Well, there is only another month or so left before mountain biking season hits for those that dwell in wintry weather conditions. Yet, it is best to order your rig now since supplies have gone quickly due to pandemic backorders. One of our favorite hardtails is the Specialized Fuse Expert 29, finished in a Satin Brushed Alloy with Redwood highlights.

The Fuse Expert 29 thrives on the kind of technical trails that make other hardtails cry. The top-shelf bike brings all of that to play with its light-yet-burly M4 aluminum chassis and a component package that takes a beating and comes back for more. The Fuse is loaded with smart touches like a wide-diameter down tube that boosts stiffness and a low-slung top tube, with clearance to throw the bike around on tight trails. And while this Fuse’s 29×2.6 tires give it a precise, nimble feel, the frame is also compatible with 27.5+ wheels and tires.

If you fail to nail the geometry, advanced materials and innovative designs still amount to nothing out on the trail since the Fuse gets it right. A long reach gives you even weight distribution; the slack head angle lends confidence on sketchy descents, and its steep seat angle makes quick work of near-vertical climbs.

Specifics:

  • 130-millimeters of plush suspension courtesy of a Fox Float 34 Rhythm Fork.
  • Stout Trail SL wheelset is light yet fends off abuse.
  • Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain provides single-ring simplicity yet lets you tackle big climbs without coughing up a lung.
  • Stout Trail SL wheelset is light yet fends off abuse.

Enjoy the ride! Pricing =$2,600