Gary Fisher Procaliber

XC Race

    Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

The drivetrain is a top-flight mix of lightweight Shimano XTR and SRAM X.0. A Fox RP23 shock takes care of the rear suspension, while the Fox RP24 fork uses a custom crown to incorporate Fisher's unique G2 geometry. Add it all up and you've got one of the best-handling bikes we tested. Or, as one tester put it: "Superhero moves were possible." In all honesty, as light and nimble as this 3.5-inch-travel purebred performed, we could just as easily have put the aluminum-and-carbon ProCaliber up against our hardtails. $5,500; 23.2 lbs (17.5"); fisherbikes.com

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