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Check Out: 16 New Hardtails for 2020

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Whether it’s riders looking for a budget friendly alternative to more costly full-suspension bikes, something that takes a bit less mantainence, or a change of pace from pointing and plowing down the trail with no speed limit, hardtails are a wonderful choice for a full-time ride or for an extra option in the stable. There are a ton of great hardtails on the market right now, and a number that have made a debut in recent months. Here are a few that we’ve noticed.


Voodoo Bizango Carbon

Features

• 29″
• Full carbon frame
• 67-deg HTA w/120mm fork, 425mm CS
• 12-speed SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

bigquotes Voodoo have become known for well-performing budget hardtails and have now released a new affordable option at Halfords that offers a full carbon 29″ bike for only £1000. The Voodoo Bizango Carbon has a full carbon fiber frame and has a decent spec sheet to match. Voodoo still have their 853 Reynolds bikes available as well.


Canfield Nimble 9

Features

• 29″, 27.5″+ compatible
• Chromoly 4130 frame
• 66-deg HTA w/150mm fork, 417mm-433mm CS
• Max tire clearance: 2.8″
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• Available as a frame only or with a fork
• $799.99 USD (Frame Only)
canfieldbikes.com
bigquotes Canfield have been at the forefront of progressive hardtails for some time now. Their bikes such as the Yelli Screamy have pushed the limits with short chainstays and excellent handling. The latest Nimble 9 has short chainstays and a long reach to keep in line with modern trends. The bike also fits droppers better with a shorter seat tube and the bike has stiffer chainstay yokes to keep riders happy up, down, and through the turns.


Nordest Cycles Bardino 2

Features

• 29″ or 27.5″
• 4130 Chromoly steel
• 64.5-deg HTA w/160mm fork, 425mm CS
• 75-deg STA
• Sizing: M, ML, XL

• 29 x 2.8″ or 27.5 x 3″ tire clearance
• Frame Only – €599 (≈$664)
nordestcycles.com
bigquotes Nordest Cycles are a small brand based out of the Canary Islands and produce hardtails for almost all eventualities from gravel and bike-packing to enduro racing. They make their frames out of either titanium or chromoly steel and a few of their frames even include gearboxes. The Bardino 2 is designed around a 160mm fork and has replaceable thru-axle dropouts along with three water bottle cage mounts. There are several standard paint color options but you can also do custom colors for an upcharge.


Sage Titanium Powerline 29er

Features

• 29″
• Titanium frame
• 67.5-deg HTA with a 130mm fork
• Max tire clearance: 2.5″
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

bigquotes Sage’s Powerline bike is made to be versatile, handling everything from XC to more aggressive trail riding. The bike has several unique features such as their patented CCS Cable Clip System. The bike has room for three bottle cages and up to a 34-tooth chainring. Chainstays sit at 430mm and the reach of the bike is 436mm on a size medium.

Ragley Big Wig Race

Features

• 29″
• 4130 Chromoly frame
• 65-deg HTA w/140mm fork, 435mm CS
• Shimano SLX drivetrain
• Sizing: M, L, XL

• Available as a complete bike or as a frame only
• £2,199 (Complete)
ragleybikes.com/
bigquotes The Big Wig Race puts a spin on Ragley’s Big Wig bike by changing up a few parts for a nominal upcharge in price. These Race specs have been given an extra 10mm of travel and an upgrade to Lyrik forks to boost the front end stiffness. Other changes include downhill tires, four-pot brakes front and rear, and a Shimano SLX 12 speed drivetrain. These new spec options were inspired by custom builds the brand had seen on social media, showing there was an appetite for even more aggressive options.


Why Cycles Wayward V2

Features

• 29″
• Titanium – Grade 9
• 66-deg HTA w/120mm fork, 440mm-455mm CS
• Max tire clearance: 29″x3.0″
• Sizing: M, L, XL

• Fender and rack mounts
• $2,449 USD (Frame Only)
whycycles.com
bigquotes Why Cycles are known for their titanium hardtails. The Wayward V2 is Why’s adventure bike. Kitted out with copious amounts of water bottle, frame bag, and fender mounts, the bike is designed to be ridden for long distances with gear. Chainstay lengths are longer than what’s found on many hardtails to keep the bike comfortable and handling well with larger 29″ x 3.0″ tires. The Wayward V2 is available as a frame only and as a complete bike.


T-Lab Phenom

Features

• 29″ or 27.5″
• Titanium
• 65 or 66-degree HTA
• 75 or 76-degree STA
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• Made to order to rider specs.
• Frames start at $3,500 USD
t-lab-bikes.com
bigquotes Montreal based T-Lab launched their first moutain bike model, the Phenom a few months back. The bike is based on a proprietary cold worked method that allows for a radically shaped titanium profile that doesn’t compromise the properties of titanium. Medium sized frames weigh 1,800g and bikes have a unique Versa-T dropout that is made to be adaptable, allowing two different BB drop settings, one for 27.5″ wheels and one for 29″. Chainstay lengths can be moved from 411 to 438mm and the bike can also be set up as a single speed.


Moots Womble

Features

• 29″
• Titanium frame
• 67.1-deg HTA with a 140mm fork at 25% sag
• Max tire clearance: 2.6″
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• 450mm reach (size medium)
• $3.625 USD (Frame Only)
moots.com
bigquotes Moots are a name synonymous with titanium hardtails and also for creating some of the cleanest frames out there for road, gravel, MTB and generally just sitting back and admiring. But they are riders too, and probably advocate that you spend equal amounts of time riding as well as looking at their frames. And to up the amount of riding they offer to the more aggressive MTB crowd, they have come out with the Womble. It may not be a full “hardcore” hardtail, but we’re still excited to see a brand like Moots producing a ~66° (unsagged) headtube-angle bike designed around a 140mm fork.

We’ve been spending some time on a Womble and will post up some ride impressions soon.


GT Zaskar LT

Features

• 29″
• Alloy
• 66-degree HTA 450mm CS
• 75-deg STA
• Sizing: M, ML, XL

bigquotes The Zaskar’s long and storied history makes it the only bike to have won World Cups in Downhill, XC, slalom, and trials. This latest iteration retains the iconic Triple Triangle design but utilizes it in a more aggressive, long travel package.

Despite similarities at first glance, the LT model is not simply an up forked version of the current generation Zaskar but was designed from the ground up around a 130mm fork with more aggressive geo to match. The new bike also incorporates floating seatstays that GT claims offer 50% more vertical compliance when compared to a traditional double-diamond frame.


Specialized Rockhopper

Features

• 27.5″ or 29″ – depending on size
• Aluminum frame
• 68-degree HTA
• 445mm reach on size L
• Sizing: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (not all sizes available in all markets/models)

• Five models
• £379/ $500 / €500 – £899 / $1125 / €1200
specialized.com
bigquotes For many riders, their first ‘proper’ mountain bike was a Specialized Rockhopper hardtail. It has been an entry-level fixture in the brand’s line up since 1985 and has brought thousands of riders into the sport as a simple, value offering for novice riders. For 2021, Specialized is updating the hardtail with a new frame that brings it more in line with modern trends and geometries. Updates include a lighter weight, new geometry, internal cable routing, a threaded bottom bracket, and dropper post compatibility. Recognizing this bike may be used in the city as much as on the trails, Specialized have also added stealth rack and stand mounts too.

Cotic BFeMAX

Features

• 29″
• 2.6″ max tire size
• 65-deg HTA w/140mm fork, 64-deg HTA w/160mm fork, 444mm CS
• 74.5-deg STA w/140mm fork, 73.5-deg STA w/160mm fork
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• 461mm reach w/140mm fork, 450mm reach w/160mm fork (size medium)
• £549 / approx EUR630 / approx US$623 (Frame)
cotic.co.uk/
bigquotes The BFe (pronounced Beefy) has a long and storied history at Cotic, first being introduced in 2005. Designed with 140mm forks in mind, but capable of running up to a 160mm fork, the bike is versatile. There’s enough room for 2.6” tires and still space for mud. The bike is available as a frame only or as a complete.


Commencal Meta HT AM

Features

• 29″ or 27.5″
• Alloy
• 65-deg HTA
• 74-deg STA
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• Complete and frame only options
• 1,199 € / $1,199 USD – 2,149 € / $2,199 USD (Complete build prices)
commencalusa.com/
bigquotes Commencal calls their Meta HT AM the most versatile bike in their entire range. The new bike has a lowered seat tube for longer travel dropper posts. There is room for a 150mm or 160mm travel fork and the frame allows both 27.5″ and 29″ wheels. The Meta HT AM is available in four different builds or as a frame only.


Pipedream Moxie Ti

Features

• 29″ or 27.5″
• Titanium
• 64-degree HTA, 425-441mm CS
• 77.5-degree STA
• Sizing: Long, Longer

bigquotes UK based bike brand Pipedream has announced a limited edition titanium version of their Moxie hardtail that will be limited to just 24 frames. The frame will share the geometry of the new MK3 version of the standard Moxie bike, but it also features a new custom-butted tubeset using an ovalised downtube and top tube. Pipedream says their mission with the updated MK3 Moxie was to “create the most aesthetically beautiful and highest performance steel and titanium bicycle frames.”

Pipedream is making just 24 titanium Moxies (twelve in each size) and they are taking pre-orders now with a down payment of £750. The remaining £999 will be taken before the frame is ready to ship which is set for September. At this point, there are 20 frames left.


BH Ultimate RC

Features

• 29″
• Carbon frame
• 68-deg HTA (medium)
• 74-deg STA (medium)
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• Four build options (custom paint + €300)
• €1700 – €2900 (complete)
bhbikes.com
bigquotes BH’s new Ultimate RC hardtail uses the same geometry and look of its more expensive sibling, the Ultimate Evo, but by uses a different carbon layup that allows BH to significantly reduce the price. Whereas the more expensive Evo models have a claimed frame weight of just 840g the RC is still able to come in at a still-reasonable weight of 1050g for a size medium. While the frames’ carbon layup may differ from BH’s more expensive offering, the World Cup-tested geometry stays the same. The Ultimate RC features a 68° head angle when using a 100mm fork and it gets short 420mm chainstays.


Orbea Alma

Features

• 29″
• Carbon frame
• 68-deg HTA, 430mm CS
• 74.5-deg STA (medium)
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• 830g frame / OMX
• $1,099 USD (Alma H30) – $7,999 USD (Alma M-LTD)
orbea.com
bigquotes Orbea now have three different frame constructions in the Alma line. The top-of-the-line OMX, the OMR, and a hydroformed aluminum option. The new OMX frame uses a blend of high modulus fibers in a unique layup that allow Orbea to tune the weight and stiffness for each size. That weight comes in at 830g for a size medium. The OMR frame is also carbon and uses a more standard layup and weighs 1,100g. The hydroformed aluminum frame utilizes tubes of varying thickness and shape to net a weight of 1,650g in size medium.


Yeti 35th Anniversary ARC Limited Edition

Features

• 29″
• Carbon frame
• 67-deg HTA (medium)
• 76-deg STA (medium)
• Sizing: S, M, L, XL

• 2.82 lb frame / 24.58 lb complete
• $9,900 (complete)
yeticycles.com
bigquotes Yeti are doing a limited run of 100 of their 35th anniversary ARC bike. The ARC has been in Yeti’s line for years, first utilizing ProTaper tubing and later, in carbon. The new hardtail carries over much of the vibe of the original bike, including custom color-matched parts which give it a 90’s throwback vibe.


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