Does the idea of blazing down an off-road trail on two wheels excite you? If so, then you might want to consider purchasing a top of the line cross country bike, with the required suspension, durability, and traction for pursuing all sorts of countryside adventures.
Let’s take a look at the best cross country bikes that you can get in 2020!
Ibis Ripley NX ($4,099)
If you’re in need of a cross country bike that can also handle the terrains that are a little harsher than average, look no further than the Ibis Ripley NX. This rugged cross country machine is ultra durable, with its 130mm fork travel, 120mm rear travel and carbon fibre frame. While it may be larger than other cross country bikes, the Ripley NX still proves to be just as fast as its closest competitors, when travelling up or down hills.
Kona Hei Hei ($4,700)
Fast and durable, the Hei Hei has become widely known as a “single track slayer”. This is due to this bike being specially designed to blaze through narrow and winding single tracks. No matter how challenging the road ahead, the Hei Hei’s 120mm RockShox Revelation RC DebonAir fork maintains this bike’s stability while the Monarch RL Solo Air rear shock keeps the back end in check with its 100mm of travel.
Specialized Epic Expert EVO ($5,520)
Unlike most other cross country bikes, the Expert EVO is ideal for marathons and shorter races as well as recreational trips. What’s particularly interesting about this Specialized bike is its unusual build – it consists of a 120mm-travel fork, despite the frame clearly being suited for a 100mm fork. This bike is also designed to take a harder than average beating, equipped with wide 2.3-inch tires, a dropper seatpost, and a carefully constructed carbon fibre frame that, while a reduced weight from previous models, still harbors the same strength.
Santa Cruz Hightower CC (Starts At $2,999)
The hightower is perfect for those skilled cyclists who are in search of a versatile all-terrain 29er. This hybrid is ideal for all types of cycling, from road racing to trekking and even the casual cycle around the neighborhood. With its bonus disc, the Hightower’s BB height can be elevated even higher than usual, thereby allowing the bike to cope on terrains where plus size tires are usually required.
Team Marin ($1,299)
If you’re new to the world of cross country biking, then Team Marin will help you enjoy the sport from the moment you hop on. Despite its affordable price tag, this bike is equipped with reliable components such as its 29-inch wheels, aluminium frame and internal dropper post routing. Most importantly, this bike was built with the intention of providing new riders with the speed they need to win races.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a newcomer, or perhaps a cyclist who enjoys taking on the harshest of terrains, there’s bound to be a bike for you on this list.