Trek Marlin 7
The Marlin 7 is where race-worthy mountain bikes begin. The smooth, lightweight RockShox fork and upgraded parts make this model the best choice for new riders who want a fast cross-country hardtail that will hold its own against Trek’s higher-end race bikes.
Marin San Quentin 1
The San Quentin is for the aggressive hardtail trail rider looking for a blend between singletrack capabilities and extended air time. It features a 120mm-travel suspension fork with long and slack geometry for stability at speed and confident handling in technical terrain. The 27.5″ wheels and tires keep the handling lively.
Specialized Rockhopper Elite 29
Specialized has packed a ton of value into this race-ready hardtail that comes in right at the 1K mark. The Rockhopper Elite features a wide-range 1×10 Shimano drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes and RockShox Judy SoloAir.