Jackal Cycling K9 29er

Jackal K9 29er

Jackal K9 29er     Photo: Courtesy of Jackal Cycling

Best For: Racers without sponsors. 

The Test: The hardtail K9 delivers the same speed and agility of big-brand cross-country race bikes for decidedly less cash. Jackal, a tiny company out of Santa Fe, does it by sourcing its carbon frames straight from Asia and keeping overhead low with Web-only sales and made-to-spec bikes. Even with the value build, which included an all-business SRAM X9 drivetrain, a hardworking Fox Float 29 fork, and Stan’s feathery but robust new Arch EX wheelset, our K9 weighed a svelte 22.5 pounds. That made for explosive climbing and giant slalom-like carving power on buffed-out trail, though the build quality (loose bottom bracket, badly adjusted shifting) tripped us up a bit.

The Verdict: A true speed machine. 22.5 lbs

Brand: Jackal Cycling $3,000

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