Santa Cruz released this 27.5 bike to meet the demands of enduro racing, which melds downhill with singletrack. To attack that huge range of terrain, the Bronson gets six inches of suspension travel – that's a lot of absorption.
It takes straight downhills like a champ, too, and is so playful every trail you attack will feel like a ride at Six Flags. It handled every piece of terrain we threw at it: This bike gobbles up rocks, plows over roots, and laughs off divots like they're invisible. A negative? It weighs more than 30 pounds. [$3,400; santacruzbicycles.com]