XC Mountain Bike


XC, also known as cross country, mountain bikes have a focus on climbing speed and endurance. Overall bike builds aim for light weight that are efficient.

Historically they were built with a hardtail and suspension fork. But nowadays, many XC mountain bikes are equipped with a front and rear suspension.

This series of bike has become very popular with the 29″ wheel crowd and many racers are running 29″ wheels.

To characterize the use case for these bikes, most think of using the XC for 80% hills and 20% flat riding.

XC Mountain Bike Build

Typical setup of a Freeride mountain bike include:

  • Suspension: Front suspension hardtail in rear. And full-suspension in front and rear.
  • Suspension Travel
    • Front: 3.9″ to 5.9″ (approx) of travel with a single-crown or dual-crown fork
    • Rear: 3.9″ to 5.9″ of travel
  • Brakes: Disc brakes, both front and rear.
  • -Tubing: Light weight is the focus. The lighter the better.
  • -Weight: 15 to 35 lbs is a typical range

Check out our collection of XC mountain bikes. Most of which are made right here in America.


2013 Ventana Alpino 27.5

2013 Ventana Alpino 27.5 650B Full Suspension Mountain Bike

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2014 Foes Shaver XC 27.5

2014 Foes Shaver XC 650B 27.5 Mountain Bike

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2014 Lynskey Pro 26

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2014 Moots YBB 27.5 650B Titanium Mountain Bike

2014 Moots YBB 27.5 650B Titanium Mountain Bike

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2014 Thomson Elite 275 titanium mountain bike

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2014 Turner Flux 650B 27.5

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2016 Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead in Safety Third Orange

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2016 Black Cat Bicycles Holy Mountain 27.5+ hardtail

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2016 Breadwinner Goodwater 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike

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2016 Retrotec 27.5+ hardtail

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2016 NAHBS – Soulcraft 27.5+ – REEB SqWEEB

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Made In Colorado 3D Racing Has A New 29+ Mountain Bike

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2013 Turner Czar

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2016 Chumba Ursa 29+

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Turner Bikes Burner 650B mountain bike

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2013 NAHBS - Alliance Bicycles Titanium 29er Hardtail

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Castle Frameworks - entrant for Best Steel Construction at 2013 NAHBS

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Vlad Cycles 2015

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2013 Turner Czar 29er

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