CLASSY MID-PRICED HARDTAILSIn the world of the conservative medium spender, the hardtail still appears to be king. So what sort of hardtail can you score at a price where the full sussers start to rear their pretty heads?
Steve Worland writes: fot Seotember we are testing:
The ROCKY MOUNTAIN TRAILHEAD - £770
A pedigree Canadian all-rounder with an excellent sub 4lb frame, a 100mm Rock Shox Pilot fork and a slick Deore based drivetrain.
The CUBE LTD - £750
A comfy and unusually specced race-ready bike from Germany, boasting a top value feature- laden frame, way better than average componentry specification and a top of the range Rock Shox Pilot 100m fork.
The SINTESI MOAB - £679
A superbly equipped Italian thoroughbred with an unusual hard-hitting frame design, a 105mm Marzocchi Bomber MX Comp fork and some great finishing kit for the price.
The SCOTT BOULDER - £700
A good-looker which boasts a well sorted frame, excellent geometry, a suprisingly comfy and well controlled ride feel and the best drivetrain on test.
After a few weeks, the bikes have really shown their true character, as well as their limitations, and one bike stands out as a clear winner.
Surprisingly, it's the one that appeared to offer least to the harder riders among the Wrecking Crew when the test began.