Instead of a which is best I am just wondering which companies or bikes you think are really standing out this year. Explain the reasoning of course
1 - Ironhorse - I am addicted to these bikes. I personally think their SGS line is the best value on the market today. The are an east coast company making some very mean looking cheap bikes with decent components. I have also had a chance to read many posts by one of the engineers there and he really knows his stuff so I am really liking them this year.
2 - Giant - Always a standout in my mind because of their value and continued quality. I don't really like how the split the ac into two bikes (Ac and VT) but hey what do I know.
3 - Cove Bikes - These bikes make me drool. The G-spot in particular really catches my eye. VEry burly, very tough and a lifetime warranty (4 bar suspension always helps too). The frames are reasonably priced even in my crappy currency. I especially like the people that work there. They are ALL hardcore riders who actively participate in the regions riding and trail maintenance. I am 90% sure my next bike will be a Cove. For 50$ cdn you can get a custom paint job .
4 - Kona - I think I will always love Kona. They have a 50/50 customer service report from the different bulletin boards so that will always keep me warry of them but they have some of the best bikes out there and definately the best paint jobs (I hate shiny paint)
So what are your companies...