Cross-country bikes have become more capable and faster in the last few years. The industry has turned away slightly from making everything as light as possible, with the interest of durability and functionality in mind. Three of our brands have made their racing bikes into extremely capable beasts. SCOTT and Orbea both give their bikes 120mm of travel front and rear, which is 20mm more than the factory standard of two years ago. Santa Cruz kept their cross-country bike a more traditional 100mm front and rear, but they gave the bike a single-pivot linkage to increase traction.
SCOTT, Santa Cruz, and Orbea have all released their bikes that will be all over the podium for the next year. Each of these bikes will be highly unique, fast, and responsive, but each will excel under different conditions. I will show you where each bike will be best for each condition, and what specific features each will have.