Probably the most responsive bike I’ve ever ridden is the Why Cycles Supple Seven (S7) hardtail. It features a uniquely sculpted titanium frame which turns the lateral stiffness up to eleven. The secret is the rectangularly tapered downtube and seat tube connection to the bottom bracket, allowing each to fit on the cylindrical surface without overlapping. With a matching custom titanium handlebar, DVO Diamond fork, and Reynolds Carbon wheelset, the S7 steers and dodges at a mere thought. The S7 is built for all adventures, including downhill, which it excels at due its maneuverability. I’ve never felt more in control while descending through turns and rocky obstacles.

The event at Mount Crested Butte, Colorado featured a lift set up for mountain bikes to take riders over 900 feet up into the mountain, dropping them at a network of trailheads. But, with the Eagle XX1 drivetrain, elliptical chainring, and light-weight build, I just had to take this bike for a climb. By the afternoon, I had already tried a few bikes and was coming off a week abroad, but the S7 hauled me and my backpack up 2 miles of 8% grade in the Colorado sun. I don’t have much experience with downhill, but the ride down was top notch!

Frame:Why S7
Fork:Rockshox Pike 130mm RCT3, Boost Spacing (Upgrade to DVO Diamond for $100)
Bottom Bracket:Sram Threaded 73mm BSA Standard
Handlebar Tape:RaceFace Next 35x760mm
Tires:Maxxis Rekon+ 27.5×2.8
Brakes:Sram Guide Ultimate
Rear Derailleur:Sram Eagle XX1 1×12 speed Gold
Shift Levers:Sram Eagle XX1 1×12 speed Gold
Cassette:Sram Eagle XX1 Gold
Saddle:Ergon SMA3 Standard Black
Seat post: Rockshox Reverb 31.6 125mm or 150mm (depending on frame size)
Handlebars:Why Cycles Ti Custom Flat
Stem:TRUVATIV Holzfeller
Headset:CaneCreek 40-series IS42/IS52
Wheels:Reynolds 27.5 Plus Carbon
MSRP:starting at $5,000 for complete build
Website: whycycles.com