An awesome frame is a good thing, but it’s the components that dial it in for your riding terrain and style. Here are some of our favorite components from a sea of contenders. Some are pricey, while others are not. But they will all help bling out your bike.
Fox Transfer Dropper Post
Fox seems to have covered all the bases with the Transfer. Infinite, damped travel are at the post’s core. That’s coupled with light action from an under-bar or over-bar lever. Kashima or black stanchions allow for frame matching, and it comes in various lengths up to 150mm with internal or external cable routing. But the kicker is the price. For a full-featured post it’s one of the lowest we’ve seen. Price: $329 | More info at www.ridefox.com
SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes
SRAM Guide brakes deliver power and modulation. They’re also reliable and easy to maintain. Various price points mean they’re attainable for just about everyone. Price: $288 per wheel | More info at www.sram.com
Many companies can CNC a product and anodize it, but few can engineer it to ensure longevity and reliability. OneUp finds sustainable solutions to drivetrain problems and designs and manufactures quality product. We’ve been especially impressed with their 45t cogs. Price: $90 for 45t | More info at www.oneupcomponents.com
Push ELEVENSIX Shock
Veteran riders know how critical rear shocks are for control and tunability. Push Industries does this so well no one even questions their dominance. The only issue with the ELEVENSIX is cost, so maybe this made-in-the-USA gift is best given to one’s self. Price: $1200 | More info at www.pushindustries.com
9Point8 Fall Line Dropper Post
Quality and reliability was a downfall of the early dropper posts. 9Point8 answered the call with their very reliable Fall Line. It is full featured with damped, infinite travel, and a fully adjustable head. And now they even have a 200mm option. Price: $400 | More info at www.9point8.ca
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