5 of the Best Mountain Bikes for Spring and Summer

a man and his bike

A man holding his bike | Source: iStock

Spring has sprung, the trails are drying out, and it’s time to get out there and enjoy some fresh air. Whether you’re an urban dweller whose bike terrain lies just outside your city limits, or you’re living in an outdoorsman’s paradise known for being a mountain bike mecca, there’s no better way to soak up everything the season has to offer than with a saddle between your legs. When you’re slaying single track or cruising the rolling hills of a summer resort, here are 5 of our favorite mountain bikes right now.

1. RKT 9 RDO, Niner Bikes

RKT 9 RDO bike

RKT 9 RDO bike | Source: Niner

The RKT 9 RDO series isn’t for your beginner buddies. Driven by a true racer mentality, this bike is designed to take you as fast as you want to go, and is built for high-flying thrills from start to finish. Constructed using RDO Carbon Compaction technology, the RKT 9 RDO delivers the efficiency of a lightweight bike, and the prowess of a relentless mountain machine. With World-Cup proven race performance and internal cable routing, the CVA Suspension provides 90mm of fully active travel with a custom tuned-for-CVA Fox Float DPS Factory rear shock. Long story short, if you’re looking for a beast that will put you at the head of the pack, the RKT 9 RDO is the vessel for you.

2. Cannondale Bad Habit

Bad Habit bike

Bad Habit bike | Source: Cannondale

Allowing you to explore the most rugged terrain, Cannondale’s Bad Habit is built to provide riders with more traction, without sacrificing the comfort and agility of its lightweight components. The 27.5+ tires offer ultimate control on the most technical of trails, using wider rims and big 3.0” tires, without the weight penalty of fat bike rims and tires. Delivering short chainstays, ample clearance and dialed geometry, the Bad Habit will be your new favorite quiver. The 55mm fork rake gives riders expert handling at their fingertips, making this full suspension design your go-to trail companion for good times in the great outdoors.

3. Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 650b

Enduro Expert Carbon 650b

Enduro Expert Carbon 650b | Source: Specialized

Specialized delivers a mud-tackling mean machine with the Enduro Expert Carbon, allowing riders to push the limit without having to hold anything back. Offering a lightweight quality, the frame is constructed from a top-tier FACT IS-X 11m carbon fiber. Serious riders with a ‘go big or go home’ mentality need look no further than the Enduro series, as these bikes will have rippers consistently slaying their most challenging terrain. Built with components that make the bike perfect for climbing, without sacrificing the aggression of a downhill ripper — the Enduro Expert Carbon 650b features Specialized’s 650b Geometry’s roomy top tube, short chainstays, slack head tube, and longer wheelbase for the ultimate in trail riding perfection.     

4. Raleigh Tokul 4130

Raleigh Tokul 4130

Raleigh Tokul 4130 | Source: Raleigh Bicycles

If you’re a weekend warrior, the Tokul 4130 is just what you’ve been searching for. A playful bike ideal for anyone looking to broaden their horizons with two pedals beneath his feet, this hardtail will have you exploring more trails and upping your recreational riding game. Designed on a 27.5 aluminum frame hard tail, the Tokul 4130 utilizes a 130 mm front fork with lockout, enabling you to transition from up to downhill with ease. With 27.5 tires and tubeless ready, Raleigh delivers a bike whose rear rigidity makes the climb just as enjoyable as the descent.

5. Giant Reign Advanced 27.5

Reign Advanced 27.5 bike

Reign Advanced 27.5 | Source: Giant

Inspired by the most demanding of courses, the Reign Advanced 27.5 effortlessly combines a lightweight, stiff and sharp-handling Advanced composite frameset with 160mm of smooth Maestro Suspension. Intentionally engineered with the most dedicated riders in mind, the Reign Advanced 27.5 allows you to corner with control and float with ease. Giant succeeds at this once again by doing what it does best, offering seasoned riders the most fun they could have with the thoughtful details to match.

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