A bike for rails to trails is a bicycle that is specially designed for riding on rail trails. These bikes have wide tires for stability and comfort, and they are often equipped with suspension forks to absorb bumps in the trail.
Many rail trails are located in rural areas, so a bike for rails to trails can also be equipped with features like a front rack for carrying gear, and fenders to keep you clean and dry in wet weather.
20 Best Bike For Rails To Trails
1. Huffy Hardtail Mountain Trail Bike 24 inch, 26 inch, 27.5 inch
Premium aluminum frame reduces weight for better performance. Lighter than steel, aluminum is durable with a rust-resistant surface. With its lightweight, aluminum frame, this Escalate bicycle provides more rolling momentum so it’s easier to pedal for speed and acceleration.
This 21-speed bike delivers more control, momentum, and power over all types of terrain. Tackle the trails and ride with pride on the Escalate 26-inch Mountain Bike.
Seems like a decent bike and not hard to put together, but it is green, not yellow. The title clearly says yellow (my son is on the autism spectrum and loves yellow; thus this purchase), but if you click on the specs it says green.
Some of the pics also look much greener than yellow (those pics are more accurate than the main pic in my opinion). So, a bit disappointed, but don’t want to go through the trouble of a return.
From rocky singletrack to snowy hills, the Mongoose Argus ST 26 fat tire MTB is built for all seasons and terrain. With it’s monstrous 4″ wide knobby tires, this beast of a bike is ready to roll over anything.
This bike was purchased for a 10 year old boy. He is an accomplished rider that wanted a fatbike. It arrived without damage from California. I assembled it and noticed that the rear derailleur was bent.
The mounting tab was bent. I fixed it, but the assembly is cheap plastic and it is flimsy despite it being a Shimano component. Shifting remains somewhat sketchy. The brake lever bases are also plastic and flex quite a bit upon braking.
The bike is heavy, but that is to be expected for an all steel big tire bike. Again, this is what you get for the money. The only other options we found for this bike were $800. and up. Not going to happen for a kid that will outgrow it in a few years.
I hope it stays together long enough to make it. I can already foresee a rear derailleur upgrade and it has not even been ridden by him yet. I would think that for an extra $50 in components from the manufacturer, this thing would still have a price advantage but not price out of reason.
As soon as you will take this bike out of the box you will realize how cool it is. Then you will notice all the nice details in it which show a great attention for quality from the brand. Assembling this bike was not very easy for me but I managed to get it right by reading with attention the instructions manual (basically the bike comes mostly assembled, you need to add the front tire and the handle).
The tires definitively take the spotlight, they are 4 inches wide and ready for any kind of terrain! I liked the orange details in the inner part of the tires, the orange matching other details on the frame.
Beside the all-terrain tires enabling you to bike over not-so-smooth terrain, this bike has 7 speed gears which will help you go even on hilly roads. Boys (or girls!) will have a lot of fun biking with this bike but they must be 12 years or up (the seat is adjustable so they can enjoy it for many years).
This is a quality, sturdy product and if your favorite teenager asked for a bike for the upcoming Holidays, give him/her a “cool” bike like this one!.
Introducing the Vilano Gravel Bike, a versatile adventure road bike hybrid is equally at home on both tarmac and trails. With 14 speeds, integrated brake lever shifters, drop bars , mechanical disc brakes and dual purpose 700x38c tires.
The worst decision i’ve ever made was buying this bike. First it came with a lot of missing parts, and i had to go to a bike shop to get it all tuned up and everything which cost an additional $200. After fixing it, everything start making noise, this bike is absolutely low quality in material and extremely slow.
it’s extremely hard to paddle and goes really slow.
I can’t really stand reviewers that give bad reviews based on not knowing how to tune the bike after the arrival. Before you seat on your bike, take it to the bike shop if you have no clue how to tune the disk brakes, mount the front wheel, adjust the gears.
do not try to do by yourself if you don’t understand how the parts work together. I have seen people not having clue how to assemble the front wheel and leaving bad review claiming that the quick release is too short (?!) Come on!!!!.
This great bike, if you are not racing, riding for phone 1-3 hours couple days a week, this is a bike for you.
Rail 7 is a long-travel electric mountain bike built for ripping the big stuff. It features the same high-end trail tech as our analog trail bikes, an upgraded fork, drivetrain, battery, and more, plus a powerful Bosch drive system that’s basically like having your own shuttle.
My wife and I purchased 2 x of these Trek Rail 5 bikes and have had no less than 3 cycles per week since getting them home. They are amazing fun. As a normal MTB rider for years I know what a normal bike can do, but these ebikes hit the ball out of the park, the ascent is so much fun, and with the extra weight decent is even better too.
We have been as high as 300ft up Mount keen, to shredding the trails in Carron valley and further. I have seen 18miles + on big off road ascents (despite being 17 stone). Amazing bike, and even better service from the Evans Cycles team over at the Glasgow Fort store, second to none after service care, whether follow up emails back and forth, questions answered, accessories sourced and purchased and advice given.
Trail – A Mountain bike built to raise your game and ignite a passion for the trail. Designed for the mountains and ready for anything. With beautifully crafted frames, progressive geometry and seriously dirt-ready components, Trail hardtails are built to take your riding to the next level, from your first time off-road to your next big adventure.
I highly, highly recommend sizing down if you are on the low end of one of the sizes on the sizing chart. This bike runs large. I am a woman, 125lb, 5’7″ with a 31″ standover height. And after reading reviews for the lower models of this bike with the same exact frame, I chose to go with a small instead of the medium the size chart would have put me at.
I am very glad I did this because the small is perfect. The medium would have been too big. I do kind of wish the Small came with a 29″ tire option instead of just the 27. 5″, but 27. 5″ are fine still.
But otherwise, this bike is pretty great. It shifts extremely smoothly, rides well, and it’s light enough that I can pick it up and maneuver it around with my measly muscles. I do think this bike is a little bit pricey compared to competitions specs for this general price range.
It’s missing some key features that a lot of other slightly cheaper bikes have such as more accessory mounting points, internal cable routing, and a tapered headtube. I also think for this price it could have gotten air shocks instead of coils.
But beggers cant be choosers during these crazy times and once I saw this one suddenly came available, I snatched it up after months of hunting for an available bike. And thankfully, the red color isn’t nearly as obnoxious in person as I thought it would be!.
Roscoe 6 is the ideal gateway to mountain biking for new riders looking to have a fun time on the trail. It has plus-sized tyres that inspire confidence by elevating traction, a suspension fork that soaks up the big bumps and roots, an easy-to-use 1x drivetrain and playful frame geometry that makes it easier to control your bike on technical trails and winding singletrack.
I bought a bike a few weeks ago through a bike2work scheme and it was incredibly easy to process via the website. I went for a click and collect option, the bike was ready very quickly which was great.
The bike itself is brilliant, very light and lots of top quality parts. I’m only just starting out mountain biking and it’s great for learning on, only had to change the pedals as the stock plastic ones just aren’t grippy enough, aside from this everything is spot on.
If you like going down trials, this is a great bike. Very rugged, good fork, single set gears so easy to change, and a dropper post for going down hill on rugged terrain. The tyres are really wide so they give you loads of grip.
Obviously it’s going to be slow on the road, but it’s great going through the woods.
The folks at Nomads were great at helping me get this bike ordered and sent to me. The Trek Roscoe is an incredibly fun bike to ride on all sorts of terrain. The mid-fat tires provide a grippy, cushy ride, the dropper post is a super feature, and there is nothing like a hard-tail for fun on the trail!.
The Marin Bobcat Trail 3 27. 5″ Mountain Bike is a capable mountain bike with modern trail geometry build for exploring singletrack trail systems. It features a best-in-class Series 2 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum frame with a 120 mm travel suspension fork and 27.
5″ wheels that make the Bobcat Trail a solid choice for the recreational riders and experienced riders alike. The Bobcat Trail 3 has Marin’s Trail geometry, featuring a long-ish reach, low standover, slack head tube, and steep seat tube angles, giving riders confidence and predictable handling to have a blast on the trail.
The fastback seatstays add vertical compliance without sacrificing power transfer, and feature rack mounts for extended trail adventures. Step deeper into mountain biking without breaking the bank with the Marin Bobcat Trail 3!.
This is a very good entry level mountain bike. Lots of fun on fire roads and trails. Easy shifting with no issues at all, the rear derailleur with the clutch is really good. I changed the grips to lock on, and went tubeless.
We have a ton of goatheads in northern Arizona, you pretty much got to be tubeless. Paying attention to the inflation really makes this bike dial in. I know the front shocks aren’t rated the best, but I have had no issues with them at all.
For around town or bombing the trails, this climbs really well. I see a dropper post in the future.
Love it. It’s well equipped at a great price. Can’t beat it. Also can appreciate the aggressive modern hardtail geometry. My only gripe is with the budget spring fork but that can eventually be changed.
It has at least 120 mm of travel were most bikes in this category only have 100. Overall the bike is great and plan on upgrading it over time as parts wear.
Chunky rock gardens, roots and technical climbs. This hard-charging trail bike adapts to the terrain, giving you confidence and control on all types of singletrack. Engineered to help you ride faster and smoother on the toughest trails, this versatile trail bike has a lightweight, strong and stiff aluminum chassis with 29er-specific geometry.
Updated Maestro rear suspension delivers 135mm of active rear travel that pairs perfectly with a 150mm fork. The Advanced Forged Composite rocker arm has a flip chip that allows you to adjust frame geometry.
Choose steeper or slacker headtube/seattube angles and either a 30mm or 40mm bottom bracket drop to adjust the handling for your riding style and terrain.
Having owned a Yamaha powered PW motor on a Haibike all mountain 6. 5, I can judge a bit better. The Reign E+2 is a nice bike but the power seems to be hard to obtain, if it is in auto mode, althoug it’s nice, it lacks the smoothness, as it feels as a roller coaster.
it is felt in any grade that isn’t totally even, just as in any trail where you’ll ride your Reign mountain bike. The problem is that there’s no time delay going from higher to lower power and every bump is felt as the pedal gets harder when it changes to the lower power level and then softer again when you have passed the bump and so on.
It’s a very uncomfortable feeling it’s just like a roller coaster. I don’t think I’ll will ever get used to it. Unlike my previous bike, the PWx3 feel like the extra torque was obtained via larger gears in the rear casete so I feel I have to pedal more, and harder to obtain the power I need.
I think that by adding a programmable 2-5 second delay going from high to lower power it would prevent the roller coaster feeling, hardening of the pedals as it would keep it in the climbing power while riding over the bumps.
In regards to the lack of display it’s a disappointment as you have no idea what your battery level is and as it is shown in increments of 20% so if it shows 2 bars you have no idea if it is 21% or 40.
% the gap is true between any two bars, and since it lacks a distance display you may have no idea how far you have traveled. You may ask what about the app? Yes, the app only works if you have cell connection which it isn’t likely if you ride in the mountains.
Giant could have added a $200. 00 display to read battery power and distance travel I would have paid it. I mean I paid over $7000. 00 with the extra battery and mount just for the fun of riding further in the mountains.
I love, love, love this bike but if I could do it all again I would’ve saved a few more pennies for the 29 x 2 to avoid the entire year of issues I’ve had with this SX Eagle drivetrain. No matter what I do or my mechanic does this bike will not stay in tune.
Shifts perfectly after a tune-up on the stand literally every time but once you get it on the trail the problems start. Something happens between the 19,22,25,28 cogs either it ghost shifts into the higher cogs or won’t shift at all into the lower ones.
I usually get about 30 min of reliable, confident shifting after a tune before everything goes wrong and by the end of a most rides I can’t even get into the 11 cog at all anymore without basically bunny-hopping.
Put it back in the stand re-tune, 30 min of ride, rinse and repeat. I can’t begin to describe the headaches over this thing. Coming from a bike with a shimano xt setup I was just left with a lot to be desired from my first endeavor with SRAM drivetrains.
I write this review today right after purchasing a GX groupset to the tune of 550 buckaroos and hopefully this will alleviate my problems based on the advice of my LBS. But again if I had just saved the extra 550 I’m spending today I would probably just be looking forward to riding this afternoon instead of taking time out of my day to write this review.
If, like me, this bike fits perfectly into your budget and you can’t go any higher and you don’t care what I say and you do buy this bike you should be shopping for a good deal on a different rear derailleur at the least.
Warning. This is a very novice review. After riding my Stumpjumper FSR for twenty years it was definitely time for an update. I really wanted a Trek Fuel EX 8 but my local dealer was out of stock and in these pandemic times they said said that if I special ordered one it wouldn’t be available for months.
They had just received a Giant Trance X 29 2 and it had just been put out on display. The salesman said that while the components weren’t quite as good, the bike rocks and has a lot of fans. I went home and read a million reviews and I decided that I had to have the bike.
So I pulled the trigger today and purchased the bike. After a 20 mile trail ride to break it in, let me say, HOLY SMOKES does this thing rip. I felt like Superman on the downhills, and climbed like I never have before.
For having such an Enduro-ish suspension, it digs, and digs hard uphill. The Shimano system seems to function flawlessly and the Tektro Orion 4P’s are seriously legit. I’ve never owned a bike with disc brakes to be honest so I don’t have anything to compare them to, but wow.
The Fox Rhythm 36 is buttery smooth on the ups and downs. I may never know how that Trek rides, but man am I in love with this Giant. Holy smokes is she a bad bad girl.
Meet the newest version of the Hightower, the original do it all bike by Santa Cruz. The Hightower represents Santa Cruz’s greatest hits when it comes to design and engineering. A machine developed with real thought to ensure you enjoy a fast-rolling and bump-easing ride that makes you want to spend all day on the trails.
The Hightower 3 MTB features VPP suspension which can be optimised to strike your right balance between pedalling efficiency and all-out trail bumping, with VPP travel the Hightower 3 is perfect for a bike that is good at visiting your local trails, climbing and downhill thanks to 150mm travel in the front and 145mm in the rear.
Improved suspension sensitivity and consistency will have you riding even more comfortably when you are hitting the trails. Prepared to play wherever needed, the Hightower has been designed with the need to adapt and adapt it can, the Hightower features a Flip Chip with a low and high option allowing riders to adapt the bike geometry to benefit the required riding style.
Ride this machine without the need to display your spares and tools thanks to the Glovebox, a handy secure place to keep your ride essentials beneath a latch and panel on the downtube. The Glovebox comes with a perfectly fitting Tool Wallet and Tube Purse, so you have your tools handy, everytime! A premium carbon frame developed to virtually eliminate lateral flex.
VPP suspension and a one-piece swingarm gives a bulletproof rear end for accurate tracking across the trails and superior performance. Santa Cruz’s downtube Glovebox to store your tools and tubes.
My last bike was the 2016 Santa Cruz Heckler (bright orange) and it gave me hours of fun and excitement. But this one. This 2022 Santa Cruz Nomad CS in Oxblood is so much more. I’ve only taken it out a couple times but any hint of buyer’s remorse was immediately disoleved in the gravel song of that first downhill rocket ride.
Woof! And I easily earned that ride with the efficient climbing abilities of this Nomad. No excessive bobing and the 27. 5 knobies grip, not skip up gravel and hard pack alike. And on the downhill, bus like, this beast cruises over ruts and bumps catching incidental air as it asks for more, more, more.
I’ve never been but I’m definitely going to hit the ski slopes/mountain bike parks to experience the full potential of the 170 mm (6. 7 in. ) of travel front and back. I’m a serial monogamist and I’m going to be with my new baby for a long, long time.
Purchased recently and have been riding most days of the week for the last month. The Bronson has a fun and playful personality, but is up for pretty much anything. It can handle a lot of chunk and chaos before it gets overpowered.
I like it because it does not hold me back on descents. This bike is very forgiving, has a wide sweet spot, and can be creatively ridden in a variety of situations as a result. The suspension is on the linear side, but I like it because it is quite predictable when drifting turns.
The Bronson also begs to be carved and railed through corners and I love the sense of support and stability it has when changing lines on the fly. Despite a long travel setup, I find the bike very playful.
Climbs adequately on fire roads, but climbs very well on technical ascents. The VPP suspension is a game changer and I never missed not having lock out switches on the climbs. I really can’t say enough positive things about this bike.
I would characterize this bike as an everyday bike or quiver killer, if you live in a region that has large descents and technical terrain. I haven’t taken it to ride the chairlifts yet but I can’t wait to get this thing into some hard charging berms.
The only thing I changed after recieving this bike was adding a larger (800mm) handlebar, and a 30mm stem. Evo did an awesome job with shipping and packaging. They took care of their end, including the tubeless setup.
All I had to do was turn a few bolts and tune the suspension.
I purchased a Hightower from Mike’s Bikes. The bike rocks and I’m happy with the service and support from Mike’s. Mike’s was up front and honest about a flaw they found with the bike prior to shipping.
They worked hard and flexibly toward a solution that made everyone happy. The bike arrived packed nicely, in great shape, minus a little bit of truing up required on the front rotor. I thought that was pretty reasonable for a pre-built bike shipped across the country.
I would happily recommend Mike’s Bike’s to a friend or purchase another bike from them myself.
A machine designed to expand your trail experience and bring you closer to the moment. Rise brings you nearer the sensation that less “e” delivers more “bike”. Whether you crave riding greater distances, reaching more epic locations, improving efficiency or increasing the frequency of your adventures, Rise beyond expectations and discover the new standard in MTB.
If youre looking for one bike that does it all, look no further than the Instinct. Rocky Mountain Bikes has designed a bike thats capable of tackling technical trail riding but still allows you to push the pedals hard on the climbs.
Theyve updated the geometry, frame features, and suspension kinematics to make sure you feel confident on the ups, downs, and everything in between. Trust your Instinct.
This bike is the first full suspension I have owned, and I’m super glad I went with it instead of a hard tail. Dropper post works reall smooth. Overall, it feels sturdy but not too heavy. Great feel on downhill but also great at climbing hills.
There was a time when every mountain bike was an all-around hardtail. The 2021 Diamondback Line Hardtail Mountain Bike follows in that great tradition but that doesnt mean its some kind of crusty throwback.
The Line is equipped with a cutting-edge frame thats lightweight yet bomber. Stable under pressure, yet playful when youre looking to boost a little air or hit that next corner a bit faster than is, strictly speaking, wise.
At nearly 40 years old, I had not been on a bike since I was in HS. seriously. I wanted a solid, entry-level bike to attack my n’hood community trails and this bike is PERFECT! Out of the box, it just looks like it is ready to juggle whatever balls you throw at it.
The Hook can do what you want, and so much more! I did a TON of research on hardtail MTBs and all signs lead me to this one. I was beginning to become slightly discouraged looking for such a popular bike during a Pandemic, when bike sales were skyrocketing and demand was high, but I am certainly glad I held out.
Set-up was simple since it was already 85% assembled (and I don’t wrench on bikes). Only thing you might want to consider, after riding this bike a few times, is upgrading the saddle. I was a little sore the first few times from only riding for 45 mins or so; just something to consider and by no means a deal-breaker.
If you pull the trigger on this bike, you WILL NOT be disappointed.
I was primarily a road rider who was looking to improve my gravel skills by spending some time on a real MTB. I had a limited budget, so when Moosejaw had this bike at a 20% discount, I pulled the trigger on the purchase.
The bike is very well packaged when shipped, and requires only minimal assembly. After unpacking, I only had to install the front wheel and handlebars. The drivetrain was properly adjusted, and the wheels were true with correct spoke tension.
The wheels are tubeless ready, but the bike ships with tubes installed. I had a couple of spare tubeless valves in my toolbox, and was quickly able to convert to a tubeless setup. I could remove, and re-install the tires without any tools, and the tires sealed easily.
With the tubeless setup, the bike, size L, weighs 28. 5 pounds. I changed the pedals to One-Up, and have been riding almost daily. The wide tires are a bit slow rolling on smooth pavement, but on the trail, the added grip plus lower tire pressure work really well.
The bike handles all terrain quite easily, and the gearing is perfect for climbing. The relatively short wheelbase makes this bike very good handling, and fun to ride on trails. This is a great bike for skill development, as well as general purpose skill development.
The bike is easy to work on, and I am looking forward to developing my MTB skills with this bike.
I love the bike. I purchased the bike about 2 months ago. It was shipped to my house in a box. The assembly was easy to figure out. I really like everything about the bike. It is definitely a good solid bike for themoney.
Giant 2022 Talon 4 29er Mountain Bike – Built on a lightweight ALUXX aluminum frame that features classic hardtail design and the balanced riding characteristics of either larger diameter 29-inch or 27.
5-inch wheels, Talon is a great choice for XC and trail riding. The frame geometry is specifically designed to adapt to its respective wheel size and either an 80mm or 100mm suspension fork (depending on frame size).
It’s a confident ride that’s perfect for ambitious riders who want to take their off-road skills to the next level.
Purchased a Talon 29/2 a few months ago after owning a Klein Mantra I bought new in 1997. I’m into my 60s and wanted a slack geometry 29″ bike for high speed stability, while keeping the maximum full purchase price below 4 digits.
The Talon 29/2 has a more relaxed geometry than my 26″ Klein. The Klein has a 41″ wheelbase, as opposed to about a 47″ wheelbase on the Talon, so there’s a big difference in handling response. I ride the Talon pretty hard and it has held up well.
There are lots of volcanic rock gardens where I ride and the rims have remained true after some rock abuse. The hydraulic brakes can easily stop you quickly with one finger. The 29″ tires roll over rocks with ease, and have lower rolling resistance and higher momentum than the 26″ tires on my Klein.
When the OEM tires wear out, I will be converting to tubeless tires. The 1×9 gears shift smoothly and are wide ratios enough for most riding conditions, and the clutch derailleur keeps the chain on the sprockets when the trail gets rough.
The wide 780mm handlebars give good control over the steering, especially in technical riding conditions and fit my shoulder width well. The front forks at this price point are not expected to be of high performance, and they are marginal at dampening and rigidity, but do help some with big hits using up all of their 100 mm travel.
The stock pedals were too small for my size 12EE shoes and not very grippy, so I upgraded to OneUp flat pedals which make for much more confidence in pedal grip and comfort and fit my feet better. All in all, the Giant Talon 2/29 is a great bike for the price and could be worthy as an entry level hardtail race bike at an affordable price point or just a durable off-road bike for local park trails.
It would also make for a fun city commuter bike with the low rolling resistance of the 29″ tires.
I think this is a fantastic bike for the money. Nothing needs be be changed when you roll it out of the shop. I own a 2019 Ghost FRAMR 6. 7 and it’s a big 27. 5 enduro smasher that the only things left stock on her is the GX shifter, the Fox 36, and the frame it’s self.
I maybe hit stuff 10% of the time that a bike that big is needed. And maybe. 5% of that you truly need that much travel for. So I got this bike as a sort of build up as a go bike. I wanted to get back on a more affordable hardtail as my everyday tails bike but not so affordable that I would just want to throw everything on it out.
The thing that surprised me the most were the brakes. I actually prefer Magura and Sram but the braking power out of these MT400s was a surprise, so surprising in fact that I may not even go back to Sram or Magura and I am looking at some SLX or XT brakes in the near future over a Magura MT trail set or a set of Sram G2 Rs.
I am actually a Sram fan with the drive train as well but SX I think is actually a step down that the deore that comes on the fathom 2. Now that did the smart thing putting the NX derailer on it as the SX starts to have issues but the NX shift would have been a bit nicer.
The Fork was also a nice surprise, I was expecting to want to replace it right out the gate with something like the bomber Z2 but this fork is just fine and I think a step up from SR suntor that came on the previous generation of the fathom before the crest fork.
It does make a off sounding small checking when locked out but it’s not a Fox 34 or a high end fork. It gets the job done and has all the adjustments u need for a bike like this. The one think I do hate about this bike is on the size M it comes with a 125 MM dropper post.
I am 5’10” and I have to have this thing almost maxed out for the seat hight to be correct. I see no reason why the size M does not come with a 150MM or the option to order it with the 150. And the stock seat is trash In my opinion but saddles are such a personal preference that does not matter much.
And I Did not like the stock stem length or handle bars or grips but yet again all personal preference on that stuff. The bike rides relatively smooth for a aluminum hardtail. The big 29×2. 5 wheels help big time with that.
The bike rolls really nice over chunky stuff and just puts a smile on your face as you are bumping your way down a rock garden. Climbing is not bad at all but remember that this is a trail bike not a XC race bike.
But you can climb just about anything on her but don’t expect to do it quite as fast as ur XC buddies. This bike I think gets down played because it’s “a giant” but I would pick this over any of these “enduro” hardtails out there that the marketing is trying to make us think we need.
This is a perfect trail bike that most rider could be happy of for years and just upgrade as they go.
I just bought this bike today as part of a trade in. I’ll be taking it on its first taste of dirt later today, but I was so excited to write about my buying experience. As always, Mark and the gang at the South Bay shop were total professionals.
Mark made sure the trade in process went smoothly as I test rode the Talon 1 in both wheel sizes. I chose the 29er because it seems to roll a bit more smoothly than the 27. 5. I chose to go with the Talon 1 because of the air fork and 1x.
Entry level parts have come such a long way since I started riding in 1995. At least on my test ride, the suspension fork feels great once the rebound is set, and the shifting and braking were spot on.
I really can’t wait to hit the trail on this bike. Thank you, Bicycle Warehouse, for another great experience. You guys really are the ONLY bike shop worth going to in San Diego! P. S. The brown paint job is waaaay prettier in person.
I’ve put maybe 50-75 miles so far and the rides have been good. However, some of the other reviews have indicated chain slips or unintended shifting of gears and I’ve experienced some of that as well.
My experience has been that when going up hill and I want to change from rear sprocket 5 to 4, there’s a lag in the shift or the chain slips/skips to sprocket 3. I have not noticed this to be the case in the opposite direction.
Upon further inspection of the teeth of rear sprocket 4, I noticed that some of the teeth are a bit more bent than usual to the inside which makes me think those teeth are not grabbing onto the chain; hence the lag or skip.
I think the bike would be so much better with a better quality rear cog set. Aside from that, I haven’t noticed any other issues. The bike runs a bit large. According to both REI size guide and the guide on Cannondale’s website, I should’ve been a medium but small fit me better.
If you’re picky, you may want to change the stock pedals for some better quality ones.
I finally upgraded from my 1990’s Trek mountain bike! I am a female rider about 5’4″ in height and I chose the XS to have a little more standover clearance. My inseam is 29″ and I have about 1/12- 2″ of clearance.
Cannondales seem to run a little large so if you are between sizes you may consider the smaller size. I have ridden about 40 miles so far on a variety of terrain since taking the bike home– everything from singletrack, to dirt roads, a sandy river bottom, and paved bike trails and streets.
This bike has handled them all with ease. I am particularly impressed with the range of gears for climbing. This bike climbs like a beast! It is a little slower on flats and descents and a little heavier than my old bike but for the price that is a compromise that I am willing to make.
Overall the 2×8 drivetrain has enough gears to tackle the areas that I ride. The XS bike comes with 27. 5 in tires. My old bike had 26″ tires and I do notice a big difference in the overall ride and feel of the bike.
The 27. 5 inch tires and the solid frame on this bike make the ride a little more plush. Although, make sure you adjust your tire pressure when you get home. My tires were pumped up to max pressure and that made for a harsher ride.
I changed the saddle immediately to a women’s specific model and that is MUCH more comfortable than the stock saddle. I may eventually change the pedals and grips but they are fine for now. I also took my helmet and wore bike friendly clothes to REI when I picked up my bike so that I could take it on a quick test ride and check to see if any adjustments (brakes and shifters) needed to be made before taking the bike home.
I had a small issue with the seat moving around and took it back inside and the techs at my local store adjusted it immediately and I was good to go. This bike is great for light to medium trail use.
I would not recommend it for big drops, jumping or black diamond trails but for general trail riding it is fantastic! For the price range and the features this bike fits my needs perfectly. You also cannot go wrong with purchasing from REI.
I believe they have added free tune-ups for the first year of ownership. If you are lucky enough to find this bike in your size, don’t hesitate to pick one up!.
Decided to go with the Trail 7 as my introductory bike for mountain biking. Have enjoyed it a lot and have put well over 500 miles on it so far – with over half of that being actual mountain biking. Overall, have enjoyed it a lot and have gotten a lot better at mountain biking since I got the bike.
Changing saddle is a great first upgrade as the stock Cannondale one is a crime against the human taint. I also changed the pedals and this was a good upgrade. Upgrading the stock WTB tires to some good Maxxis mtb tires was also a great improvement.
I haven’t changed the wheels, but the stock rims are 19mm internal width and this is weirdly narrow for MTB. Still happy with it overall and I have learned a lot with this bike.
The Santa Cruz Hightower A R 29 Mountain Bike ’22 is a do it all and do it all well trail bike! The Hightower excels when the trail covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs.
Enjoy the VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock, that creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes. It has 140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end that gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel.
The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when plus sized tires are required.
In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste. And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience.
There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.
The Santa Cruz Hightower A R 29 Mountain Bike ’22 is the ultimate bike to take with you when you’re hitting the trails.
Purchasing through Mike’s was much faster than I could get anywhere based on their volume. I was very impressed with how well the bike was packed / protected in the custom size box. I am work from home, so I was here when the bike was delivered, but maybe a ‘signature required’ should be an option for some.
I am a novice bike purchaser, so I was able to get the bike together fine, but at the onset of unpackaging the bike, it occurred to me that I might need to call someone if I ran into a problem. Maybe a big tag on the seat post (or somewhere obvious) would be helpful that says something like “problems or questions assembling your bike? Call a Mike’s bike assembly specialist at 1-800.
Modern mountain bike trails are fun, flowy and challenging. Stance 29 gets you in sync with the terrain, so you can ride with more confidence and have more fun. The lightweight and durable ALUXX aluminum frame features our FlexPoint rear suspension system for a smooth, balanced ride that keeps you in control.
It gives you 120mm of smooth suspension travel in the rear and 130mm up front. Combine that with the added stability of 29-inch wheels and you get a confident ride to help you crush challenging descents and climb with greater traction and speed.
I stop by the Chula Vista location every time I get the itch for a new bike, parts, accessories and now service. The team at this store is amazing! Helped my son find his first real mountain bike two years ago, got it fixed super fast now when it broke.
Consistently has a better selection of decently priced bikes than some other shops that only stock the top end bikes. Couldn’t help going home with a new full suspension Stance while waiting on my sons Talon to get fixed.
I recommend this shop to everyone I know who is looking to get into biking. If they handed out stickers I would put one on my truck. Great place for all your needs!.
For the money this is a great bike. I’m 56 and it had been a long time since I’ve bought a bike let alone ridden consistently after semi retiring from work. At my age I didn’t think I’d be going back to riding as hard as I did.
I like technical rocky, roots, grinding climbs and aggressive technical downhill. Bike climbs great but it didn’t take long for me to upgrade the front forks due to bottoming out the Rockshox Recon. Went to a 150mm travel Rockshox Lyric Ultimate.
Huge difference!! Bike handles way better and I’m no longer bottoming out. Truly impressed.
For an “entry level” bike, this sure beats higher level competition. I doubt that’ll ever need to upgrade. I took it to an advanced difficult trail with steep declines and inclines, rock, sand and roots, I was blown away by how good the grip was.
It really is a confident bike and I feel very confident turning and leaning at high speeds. The other impressive aspect is quality: I hit multiple rocks and roots, bottomed out several times on very rough terrain and this bike took it like champ.
The only thing I can point out is that the rear brakes are a little underpowered. Front is fine but rear ones you really need to squeeze them in to apply them! Not really an issue once you get used to it, but easy fix with another brand pads.
Shifting is snappy and accurate. It’s been 3 months now for me, riding twice every week, and still didn’t need tune up! Overall this is one awesome bike, and it’s loads of fun, which is what this is all about.
The Roscoe 7 is a hardtail for riders who are ready to cut loose and have a blast ripping up the trail. A plush 140 mm suspension fork, frame size appropriate wheels and a wide-range drivetrain with plenty of gears make this bike great for new riders yet playful enough to make even the most experienced rippers smile.
The Roscoe frame and fork are designed specifically around the wide, grippy 2. 6″ tyres and a geometry designed for sheer fun. The 65 degree head angle is slack enough to feel stable when you’re hooning downhill and the lightweight aluminium frame features low standover and all modern standards to provide a stable and secure ride.
The 2022 Roscoe 7 brings 140mm of suspension travel from Rockshox’s Recon SL fork adds even more ability to the front end and allows you to really throw the bike around with confidence. The RockShox fork’s Solo Air spring can easily be adjusted for a specific rider weight, and it’s lighter than a coil spring.
This Roscoe 7 model features a robust 1×12 speed Shimano drivetrain which is perfect for regular off road use, and matching hydraulic disc brakes to keep you in control. A wide 750mm (XS, S only, 780mm for bigger frames) bar and short stem gives great handling and leverage.
A 100mm dropper post completes the spec and means you can really let loose when the trail points down.
Coming from a £350 mountain bike to this has been a huge upgrade. The larger tyres and 1×12 drivechain make this bike a lot easier to handle on the trails. The FactoryOrange is less of an orange and more like a burnt gold in my opinion, but I actually prefer this.
I have not used the dropper much yet though when I have used it, the bike feels so much more nimble and agile than it looks! The biggest issues so far for me were not the bike itself, but the quality of the build by Evans.
The dropper cable was quite loose, and the dropper lever had a lot of travel before it actually kicked in. There was a similar story with the gears, where there were a few that didn’t shift quite as smoothly as they should.
Luckily I know enough about bikes that I was able to sort these out myself, but the brake levers are a similar story to the dropper lever, and seem to have a noticeable amount of movement before the brakes actually begin to work.
As I understand it there is a free 6 week bike check up with Evans, and I will use this opportunity to try and get the brakes working as they should.
Had my Trek Roscoe for a few weeks now and am very much enjoying the experience. Had not owned a MTB for about a decade and everything is so different now. Larger wheels – roll nice. Single chain ring at the front – easier maintenance and the lever up front now operates a dropper post to lower/heighten the saddle on the fly.
Aces! Top paint job too. Oh, and did I mention the seriously fat boy tyres?!.
The bike is great – no question. I bought it because my local trail centre uses these as hire bikes – and they are great fun to ride. Sadly quality control is lacking. After only 2 months: new cable for dropper, new bottom bracket.
This mountain bike is top quality in components and finish and fit. It is highly detailed on all areas of the frame, wheels and gears. I have put about 400 miles on it so far and had no problems whatsoever.
The only thing I would recommend is that if you are riding on pavement for the most part, I changed the heavier tread off- road tires for kenda street slicks. This makes the ride much smoother and lots faster on the street.
The Fuji Nevada 1. 5 bike that I purchased is great!! All of the upgraded components are excellent for the price. The Shimano derailleur system works great along with the trigger shifters!! My only other upgrade may be Maxxis tires in the future.
Intrigue, the playful trail bike, is designed with lightweight ALUXX SL-Grade aluminum, maintaining a Advanced Forged composite linkage and delivering 140 mm rear Maestro suspension and a 150 mm fork.
Engineered specifically for women, Intrigue comes with a unique frame geometry and suspension tuned specifically for women, so you feel in sync with your bike right from the first ride. With improved pedaling efficiency and an aggressive trail riding position, including a lengthened top tube and shortened stem, the Intrigue is quick, capable and eager to get you pushing your game.
This is my first full suspension bike. I purchased it from the Liv dealer in my hometown Missoula, MT during the pandemic so did not get to test ride it. As I read the other reviews I see many people comment on loving the aesthetics (look) of the bike.
I agree, it’s beautiful. I love it’s drive on the climb and technical turns made easier for sure but I am working so hard at it on this hefty girl bike. Prior to this I was on the 2019 Giant Fathom which I just loved! Here’s my challenge with the 2021 Liv Intrigue, it’s so heavy.
It weighs 35. 5 lbs! I am 5 foot 7 and about 160 lbs. Riding this bike compared to my hardtail is just not as joyful because it’s a beast due to it’s weight. I will be upgrading to a new full suspension after this season and will not buy again without a test run first.
My friend paid a lil’ extra for the Pique in 2019 and it is so much lighter and easier to navigate. I’ve started calling my bike Big Bertha! Note that I love the climb and this bike is just not a good fit for me.
It’s descent is great but it is also not as fast as other bikes on the downhill. Just grateful to have gotten any bike at all during the pandemic but I will be trading up after this season and lesson learned.
I wish Liv would include the bike weight in specs because that is important to me. Wish I had not sold my 2019 Giant Fathom hardtail. Thinking of investing in a carbon frame full suspension.
I’ve been an avid road biker and mountain biker for about 25 years. Have only had carbon bikes. Decided to get an electric bike for super hilly mountainous areas. However, it is so much more comfortable than my road bike without having to lean over so much, it takes the pressure off my neck and shoulders.
I decided to get a mountain a bike so that I could ride it on any terrain which includes dirt, single track, sand, gravel roads and paved roads. Will definitely quit using my carbon road bike and use this instead.
I have taken this little lady on at least a dozen rides on my local trails and am just absolutely smitten with its performance. I took a newer Trek model out to demo it prior to this purchase and I was not a fan of the Trek.
The frame was a small but I felt very compact/squished and the gears didn’t shift low enough for my endurance with climbing (the Trek model was more for downhill riding). The frame I bought with the Intrigue is a small and fits like a glove for me (5’4″ female).
The drop seat post is not at its highest when I adjust the seat for climbing, so it seems that there is even a little more wiggle room for a slightly taller person. The suspension is buttery, the drivetrain shifts low enough to climb with ease on steep slopes (common where I ride), and high enough that it moves fast into a descent.
The frame is relatively lightweight. Gosh, the color is gorgeous. It reminds me of the iridescent sheen of a beetle. It is truly an excellent all-mountain bike. Friendly for the uphill climbs and is so fun and flowy to hit downhill single track–it absorbs impact from little jumps with ease.
About the Trek Dual Sport 1 Dual Sport 1 is a hybrid bike in the true sense of the term: it excels on a variety of surfaces, and can take you from smooth Tarmac to light off-road trails in a single ride.
A lightweight frame, suspension fork and all-terrain tyres give Dual Sport 1 an incredible amount of capability on recreational fitness rides. Key Features It’s right for you if. You want a single hybrid bike that’s efficient on the road and comfortable on rougher terrain and even light trails.
The conclusion of the bike for rails to trails project is that it was a great success! The project took old, unused railroad tracks and converted them into beautiful trails for people to enjoy. This not only gave people a place to enjoy the outdoors, but also boosted the local economy by bringing in tourists.
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