Bike of the Year 2012

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Welcome to our second-ever Bike of the Year, which celebrates an incredible 12 months in mountain bike tech. Our finalists are drawn from a year of rigorous head-to-head bike tests. Only the winners of these group tests could make our final list — and, even then, just winning a test was no guarantee of making it to the final eight. The bikes here are the absolute cream of the crop.

From the finalists, we selected our overall winners: one hardtail, one full-sus. Performance, value, ease of set-up and price were all considerations, but fun and versatility also played a major part .

To read about why we chose the bikes we did, and how they’re changing for 2013, pick up the December issue of MBR, on sale 14 November. Save yourself a trip to the shops and subscribe by clicking here. And to check out our original reviews of the very best mountain bikes of 2012, just click on the pictures below.

The winners

Scott Scale Comp

MBR Hardtail Bike of the Year 2012: Scott Scale Comp

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Evo

MBR Full-Suspension Bike of the Year: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Evo

The finalists

Charge Cooker Hi

Canyon Nerve AM 8.0X

giant trance x4

Giant Trance X4

Norco Shinobi 1

Norco Shinobi 1

Norco Sight 2

Norco Sight 2

Specialized Camber Comp

Specialized Camber Expert

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