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10 of the most expensive trail mountain bikes

Trail bikes for trillionaires

Trail mountain bikes have to be able to climb like a cross country bike and descend like an enduro sled, unfortunately this best-of-both-worlds approach doesn’t always come cheap.

We’ve grouped together a bunch of bikes that are reserved for lottery winners only. It’s worth saying that cheaper builds are available of all these bikes, but we’re only here for the most exclusive kit.

Here are 10 of the most expensive trail mountain bikes:

Felt Virtue FRD $12,499.00 (£10,378)

The Felt Virtue FRD is the most expensive trail bike by quite some margin. The bike is wheeled from Felt’s no-holds-barred Racing Development scheme and comes with the unique Equilink suspension.

It’s the only bike here that’s plumped for the full electronic shifting (hence the price). Are you willing to take the digital plunge?

Yeti SB 5C XX1 Eagle Turq $10,499 (£8,700)

The Turq series takes Yeti’s super light frames and makes them even more so. There should be no noticeable difference in terms of stiffness but the Turq is claimed to be between 250-350 grams lighter depending on model and size.

The 5C takes everything great about the EWS winning 6C (including the Infinity link) but squeezed down into a more compact package.

Intesnse Spider 275C FTY – £8,700

Your image of Intense may be coloured by the wild downhill days of Palmer and Hill, but they also make some well-mannered and plush trail bikes too. Top of the range is the Speider 275C FTY.

Adjustable travel, full carbon and Intense’s customary, killer good looks all go to making this a super-desirable bike.

Trek Fuel EX 9.9 29 $8399.99 (£6969.21)

Designed as a stiffer, tighter, lower version of the now retired Remedy, the Fuel EX is a bike with fire in its belly. It’s packed with features (most controversially the ‘knock-block’ integrated bump stop) but we’re major fans of all the tech.

One spin and you realise the angles, weight and tightness means it’s very much a trail hammering speed machine, lightweight, incredibly well built and so beautifully constructed.

Ibis Cycles Ripley LS XT 1X Werks – £6,799

Ibis may be most famous for its curvaceous Mojo but they also make another stunning bike – the 29er Ripley. The newest LS (Longer, Slacker) version brings it bang on trend with the agro, short travel 29ers that are the current achingly cool bike to have in your quiver.

Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR – £6,699

With 140mm of travel paired to a 160mm fork, the Foxy is right on the cusp of the enduro/trail divide. Combine this with trickle-down tech from Mondraker’s World Champs dominating Summum and you have an impressive package indeed.

Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR 29 – £6,500

There aren’t many trail bikes with more pedigree than the Stumpjumper. This bike is unrecognisable from the original that first rolled out of the factory in 1981 though. SWAT door storage, carbon fibre construction and top-of-the-line Ohlins suspension make this a capable beast.

Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned £6,499

There are 149 bikes in the frankly baffling Spark range but, for us, the 700 Plus tuned is the pick of the bunch. With Nino Schurter’s golden touch there’s no doubt this bike can gallop up the climbs and a revised linkage combined with plus tyres make it a great descender too.

Giant Trance Advanced 0 £5,999

Get ahead of the curve and fit the 2.6 inch tyres that the Giant Anthem 0 has clearance for. They’re said to be the ‘next big thing’ and offer the best of both worlds between standard and plus tyres. They should work harmoniously with the proven Maestro suspension.

Santa Cruz Hightower CC £5,599

Replacing the super-popular Hightower LT was no easy brief for the Hightower but the new bike has managed to forge a name all for itself. Used by the Syndicate downhill team for trail training and even Enduro World Series this is a truly capable bike that comes with Santa Cruz’s immaculate finish as always.


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