If you like riding up as much as down, get this light and nimble climber. In Moab, testers powered up steep slickrock and rutted trails with nonchalance. But it's not just a mountain goat: The new Linear Link rear suspension, which provides almost four inches of travel, yielded one of the most natural-feeling rides of any bike tested. The SRAM drivetrain is straight value, and we dig the short-reach brake levers. 28.7 lbs (medium); www.k2bikes.comBonusHayes hydraulic brakes provide smooth stopping power.BummerThe T:Nine saddle proved uncomfortable; budget a replacement.
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