Top 5 | 2020 Cross Country Bikes

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[VidSitePro id=17 ]cross country mountain bikes often feature some of the most exciting developments in bicycle design the bikes must be light enough to handle lung bursting climbs while also being capable enough to handle increasingly gnarly descents so in no particular order here is our pick of the top five cross country bikes of 2020 that we think are pushing the envelope of bicycle design as always if you want to see more content like this don’t forget to Like and subscribe and click the little bell icon so that every time we upload a video you will get a notification now let’s get on with the show starting with one of the biggest releases of 2020 we have the specialized epic HT the previous generation of the epic HT was a firm favorite here at bike Raider it was incredibly light and had relatively modern geometry for an XE bike so when we found out specialists had updated this already winning formula we were obviously excited to see what the big s would come up with as you’d expect is got even lighter with an S works frame coming in around 790 grams for a medium and that is with the paint and the hardware this means that a top spec complete build is claimed to weigh just seven point eight kilos that’s incredibly impressive when you consider that not that long ago seven point eight kilos was considered pretty respectable for an aero road bike in a move expected by approximately absolutely everybody the geometry has also been updated with the head angle getting a touch slacker and the reach smidge longer to improve handling on the technical cross-country World Cup courses of today and finally the seat tubers also be modified to be a more dropper friendly thirty point nine millimeters in diameter being specialized it should come as no surprise that the tops back s-works model comes at a premium price but we’re more interested in the more affordable epic HD carbon which comes in at just north of roughly two thousand one hundred pounds of dollars while still having it claimed nine 130 gram frame wait could this possibly be the perfect privateer X erasers bike for 2020 let us know what you would choose in the comments arizona-based pivot cycles has long been known for its premium mountain bikes but the new Mac 4 SL really pushes the boundaries for publicly available bikes as does its price tag with a top spec build coming in at eleven thousand eight hundred pounds there’s no need to remind us that you could buy a really nice car or motorcycle for eleven thousand eight hundred pounds you could even buy nearly 30 caliber two cubed mountain bikes but what would you prefer the Mac for has gone through several iterations and has featured 27.5 and 29 inch versions in its lifetime the latest version merges the Mac 4 and the Mac 4 29 SL into one super fast racing machine it features a revised DW link suspension configuration with a vertically positioned shot and settles 400 millimeters of travel with those 29 inch wheels as for the weight a size medium world-cup build with a full Shimano XT our group set comes in acclaimed 9 point 4 kilos which is incredibly impressive for a full suspension mountain bike we doubt that you’ll be seeing too many of these special builds out on the trails but it’s impressive to see what a brand can do whether money is no object design I’m sure you’ve all heard that famous saying there are two guarantees in life death and taxes well here at bike radar we have another saying there’s one guarantee in life if you don’t include a Santa Cruz in a mountain bike top-5 no matter the genre people will not be happy obviously we jest but in order to prevent comment or Armageddon we present you with the Santa Cruz blur it’s a thoroughbred cross-country racer sporting a hundred millimetres of front and rear travel a 69 degree head angle and a relatively steep 74° seat angle the reach is also pretty long for an ACCI bike with a size large coming in at 460 millimeters this should hopefully mean that the bike will be able to descend and climb with the best a medium frame is claimed to weigh just north of two kilos and while there are lighter race with its out there and sorry we couldn’t make it past the third bike in this list before we used the phrase race whip it the blurs claimed weight includes all of the hardware and the shop but anyway it’s a Santa Cruz so everything they do is good because well so cool is brand on earth right Cannondale released the newest FSI back in 2018 and it’s been bothering the front of cross-country races ever since then the elephant in the room is the polarizing lefty or Cho Fork and we say polarizing because you probably won’t have to look too far down the comments to see someone saying the lefty is the worst Bork ever made while the very next comment er will say that it is suspension perfection now while left is undoubtedly have their quirks we can light them so make of that what you will the FSI is competitively light for a World Cup ready hard tail with tops back builds weighing less than nine kilograms it also comes with Canon Dale’s AI offset on rear wheel which pushes the drivetrain six millimeters to the right this means you need to have a mutually dished rear wheel but as you’d expect can until claims that this is better than the more conventional asymmetric dish just like every other bike on this list top spec models do not come cheap but more affordable models are available if you are keen on an FSI we have saved what is possibly the most interesting cross-country bike of 2020 until last with tracks all new super caliber the super caliber had been ridden in plain sight for months before it was launched having been written extensively by Yolanda Neff at various world cut rounds with a sock used to hide the ISO strut suspension linkage however tracks embargo on the bike has finally lifted and we can tell you a little bit more about it the frame is claimed to weighed just one thousand nine hundred grams of the shock and hardware making it lighter than most conventional full suspension frames however the compromise with this is that you only get 60 millimeters of rear travel instead of the more typical a hundred millimeters on the other hand track claims that this gives you the best of both worlds with full suspension performance and hard tail efficiency the geometry is also refreshing ly modern with a 69 degree head angle and a 74 degrees seat angle more crucial for the long-distance racers is that the iso strut suspension linkage allows you to fit two water bottles into the frame could this be the perfect marathon machine in 2020 we’ll have to wait and see what do you think of our list did we get it right or should we have picked something else as always let us know in the comments.

October 16, 2019
October 16, 2019

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