The XC world is on notice. Look has combined the pure efficiency of a hardtail with the wonderfully compliant and super-light ride of carbon in their 989. It's one of the fastest frames you'll ride, plus, with their E Post and its rider-tuned elastomers, it makes one of the smoothest hardtails around, too. It takes big 29-inch wheels to make short work of trail obstacles, enhancing your roll-over capability and helping you maintain speed on the flats. Notice the gusset at the head tube that reinforces the front end for top-notch durability and awesome steering on even the roughest terrain. Plus, the 989 comes with Look's beautiful A-stem integrated stem. You'll also appreciate that the frame geometry is tuned for an 80mm- to 90mm-travel fork (forks sold separately) giving you the option of either a full-on race-ready rocket or more of an all-day machine. Build this rig up and you won't be sorry. Your competition may be, though.