Ride faster, farther, and have more fun with one of these 2015 mountain bikes. Whether you want to motor over buff ribbons of singletrack, conquer the gnarliest rocks and drops, or just find an all-purpose rig that leaves you smiling, our list of favorites will have the perfect match for your needs and budget.
If you haven’t looked for a new bike recently, there are now three wheel-size standards to chose from. The formerly dominant 26-inch wheel, with greater maneuverability, is now mostly found on bikes designed to excel on downhills. The 29-inch wheel, with increased traction and reduced rolling resistance, is ideal for taller and cross-country-oriented riders. And the more recent addition, the 27.5-inch wheel, also called 650b, combines the best traits of both sizes.
With that in mind, here are the bikes worth buying this year.