People ask us all the time: “So, what type of bike should I buy?”. 90 per cent of the time we recommend a trail mountain bike. The simple reason is that they just do everything.
Sitting between 100mm and 150mm of travel they are lithe enough to handle any climbs and, especially with modern suspension, will handle almost any descent in the UK. If you want a bike that you will be able to ride day in/day out while still having tonnes of fun, it has to be one of these.
Don’t be cowed by the shorter travel bikes either. Quite often relying on the bike a bit less can be heaps of fun and really improves your skills. Modern geometry really does make the most of every mm of travel and you get loads of bragging rights over your mates!
In the 2017 Dirt 100 we assembled a fleet of 10 of the world’s best trail mountain bikes, you can read all about our picks here:
Kona Process 111
Don’t be fooled by the Kona Process’ 111 travel moniker – this is a bike that does an awful lot with very little. 100-120mm travel is no longer a travel band exclusively for the XCers, we can now all have loads of fun on short travel rippers.
The Process is a geometry first bike that relies on numbers over burl to get the desired results. The Process 111 is a real ripper of a bike that mixes the urgency of a short travel 29er with the ability of a bike with much longer travel.. You may need a test ride to convince yourself but many doubters have been won over by the way it performs.
Price – £3,499