We had a look at the hottest 650b mountain bikes the other week, (which you can see here.) we also thought we’d have a look at the long-travel 29er today. While the wheel size debate does seem to be settling down a bit (it is, isn’t it?) it’s clear 29ers are here to stay. And with the current crop of the latest long travel 29ers, that doesn’t look a bad thing at all.
Here’s my top five…
Canyon Spectral AL 8.0
The German company has launched the brand new Spectral this year (replacing the Nerve AL+) which is available in 650b and 29in wheel sizes. The 29er version here gets 130mm of travel (140mm on the 650b) from the newly redesigned frame, using a four bar suspension layout with a curved rocker linkage driving the shock.
There are all the modern details like a 142x12mm rear axle and tapered head tube, and a 67 degree head angle and 1,172.5mm wheelbase on the size large. Choose from three models, priced from £2,299 up to £2,999. The entry-level model is well equipped with a Reverb post, XT 2×10 drivetrain and Avid Trail brakes.