When the first prototype Phantom first hit the trails back in 2013 there really wasn’t a category for this kind of hard charging short travel 29er. “Downcountry” hadn’t been coined yet, and the 29er haters thought a bike with these numbers could only be for XC, and not any fun. Well, the Phantom helped establish a whole new classification without even meaning to. It was simply a bike that we enjoyed riding ourselves. The Phantom V3.2 still spearheads the fact that short travel 29er’s can be a blast to ride.