Featured Bike: Mary XC

Bigger wheels means bigger fun. By this time, you’ve probably heard the buzz about 29ers: how much traction they have for climbs, how stable they corner, and how smoothly they roll over anything you encounter on the trail. Think the 29er movement is just a fad? Swing a leg over one and judge for yourself. Just be sure to wipe the smile off of your face long enough to hand the bike shop the money for your new ride.

The Mary XC has been hailed by many people (including many magazine editors...see the September 2007 issue of Mountain Bike Action) as one of the finest 29er hardtails on the market. Crafted out of double-butted 4130 cromoly steel, the Mary XC delivers a lively, compliant ride that only steel can provide. Combined with added cushion from oversized wheels and tires, you'll find yourself saying, "Who needs rear suspension anyhow?"

We carefully chose parts for the Mary XC that were nice enough for even the pickiest rider, but not so Gucci that it would make it too expensive to add a 29er to your stable. A word of warning to all potential Mary XC buyers...be prepared to spend way more time on this bike than you had planned on. The Mary XC is so much fun to ride, you'll find yourself looking for any excuse you can to take this bike out for a ride.

Here are a few spec highlights on the Mary XC:

  • 4130 double-butted cromoly frame

  • RockShox Reba 80mm travel suspension fork

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

  • Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes

  • Truvativ Fire-X 3.2 GXP cranks

  • Shimano Deore hubset laced to WTB Laser Disc Trail 29er rims

  • Kenda Nevegal 2.25 Stick-E Rubber tires

MSRP on the Mary XC is about $1,525

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