Frame: $2199 USD

Designing the Rival Two9R full-carbon hardtail mountain bike began with testing. We took a hard look at the bikes currently on the market, rode them, tested the builds and materials, and applied our own knowledge of tube shapes and material strengths and characteristics. We then backed up our intuitions with FEA (finite element analysis) to help us select our carbon, modify our tubes, and determine layup thickness for the best possible performance in strength, stiffness and damping characteristics. 

The end result is what you see here, a purpose-built 29r MTB machine that is light and fast, with incredible handling. Some noticeable specs are the 1.125 to 1.5” tapered head tube design and, our BB30 bottom bracket that adds torsional stiffness without adding weight. The frame pairs well with a SRAM or Shimano 2X front drive train or the now popular X1, and it was designed around a 100mm travel shock and a post-mounted 160mm rear disc, making it a perfect cross country machine.