Kona Cadabra

All Mountain: Transformer; $2,799.

Kona Cadabra     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

The butted-scandium Cadabra doesn't feel like an all-mountain bike at first. That's because it presents itself as a four-inch-travel bike with steep, agile cross-country geometry. Then, when you encounter a big bump or fast descent, the Cadabra transforms into a beast with 6.4 inches of rear travel and slack, forgiving steering angles. When Kona's unique Magic Link suspension kicks in, it engages a secondary link that drops the back end and delivers an additional 2.4 inches of travel. It's a complex design, and testers generally liked the performance, but it comes with a pretty significant weight penalty. The Fox 32 Float RL fork, as always, earned unanimous praise. 30.9 lbs (19"); konaworld.com
CLIMBING: 2.5 DESCENDING: 4.4

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