Let’s state the obvious: the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedal is huge! Or, to be more specific, it’s much longer than a traditional flat pedal.
These Madison Addict Softshell shorts are three-layer waterproof. This pair of breathable DWR shorts are surprisingly weather-resistant.
SRAM Guide RE brake is designed to deliver the extra stopping power required by a 20kg e-bike, but it works really well on any regular trail bike.
The Sonder Broken Road is built for adventure, so where better to test it than on a 10-day expedition in the Himalayas? Great geometry and pricing.
The new Trek Slash 29 sounds rock and roll and looks stunning, but does it go like a bat out of hell? When it’s time to go fast it gets…
The Merida eOne-Twenty provides a thrilling and intoxicatingly addictive ride. Great geometry, rapid and flickable. One of the lightest e-mtbs available.
Ignore the DH label because this is the best caged clipless pedal for trail riding and easily deserves top marks.
Great geometry and progressive sizing give the Specialized Demo 8 Alloy an edge. Everything about the Demo’s parts package is pretty much bombproof.
The Cannondale Habit 5 has totally nailed the fit and sizing and the tighter suspension response makes it feel fast, efficient and fun to ride.
Get the front end dialled and the Giant Trance 3 is instantly transformed into a weapon. The suspension response is super stable, it’s not lost any sensitivity.
The Trek Fuel EX Plus 5 eats up boulders and roots on the descents. On dry or rocky trails it would be our go-to bike.
The Marin Mount Vision 5 is blisteringly fast, without being edgy, and it’s one of only a handful of bikes that delivers being long, low and slack.
Expanding its range, sorting its sizing and making the best of Plus-size tyres — Genesis Tarn 20 is another trail-ripping hardtail from Genesis.
Pretty boy, café-rider looks. The Giro Alpineduro boot offers good warmth and protection, it’s just a shame the laces are so exposed to the elements.
The Specialized Defroster Trail was very comfortable and warm, with the Boa performing well for easy tightening, loosening and adjustment on the move.
We found it hard to fault the Shimano MW5 boot — warm, perfect stiffness and cheap. A worthy winner. Supremely comfortable, on and off the bike.
If you suffer from cold feet, the Northwave Celcius Arctic 2 is the boot to buy. Easily the warmest boot on test with luxurious fleece lining.
The Lake MX180 is a solid shoe, with plenty of protection and a reasonable price tag. The Ice Lock tread sticks to most surfaces, no matter how greasy.
Great coverage, excellent Boa system, Gore-Tex waterproofing, easy clean exterior, the Mavic Crossmax SL Pro Thermo boots ticked pretty much all our boxes.
If you’re riding dry and rocky, and want a long-lasting tyre that absolutely rules in these conditions, the Continental Der Kaiser is totally recommended.