Featured Bike: Extreme X7

Just as the name implies, the Extreme series bikes are made for the bigger stuff: jumps, drops, rocks, gnarly downhills, stunts…terrain that no cross country bike would dare go. But just because these bikes are bred for gravity doesn’t mean they can’t also take you to the top of the hill. Put your seat up, shift into the granny gear, and enjoy the ride back up to the top…just so you can come blazing down again.

The Extreme X7 fits into the freeride bike category. The X7 is the perfect bike for Whistler Bike Park and any of your other chairlift-assisted or shuttled downhill runs. But don't think you can't ride to the top of the hill if you wanted to. We put a double chainring up front with low 24 and 36 tooth gearing to make climbing possible. While this wouldn't make the most comfortable cross-country trail bike, the X7 is purpose-built machine designed to take the abuse of black diamond and double black diamond runs.

The X7 frame is powered by a single pivot suspension platform. Single pivot is one of the oldest suspension platforms available...it's been around for years. But there's a reason it's lasted through the years: it works and it works exceptionally well. Plus, single pivot bikes are easy to maintain and set up. For added stability and better performance, we also used 150mm rear hub spacing with an oversized 12mm thru-axle. And since the last thing you want to be thinking about as you roll off a big drop is the strength of your fork, we put a Marzocchi 66 RCV with a 1.5" steer tube on the front.

Here are some spec highlights on the Extreme X7:

  • 7" travel alloy frame with sealed bearing pivot and hydroformed top tube for strength. 150mm rear hub spacing

  • Marzocchi 66 RCV 180mm travel fork with oversized 1.5" steer tube

  • Fox Van R rear shock

  • SRAM X.9 rear derailleur with X.7 9-speed shifters

  • Truvativ Ruktion cranks

  • Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic disc brakes

  • Sun Equalizer 29mm rims with eyelets

  • Kenda Nevegal 2.5 Stick-E Rubber tires

MSRP on the Extreme X7 is about $2,395

Extreme X7 Video...click here!

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