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Cream of the Crop

Take a closer look at this year’s standout mountain bikes.

Yeti SB5 Plus Turq

While a handful of bikes are Plus tire-compatible, Yeti’s first Plus bike is dedicated exclusively to the platform. Clearance for massive 27.5 x 3.0 tires and Yeti’s premium-grade Turq carbon fiber construction makes this direct descendant of the lauded SB5c one of the most refined Plus bikes in existence.

  • All-conditions trail bike
  • 27.5 Plus compatible
  • 127mm Switch Infinity travel
  • 150mm fork travel

Santa Cruz Tallboy CC

The latest version of Santa Cruz’s beloved big-wheeled trail machine more than lives up to its reputation as one of the best-handling trail bikes around. Balanced geometry and an updated VPP suspension platform make for an ideal endurance racer, and an undeniably appealing partner for long rides.

  • Versatile endurance racer
  • 27.5 Plus and 29 compatible
  • 110mm VPP travel
  • 120mm fork travel

Evil The Calling

Equal parts playful puppy and bloodthirsty attack dog, the Calling is one of this season’s true overachievers. Small wheels and short travel enhance its inclinations to get airborne and slash corners, while its extraordinary suspension helps it to cash checks that you have no business writing.

  • Playful trail terror
  • 27.5-inch wheels
  • 131mm Delta Link travel
  • 140mm fork travel

Pivot Switchblade

It hasn’t been racking up all those awards for nothing—Pivot’s newest trail bike is truly exceptional. Aggressively new-school geometry and sublime suspension help make light work of treacherous trails, but it’s the spritely pedaling and staggering array of setup options that make the Switchblade a true class leader.

  • Fast, efficient enduro racer
  • 27.5 Plus and 29 compatible
  • 135mm DW-Link travel
  • 150mm fork travel

Niner RIP 9 RDO

The RIP 9 has been a fan favorite since its inception, but the latest iteration takes it into previously uncharted territory. It’s been upgraded with a copious amount of travel and thoroughly modern geometry, but it retains the nimbleness and poise that have made the RIP one of our hands-down favorites.

  • Long-travel trail boss
  • 27.5 Plus and 29 compatible
  • 150mm CVA suspension
  • 170mm fork travel

Ibis Mojo 3

The organic lines and delicate handling may be vintage Ibis, but the Mojo 3 is a new kind of beast. Compatible with tires from 2.3 to 2.8 inches in width, the latest Mojo blurs the boundaries between traditional and Plus bikes, while its supremely efficient suspension ensures a spirited ride regardless of your preferred tire setup.

  • Quick-handling trail steed
  • 27.5 Plus compatible
  • 130mm DW-Link travel
  • 140mm fork travel