Best cross-country mountain bikes - Eurobike 2014

Hardtails and short-travel race rockets

While enduro bikes may have stolen the spotlight at the Eurobike tradeshow this year, there were still a number of interesting cross-country models on display.

While 27.5in wheels have gained traction on longer-travel models, the 29in wheel appears to still reign supreme on the XC racecourse. Many companies are incorporating 27.5in wheels into smaller-sized frames for improved fit, though most are sticking with the big hoops on medium and larger sizes.

Nearly every high-end cross-country bike on display at this year’s show was sporting a RockShox RS-1 upfront. When painted to match the chassis, the RS-1 gives these bikes a very clean, integrated look. Click through the gallery for a look at some of next year’s fastest mountain bikes.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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