All these got 10/10

Here are twenty products that received a 10/10 rating from us in 2016.

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to reflect on what stuff stood out for us in the past twelve months. These products are the standout items in a year jam-packed with testing.

Pedals, tyres, grips, lights, hydration packs, saddles, shoes, shorts and plenty of other items. Go check them out.

We’ve not included bikes in this round-up. If you want to check out what were our favourite bikes of 2016, check out our Bike of the Year 2016 and our famous Hardtail of the Year features.

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Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill pedals

Price: £79.99
Rating: 10/10

After riding and rating flat pedals for years, we’re confident this Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill design is right up there with the very best — it’s also a tad cheaper than similar top performers, making it great value.

Read the full review of the Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill pedals

Buy Now: Nukeproof Horizon Sam Hill pedals at Chain Reaction Cycles from £71.99

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Renthal 1XR chainring

Price: £49.90
Rating: 10/10

Renthal took its time developing a narrow/wide ring, but its measured approach seems to have paid off — the 1XR is stiff, precise and works flawlessly. It’s also great value, so has to be the number one choice if you live anywhere that regularly experiences wet and muddy conditions.

Read the full review of the Renthal 1XR chainring

Buy Now: Renthal 1XR chainring at Hargroves Cycles from £44.94

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Schwalbe Magic Mary tyre

Price: £49.99
Rating: 10/10

The bottom line is this German tyre is tough to beat as a year-round front tyre in UK conditions, and is therefore our number one choice for aggressive riding.

Read the full review of the Schwalbe Magic Mary

Buy Now: Schwalbe Magic Mary tyre at Chain Reaction Cycles from £41.99

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Fabric Scoop Radius Elite saddle

Price: £39.99
Rating: 10/10

Fabric’s sleek, beautifully packaged Scoop is something of a benchmark perch. The smooth, minimal finish is the result of a three-part bonding process that melds the waterproof cover to a coloured base, uninterrupted by any stitching or staples, which makes it a cinch to keep clean.

Read the full review of the Fabric Scoop Radius Elite saddle

Buy Now: Fabric Scoop Radius Elite saddle at Cyclestore from £44.99

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Madison Addict DWR shorts

Price: £69.99
Rating: 10/10

The Addict is the perfect baggy for damp UK rides. It’s long in the leg, has a hard wearing and water-resistant construction, and the stretch fabric fits really well without feeling bulky or causing overheating.

Read the full review of the Madison Addict DWR shorts

Buy Now: Madison Addict DWR shorts at Cyclestore from £63.74

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FiveTen Freerider Elements

Price: £85.00
Rating: 10/10

The Freerider Elements is a water-resistant version of the standard Freerider. The mesh panels have been eliminated from the synthetic upper and it’s treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to help bead and repel water.

Read the full review of the FiveTen Freerider Elements

Buy Now: FiveTen Freerider Elements at Chain reaction Cycles from £76.49

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ODI Elite Pro lock-on grips

Price: £22.99
Rating: 10/10

Initially they felt totally alien, but by the end of the first day we had no hand pain or arm pump to speak of.

Read the full review of the ODI Elite Pro lock-on grips

Buy Now: ODI Elite Pro lock-on grips at Hargroves Cycles from £20.49

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Topeak JoeBlow Booster tubeless inflator

Price: £110.99
Rating: 10/10

What we really like about the JoeBlow Booster is the massive pressure gauge, which is the easiest to read if you’re just adding 1 or 2psi. It also has a really long hose with an integrated hose dock, which is great if you have the bike in a stand. The handle is more comfortable than most and the wide base is very stable.

Read the full review of the Topeak JoeBlow Booster tubeless inflator

Buy Now: Topeak JoeBlow Booster at Tredz from £107.95

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Mavic Crossride SL pedals

Price: £65.00
Rating: 10/10

Try as we might, we couldn’t ruffle the Crossride SL’s feathers — ploughing through thick mud, and even icy snow, only a brief stamp was needed to clear the pedal mechanism.

Read the full review of the Mavic Crossride SL pedals

Buy Now: Mavic Crossride SL pedals at A Cycles from £55.62

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Superstar Nano-X flat pedals

Price: £39.99
Rating: 10/10

The Superstar Nano Tech pedal was one of our favourites, but you can’t buy it anymore. Fortunately, the replacement Nano-x actually feels better and costs even less. The Nano-x is larger than the original — 5mm wider and 10mm longer — but still keeps the same, shallow 17mm profile.

Read the full review of the Superstar Nano-X flat pedals

Buy Now: Superstar Nano-X flat pedals at Superstar Components from £44.99

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Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals

Price: £124.99
Rating: 10/10

Even though this has DH in the name, the Mallet is a great pedal for trail use. At 100 x 85mm the platform is the largest on test, and it’s also concave, so your foot contacts the whole of the pedal body.

Read the full review of Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals

Buy Now: Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals at Wiggle from £103.99

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Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Bravo Team wheels

Price: £1,400.00
Rating: 10/10

They’re as quick to accelerate as you’d expect from a light carbon wheel, cornering stiffness — when slamming berms or pushing across off-camber turns — feels rock solid, and they’re comfortable, damped and fast over rough ground.

Read the full review of the Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Bravo Team wheels

Buy Now: Stan’s No Tubes ZTR Bravo Team wheels at Winstanley’s from £1,049.99

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Manitou Mattoc Pro 160mm fork

Price: £550.00
Rating: 10/10

The supple, coil-like feel, kept the fork planted on the Forest of Dean’s slippery, flat trails, but the IRT still gives plenty of support on steep stuff. Even smashing through the rocks at BikePark Wales, the Mattoc Pro was totally unfazed, and we never had any issues with excessive diving or harshness in the damping.

Read the full review of the Manitou Mattoc Pro 160mm fork

Buy Now: Manitou Mattoc Pro 160mm fork at Chain Reaction Cycles from £557.99

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RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 160mm fork

Price: £820.00
Rating: 10/10

Calm and composed under fire. Easy to get a good baseline setting. Add air and low-speed compression and you’re good to go. Solid, reliable and easy to set up, the new RockShox Lyrik offers first class performance.

Read the full review of the RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 160mm fork

Buy Now: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 Solo Air 160mm fork at Tredz from £615.00

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Maxxis High Roller II tyre

Price: £62.99
Rating: 10/10

Light enough to pedal up, capable year-round in most areas, and totally assured on the way down, the High Roller II is a top-dollar product. It won’t last you forever, but it’s hard to fault in terms of sheer performance.

Read the full review of the Maxxis High Roller II

Buy Now: Maxxis High Roller II at Tweeks from £29.99

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Schwalbe Rock Razor Evolution tyre

Price: £49.99
Rating: 10/10

The lightweight Pacestar version has excellent grip considering the harder durometer rubber, but the tougher, Super Gravity/Trailstar model is best in rougher areas — it compromises a little when climbing or accelerating, but still has excellent rolling speed and dynamic ride feel. Still the best new-school semi-slick out there.

Read the full review of the Schwalbe Rock Razor Evolution tyre

Buy Now: Schwalbe Rock Razor Evolution tyre at Chain Reaction Cycles from £33.99

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Ergon Ge1 grips

Price: £27.99
Rating: 10/10

I love how the repeatable hand position means you always know exactly where you are on the GE1, and quality and durability is superb too. Overall, Ergon has ticked every box for such a crucial contact point — if there’s a better grip out there, I’ve yet to find it.

Read the full review of the Ergon Ge1 grips

Buy Now: Ergon GE1 grips at Tredz from £24.99

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Camelbak Hawg Low Rider hydration pack

Price: £139.99
Rating: 10/10

The lumbar-situated reservoir that gives this pack its Low Rider moniker is from the new Camelbak Crux, with wider-bore drink tubing and a 45° bend (rather than 90°) at the bite valve, all designed to improve flow. It did, and we were more than happy with fluid delivery, while the quick-release hose made refilling easy and the lumbar design’s low centre of gravity was super-stable. Sure, it’s one of the most expensive packs out there, but it’s easily the best for big days out.

Read the full review of the Camelbak Hawg Low Rider hydration pack

Buy Now: Camelbak Hawg Low Rider at Evans Cycles from £129.99

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BBB Scope 1500 light

Price: £219.95
Rating: 10/10

The best thing about the Scope 1500 is it actually has more power than claimed. At 1,564 lumens on full beam, it’s only a touch more, but since most lights in the mid-range failed to match their claimed output, it’s worth shouting about.

Read the full review of BBB Scope 1500 light

Buy Now: BBB Scope 1500 light at Mantel from £184.90

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Exposure Joystick Mk11 light

Price: £149.95
Rating: 10/10

Read the full review of the Exposure Joystick Mk11 light

Buy Now: Exposure Joystick Mk11 at Tweeks from £128.95

On high beam, the Joystick delivers 891 lumens and, even though it doesn’t have a wide spread of light, with the updated lens it is really focused and produces an incredibly white light, making it perfect for picking out detail. It’s at the upper end, price-wise, but low profile, lightweight and has a near perfect beam and focus.