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It's never too early to start planning for next season. (Photo: Satchel Cronk)

Tested: 5 of the Best New Trail Bikes for 2023

In the market for a new, very capable all-round mountain bike? One of these five options might do the trick.

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We were able to sneak in one more round of testing up in Whistler, British Columbia, this fall, thanks to a string of unseasonably dry and warm days, an extended season that made it possible to put in a bunch of miles on some of the newest mountain bikes around. The trails are now resting under multiple feet of snow, which is great news for skiers and snowboarders, and bittersweet for riders who live for those sunny, warm laps.

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It’s never too early to start planning for next season, though, and this crop of five of the hottest trail bikes for 2023 is a great place to start. All of the bikes have between 130 and 150 millimeters of rear travel, and they all roll on 29-inch wheels. They each have their own distinct traits out on the trail, so be sure to check out the full reviews on our sister site, Pinkbike, to see which ones rose to the top.

 

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Satchel Cronk.
Photo: Satchel Cronk

Santa Cruz Hightower C GX AXS Reserve

Travel: 145mm rear, 150mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 64.5°
Seat angle: 76.4°
Reach: 472mm (lrg)
Weight: 32.4 lb / 14.7 kg
Price: $9,799 USD
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Satchel Cronk.
Photo: Satchel Cronk

Yeti SB140 LR Turq

Travel: 140mm rear, 160mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 65°
Seat angle: 77°
Reach: 480mm (lrg)
Weight: 32.7 lb / 14.8 kg
Price: $10,200 USD
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Satchel Cronk.

Photo: Satchel Cronk

Trek Fuel EX 9.9 XX1 AXS

Travel: 140mm rear, 150mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 64.5°
Seat Angle: 77.2°
Reach: 485mm (lrg)
Weight: 31.9 lb / 14.5 kg
Price: $10,750 USD
Full review

2022 Trail Bike Field Test photo by Satchel Cronk.
Photo: Satchel Cronk

Norco Fluid FS A1

Travel: 130mm rear, 140mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 65°
Seat angle: 76.7°
Reach: 480mm (lrg)
Weight: 33.8 lb / 15.3 kg
Price: $3,999 USD
Full review

 

Scott Genius 2023
Photo: Satchel Cronk

Scott Genius ST

Travel: 150mm rear, 160mm front
Wheel size: 29″
Head angle: 63.9°
Seat angle: 77.2°
Reach: 485mm (lrg)
Weight: 30.1 lb / 13.7 kg
Price: $11,000 USD
Full review

 

The 2022 Fall Field Test is presented G-Form
Lead Photo: Satchel Cronk

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