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As part of the Trek family, Gary Fisher enjoys the R&D muscle of the world’s biggest bike brand. To wit: The secret behind the smooth, responsive 5.5 inches of rear travel in the all-new Roscoe line is the DRCV shock, a Fisher exclusive that Trek spent the past year developing in conjunction with Fox. Up front, a custom-tuned Fox Float 140 RL matches the rear in both travel and feel. Given its weight and long travel, the Roscoe is a capable climber, but it’s on technical descents that the predictable suspension and precise Fisher steering come alive. It led its category for handling and comfort, with one tester calling it a “smooth-riding Cadillac.” $2,969; 29.7 lbs (17.5″); fisherbikes.com