The Race Face Stage is a short for all seasons. It’s made from a mix of Polyester, Nylon and Spandex so it’s lightweight, breathable and stretches easily.
It’s taken RockShox quite a while to come up with a compatible remote for the Reverb. It has done a great job but it’s expensive.
In terms of width and stiffness the Burgtec WR Carbon Enduro handlebar is bang up to date. A great addition to a longer travel trail or all mountain bike.
The Endura MT500 helmet is pricey but you are getting a lightweight, well-vented trail lid that takes impact protection to the next level.
The new Milkit tubeless kit is basically a fancy sealant injector with built-in storage for a dipstick, hose and two valve stems.
The shape of the Nukeproof Scout Sport is everything a modern hardtail should be, and it is one of the most playful hardtails in the £750 category.
The Cannondale Trail 4 has the best-finished frame on test, with some nice touches like the slim seat stays, which really help soften the ride.
This is our first look at the new SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain. A single-ring 12-speed drivetrain with a 10-50t cassette at an affordable price.
Chamois creams and their ilk are a delicate area - literally. 2Toms Buttshield isn't actually a traditional chamois cream. It's better than that.
SRAM Eagle is the new 1X drivetrain with distinctive 12-speed 10-50t cassette and chain hugging, X-Sync 2 chainring. How does it ride?
The Dainese Trail Skins 2 pads are very good value. Great quality. Comfortable, breathable with the right level of on-trail protection.
The Avid Code brake is dead. Long live the SRAM Code brake! New brand name for a heavily overhauled brake system.
The Whyte T129 RS really comes into its own on smooth, flowing trails where it has a great turn of speed. It's less convincing on rough trails, though.
The Specialized Stumpjumper 29 is a great trail bike – the suspension offers grip, the Yari fork is stiff and it has unique features like Autosag and SWAT.
Easier to set up than the Pike, with its 35mm stanchions and deeper crown, the RockShox Yari RC 140 is stiff, but it is carrying a bit of extra weight.
The Öhlins RXF 34 is a quality fork from Öhlins with adjustable spring progression. But its weight and damping make it less suitable for lighter riders.
Some positive changes to the geometry and handling of the Cube Stereo 140 29 C:62 SL for 2017. It’s also upgraded to a full carbon chassis and handlebar.
If we ignore the specification for moment and just consider the ride quality, the YT Jeffsy 29 CF Pro is one of the fastest 29er trails bikes we’ve tested.
The Fox Transfer is infinitely adjustable throughout its travel. It also features internal cable routing and a gold Kashima coating.
With a revised frame construction, the new Orange Four is light, fast and a bundle of fun. Short-travel trail bike with 130mm travel front, 120mm rear.