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Cross Country Hardtails

Cross-Country mountain bikes are designed for speed and therefore tend to focus on efficiency and low weight. Cross-Country bikes will generally be better at climbing hills than the bikes from other categories. If speed, light weight, and climbing prowess are among the most important factors to you, this is definitely a category of mountain bike to consider.

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The Best Cross-Country Hardtails ($ Very Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
Cannondale Catalyst 2 27.527.5"100 mm$589
Diamondback Hook 27.527.5"120 mm$649
Cannondale Trail 5 27.5 / 2927.5" on Small & Medium and 29" on Large & XL 100 mm$819

The Best Cross-Country Hardtails ($$ Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
GHOST Kato 5 27.5/2927.5" on S/M, 29" on L/XL120 mm$1149
GHOST Kato 7 27.5/2927.5" on S/M, 29" on L/XL120 mm$1399
Niner EMD 9 1 Star Deore29"100 mm$1499

The Best Cross-Country Hardtails ($$$ Moderately Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
Cannondale Beast of the East 2 27.5+27.5+"120 mm$2099
Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29 R229"100 mm$2699
Jamis Dragon Pro 27.527.5"120 mm$2899

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