If you’ve been around the sport a while, you would be familiar with the Mountain Cycle brand. Mountain Cycle revolutionized the mountian bike world in 1991 when they introduced the San Andreas bike. This bike featured an aluminum monocoque full suspension frame, disc brakes and an upside down 2-inch travel suspension fork. The bike was so far ahead of its time that it served as a guiding beacon for many of the bikes we ride today.
Fast forward 20 years and Mountain Cycle is under new ownership and they are offering a line-up of bikes that are worthy of the Mountain Cycle heritage. What they’re bringing to the table are excellent frames, coupled with a component spec that is world class. Add in the mix excellent customer service, industry-leading packaging and aggressive pricing and the customer should come out ahead.
The other popular bikes in the Mountain Cycle stable are:
29.13: $1000 inc. Turn M35 crank + BB, Cane Creek Angleset and post collar.
Zen II, 5.5″ Trail: $1799 inc. Turn M35 crank + BB, Cane Creek Angleset and post collar.
San Andreas 2.0: $1950 inc. Turn M35 crank + BB, Cane Creek Angleset and post collar.
Shockwave Two: $2150 inc. Turn M35 crank + BB, Cane Creek Angleset and post collar.
We wanted to try what they had to offer so we in an order for a Twentysixandsix carbon hardtail. It’s a carbon 26er hardtail that was spec’d to impress and available at $2499. Our goal was not only to evaluate this bike but also to see how the new Mountain Cycle conducted their business in delivering performance and value to the consumer.
Well the UPS man arrived and we were giddy with anticipation. We’ve unpacked many bikes well over $5000 but we’ve never seen one packed this meticulously. Care was taken to ensure none of the contents were damaged and the new owner has an easy time putting their new ‘toy’ together. The packaging and labeling reminded us of the fine job that Apple Computer does with their products. Every piece is protected and labeled. And the attention to detail is top-notch as every cable is the right length, every end cap, nut and bolt is complete and easy to find.