Rocky Mountain Maiden
For the last two years, a downhill bike was suspiciously absent from Rocky Mountain's line up. That changes in a big way for 2016, with the introduction of the all-carbon Maiden. Although this 2016 downhill weapon is built for 27.5-inch wheels, the addition of a headtube spacer and a second rear-axle position allows the Maiden to ride equally well with 26-inch hoops, says Rocky Mountain marketing coordinator Anja Koehler. French suspension legend Bos supplied the front and rear shocks, both offering 200mm of travel. The short chainstays keep the bike nimble and playful. The Maiden comes standard with Shimano's mechanical 1x10 Saint gruppo, but it's Di2 compatible with an internal battery port. The frame starts at $4,000, with various build options taking it past $10,000.