Trek Stache 7
Fast. Agile. Confident. Capable. That sums up Trek's Stache 7 perfectly. This bike gets down to business with 29-inch wheels wrapped with fat 3-inch tires and a 110mm-travel Manitou fork that dares anything to get in your way. Trek loaded the Platinum aluminum frame with all the marks of a fully legit trail bike, like G2 trail geometry, E2 tapered head tube, dropper-post routing and a Boost 148 rear end. That 148mm-wide rear end is enhanced by super short chainstays that let you rip through berms, dominate twisty trails, and out-accelerate your crew. SRAM's GX1 cranks power a wide-ranging 1 x 11-speed drivetrain, and the Bonty components are as light as they are tough. And just in case you don't want to roll the 50mm-wide Mule rims all the time, the Stache's Stanglehold dropouts are compatible with 27.5+ and standard 29-inch wheels too!
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I have not had that much fun since I put a RockShock on my Klein in the early 1980s. Above 50 miles, I should probably use my road bike, but it is so much fun chasing these huge tires down the road. I weigh 240 lbs and run 25 psi on pavement, tubeless. Off pavement, it won't make an old fat man like me fly up the hill, but it never loses traction, and entertains me with allowing me to play with the terrain, rather than just bust through difficult section, like on my 29er fully. Off road, I have not tried pressures below 15 psi. And getting used to the enormous traction will make me quite a bit faster in the turns, over time. Gearing is surprisingly adequate from steep climbs to hunting down some roadies. BTW: Tell your roady friends to slow down in tight corners. They don't have the traction to make the turns as fast as you do. Just had a guy crash behind me, today.