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FrontRunners: Ultimate Pedaling Machine

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Proving that good things do indeed come in small packages, BMW’s Q6.S mountain bike (www.bmwusa.com) doesn’t require an X5 SUV to transport it from the garage to the great outdoors; in less than a minute and without any tools, you can remove the 27-speeder’s wheels, fold the frame, and tuck the bike into the trunk of a Z8. The wheels and folded frame also fit into an over-the-shoulder carrier bag.

The Q6.S—priced from $3,995, made of aluminum, and weighing just 29 pounds—features the same type of suspension found on BMW motorcycles. The bike’s Telelever front-wheel fork cushions rides over rocks and roots and allows for stable braking, preventing the rider from pitching forward during sudden stops. 

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