Marin Hamilton 29er

City: Urban Assault Vehicle; $485.

Marin Hamilton 29er     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

If you just have to huck some man-made terrain while roaming your particular concrete jungle, this is your machine. The flip-flop hub means you can ride fixed or freewheel and keeps drivetrain maintenance to a minimum, plus the chromoly frame (with rack and fender eyelets for commuting) and big 29-inch tires deliver a plush ride. Low-slung and long, the Hamilton also makes it easy to just sit back and cruise. Or, slap on some knobbies and hit the trails; rigid single-speed 29ers don't have a cult following for nothing. marinbikes.com
VERSATILITY: 3.7 COMFORT: 3.9

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