The Joplin has tall wheels, short travel, and its crosshairs aimed squarely at the pedal-for-fun XC crowd. You can ride it all day, go race it, do intervals in the evening, or just get a hot lap in during your lunch break. With a lower-link VPP suspension, moderate geometry, and an over-the-top attitude, this little bike packs every design element possible into 120mm of 29-inch wheeled fun. So you broke open your piggy bank and found a little more than you were expecting? Then the Joplin AL R is the bike for you! Shave a little weight off the D spec, grab a dropper post, and upgrade your drivetrain, brakes and suspension with the R-level build kit. The NX 12-speed drivetrain is proven and reliable, but the big jump comes from the dropper post and FOX Rhythm 34 fork. FOX crammed some high-end tech into their entry-level fork and kept the price down by limiting the external adjustments. The result is a bombproof setup that just works.