Bike Review: 2021 Hardtails

Tales of the hardtail 2021 – we look at some of the best hardtail options out there.  A nice spread with options to suit every budget.

With a nationwide stock shortage, for the first time in Full Sus’s near 70 issues we could not secure any kiff bike for our regular bike review section. However, hardtails and more specific, capable hardtails are making a comeback. Here are some options available below.

CANNONDALE TRAIL 2 – R17 500

Rockshox Judy in the front and a 11-speed drivetrain will let you enjoy the start of your cycling journey. The Shimano Breaks offer great stopping power.

 

SPECIALIZED CHISEL 2021 – R25 500

A race-bred rocket for the beginner looking for more from their sled. Aluminium is not dead and the Chisel confirms that. 12-Speed drivetrain is modern and will ensure you crest each summit with ease.

AVALANCHE REFLEX PRO 29” – R9 499.90

If you are starting your cycling journey, this Avalanche is perfect for you. Backed locally by Dragon Sports, Avalanche have been around for years.

 

GIANT TALON 0 29” – R17 000

Good looks, reliable brand, and a 12-speed drivetrain. What more could you need? The dropped seatstay is a nice touch too.

 

TITAN DRONE DASH 2021 – R18 990    

The best-looking bike in this line-up. Specced with skinwall tyres, X-Fusion 100mm fork and a Shimano 12-speed drivetrain make for the ideal starter bike.

 

SILVERBACK STRIDE ELITE 29” – R12 999.90

An alu-frame, SR Suntour fork and reliable Tektro brakes makes for a solid alternative to other more mainstream brands.

 

MERIDA BIG.NINE SLX – R21 999

Merida’s Big Nine has been around for more than a decade. A solid performer backed by a global brand will sure look flash in your local coffee shop’s parking area. A beefy Manitou fork is paired with a reliable Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain.

 

 

 

 

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