We built our very first mountain bike 25 years ago, and we've been on the Long Sweet Ride ever since. What's made it so much fun is the constant itch we have—one that needs continual scratching. You see, when we made our first 26-inch mountain bike, we thought it was pretty close to perfect. And while we think that every year, by the time the next year rolls around, we've got a host of new ideas: refinements, tweaks, innovations, and advancements that continually roll our bikes down the path of progression. 2013 represents our best efforts when it comes to scratching that proverbial itch. Classic 26-inch wheel hardtails insatiably scrutinized to satiate our ultimate motivator: fun.