Trek Fisher Collection Sawyer
THE SELL: The appeal of a cruiser with the quick handling of a rigid 29er.
THE TEST: Every reviewer who pooh-poohed its urbane looks changed his tune after riding it. "I had no trouble keeping up with the pack of full-suspension bikes" was a common refrain. Credit the G2 geometry, which offsets the front fork for deft handling in tight singletrack while preserving the long wheelbase for stability at speed. The funky bends of the Crivitz handlebars were so easy on the wrists that several riders wanted them for their own bikes. Smart: horizontal dropouts allow you to convert it to a single-speed, and its split-frame design can accommodate a quieter (and easier-to-maintain) belt drive.
THE VERDICT: Versatile and agile bike at a great price. 28.7 lbs; trekbikes.com
CLIMBING: 3.9 (out of 5)