Ask ten mountain bikers what wheel size to ride and you’ll probably get 20 different answers. On the whole, though, bikes with 27.5 wheels will handle more nimbly through technical terrain, while 29-inch wheels hold momentum and roll faster. The Hook ($450 direct from Diamondback) is an extremely affordable 27.5 shredder. If features an aluminum frameset whose up-to-date geometry features a low bottom bracket and slack head tube angle. A SR Suntour 120mm fork handles suspension up front, while a SRAM X4 1×8 drivetrain provides reliable, easy-to-use shifting. Tektro’s mechanical disc brakes paired with 160mm rotors give you all the stopping power you’ll need. The frameset offers routing for a dropper post, which would be a nice future upgrade. We dig the bright-orange colorway, too.
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