The 26-inch wheel size on this Reid XL X-Trail bike gives a lower centre of gravity, making it well suited to rapid changes in direction and more technical riding. Flick the mechanical lock-out, and the Suntour XCT 100mm travel fork becomes rigid, ideal for fast climbs and hard sprinting. When the trail points down, powerful mechanical disc brakes, 24-speed Shimano Altus gearing and 2.10" tyres you power and control. If your bike needs to be able to do double-duty as a commuter, the X-Trail is ready for that too. Mountain bikes cover the most diverse terrain, which is why they need a wide range of gears and powerful brakes. The mechanical disc-brakes are easy to adjust and maintain. They offer improved modulation, heaps of stopping power and longer brake pad life.
The other critical component is the wheelset. They have to be strong enough to handle the thumps and bumps of off-road life, but light enough to allow riders to climb strongly. The X-Trail wheelset matches tough alloy Alex DH-17 double-walled rims with stainless steel spokes and KT quick release hubs. This makes up a light, robust and reliable wheelset. Shod in off-road tyres, the X-Trail is ready to keep the power down over loose terrain and maintain a smooth line through the berms.