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2014’s Hottest long travel 29er mountain bikes...

2014’s Hottest long travel 29er mountain bikes...

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.

  1. Dazza

    The BMC trailfox suffers from the cross brace on the seat stays colliding with the seat tube. Pretty catastrophic for a carbon frame. Reported by MBR mag.

    1. NakedDave

      To be exact it is the 2012-13 26″ wheel version which has the frame contact issue(not great though). And it is easily resolved by fitting the links from the alloy version of the bike(one of my riding buddies has one and BMC sent him new links). This 29er could suffer from the issue but I haven’t seen anyone comment on it yet. I doubt they would make the same mistake twice.

  2. serge the seal of death

    Really! that’s a bit shoddy if its true, BMC are normally pretty sorted ou these things, but guess it goes to show how hard it is to get big wheels into designs of this travel.

  3. chris-m

    If you look at other images of the bike, guys (MBR for e.g.), it shows the cross brace to no longer be a problem. Thankfully, on a great looking bike like that, BMC appear to have learnt a valuable lesson on making sure they take the whole bike into account instead of just its looks.


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