Diamondback Bicycles 2015 Line Hard Tail Complete Mountain Bike
Diamondback’s all-mountain hardtail comes at a price flirting with the top end of this list’s parameters, but it wins the number one spot with the perfect mix of hardtail climbing prowess and cross-country sass. The aluminum-framed Line has every feature highlight of its bigger brother, the Sync’r, including the aggressive, low-slung, all-mountain geometry and similar component spec. The Line sports a Suntour 110mm fork, 9-speed SRAM drivetrain for spot-on shifting, and a chain guide roller up front for reliable single-ring power. Kenda tires grip turns like Stickum, and combined with DB’s SL-7 wheels and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, you can shred with the utmost confidence.