STEREO 170 TM 29
It wasn’t too long ago when people laughed at 29er wheels. Well, with the Stereo 170 TM 29 they’re definitely not laughing now. A mountain-flattening machine with surprisingly agile handling and an ability to swallow daunting trail obstacles whole and spit them out in manageable-sized chunks, it’s proof that you can have your cake and eat it. We’ve ploughed all our experience of building great-riding four-bar full-suspension bikes into engineering this frame, resulting in a big-travel big wheeler that defies both gravity and expectations. As usual, the devil is in the detail – and we’ve sweated those to provide longer travel up front and more progressive shock performance at the rear. How? The 180mm RockShox Lyrik fork is complemented by an angle-set in the slack position for better handling, while the TwistLoc actuated RockShox Super Deluxe rear shock’s flip chip gives hard-charging riders the control and progression they need on the big hits. The short rocker, covered pivots and rock solid e*thirteen bar and stem combo all help keep everything on track even when the trail’s getting rowdy, so you can just concentrate on nudging your limits. A dropper post ensures you can laugh in the face of ‘impossible’ lines, while powerful four-piston Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes haul the e*thirteen wheelset and 2.35in tyre combo to a stop in any weather and on any trail and the 1×12 Shimano XT transmission gives you the gear range you need to tackle any trail, down or – yes – up. Is this bike all things to all riders? No. But if you like your trails steep, relentless and fast, the Stereo 170 TM 29 has got your back. And that’s got to feel good, right?