A new mountain bike can cost more than a decent used car. Take a scroll through almost any bike company’s website, and you’ll find this to be true. It’s enough to put seasoned riders off (or in search of an industry friend with a discount), and for someone interested in mountain biking as a new hobby, it can be downright prohibitive. That’s why Trek made its new bike, the Roscoe 6, as approachable for beginners as possible, in both price and features.
Unlike the priciest mountain bikes available, the Roscoe is a hardtail, meaning it has front but not rear suspension. It’s a simplified design that requires a lot fewer components (which can cut the price in half) but also offers some benefits to beginners in that hardtails are lighter and more efficient on flatter and smoother surfaces.
Trek built the aluminum-framed Roscoe to many of mountain biking’s current trends, like 1x drivetrains and fatter tires. The bike is also sleek with internal cable routing. Thinking ahead, Trek also offers riders room to grow through the Roscoe’s upgradeable components, which include a dropper-ready seatpost, rims compatible with tubeless tires and, for those looking to ride this bike as a daily commuter or go on a mini bikepacking trip, rack mounts. Not bad, for a thousand bucks.
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