10 Best Mountain Bikes of 2012

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10 Best Mountain Bikes of 2012

It's good to be picky when you're buying a bike. Here's our list of drool-enducing two-wheeler favorites from 2012. The toughest part about your shopping experience: Choosing just one.

Yeti SB-95

Yeti introduced its popular Switch Technology suspension to rave review last year with the 26-inch SB-66, and then brought it to the realm of 29ers with the newer SB-95. The unique platform uses an eccentric pivot mechanism that changes direction mid-stroke (about 100 mm into the travel) to control chainstay length and maximize pedal efficiency. The 29er iteration has 5 inches of travel for a plush ride and smooth climbing that doesn’t sacrifice small-bump sensitivity and still corners like a 26er. Save up for a new set of tires, though. The factory set wears out quickly. (Frame only: $2,250; Compete bike from $3,400; yeticycles.com)

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