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Q: What’s the best mountain bike under $2500?

A: The Polygon Siskiu T8 is the best bike we’ve tested that costs less than $2500. This affordable mid-travel trail bike rolls on 29-inch wheels and has 135mm of rear-wheel travel paired with a 140mm fork. The Siskiu’s geometry ticks all of the boxes and is refreshingly up to date giving this bike a nicely well-rounded and versatile performance.

Q: Are 26-inch wheels too big for mountain biking?

A: Not all that long ago, all-mountain bike wheels were all 26 inches in diameter. Now, 27.5-inch and 29-inch versions are far more common on the trail. The 26-inch wheel size is all but forgotten. The benefit of bigger wheels is that they make trail features smaller by comparison.

Q: Are mid travel bikes good for mountain biking?

A: These bikes are very versatile and provide strong performance in all areas. They balance climbing skills and descending capabilities beautifully and are comfortable on the overwhelming majority of trails. Mid-travel bikes are just as comfortable making the occasional trip to the bike park as they are doing a 30-mile trail ride.

Q: What is the best suspension for a mountain bike?

A: The Fox Performance suspension—a 36 and DPS—perform well above their price point, and a full SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain is one the best values you get.