjusts the reach, angles, and standover height to make for an improved fit across the size range. This is sure to keep you ripping and confident while heading both up and down the trail. This Rockhopper comes with a build spec that places an emphasis on reliability. This means that it features a full Shimano drivetrain, no-fuss mechanical disc brakes, grippy Ground Control Sport tires that add traction over any trail, and an SR Suntour XCT 29 fork with a custom Multi-Circuit damping that eliminates the "pogo" feel commonly associated with coil forks. You'll also find that Specialized paid special attention to the needs of female riders, which is why every width and length of the components is tailored to women, while the Body Geometry Myth Sport saddle is sure to deliver comfort, mile after mile along the trail. - The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Aluminum in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support the acclaimed Women's XC Sport 29 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's more than efficient on climbs and descends with equal aplomb. - Custom SR Suntour XCT fork features 80/90/100mm (size-specific) of coil-sprung suspension travel that swings well above its weight class. - The Shimano rear derailleur is built with durability in mind, so you can rest assured that you'll have a reliable shifting partner for the long trails ahead.
Cannondale Foray 1
$369.00 $630.00 41% Off
Ignite your lifelong love of cycling. With a lightweight aluminum frame, sporty riding position and wide-range gearing, the Foray is ready for street or singletrack.
Cannondale Cujo NEO 1
$2,299.00 $3,900.00 41% Off
With big 27.5+ tires, confidence-inspiring geometry, and sleek new integrated looks, the Cujo NEO hardtail lets you master the mountain with ease. It's packed with a powerful Shimano STEPS E-8000 motor that'll get you up just about anything, perfect for all-day sessions of your favorite mountain. This is integrated into a lightweight SmartForm C2 alloy frame that features boost spacing and a tapered headtube for added stiffness and control. The wide-range SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain provides that "infinite" shift sensation, while Shimano MT400 hydraulic disc brakes kick in plenty of speed control for the way back down. A RockShox Judy Gold fork, TranzX dropper, and tubeless-ready Maxxis Rekon tires round out this excellent build.
Raleigh Talus 1
$430.00
At home on dirt, gravel, and pavement, the Talus 1 keeps the adventure going when it's time to explore the path less traveled. To give you the ideal balance of stability and easy handling, the Talus features Progressive Wheel Sizing, using the wheel size that best matches the rider size. A 100mm-travel fork and grippy, 2.25-inch-wide knobby tires help you easily roll over bumps and potholes with confidence. With 21 gear combinations at your fingertips, you'll always find a comfortable pedaling pace, and Tektro linear-pull brakes will keep your speed under control. Built-in eyelets allow you to mount a rear rack and fenders so you can also use the Talus as a commuter bike or city bike. - Custom-formed aluminum frame features Progressive wheel sizing: 27.5" on XS, S and 29" on M, L, XL - SR Suntour XCE-28 fork offers 100mm of coil-sprung suspension to soak up bumps - Shimano 3x7 speed drive-train means you'll always find the perfect gear - Tektro linear-pull brakes provide good stopping power - Included fender mounts allow you add fenders to ride in inclement weather
Raleigh Talus 3
$550.00
At home on dirt, gravel, and pavement, the Talus 3 keeps the adventure going when it's time to explore the path less traveled. To give you the ideal balance of stability and easy handling, the Talus features Progressive Wheel Sizing, using the wheel size that best matches the rider size. A 100mm-travel fork and grippy, 2.25-inch-wide knobby tires help you easily roll over bumps and potholes with confidence. With 21 gear combinations at your fingertips, you'll always find a comfortable pedaling pace, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power. Built-in eyelets allow you to mount a rear rack and fenders, so you can also use the Talus as a commuter bike or city bike. - Custom-formed aluminum frame features Progressive wheel sizing: 27.5" on XS, S and 29" on M, L, XL - SR Suntour XCM-DS fork offers 100mm of coil-sprung suspension to soak up bumps - Shimano 3x7 speed drivetrain means you'll always find the perfect gear - Tektro M275 hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power - Included fender mounts allow you add fenders to ride in inclement weather
Raleigh Talus 4
$670.00
At home on dirt, gravel, and pavement, the Talus 4 keeps the adventure going when it's time to explore the path less traveled. To give you the ideal balance of stability and easy handling, the Talus features Progressive Wheel Sizing, using the wheel size that best matches the rider size. A 100mm travel RockShox XC30 fork and grippy 2.25-inch wide knobby tires help you easily roll over bumps and potholes with confidence. With 28 gear combinations at your fingertips, you'll always find a comfortable pedaling pace, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power. Built-in eyelets allow you to mount a rear rack and fenders so you can also use the Talus as a commuter bike or city bike. - Custom-formed aluminum frame features Progressive wheel sizing: 27.5" on XS, S and 29" on M, L, XL - RockShox XC30 fork offers 100mm of coil-sprung suspension to soak up bumps - Suntour/Shimano 3x8 speed drive-train means you'll always find the perfect gear - Tektro M275 hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power - Pedals included; limited lifetime warranty on the frame for as long as the original retail purchaser owns the bicycle - Included fender mounts allow you add fenders to ride in inclement weather
Specialized S-Works S-Works Epic Hardtail AXS
$9,520.00
Take the lightest and most capable carbon hardtail frame available and deck it out in drool-worthy bits. Said bits include the SRAM's wireless XX1 Eagle AXS drivetrain, an integrated power meter, ultralight carbon wheels, and a custom RockShox SID Brain Ultimate fork. - At 775 grams, the new S-Works Epic Hardtail chassis is the lightest production hardtail frame on earth. What’s more, we’ve designed it to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - Custom RockShox SID Brain Ultimate cuts every possible gram, thanks to its carbon steerer and fork crown. What’s more, it boosts your sprint speed, thanks to its top-adjust Brain Fade damper, which makes for a brilliant fork that goes plush when you want it to and stays firm when it’s time to get out of the saddle and launch your next attack. - Blazing fast shifts with nary a derailleur cable in sight—that’s the promise of the AXS edition of the S-Works Epic Hardtail. And the bling doesn’t end with SRAM’s premier, wide-range drivetrain. The bike also sports top-of-the-line SRAM Level Ultimate disc brakes, a QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter, and ultralight Roval Control SL carbon wheelset. - Get more out of every training ride by precisely gauging your power output with the QUARQ XX1 Eagle Power Meter
Specialized S-Works S-Works Epic Hardtail Ultralight
$9,020.00
Think of the Ultralight edition of the Epic Hardtail as a science experiment—a lesson in just how crazy light and capable you could make a race bike. We pulled out all the stops on this one and the end result is your personal rocket ship to the top step of the winner’s podium. - At 775 grams, the new S-Works Epic Hardtail chassis is the lightest production hardtail frame on earth. What’s more, we’ve designed it to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - A Fox Factory Step-Cast 32 shaves the grams while providing 100 millimeters of silky, Kashima-coated suspension. And since weight is the enemy here, we equipped the Ultralight with some equally ultralight Roval Control SL carbon wheels. SRAM’s XX1 Eagle drivetrain gives you massive gear range and quick, precise shifts. Finally, the Ultralight can go from crazy-quick to a tidy stop, thanks to the trademark modulation and power of Magura’s MT8 SL disc brakes.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 2
$3,599.00 $5,250.00 31% Off
Cannondale's best XC hardtail just got better. If going really, really fast on dirt in lycra is your cup o' tea, nothing lets you top 'em on the climbs and drop 'em on the descents like the F-Si. The F-Si Carbon 2 features Cannondale's BallisTec Carbon frame with stiffness-enhancing Si offset. The Lefty Ocho fork features no-bind needle bearings and extreme stiffness for pinpoint steering, now with a single crown design. Hollowgram 23 superlight high-impact carbon rims keep this rig at fighting weight, while the Schwalbe Racing Ray tires fly over hardpack and dig into sketchy corners. SRAM's X01 drivetrain serves up 12 wide-ranging speeds, and gets it power through a carbon TruVativ crankset, resulting in efficient power transfer and crisp, precise shifting to give you the advantage on every part of the course. Shimano XT brakes provide ruthless and reliable braking power when you need it, so you can carry more speed and brake at the last possible second. Cannondale's carbon seatpost and handlebar, paired with a titanium-railed Fabric Scoop saddle, keep you in control while adding almost no weight, ensuring that your race rig is sleek, lean, and ready to win.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 3
$2,499.00 $3,675.00 32% Off
Cannondale's best XC hardtail just got better. If going really, really fast on dirt in lycra is your cup o' tea, nothing lets you top 'em on the climbs and drop 'em on the descents like the F-Si. The F-Si Carbon 3 features Cannondale's BallisTec Carbon frame with stiffness-enhancing Si offset. The Lefty Ocho fork features no-bind needle bearings and extreme stiffness for pinpoint steering, now with a single crown design. Stan's NoTubes Crest MK3 wheels keep this rig deliver on strength and flawless tubeless setup, while the Schwalbe Racing Ray tires fly over hardpack and dig into sketchy corners. SRAM's GX1 drivetrain serves up 12 wide-ranging speeds, and gets it power through a stiff TruVativ crankset, resulting in efficient power transfer and crisp, precise shifting to give you the advantage on every part of the course. SRAM Level T brakes provide precise braking power when you need it, so you can carry more speed and brake at the last possible second, and Cannondale's cockpit components and Fabric Scoop saddle keep you in control and race-ready.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon 4
$2,199.00 $3,150.00 30% Off
Cannondale's best XC hardtail just got better. If going really, really fast on dirt in lycra is your cup o' tea, nothing lets you top 'em on the climbs and drop 'em on the descents like the F-Si. The F-Si Carbon 4 features Cannondale's BallisTec Carbon frame with stiffness-enhancing Si offset. The Lefty Ocho fork features no-bind needle bearings and extreme stiffness for pinpoint steering, now with a single crown design. WTB STX i23 TCS wheels deliver on strength and lightweight, while the Schwalbe Racing Ray tires fly over hardpack and dig into sketchy corners. SRAM serves up 12 wide-ranging speeds, and gets it power through a stiff TruVativ crankset, resulting in efficient power transfer and crisp, precise shifting to give you the advantage on every part of the course. Shimano MT500 hydraulic disc brakes provide reliable braking power when you need it, so you can carry more speed and brake at the last possible second, and Cannondale's cockpit components and Fabric Scoop saddle keep you in control and race-ready.
Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup
$6,649.00 $9,500.00 30% Off
Cannondale's best XC hardtail just got better. If going really, really fast on dirt in lycra is your cup o' tea, nothing lets you top 'em on the climbs and drop 'em on the descents like the F-Si. The World Cup edition features Cannondale's Hi-MOD BallisTec Carbon frame with stiffness-enhancing Si offset. The Lefty Ocho fork features no-bind needle bearings and extreme stiffness for pinpoint steering, now with a single crown design. ENVE's M525 carbon rims keep this rig at fighting weight, while the Schwalbe Racing Ray tires fly over hardpack and dig into sketchy corners. SRAM's XX1 drivetrain serves up 12 wide-ranging speeds, a carbon crankset, and crisp, precise shifting to give you the advantage on every part of the course. And, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes provide reliable, highly tunable braking power when you need it, so you can carry more speed and brake at the last possible second. Cannondale's carbon bar and seatpost keep you in control while adding almost no weight, ensuring that your race rig is sleek, lean, and ready to win.
Cannondale F-Si Carbon Women's 2
$2,399.00 $3,150.00 24% Off
Cannondale's best XC hardtail just got better. If going really, really fast on dirt in lycra is your cup o' tea, nothing lets you top 'em on the climbs and drop 'em on the descents like the F-Si. The F-Si Carbon Women's 2 features Cannondale's Women's BallisTec Carbon frame with stiffness-enhancing Si offset. The Lefty Ocho fork features no-bind needle bearings and extreme stiffness for pinpoint steering, now with a single crown design. WTB STX i23 TCS rims keep this rig ready for rowdy XC courses, while the Schwalbe Racing Ray tires fly over hardpack and dig into sketchy corners. SRAM serves up 12 wide-ranging speeds for efficient power transfer no matter the pitch and crisp, precise shifting to give you the advantage on every part of the course. Shimano MT500 brakes provide reliable braking power when you need it, so you can carry more speed and brake at the last possible second, and Cannondale's cockpit components and Prologo Kappa Dea RS saddle keep you in comfortable control while keeping your race rig sleek, lean, and ready to win.
Specialized Pitch Expert 1X
$874.99 - $875.00
Are you ready for a seriously good time? Hit the trails on the Pitch Expert 1X, with a sturdy, lightweight aluminum frame for efficient climbing and dialed handling and high-quality suspension that turns any descent into the best rollercoaster you've ever been on. TRAIL-OPTIMIZED GEOMETRY The Sport Trail 27.5 geometry on the Pitch Expert 1X is designed for the perfect balance between stability and agility, with a position that keeps you perfectly balanced. The slack head angle offers precise line choice, while the short wheelbase mocks tight switchbacks. SUREFIRE SHIFTING The 10-speed Shimano Deore drivetrain features unparalleled performance in its class, with quick, quiet, precise shifts from the ergonomic Rapidfire Plus trigger shifter, and a clutch-style Shadow Plus rear derailleur that retains perfect chain tension to limit chain slap and bounce. - The air-sprung SR SunTour XCR air suspension fork offers 80/90/100mm of lightweight, size-specific travel. - Ground Control Sport tires in a wide 2.3-inch size keep the ride smooth and controlled. - A1 Premium Aluminum frame is the perfect balance of light weight and durability.
Cannondale Catalyst 3
$329.00 $460.00 28% Off
Satisfy your thirst for adventure. With its lightweight alloy frame, sporty riding position and wide-range gearing, Catalyst lets you confidently ride any trail. A 75mm-travel SR Suntour fork lets you roll over rocks and roots while the nimble 27.5-inch wheels offer quick maneuvering through tight spots. Shimano's 3x7 drivetrain gives you wide-range shifting and Tektro cable-actuated disc brakes keep you in control.
Cannondale Foray 2
$349.00 $525.00 34% Off
Ignite your lifelong love of cycling. With a lightweight aluminum frame, sporty riding position and wide-range gearing, the Foray is ready for street or singletrack.
Specialized Pitch Sport 27.5
$639.99
That spot where the bike path turns from concrete to dirt? The Pitch Sport is made to explore beyond, with a sturdy aluminum frame, smooth-riding front suspension, grippy tires for loose surfaces, and sure-stopping hydraulic disc brakes to keep you under control. Strong, sensitive type Old-school strongmen have nothing on our A1 Premium Aluminum frame. But the Pitch Sport is in touch with its feelings too, offering a ride that's as comfortable as it is durable, thanks to a lightweight proprietary alloy and Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry for sure handling. Size-specific suspension It's not enough to offer quality suspension like the coil-sprung SR SunTour XCT 30 fork on the Pitch Sport. We also custom-design travel based on frame size to keep the geometry and ride quality consistent over all sizes. Lockout limits annoying bobbing on smooth terrain. Sweet spot wheels Why 27.5-inch wheels exactly, not 27 or 28? It's a happy medium which offers most of the benefits of the older 26-inch size, like light weight and agility, with those of the newer, oversize 29er version, like fast-rolling efficiency and easy roll over obstacles. Value and performance The 24-speed Shimano drivetrain gives you the right gear, anytime. A long-lasting, rust-resistant KMC chain offers quiet, sure shifting. Grippy Ground Control Sport tires feature Flak Jacket flat protection. - The heart of the Pitch Sport is the Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry, which features a roomy cockpit to keep your center of gravity securely between the wheels for control, and a slacker head angle designed for more stable steering. - The key to mountain biking is confidence, which starts with knowing you're in control. Thanks to the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes on the Pitch Sport, you'll always know you have plenty of stopping power, no matter the trail conditions. - We obsess about tires a little. OK, a lot; it's where the bike meets the trail, after all. So for the Pitch line, we chose our wide, 2.3-inch Ground Control Sport, with a versatile, fast-rolling knobby tread that offers superb grip and traction for any trail.
Specialized Men's Pitch Comp
$652.94 $724.99 10% Off
Over the course of your rides, you've surely felt the call of a trail or two along the way. And as long as you're on an ill-equipped bike for the occasion, this call goes unanswered. That's a bummer, or rather, it was until now. With the Pitch Comp, you get a bike that features an even temperament for whatever kind of terrain you're up for riding. It has a light aluminum construction that's durable and compliant, while our Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry ensures that you'll remain both comfortable and confident over any terrain. Add in corrosion-resistant hardware and plenty of front suspension, and you'll be ready to ride wherever your will takes you.g. - The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Premium Aluminum in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support our acclaimed Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's extremely versatile, making it equally capable on the climbs and descents. - Custom SR Suntour 27.5 fork features our Multi-Circuit Damping technology to eliminate any "pogo" effect by delivering 80/100mm (size-specific) of hydraulic damped suspension and rebound that smooths out rough terrain. - The smooth-shifting 9-speed Shimano Acera rear derailleur, combined with an 11-34t cassette, has the bike ready to climb just as well as it rolls along the flats.
Specialized Women's Pitch 27.5
$449.94 $500.00 10% Off
We've all felt the compulsion to break free from our day-to-day routine, especially when it comes to riding. Sure, laps around town are fun, but compared to the freedom of getting out in the woods or on country roads, life on the pavement starts to look pretty mundane. Lucky for you, our Women's Pitch 27.5 unlocks the potential of your ride. With a light aluminum frame and our Women's Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry, you'll be feeling comfortable and confident regardless of the terrain. And with corrosion-resistant hardware and kickstand compatibility, this Pitch provides the long-term durability and ease-of-use that every bike should strive for. Question is—where will you take it? - The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Premium Aluminum in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support our acclaimed Women's Sport Trail 27.5 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's extremely versatile, making it equally capable on the climbs and descents. - Custom SR Suntour XCT fork features 80/100mm (size-specific) of coil-sprung suspension travel that swings well above its weight class. - A Shimano TX800 rear derailleur is built to with durability in mind, so you can rest assured that you'll have a reliable shifting partner for the long trails ahead.
Specialized Epic Hardtail
$2,120.00
Hands down, the best value in cross-country racing machines today. The Epic Hardtail now features the same 915-gram carbon chassis as our Pro model. Complete with a smart component package and a ride quality that's second to none, this bike is a raging deal. - At a mere 915 grams, the new Epic Fact 11m frame is stunningly light. What’s more, we’ve designed the Epic chassis to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - RockShox Judy Gold 29 fork brings adjustability and performance to the package without breaking the bank. Features include rebound damping and a Motion Control “lock-out” lever. - SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain gives you all the gearing you need to tackle the biggest climbs.
Specialized Epic Hardtail Comp
$2,620.00
A podium-caliber racing machine that doesn't cost a mint. The Comp combines a 915-gram carbon chassis as with a RockShox Reba RL fork and plenty of gearing to take on the steepest climbs, thanks to its SRAM NX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain. - At a mere 915 grams, the new Epic Fact 11m frame is stunningly light. What’s more, we’ve designed the Epic chassis to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - The RockShox Reba RL 29 fork offers 100mm of smooth travel, while an easily accessible compression and rebound adjusts permit you to customize the feel according to the terrain at hand. - SRAM Level TL bring the Epic Hardtail Comp to a quick stop and offer good modulation. - The 12-speed SRAM NX Eagle groupset brings the performance of Eagle without the higher price.
Specialized Riprock Expert 24
$1,100.00
Remember when riding bikes was all about having fun? So does Specialized. For the Riprock, they strove to create the bike that any of us would have drooled over as a kid. An A1 premium aluminum frame is lightweight and built to withstand the tough use doled out by kids, while the geometry features an ultra-low standover that makes it easy for your little ones to fit on and grow with the bike. A Custom SR Suntour XCT fork features 70mm of smooth, air-sprung travel for rough terrain, while a hydraulic lockout will make climbing significantly easier for your little ripper. Watch them fly up hills with the Shimano XT drivetrain and stay safe on the way back down thanks to the Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes, which are easy for little hands to reach and deliver a degree of stopping power that even you'll be jealous of. Ultra-wide 2.8-inch tires, wrapped around zippy 24-inch aluminum wheels, deliver heaps of traction, comfort, and stability, and ensure that the Riprock is approved for fun anywhere that it goes.
Specialized Women's Rockhopper Sport
$638.94 $710.00 10% Off
Maybe you're finding your legs on the singletrack, or perhaps you're just dirt-curious? Either way, the Women's Rockhopper Sport is the only bike you need to live out your trail fantasies. It starts with our new A1 Aluminum frame that has optimized tube shapes which save weight while dramatically improving aesthetics. To go along with these clean new lines, the new Rockhopper also has internal cable routing to further clean up the frame. Lastly, our Women's Sport XC 29 geometry adjusts the reach, angles, and standover height to make for an improved fit across the size range. This is sure to keep you ripping and confident while heading both up and down the trail. This Rockhopper comes with a build spec that places an emphasis on reliability. This means that it features a full Shimano drivetrain, dependable Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, grippy Ground Control and Fast Trak tires that add traction over any trail, and an SR Suntour XCT 29 fork with our custom Rx Tune and Multi-Circuit damping that eliminates the "pogo" feel commonly associated with coil forks. You'll also find that we paid special attention to the needs of female riders, which is why every width and length of the components are tailored to women, while the Body Geometry Myth Sport saddle is sure to deliver comfort, mile after mile along the trail. - The frame is constructed from lightweight A1 Aluminum in order to provide a compliant, durable platform to support our acclaimed XC Sport 29 Geometry. Combined, you get a bike that's more than efficient on climbs and descends just as well. - A custom SR Suntour XCT fork houses our Multi-Circuit damping and features 80/90/100mm (size-specific) of travel. - A Shimano Acera rear derailleur controls the rear shifting along a wide gear range, 11-34t, so you can ride confidently knowing that you'll always have the right gear for the hill at hand.
Specialized Epic Hardtail Pro
$4,967.94 $5,520.00 10% Off
If you ask us, it's been too long since hardtails got their world shaken up. Well, our all-new Epic Hardtail Pro Carbon does just that. New geometry, crazy-low frame weight, and a build from the racing gods—this bike is ready to shatter the mold. Over the last decade, cross country racing has evolved into a completely different animal—the courses are rowdier, more technical, and overall, they're inherently different. Because of this, we realized that the best bike for the job needs to not only be lightweight and stiff but also be able to descend and climb with equal prowess. Determining the best geometry was the easier of the two, as we took our current XC race geo and added some trail DNA to the mix. This equates to a longer top tube, a shortened the head tube, and a slacked out the front end, the result of which is a tremendous increase in downhill stability, plus a wider fit range. And just as importantly, this doesn't require any sacrifice of climbing proficiency. The weight aspect was more complicated, though. We were posed with the question, "How do you take weight out of something that's already so light?" But the answer was relatively obvious: you get the best mountain bike engineers together in one room and let the magic come out. Up until now, there were two ways to lighten up a frame—use less of the same grade of carbon or use less of a higher-grade carbon. Option one is never a viable solution as it sacrifices stiffness and strength, two attributes that shouldn't be tampered with. And while we did end up using option two, we weren't content with the amount of weight we could cut out by just using a different grade of carbon. So how else do you cut weight? Well, we began looking at our layup schedules to see if they could be improved, which shed light on a new discovery—layup inefficiencies. Beginning with our Rider-First Engineered frame technology, each size Epic Hardtail is specifically tailored to size—every carbon layup and tube are exclusively selected based upon hundreds of hours of collected ride data. What does this mean for you? It not only creates the optimal balance of rigidity, weight, and responsiveness across every frame size, but it led us to the discovery of how to save weight through the studying of the layup. Through extensive layup studies, we made the discovery that, by further controlling the construction and layup schedules, we could drastically decrease weight, all while maintaining the ride characteristics that you'd expect from a top-level XC race bike. With this discovery, each frame now features complex cut carbon plys that allow difficult junctions to be covered with less overlap. And while this does complicate the carbon frame puzzle by adding more pieces to the mix, it allows us to design and place them more intelligently. The result of this is a lighter frame, stronger junctions, and a drastic increase in stiffness. For the build, the Epic Hardtail Pro Carbon hits right on the money, opting for a custom-tuned RockShox SID fork with Brain, SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed shifting, and hand-built Roval Control Carbon wheels. - By pairing a FACT 11m carbon fiber frame with our XC 29 Geometry, this Epic places a focus on revolutionary tube angles and light overall weight for explosive speed and nimble handling on the race circuit. - Roval's new Control Carbon wheels have many of the hallmarks of the Control Sl wheels, like a 25mm internal width, and a new shape—making traction, low weight, and durability all top priorities. - With their 750mm width, the S-Works Carbon Mini-Rise handlebars, you're sure to have plenty of control, all while keeping weight to an absolute minimum.
Specialized Epic Hardtail Expert
$4,320.00
With all of the growth in full-suspension XC bikes, we found that hardtails were starting to become a little same old, same old. So we thought to ourselves, 'What better time than now to shake things up with a modern, revolutionary design?' Say hello to the Epic Hardtail Expert. - At a mere 915 grams, the new Epic Fact 11m frame is stunningly light. What’s more, we’ve designed the Epic chassis to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - The RockShox SID Brain 29 features our Brain damper, which knows the difference between rider and terrain inputs—staying firm in hard accelerations on smooth ground, and effectively soaking up imperfections when the trail decides to fight back. You get the highest efficiency possible when hammering up climbs, and smooth compression on the descents—all without ever having to flick a switch. - SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle groupset, with its 10-50t cassette, provides a wide gear range that lets you spin up the climbs, yet have plenty of top end for the descents. One-by setups also decrease weight and make it next to impossible to drop a chain.
Specialized Epic Hardtail Pro
$5,520.00
If you ask us, it's been too long since hardtails got their world shaken up. Well, our all-new Epic Hardtail Pro Carbon does just that. New geometry, crazy-low frame weight, and a build from the racing gods—this bike is ready to shatter the mold. - At a mere 915 grams, the new Epic Fact 11m frame is stunningly light. What’s more, we’ve designed the Epic chassis to be incredibly capable and comfortable, with progressive geometry and an advanced composite layup that boosts vertical compliance. - Thanks to our proprietary Brain Fade damper, the Epic Hardtail Pro's RockShox’s SID Brain 29 fork is firm when you want it firm and plush when you want it plush—no levers required. - SRAM's 12-speed XO1 Eagle groupset provides quick, accurate shifts and a massive gear range
Schwinn Frontier
$329.99 - $330.00
The Frontier features a Schwinn MTB trail-tuned steel frame with Zoom alloy suspension fork for a more controlled ride and a Shimano Tourney 3 × 7 drivetrain with Shimano RevoShift shifters for easy gear changes while keeping your hands firmly on the grips. 26-inch wheels allow for quick turning and faster acceleration while linear-pull brakes provide sure stopping power.
Cannondale Trail 5
$949.99 - $999.99
Tame your local trails with Cannondale's Trail 5. Trail, pavement, dirt, gravel — ride it all with the Trail 5's light and stiff C2 aluminum frame and 100mm of plush suspension delivered by the RockShox front fork. The Shimano Deore drivetrain is exactly what you need to whip those hills into shape, so shift with confidence and pedal away! With Shimano hydraulic disc brakes on the job you've got control and all-weather stopping power to spare. Roll over tough terrain with ease on durable WTB rims and tires. To optimize fit and handling, Cannondale uses 27.5-inch wheels on the X-Small and Small frames and 29-inch wheels on larger frame sizes. Dressed up with Cannondale's own high-quality aluminum components, the Trail 5 is ready for your next adventure.
Specialized Fuse 27.5
$1,250.00
Here’s proof you don’t need tons of suspension travel to tackle challenging trails. Equipped with an all-new, longer, lower, and rowdier chassis, we’ve added 27.5 x 2.8 wheels and tires to the Fuse 27.5 to create a bike that lets you hit rocks and roots at speed with absolute control. - 130-millimeters of suspension, courtesy of a RockShox Judy Silver TK fork. - Highlights include hydraulic disc brakes, a dropper post, and single-ring drivetrain. - Shimano single-ring drivetrain brings simple and reliable shifting to an affordable price point. - Plus-size tires provide insane traction and stability on the choppiest trails. - New Butcher GRID TRAIL offers improved cornering grip. - TranzX dropper post increases the Fuse's maneuverability on steep descents.