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2015 Buyer’s Guide: Workhorse mountain bikes

Don't break the bank to hit the trails this year. We've got the low-down on three solid rides for mountain biking

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$2,600, FeltBicycles.com
With a world championship-winning pedigree, the Edict 5 is a versatile and quick-handling XC race bike. Built with Felt’s own 100mm travel FAST (Felt Active Stay Technology) suspension, the Edict 5 is from the same family of bikes used by Xterra champion Josiah Middaugh.

Frame: Carbon fiber; 29-inch; 73mm threaded bottom
 bracket; 142x12mm rear thru-axle; 100mm of travel
Fork: Suntour Raidon XC-LOR fork; 100mm travel;
 crown lock out
Component Highlights: Shimano Deore;
 Shimano M355 brakes; Aluminum i23 wheelset; 
Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires; Felt aluminum 
cockpit and seatpost; WTB Silverado saddle
Weight: 28.6 lbs


$2,600, MarinBikes.com
Marin’s all-new Rift Zone combines the agile feel of a trail bike with the inherent advantages of a 29er. The Rift Zone 6 delivers great performance, as well as value. The 120mm RockShox Recon is well-matched to the 110mm IsoTrac rear suspension to let 
you fly to the top of the mountain and rail the descent.

Frame: Aluminum; 29-inch; 110mm of travel;
 142x12mm rear thru-axle
Fork: RockShox Recon Silver Air; 120mm of
travel; 15mm Maxle
Component Highlights: Shimano XT/
Deore; Shimano M445 brakes; Alex DP21 rims; 
Marin alloy cockpit; Fizik Nisene saddle
Weight: 31.0 lbs


$2,600, NinerBikes.com
The anti-retro SIR 9 is for riders who want the ride qualities of steel tubing and contemporary components. Niner worked directly with the engineers at
 Reynolds to create the first bent 853 down tube that incorporates two different butting profiles — eliminating the need for a gusset at the head tube.

Frame: Reynolds 853 DZB steel; 44mm head tube; 142x12mm rear spacing; Biocentric II bottom bracket
Fork: Carbon fiber; color-matched; 15mm RockShox Maxle
Component Highlights: Truvativ AKA crankset; 32T chain ring; Niner Cogalicious 20T cog; Shimano Deore brakes; Stan’s NoTubes 3.30 SS/Rapid wheelset; Niner Flattop alloy handlebar; Niner alloy stem and seatpost; Niner custom saddle
Weight: 21.1 lbs