BEST FOR: Midfat biking.
THE TEST: We love the flotation and grip of fat bikes but not the attendant equipment trade-offs like special-size hubs and added weight. This steel hardtail’s “midsize” three-inch tires, which are built around standard 29-inch wheels, are the perfect balance: super grabby, but still fast on moderate climbs. A few testers wanted more gears—there’s just a single chainring up front (a necessity to accommodate the bigger tires)—but subbing in something smaller than the 34-tooth ring is an easy fix.
THE VERDICT: “All the high-tech stuff we tried,” one tester concluded, “and I like this simple bike the best.” 29.3 lbs.