We've always believed that you get more value for money in 2021 than you did in 2011 but we couldn't be sure until we put it to the test. Of course, it's never going to be possible to compare apples to apples here and a lot has changed in the past ten years, including the number of chainrings, the sizes of wheels, and the components on the frames. Despite this, we've tried to compare bikes that are as similar as possible in intentions and build.
The buying power of a dollar has also changed. Because of this, we've given each bike 2 prices - its original price in 2011 and how much that amount of money would be worth in 2021. To do this we used the CPI Inflation Calculator (thanks @ohbmxer) that can be found here.
Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Expert
Model: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO - aluminum frame Fork: Fox F150 RL Shock: Fox RP23-S with Boost Valve Drivetrain: SRAM X0 / SRAM X7 / SRAM X9 Brakes: Avid Elixir CR SL Wheels: Roval Traverse AL 2011 Price: $4,100 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $4,971.88 More info
Model: Stumpjumper EVO Expert - carbon frame Fork: Fox Float 36 Performance Elite Shock: Fox Float X Performance Elite Drivetrain: SRAM X01 Eagle Brakes: SRAM Code RS Wheels: Roval Traverse 29
Model: Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon Fork: RockShox Boxxer World Cup Shock: RockShox Vivid Air Drivetrain: SRAM XO Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Mag Wheels: DT FR FR600 w/ DT 440 hubs 2011 Price: $6,972 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $8,454.61 More info
Model: DH X01 / Carbon CC / MX Fork: Fox 40 Factory Shock: Fox DHX2 Factory Coil Drivetrain: SRAM X01 DH Brakes: SRAM Code RSC Wheels: RaceFace ARC HD 30 w/ DT Swiss 350 ISO Price: $8,799 More info
Model: Cannondale Scalpel Ultimate Fork: Lefty Speed Carbon Shock: Rockshox Monarch RT3 Drivetrain: SRAM XX Brakes: SRAM XX Wheels: DT Swiss XCR 1.2 carbon 2011 Price: $9,599 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $11,640.25 More info
Model: Ibis Ripley AF Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance Shock: Fox Performance Series Float DPS with EVOL Drivetrain: Shimano Deore Brakes: Shimano Deore Wheels: Ibis S35 Aluminum Price: $2,999 as tested in the Field Trip (now $3,199) More info
Model: GT Force 2.0 Fork: Rock Shox Sektor TK Shock: Fox Float RL Drivetrain: SRAM X7 10 speed Brakes: Avid Elixir 5 Wheels: Alex TD24 w/ GT All-Terra
2011 Price: $2,649 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $3,212.32 More info
Model: Kona Entourage Fork: RockShox Domain R Shock: Fox Van R Drivetrain: SRAM X7 Brakes: Avid Code R Wheels: SunRingle MTX 33 w/ Formula hubs
2011 Price: $2,799 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $3,394.21 More info
Model: Norco Range 3 Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik 115-160 mm U-Turn Shock: Rockshox Monarch R Drivetrain: SRAM X7 Brakes: Avid Elixir 3 Wheels: Alex SX 44 w/ Formula & Shimano hubs 2011 Price: $2,415 Price Adjusted for Inflation: $2,928.56 More info