Six Mountain Bikes We’d Like Under a Tree

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We know it can be hard to come up with a list of everything you want for Christmas – telling people what gifts you want can just be so challenging. With Christmas fast approaching, we thought we would help out. We have made a list of bikes that we (and possibly you) would like to see under that Christmas tree on December 25th. We think Christmas should look kinda like this:

Bikes For Christmas

Except for awesome. And I would be getting the bikes, not some goofy looking kid. Enough rambling, here are the bikes:

Hardtail

Banshee Amp Mountain Bike

We would be super stoked to get one of the Banshee Amps, known for being a killer dirt jumping bike. The Amp comes fully loaded with a 100mm Rock Shox Argyle 302 in the front, super strong Alex 32h DM22 rims, and a Funn F2 160 rear disc brake. Get the full overview from the Banshee Website.

XC

Specialized Epic S Works Carbon

The Specialized Epic S Works is a killer cross country bike and while we really enjoy chairlifts and shuttles, we also like to hit the trail and get our pedal on. This is a CARBON 100mm awesome bike that can climb like a mountain goat. Quick rundown of the Epic: Specialized E100 front fork and 100mm Fox/Specialized Flow Mini Control rear shock, Avid XX World Cup R front and rear brakes, and SRAM XX derailleurs – Need we continue? Get more info on the Specialized site.

Trail

Santa Cruz Nickel APP

We have been itching to get our hands on the Santa Cruz Nickel for sometime now (more specifically since April 12th). The Nickel features Santa Cruz’s new “APP Suspension” and if it continues in the tradition of the other Santa Cruz bikes, it will be nothing short of awesome. Our build kit would feature the Fox Float 130mm¬†RLC, XO SL components, the Fox RP23, and did we mention that the Nickel looks awesome in green? Oh and it’s a 25 pound bike. Build your own version at the Santa Cruz Website.

All Mountain

Intense Uzzi VP

For our AM bike, we would really like to put the Intense Uzzi to the test. The Uzzi has a great reputation for being able to climb as well as any AM bike around, but absolutely destroy the downhill, making the reward so much sweeter. Intense has put a solid build kit on this bike: Fox 36 Van Fit RC2 180mm in the front and the Fox DHX RC4 , and XT brakes and shifters. Want more? Check out the Intense website.

Freeride

2011 Giant Faith

We got to ride the Giant Faith when we went mountain biking at NorthStar last summer and we really liked it. The Giant Faith is a killer ¬†freeride bike that can take just about anything you throw at it. Super beefy, super awesome. Giant has put together a solid bike for 2011 including: the Rock Shox Totem Solo Air fork, Rock Shox Vivid Coil RC2, Avid Elixir CR Brakes, X9 rear derailleur, and Sun Ringle MTX31 rims. Rock solid. Get full spec’s at Giant’s Website.

Downhill

Rocky Mounain Flatline World Cup

For our downhill Christmas bike, we chose the Rocky Mountain Flatline World Cup. This bike is gnarly. Drops, jumps, nasty rocky sections, The RM Flatline can destroy it. Built with a 200mm travel Fox 40 RC2, 213mm of travel with a Fox DXH RC4 coil suspension, and Shimano Saint brakes, rear derailleur, cranks, chainring, bottom bracket and hubs. This bike is a downhill champion that we would love to get for Christmas. More goodness on the RM site.

That’s our list, what’s yours? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know which bike you want for Christmas.

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6 Comments

  1. Devin says:

    I have the Specialized Epic and I love that bike. Perfect bike for tackling tough climbs. Just wish I had the S Works

  2. todd setzer says:

    All Mountain dream ride: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon
    http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/nomad_carbon/

  3. Ben Jackson says:

    Want a 951 bad. If one doesn’t show up for Christmas, I think I’m going to bust open the wallet.
    http://www.intensecycles.com/bikes/index.php?id=1&product_id=10

  4. Matt says:

    What, no love for the 29er or single speed? For the real riding experience get a Surly Karate Monkey.

  5. DJ says:

    The new Faith rocks. Bomb it, whip it, jump it, kill it. It’ll do it. Fun as hell bike.

  6. Jenn L. says:

    Good to see you mention the Santa Cruz Nickel. Their single pivot bikes like the Superlight and Heckler may not be the latest and greatest, but they’re simple, reliable and super fun to ride. The Nickel is on my wishlist too. I’ll park it right next to my Superlight! Ok Santa, you know what I want now…