At half the price of other bikes in this category, the Tomac wowed us with its descending prowess. The slightly raised bottom bracket and four active inches of suspension made quick work of rocky sections that bounced comparable bikes. On fast, smooth sections, the suspension bob was a bit much for our more race-oriented riders. But as one satisfied tester pointed out, with a utilitarian mix of mid-tier SRAM, Shimano, and Avid components, straightforward RockShox Recon XC fork, and all-aluminum frame, "this bike could hold up to a lot of abuse." $2,199; 28.1 lbs (large); tomac.com
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