Whether you’re looking to start riding on the road, trail, or even snow, these 12 bikes can help get you on the right path to two-wheeled fun, adventure, and maybe even the start line of a race
BY JASON SUMNER
Giant Trance 27.5
Outfitted with the popular midsize 27.5” wheel platform, this affordable aluminum mountain bike will help you roll over chunky obstacles, but also deliver a snappy, playful ride. The 140mm RockShox Sektor suspension fork soaks up rough terrain, while a Shimano Deore drivetrain provides crisp, precise shifting and reliable (and predictable) braking thanks to the hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear. Sure, you’ll pay a little weight penalty compared to similar carbon-fiber frame models, but the extra cash you save can be used for component upgrades down the road.
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