Felt is currently meddling the 27.5+ group as well as revealed a model light weight aluminum hardtail referred to as Surplus. Production versions are expected by the end of the year as well as will certainly can be found in 2 designs, both with one-by drivetrains, 120-mil forks, 148/110 front and back axle spacing and 3-inch tires. The Surplus 70 will be priced around $1,800, while the 30 will set you back regarding $2,500.
Specialized really did not hold back when fattening up its Fatboy, adorning it with 4.6-inch tires, yet still leaving lots of structure clearance for additional meat. The stock tires are Specialized's Ground Control Fat, and also are among the best performing treads I've ever ridden on the snow. They corner predictably, supply lots of floatation in soft conditions, offer an outstanding quantity of bite on high climbs and also roll remarkably well thinking about how much grasp they use. To attain such adequate tire clearance requires a little additional chainstay length at just shy of 18 inches, the Fatboy's are a little bit on the long end.
The brand name's very successful bike, the Nine Collection race hardtail, expands to 7 models, providing a light weight aluminum variation beginning at an amazing $650, completely as much as the 19-pound $9,000 race whip blinged-out with an RS-1 fork, full XX1 drivetrain and also carbon parts to the handle. Really felt also supplies an entry-level set of 27.5-inch-wheeled alloy hardtails.
The 160-millimeter-travel Obsession line of alloy-framed bikes obtains a couple of minor tweaks in its second year. That line consists of three designs the 2 × 10 Compulsion 50 for $3,000, the well-priced Compulsion 30, which obtains you a Pike fork and Shimano XT 11-speed, single-ring drivetrain for $3,500 and the $5,000 Obsession 10. The suspension on all 3 designs has actually been revamped to enhance compliance throughout the stroke, said Rob Pauley, MTB product manager.
With all this Wisconsin loaded right into the Farley, I locate it a little bit interesting that Trip decided to limit the its tire clearance to 4 inches, where various other prominent, warmer-climate-based bike companies are choosing 5 inches of clearance.
On the whole the really felt's geometry and also general setup, with its neutral-length stem, produce a healthy flight. The bike rallies descents, powers with flat singletrack as well as remains well poised on slow, glossy, technical sections. The Dual Dual comes outfitted with Schwalbe's sub-1,000 gram, 4-inch Jumbo Jim tires, which offer an excellent ride quality on hard-packed snow, but loosened ground to knobbier treads in softer conditions or in high-speed corners. On that note, the 455-millimeter chainstays get on the long-end of the spectrum for a 4-inch-tired bike. It shows up there is adequate area for bigger rubber, maybe as much as 4.5 inches, however I really did not check the clearance.