Specialized Rockhopper 29
Just getting stoked for mountain biking? The Rockhopper 29 will sling you headlong into the sport in style. 29er geometry lets bike and rider float along the trail and tackle obstacles with confidence. A Suntour SR fork with damping smooths out medium-technical challenges, although the bike shines best on terrain with slightly less bite. The butted Premium Aluminum frame is light and compliant while remaining long-term durable. Specialized’s Ground Control tires roll fast, with vise-like grip in the turns, and Shimano’s Acera 8-speed system nails precise shifting on the fly. While you can expect a little twitchiness on speedy descents, the Rockhopper nontheless climbs well and performs like a champ.