Starting at the front, the Suntour XCM suspension fork is reliable and performs well. It’s got a lockout lever positioned on top of the fork. This lockout lever allows riders to switch the suspension from being soft to hard.
As an example, if you’re riding on concrete bike paths and rail trails then then the suspension can be set to hard. This ensures all the power going into the bike is efficiently transferred into forward motion. Or, less effort to go further.
The 3 is equipped with Shimano’s new 9-speed Altus groupset. This means’ there are 9 gears to choose from at the back (your most used gears) and this means smoother gears changes versus 8 and 7 speed systems.There’s less ‘gap’ in between each gear which means the chain doesn’t work as hard to jump from one gear to the next.
There’s also more range. If where you live or ride tends to throw elevation and hills on your normal bike ride (or if you’re not the fittest), then you’ll find an easier gear on the Boss 3.0 to help you climb those gradients.
Hydraulic disc brakes front and rear generate more stopping power than mechanical disc brake and V-brakes. Not only that but they also deliver more control. This means you can slow down without skidding and losing traction – especially in wet conditions.
The Boss 3 uses Tektro’s M290 system. This has a new short-blade lever that’s a little more ergonomic than the Boss 4.0’s M275 design. Power output also increases marginally.
All Boss models rely on 29-inch wheels and tyres suitable for all-terrain use. This means the XDS Boss 4 is extremely versatile; it can be ridden on bike paths, rail trails, dirt and gravel tracks.
Both wheels use a quick-release axle so it’s super easy to take the wheels off for transportation or fast puncture repairs.