Pedal-Powered Fun: Mountain Bikes for City or Wilderness

A collection of tough bikes that are equally ideal for wild adventures or "once around the park"
BY Bill Lindsey TIMEJuly 9, 2022 PRINT

Mountain bikes are the SUVs of bicycling, created to be ridden on tortuous off-road trails, but so stylish most never actually venture off the pavement.

(Courtesy of Yeti)

Blaze Your Own Path

Yeti SB130

Starting at $6,200

While it tames city streets, this bike will pull you to gnarly trails where the full suspension and pivoting frame work together with a long-reach front fork and 130 mm of rear suspension travel to keep you perfectly centered regardless of the terrain or trail angle.

(Courtesy of Cannondale)

High-Tech Cycling

Cannondale Scalpel Hi-MOD Ultimate


This serious cross-country race bike is also a blast on city streets. A FlexPivot carbon suspension and a Lefty Ocho carbon fork let you cruise over speed bumps while the SRAM Eagle wireless 12-speed gear group makes sure you get the most out of your pedaling efforts.

(Courtesy of Trek)

An Electrifying Ride

Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XX1 AXS


This bike is designed to give you a great workout as you tackle tough trails, and it has a hidden secret. In addition to a race-tuned suspension that soaks up ruts, it has a removable electric drive system that you’ll appreciate when it’s time to ride home.

(Courtesy of Salsa)

Spicy Riding

Salsa Rustler

Starting at $2,799

Designed with a carbon frame, split-pivot rear suspension, short wheelbase, and 27.5-inch wheels, this bike is a great choice for those more active riders seeking a nimble ride that responds well as they go around trees or hop over ruts.

Rocky Mountain
(Courtesy of Rocky Mountain)

One Tough Bike

Rocky Mountain Blizzard Carbon 30


From the first glance, it’s clear this classic, hardcore bike is made for those who go out of their way to ride the most challenging trails. The Terrene Cake Eater tires accenting the carbon frame with internal cable routing give it an aggressive stance.


Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
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