One tester spirited away the Apache as soon as it arrived and only returned it a few weeks later, after we threatened to withhold his payand even then it took a few days. The Apache is simply one of the most fun cross-country bikes we've ridden, especially for the money. It climbs a lot lighter than its weight suggests but still bombs descents like a supercharged Fabien Barel. We took it on all manner of trail, from Tucson's flat, loopy Fantasy Island track to arm-jangling jeep roads, and we never found any terrain on which the four inches of suspension and assertive, head-forward geometry didn't feel at home. 28.2 lbs, 18-19 in; www.k2bike.comBonus: All this, and it comes with Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals.Bummer: An upgraded fork with lockout would be nice.