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Made in USA trail bike guide

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If you want your next trail bike to be made in the USA but don’t want to wait a year or so for a custom project, check out this list of companies crafting stock frames in the states.

Alchemy

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Alchemey makes the rarest of the rare, a carbon fi ber, full-suspension trail bike, the Arktos. Winning both the “Best Mountain Bike” and “People’s Choice” awards at this year’s NAHBS, this 150 mm trail bike uses a dual minilink suspension design. Frame prices start at $3,799.

Durango Bike Company

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Durango Bike Company has a pair of trail bikes, the 120 mm Blackjack in 29/27plus and the 160 mm Moonshine with 27.5 wheels. Aluminum frames, short rear ends, lots of standover and properly slack front ends, these Horst link bikes are ready to rip. Complete bikes start at $4,500.

Ellsworth

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Ellsworth changed hands a few times recently, but its aluminum bikes are still made here in the States. The Epiphany Alloy can be had as a 140 mm travel 27.5 model, or 29/27plus with 120 mm of travel. Frames start at $2,300, completes at $4,000.

Foes

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Foes makes seven full-suspension bikes in SoCal. From full-on downhill bikes to fully sprung fat bikes, Foes has a bike that should fi t any dirt rider’s needs. The latest is the Mixer, a mixed wheel size bike in trail or enduro confi gurations. Frames start at $2,700.

Guerrilla Gravity

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Based in Denver, Colorado, Guerrilla Gravity produces the deceptively simple Megatrail (read our review of that bike, here). With three suspension modes that adjust travel and suspension kinematics, the Megatrail can handle lift-assist and all-day backcountry rides. Frames from $1,925; full builds start at $3,395.

Intense

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Intense answered the siren song of carbon bikes, but hasn’t abandoned its aluminum roots. The M16A, Tracer 275A and Spider 275A cover the downhill, all-mountain and trail categories. Complete bikes start at $3,000; frames are $2,200 and up.

Lenz Sport

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Another Colorado brand, Lenz is cranking out small batches of trail bikes, including the Behemoth 29plus (read our first impression review of that bike, here). If you are looking for something outside the norm, Devin Lenz has you covered. From downhill bikes with 29er wheels to singlespeed full-suspension bikes, if you can think of it, Lenz has probably already built it. Frames from $2,375.

Lynskey Performance

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I say titanium and you say hardtail, right? Now you can also say full-suspension trail bike as well. Lynskey’s Summit series combines a Horst link suspension design with 120, 140 or 165 mm of travel in 27.5 inch wheels, or 120 or 140 mm in 29er. Get a frame staring at $2,825 or a complete bike for $5,020.

Matter

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Steel with a single pivot. Matter Cycles’ new Two Stroke trail bike is simple and sturdy. With 150 mm of rear travel and custom stack and reach options, this bike is old school in the same good way as the MC5’s fi rst album. You can kick out the jams for $2,850 as a frame, or a complete bike starting at $5,800.

Ventana

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Besides a wide range of trail bikes, Ventana also offers full-suspension tandems. Based in NoCal for over 25 years, Ventana has been an early adopter of many ideas that we now take for granted. All frames are designed, machined, welded, heat treated and powder coated in house. Frames start at $2,125.

 

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