Bianchi Lewis

    Photo: Mark Wiens

ONE-GEAR WONDER

If you think a four-bar linkage is a night on the town, the Lewis is for you. This aluminum-framed single-speed hardtail is all about simplicity, with one gear, a smooth, quiet trail manner, and no complicated rear suspension to maintain. But it's not a complete Luddite. You still get three-plus inches of cushion up front, courtesy of the tried-and-true RockShox Reba Team fork, and awesomely smooth braking power, thanks to Avid mechanical disc brakes. 24.3 lbs; bianchiusa.com

Bonus: The 32x16 gearing is just right for all but the hairiest or steepest trails—and inspired our biggest grins on swoopy, flat-out singletrack.

Bummer: The "Punishment" paint job is a lighter version of Bianchi's classic Celeste Green, but it's still the color of toothpaste.

Brand: Bianchi $1400

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