Jones Titanium Spaceframe

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A titanium bike with swooping l

A titanium bike with swooping lines and a shock absorbing ride    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

The swooping lines on the custom Jones Titanium Spaceframe aren’t just for show. Former GT Bikes designer Jeff Jones reimagined how a mountain bike works: the Spaceframe’s front and rear triangles are more parallel to each other than on other bikes, for added flex and greater shock absorption. Factor in the material (strong yet forgiving titanium) and oversize tires and you’ve got a ride that’s as light (27 pounds) and responsive as a hardtail but nearly as absorbent as a full-suspension bike. Meanwhile, a buttressed fork makes for rigid steering, and the upright position keeps the forward lean to a minimum for easy handling.

Brand: Jones Bikes $8,700
From Outside Magazine, August 2012 Get the Latest Issue