In our biggest and most complete shootout yet, we ride, review and rate 10 of the best full suspension 29ers available in SA. – By Neil Gardiner
[media-credit name=”Photo: Nick Muzik” align=”alignleft” width=”640″][/media-credit]This is the first year in which nearly all the top brands feature a 29er dual suspension bike in their line-up. For the South African market, it seems this is the format of the future, and the mid-priced models are what most of us will be riding. In our biggest review yet, we looked at several factors that can make or break the enjoyment of a good day out on a bike: anti-squat, pedal feedback, rigidity, plushness, stability and general ride quality. We paid less attention to spec issues which can easily be addressed and instead focused on the heart of the bike – the balance of frame and fork and how the package behaves on the trails. Many manufacturers design suspension that works well on the downs, so we focused on what is often a truer test of a race bike’s design – the ascents and twisty single track.
Click through all the bikes for our tester’s reviews and ratings and see our final verdict on the final page.
Giant Anthem X 29er 0 | GT Zaskar 100 9R Expert | Rocky Mountain Element 950 29″ | Momsen Dual Link 7 | Pyga Industries ONETEN29 | Scott Spark29 Elite | Silverback Mercury 29 Elite | Specialized Comp 29 | Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro | Cannondale Scalpel 29er Carbon 2 | Final Verdict