2020 Pinkbike Awards: Value Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees

Dec 21, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

Value Mountain Bike of the Year Nominees

What constitutes a good value depends to some extent on the rider. It may be the best spec with the lightest weight that can be found for a reasonable price, and for others, durability and suspension performance may be the focus. Fortunately, brands are getting better and better at blending the best of both worlds and offering bikes with high levels of performance and value.

The Vitus Mythique, Fezzari Delano Peak Comp, YT Izzo, and Commencal Meta TR all stood out this year, and they all happen to have between 130 - 140mm of rear travel. Bikes in this travel bracket are a great choice for many riders, as they are versatile and do a lot of things well. Not to be left out, Trek's Procaliber brings XC race performance to the table in a lightweight carbon hardtail with a reasonable price tag, and Privateer's 161 is a beefy yet affordable enduro rig.

While the price tags for these bikes vary, they each offer something unique to their prospective buyers at a price that is a value when compared to other similar bikes that came out this year. Without further ado, here are the nominees.

Why it's nominated

The Mythique is a 140mm travel trail bike that comes with a solid spec of parts all for $2,000 USD. It impressed us at the Value Field Test earlier this year with its versatile and capable demeanor and proving itself to be a worthy contender among even higher priced bikes.

The bike uses a Horst link suspension design paired to a RockShox Monarch R shock along with a 140mm Marzocchi Bomber Z2 fork, SRAM's 12-speed SX drivetrain, Shimano's MT-501 stoppers, a dropper post, and proper Schwalbe tires.

As the review said, "The 140mm-travel rear-suspension is near-invisible when you're in the saddle, and it always felt like the grey Vitus could carry a smidge more momentum across undulating ground. The Mythique 29 VRX isn't trying to be a part-time all-mountain bike, and it's better for it. With a contemporary but compact cockpit, and the best fork of the group in its Marzocchi Bomber Z2, the Vitus is a no-fuss trail bike that gobbles up the miles and rough ground, sometimes making its competition appear slow and over-gunned."

From the review:

bigquotesIn my mind, the Vitus is best suited to a rider who measures the success of their trail ride by looking at it as a whole, whereas you might want a bit more bike if your idea of success is cleaning one particularly sketchy line or decent-sized move.

Why it's nominated

Fezzari's Delano Peak Comp is a well spec'd bike for the price, and like the other full-suspension bikes nominated, it offers a lot of versatility. Like the Vitus, it has a Horst link style suspension system and well-rounded geometry, with a 77.5-degree seat tube angle and 65-degree head tube angle.

It's the Elite version that's picture above, which retails for $4,619 USD, but it's the base model, Comp version that caught our eye when it comes to value. For $3,499 you get a DVO Diamond fork and Topaz shock,a Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain, and the same carbon frame as the higher end models. The 135mm travel bike is outfitted with DVO's 150mm Diamond fork and Topaz shock.

The review states that the bike is easy to get along with having an upright climbing position. It's well suited for both climbing and descending and it feels lighter than it actually is. "Slower speed, technical puzzles are where the Delano Peak felt most at home, those awkward bits of trail where you might need to do a little rear-wheel lift here, and a shimmy around a tree there to get through without dabbing. It's an easy bike to get off the ground, whether that's to pop off the lip of a jump or to skim over a chunky section of trail. That trait allowed it to perform well on steep trails, as long as they weren't too rough."

From the review:

bigquotesCall it an aggressive trail bike, or maybe a shorter travel all-mountain bike; either way, the Delano Peak's well-sorted geometry, and part spec give it a high level of versatility. For rides that encompass a wide range of conditions – up, down, and all-around, the Delano Peak could be a worthy companion.

Why it's nominated

Privateer's 161 is made for, you guessed it, privateer racers, in search of a sturdy aluminum-framed machine that won't break the bank. Privateer offer a complete bike with a reasonable parts spec that's priced at $3,075, or the frame alone is available for $1,535.

The 161mm travel bike has a steep 80-degree seat tube angle, 490mm reach, and 446mm chainstays on a size P3. With a 170mm fork, it has a 64-degree head angle. The Horst suspension platform helps the bike perform well on the descents, although its heavier frame weight, close to 10 lbs, holds it back a little on the climbs and slower speed terrain.

The review states, "The 161 does best on faster, wider open tracks – it's more of a speed demon than a trail dancer – and when there's room to straighten it out and let off the brakes the stability at speed is very satisfying."

From the review:

bigquotesThe Privateer 161 isn't a bike for the timid. Drink those protein shakes and hit the gym, because this is a bike that requires a strong, confident rider at the helm. If you can hang on, the Privateer is a stout machine that comes alive at higher speeds.

Why it's nominated

Not to be outdone by direct-to-consumer brands, Trek's Procaliber is a high-performance XC race bike that is surprisingly affordable. There are four complete bikes in the range, starting with the 9.5 which sells for $2,000 USD up to the $4,000 9.7 and as a frame only for $1,500.

The 9.7, pictured, features a great build kit with SRAM GX Eagle, Shimano brakes, carbon wheels, seatpost, and handlebar. It comes set up tubeless and uses SRAM's UDH. The bike has modern XC geometry and is a great option for NICA racers, weekend warriors, and beyond.

Trek's ISO-speed junction is used in the frame and the bike does offer a more comfortable ride than a traditional hardtail, especially on longer rides. Fatigue by no means disappears - it's still a hardtail - but it doesn't build as quickly, which allows for more comfort and less soreness the day after.

From the first ride:

bigquotesThe Procaliber handles as if it's ready to go uphill and down with no regard for anything except stopping to get on the podium. For the money, Trek have put together a high-end carbon package for a fairly reasonable price and that should bode well for many riders, especially racers on a budget.

Why it's nominated

Commencal's Meta TR is yet another formidable contender in the trail bike category. The 140mm travel bike received a revamp for this year with more travel and a more aggressive geometry. There are five different models available starting at $2,199 USD and a frame only, without shock, available for $1,399.

The previous Meta TR impressed us with its no-fuss climbing manners during the Value Bike Field Test, and that sentiment carries over to the new version. It's not light, or particularly nimble, but the 78.6-degree seat tube does an excellent job of hiding the bike's length. It creates a centered position that makes it easy to keep the front wheel weighted, free from any wandering, and it virtually eliminates any worries of looping out on extra-steep climbs.

The review says, "If TR no longer stands for trail, Turbo would be a worthy substitute. The Meta TR loves to go fast, no matter if that's on a rough, chunky trail, or something a little smoother, ideally with plenty of berms and big jumps. I wouldn't think twice about taking it to a bike park, doing an enduro race or three, or tossing it into the back of a truck for some rowdy DH shuttle laps – it has an aura of solidity that makes it feel right at home when gravity takes over."

From the review:

bigquotesThe new Meta TR is all about more - it has more travel, more aggressive geometry, and it's more capable than ever. Can it still be classified as a trail bike? That all depends on what your ideal trail looks like. It's not the first bike I'd grab for an all-day epic on rolling terrain, but for a big ride that was full of steep rock rolls, jumps, drops, and tricky technical sections? Absolutely - this is one of the most fun bikes that I've ridden this year.

Why it's nominated

Just a couple years ago, $3,000 wouldn't go as far as it does now when it comes to trail bikes and the Izzo is a good example of that. Starting at $3,000 USD, the Izzo Comp has a very capable parts build with a SRAM NX drivetrain, G2 brakes, Fox Rhythm fork, and a carbon frame.

The bike's 130mm of travel is geared towards all-around riding and the geometry of the bike makes it exceedingly capable in a variety of terrain, with more of a "modern cross-country" focus. Geo is also adjustable, a huge plus for riders looking to fine-tune the feel of their ride.

From the review:

bigquotesFor the trails that go up, down, and around with your dropper up and down like a fiddler’s elbow, the Izzo is a hoot. The Izzo is a Jack of most trades and a master of one.

Honorable Mention

There are five finalists in the running for the Value Mountain Bike of the Year title, but given the sheer number of excellent bikes that were released this year it made sense to give a little extra recognition to one other we haven't had time on but feel could be a strong competitor.

BMC Twostroke
The Twostroke is available in aluminum and carbon with modern geometry and prices starting at $1,199.


  • 365 10
 Wow, specialised make the lightest production bike ever for only 1k and it can’t even get nominated
  • 24 91
flag sdaly (Dec 21, 2020 at 6:21) (Below Threshold)
 Weight is not everything
  • 96 7
 The 12" kids bike?
  • 7 1
 @Startgas: hahaha nailed it.
  • 80 1
 @sdaly: WOOOOSH
  • 17 0
 They need to remake the santa cruz video but instead of trying to destroy the reserve wheel they try and destroy the carbon push bike
  • 22 0
 @MattF51: Danny Daycare part 2, where Danny puts toddlers on the push bike, then pushes them down long flights of stairs in Glasgow. If that doesn't destroy the push bike, he brings them to the Isle of Skye for some epic lines down rocky terrain.
  • 2 1
 @MattF51: Santa Cruz/Pinkbike posted a video a few years ago where they test Carbon against Aluminium frames in the lab

  • 2 0
 @sdaly: it’s ok I have to explain all my jokes to my Canadian girlfriend too (I’m Irish just live here lol)
  • 76 6
 Ripmo AF Deore. Pretty much the benchmark geometry for all trail bikes with a drivetrain that's nominated for value component of the year plus solid suspension. $3199. If only someone had it in stock...
  • 21 51
flag hamncheez (Dec 21, 2020 at 7:12) (Below Threshold)
 for just a few hundred more, that Fezzari is pretty dang compelling. I'd say better spec'ed for the price than the RIPMO, and you get a plastic frame. If you're in your mid 30s, why bother with aluminum? At this point we are all over the hill, can't ride fast anymore, so gotta have that bling to compensate (and Viagra)
  • 69 2
 @hamncheez: As a stand in for all the other 30 somethings I must say, speak for yourself
  • 26 5
 @hamncheez: I'll gladly pay a few hundred dollars to not support Fezzari. On almost every forum I will see staff pretending to be normal members post "What do you think about this Fezzari?" over and over again. Then the employees in Southern Utah act like total douches. If you are at a trailhead with a company van, try not to be an ass when others can see.
  • 11 16
flag andrewfif (Dec 21, 2020 at 8:03) (Below Threshold)
 @digitalsoul: Too bad about your experience so far. My wife rides for them so I’ve been up close with the bikes at least for a couple of years snd recently bought a Delano. I’m super impressed with my wife’s (albeit very nice) la Sal and my Delano. all I can say is that the bikes have been good. My last two were the Sb150 and the Titan and my Delano for what it is has not let me down.
  • 33 4
 @andrewfif: I think you just basically made his case...

@hamncheez: I'll stand in for the 40 somethings and say we don't need pills or plastic bikes to compensate either. You OK, bruh?
  • 4 5
 @ReformedRoadie: I suppose you can say that. I’m just trying to say that forgetting what someone feels about the brand, the bike can ride. I’ve been surrounded by the evil bros and the kona bros and the transition bros and I think mtb is just full of bros sometimes. Ps I dig the username. I too am a reformed roadie.
  • 6 8
 @digitalsoul: I love my La Sal Peak and as one of their riders they treat me very well. I think they are a great company Smile
  • 4 1
 @hamncheez: fair to say you hit some nerves there!

Good work.
  • 4 3
 @hamncheez: I’m 44 and ride a Ripmo AF with a bulletproof spec (almost 17 kg). I don’t need a plastic bike, just a few beers after the ride and a pat on my shoulder. I can say with confidence that my Ripmo rides better than any other bike I had this far (including high end carbon ones). And at 3200 € (and a brake upgrade) there’s still nothing on the market that beats it in terms of price/performance.
  • 47 1
 When you find a BMC among "value" bikes you know that world will end soon. Pack up your sh#$ folks. We're going away..
  • 5 0
 I mean - I wasn’t even in the market for an xc hardtail and I found myself ogling that $1200 entry level version ...
  • 5 0
 I will always... Always upvote a very subtle but verbatim George Carlin reference.
  • 43 0
 No Marin? That thing is a steal, both the aluminum and carbon versions
  • 1 0
 Yeah they really hit my interest even if I don't need anything! Smart specs/geo/price!
  • 4 0
 Yeah, Marin and Polygon are crushing the game in the lower price brackets completely.
  • 3 0
 Exactly what I came to write! It's weird that it is not in the list....pretty sure it is the best deal right now for an enduro bike? The top one with coil spring (27.5 2020) is not even 5000$ cad with component that we all really want!
  • 18 1
 I was on a waitlist for the Vitus Escarpe. When it was finally in stock and in my shopping cart the fine print was revealed. Shipping was offered at a few price points, 850$ all in, or 550$ plus an undisclosed amount that a third party could add. The direct to consumer advantage disappeared quite quickly
  • 6 0
 Really? I got my Citus Sommet through them recently and shipping was free and the duty tax was covered by them. Maybe it’s different shipping to the states versus Canada from the UK.
  • 2 0
  • 6 0
 I actually bought a nicely specced Escarpe, waited about a week, and then got an email saying that stock status has changed... AFTER my order. Refunded, but it seems 'in stock' sometimes leaves a lil Wiggle room. I guess they needed a short term loan.
  • 5 0
 Got the 2021 sommet, free shipping in europe, with multitool and frame protected. Best value ever.
  • 5 0
 For some reason Canada really gets screwed lol. I got s vitus too and it was $48 for shipping and duty was covered on all bikes and wheelsets. Also traveled from Northern Ireland to California in 4 days. My first hardtail I bought from a shop but it had to ship from a different part of the same state, 7 days lmao!!
  • 2 1
 CRC charges shipping fees for Canadian buyers. I am sadly used to it though coz its still a better value vs local bike shops even though I've paid over $500 CAD for shipping and taxes on 2 separate ocassions that I have purchased from CRC.
  • 1 0
 @schwaaa31: It was quite a disappointment. Had it been clear from the beginning what the actual costs involved were I would have been better prepared when it was finally in stock. When I saw that $800 dollar option I back pedaled and starting reassessing other options. In about 15 minutes they were out of stock again anyways.

If something looks to good to be true it usually is.
  • 3 0
 @djaugust: It's our governments fault not CRC. Duty and taxes on a $2900 Escarpe are $770. I don't know why CRC pays duty on some American bikes but maybe it's much cheaper?
  • 2 0
 I used to use the free shipping from CRC and usually my orders would show up with the taxes owing (if that) but never duty owing then it seems maybe this year they changed couriers. Now every order that I've selected free shipping on came through some shite company call skynet and has had taxes, duty and brokerage fees owing. I've been to the skynet place to directly pick up an order and it's small, dirty hole-in-the-wall operation.
You can self-clear customs on your own and not pay brokerage fees. Once you get an email saying your package has arrived but you need to pay customs fees to have it released, refuse their service. Tell them to email you the forms to self clear customs - they have to supply these if you ask. They might say you can't but they are lying because they want to gouge you for the fee. If they refuse then tell them you are going to make a complaint to the CBSA and their attitude will quickly change.
Once you have the forms (2 copies of the commercial invoice - 1 for CBSA and 1 to be stamped and returned to the broker, plus 1 copy of the shippers invoice and, if that doesn't give a breakdown of prices for each item then take a copy of the invoice the seller sent to you or have it ready on your phone as well) go to a CBSA office that offers Inland Services - usually near airports, including some fairly small airports depending where you are located. They will calculate the duty and taxes based on the items (different % for different items. I was told clothing had the highest % of duty) You will pay the taxes and duty right there - or in my girlfriends case the guy said 'happy birthday' and handed her back the form with nothing owing even thought the broker had calculated $65 in duty/fees.
If you are close to the warehouse where the package is held you can usually pick it up directly once you give them the stamped copy of the commercial invoice or you can email it back to the broker/courier and then they will deliver it with no other fees owing. This can be done with all couriers including UPS.

Brokerage fees are a scam. They are usually on a sliding scale, meaning the more expensive the item is the more you pay - not just one set fee.
  • 2 0
 Just to add, CRC usually has a taxes/duty paid option that comes to less than the taxes/duty you will pay here somehow. Since they changed couriers (to Canada at least) this seems to be the best option when buying from them now.
  • 1 0
 @h82crash: duty for a complete bike is different than bike parts. Some parts are 0. Wheels used to be 6.5% duty, not sure if that is up to date. Shipping/duty/taxes is coming up at 15% for me with a pair of Reynolds carbon. And yes Skynet sucks. I bought tires from CRC and went the all in option and paid the $15 skynet fees cause I didn't want to dick around.
  • 1 0
 @h82crash: For the 2 times that I've purchased from CRC, I have better luck paying duties/taxes once the bike lands in Canada because the amount is slightly less by about $80 CAD.
  • 1 0
 @h82crash I’ll be keeping this comment for when I need to order from CRC in the future. I’ve actually received something free on an order from CRC and was dinged for it because of duties and taxes etc. We just get clobbered here in Canada on anything we order online internationally and it’s a good idea to know how to reduce any costs - especially from some outfit that can overcharge for whatever they want. :-)
  • 16 0
 Before the complaining, gotta admit, there are a ton of fantastic options these days.

The complaining: why do so many value oriented bikes come with SRAM SX/NX drivetrain and Shimano brakes? ie exactly the opposite of each brand's strengths?
  • 8 0
 Supporting bits like hubs/cranks/bb? SX may suck, but it works with super el-cheapo HG hubs and whatever crank/chainring is left over from last year. No need for HG+ specific chainring or XD hubs.

From my sample size =1 personal experience, SX is on entry bikes because it let's the builder clean out the parts bin for everything else. On my bike those old HG driver Formula hubs must have cost Commencal $8 for the bike, and the leftover X1 aluminum cranks they shipped wouldn't have worked with Deore. Got to get the price down somehow.

Also, the Level brakes were the first things to go. Not sure I'd call entry-level stoppers SRAM's strength....
  • 1 0
 @wguarino: That makes sense, good insights. As for brakes, at least I haven't heard anyone complaining about wandering bite points from SRAM. Though I specifically had in mind the Guide REs, which that Bird announced on here today offers those as a mere £36 upgrade over the base Deore.
  • 9 6
 @ABhardtail: sram brakes are the biggest joke in mtn biking
  • 4 6
 @cuban-b: shimano sucks. bite point changes every two seconds down a trail not sure if your going into a corner about to do the fattest drift ever or lightly feather like you intended to and they need bleeding a lot. I splashed out for some of the latest xtr brakes and all i got roughly £600 later was brake pads that rattled so bad in the calliper that i had to line them with foam. They also cost more than sram when you get to the higher level and all they do every couple years is bring out another ispec standard which sends you hunting for adapters in the depths of ebay. Their bleed bucket threads fall apart when used in workshop environment so you have to replace them every couple months. What the hell their free stroke adjustment is supposed to do I have no idea may as well not have it. shimano is great for easy bleeding but that's about it. sram is cheaper and better
  • 2 0
 @Abite: @cuban-b:

Reading thread after thread of people complaining about the Sramano like this is how I ended up with Hayes brakes. They nice ????
  • 1 0
 @wguarino: I like the hayes they look well nice.
  • 2 0
 As someone who live in the southwestern US, it's nice to have brakes that work when the sun is shining (which is usually) so no SRAM for me. Personally I love my M7100 brakes, they kick ass and are grabby as hell.
  • 4 0
 @ABhardtail: if only SRAM brakes had a bite point...
Jokes aside, i've never tried last gen codes, but first gen guides left me terrified. Way worse than elixirs (which weren't such terrible brakes)
  • 1 0
 @Abite: they're very nice. Good bite point, short throw, very smooth, and super easy to modulate. Oh, and powerful.

For some reason PB replaced my smiley face with question marks though, so kinda changed the comment.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: Except for my Codes, they’ve been pretty good, but you’re right for the most part.
  • 1 0
 I love the Codes on my enduro bike, and the XTR on my XC bike. But if I was buying a new set of brakes, I would be leaning towards Magura.
  • 13 0
 I really disagree with this comment on the YT:
Just a couple years ago, $3,000 wouldn't go as far as it does now when it comes to trail bikes

I got a capra several years ago for 3600€
It came with Carbon frame, RockShox top level suspensions (Pike and Monarch in the highest versions), decent brakes, X1 transmission, and E13 wheels. I kept it 4 years, and it worked really well ans proved to be reliable.

I doubt that you could get any better today for the same price tag.
  • 2 0
 This, I literally copied the same text part and wanted to write about it. Thankfully you were quicker, but I will still comment and support your statement. I bought my rose granite chief for 1800€ 5 years ago: pike/monarch, e1900, xt drivetrain, deore brakes, raceface stuff. Spent 330€ later for an internal dropper post.
Yes the Izzo rides better in provably every way because of new stuff and especially geometry, but cost wise newer bikes are nearly always more expensive for the same "level".
  • 2 0
 yeah maybe but 3600 euro to usd 5 years ago is close to $5000 in todays dollars... I might be wrong but i'd say thats a pretty massive difference
  • 1 0
 @glynn121: $4400, but I think you’re right
  • 1 0
In fact, you are partially wrong. I compare the € prices, because this is what we can see on the sites.
Today YT Capra for 4000€ comes with Lyrik and Monarch Select,
I am sure if you search for the USD price of the capra few years back, you will be surprised to see what 4000$ could give you
  • 1 0
 @glynn121: just like electronics, bike parts are much cheaper in the US. In europe you can expect to pay a 10-40% premium at a lower average disposable income.
  • 1 0
 @kleinblake: late reply but with inflation its actually about $4900.
  • 14 0
 What about Radon ? Radon swoop ?? you never talk about this fabolous brand !
  • 10 1
 They're pretty much non-existent in North America for now
  • 7 0
 What about Radon Skeen Trail that comes with Fox Performance (not Rythm) suspension and DT wheels and costs €2.5K?
  • 1 4
 I tried a radon and didn't like it at all. Noodle frame.
  • 2 0
 I would've bought one if I could get one here, but alas...
  • 3 0
 @fracasnoxteam: elaborate, noodle frame? Had a swoop 170 and was amazed by the bike. Only issue I had was cornering, couldn't get a grip on how to throw it well in corners. All else amazing bike. Considering the new carbon swoop as my go to enduro/park all purpose bike. Great value for the money!
  • 1 1
 @pastaman23: not so easy to explain in my poor English but the bike seems not precise at speed, felt slow in berms.
  • 1 2
 Aren't they still on outdated geo and lightweight spec over durable?
  • 16 2
 I would think the Polygon Siskiu series would have ticked the value box.
  • 9 0
 Canyon Spectral 29?
Propain Tyee CF?
Vitus Sommet?
Marin Alpine Trail Carbon?
Commencal Meta TR?
Bird Aether 9C?
Ghost Riot EN?

So many great value-oriented bikes were released this year. How come none of them are on this list?
  • 4 1
 Yeah Vitus deserves 2 on the list.
  • 12 0
 Did not expect to see a Trek as a 'Value Nominee'.
  • 4 1
 Its not even the best value Trek. The Marlin 7 comes with deore, bontrager spec and wheels, and a rockshox fork at £700
  • 4 0
 The likes of Canyon are now at pretty much the same price as Trek these days but without the advantages of getting it from your LBS
  • 2 0
 @bombdabass: But, it's heavy, non-boost spacing which makes upgrading anything a pain, no dropper post, coil-spring fork, etc. It's really not intended for serious/demanding riding.
  • 2 0
 @bombdabass: Value and cheap are not the same thing.
  • 5 0
 Canyon spectral 6 is pretty tough to beat but for 2020 released bikes the norco shore 2 has been robbed yet again. Privateer would get my vote from the crew nominated.
  • 3 0
 I love my Vitus mythique, it's been such an amazing bike. I pulled the trigger back in February before there were really any reviews out. Back then it was 25% off and every size fully in stock. After the pinkbike review, it's basically been completely out of stock since. Really glad I went for it. Can't say enough good things and CRC has been excellent to deal with. Later I grabbed a nucleus for another family member and it's been excellent too. Air fork hardtail for $650 can't be beat!
  • 3 0
 What about the Nukeproof Mega Comp Alloy? 165 or 160mm real travel (27.5 vs 29). $2700 for 12 speed deore, four piston deore brakes, yari fork, and super deluxe select r shock, rolling on michelin rubber. Hard to beat the bike for dollar here.
  • 7 0
 All day Privateer
  • 1 0
 That’s not what they cost anymore. And that’s before import duties. More like $3700usd.
  • 8 1
  • 4 0
 Anybody can make a " best list " . start one of your own , it will be just as valid as the list in the article .
There are sooo many nice bikes available today that it is more about ones subjective taste than one bike being better than the other .
  • 7 4
 Are these really value bikes. I thought value bikes for entry level MTB sat at half this price. It would be good to see a budget category if this is now how we define value.
  • 12 0
 Value is probably defined as 'value for money' and not 'lowest price'. Usually, the mid range models have the best price/performance ratio, since the entry level ones skimp too much on crucial components like suspension, and the higher end ones have too big a markup for the small increase in performance (law of diminishing returns).
  • 1 0
 Well yeah price-quality, anyway, easy win for Calibre bikes if we talk about budget bikes.
  • 4 0
 I agree, a budget category would be useful as well. Maybe cap it at $1500 for hardtails, $2000 for full sus? It isn't my bike market but as a program coach who newcomers often ask for entry level options, I think this would be the cheapest of the category I would go. 1x drivetrain, air adjustable suspension, dropper post are all mandatory for my recs. I do wish more bike manufacturers would go with Deore and SLX instead of SRAM SX/ NX. GX seems fine in my experience.
  • 3 0
 I wasn't sure if that was a Trek or not. I'm glad they use the largest font ever and let it cover the whole downtube so people know what I ride.
  • 5 1
 Kinda wild that the Procalibur carbon frame is $1729, and the cheapest full build based on that frame (9.5) is only $1999.
  • 1 0
 Is Commencal Meta AM expensive in Canada or what? It's 2400 EUR in EU. After you upgrade the crappy brakes and get a 200+ dropper and good 4-piston brakes you haven't paid more than 2700 EUR. I don't own a Meta, but that's value.
  • 4 1
 Nominates one hardtail --> it's a dedicated XC bike from Trek that starts at $2k
  • 2 0
 The best category! Now let's do a top 10 per bike class. I couldn't care less about seeing another $5000 starting price build.
  • 1 0
 I own a Fezzari Cascade Peak and really like it, so the Delano looks compelling. I was out of the riding game for almost 20 years though, so my opinion isn't exactly informed.
  • 4 1
 No mention of the Commencal TR 29?
  • 1 0
 Or clash?
  • 2 0
 The new Meta TR is already nominated for bike of he year.
  • 3 0
 This izzo in the norms/standards ... (EU joke)
  • 1 0
 Je l'ai
  • 4 1
 No mention of vitus sommet?
  • 3 1
 4 Horst link bikes... YT, Privateer, Fezzari, Vitus. Maybe says something about the production costs?
  • 2 0
 I think it might say more about the costs of patent protection and/or licencing of the various dual link systems.

That and perhaps the available value single pivot/faux bar bikes aren't that good.
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 @boozed: Yea, definitely true. Licensing a DW or other design definitely increases cost. But, I also assume that the tolerances of a horst-link (or single pivot) are easier to build at lower production costs. And fewer links, bearings, pivots, etc.
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 Devinci Troy Alloy GX is damn solid for $4300 CAD.
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 Where's the Marin Rift Zone?
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 Privateer all the way. 6 months on mine. Better than the 2020. Switchblade IMO! Better thank anything... again IMO! Also... 141 is on order.
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 Couldn't agree more. Had the 161 as my Alps bike and amazed at the performance irrespective of price. Just built up the 141 (frame with some existing parts) and geometry is perfect for more typical trail riding with we steep stuff thrown in. Bit muddy now to gauge actual performance but loving it so far. Seems similar to the Meta TR to be honest and that is up for bike of the year...
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 Seems 'value' means something else at Pinkbike
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 PROPAIN TYEE? NOT? ????????????
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 The Privateer is in a league of its own.
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 Happy to see the Izzo on here. The bike is a blast.
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 Specialized Status. $2500 for a bike from the big S that's specced well for the price.
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 Status 160 for the win. $2600 usd #statusmtb
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 Okay, but the Privateer 161 Complete is $3,700 in the US now.
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 I love my privateer 161- best bang for your buck.
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 marin alpine trail carbon 2???
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 Polygon siskiu?
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 Anything Marin is currently selling??
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 No high pivot bikes? I thought that was an upcoming reborn trend.
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 Are there many high pivot frames that don't cost more than the complete bikes in this list?
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