You’re only looking at around 150g in weight saving over an aluminium frame, but the carbon fronted Trek Fuel EX 9.7 29 is easily the stiffest bike in those we
Called the Whyte S-150 S, it has 150mm of travel, Boost spacing and Whyte’s dedicated SCR (Single Chain Ring) frameset design.
Twelve months ago, Trail bike of the Year in the 29in category was the YT Jeffsy 29 CF. It’s back again this year to defend its title.
The 2018 Lapierre XR 529 is the bike Lapierre developed to meet the demands of XCO and Marathon cross country racing but it's a capable trail bike too.
Starling Murmur Factory 29 is made from Reynolds 853 tubing, TIG welded in Taiwan, delivering 140mm travel through its single pivot suspension.
The Ancilotti Scarab Evo 29 is the mountain bike equivalent of Savile Row and takes customisation a step further than most.
The new Cube Stereo 150 is the latest 150mm, 29er Enduro race weapon from the German brand. Three new models are launched, all with carbon frames.
2018 Vitus Escarpe 29 VRX features a raft of improvements, including upgraded suspension, an extra 5mm of rear wheel travel and a revamped specification.
Hailing from Austria, the birthplace of Schwarzenegger, the KTM Scarp Master 12 has a distinctly European feel pervading the design and specification.
There’s no mistaking the Cannondale Scalpel-Si. Thanks to the unique single-sided Lefty fork and the unmistakeable, bean can sized headtube.
It doesn’t take long to realise that the Scott Spark RC 900 Team is one of the stand out XC race bikes. Trail bike geometry and efficient suspension.
With its recently revised geometry the 2018 Specialized Enduro Pro 29 now has the attitude and riding position to capitalize on its 165mm travel.
Orbea Rallon combines efficient pedalling dynamics with light weight and it feels like a very capable 29er trail bike with enduro race bike geometry.
Bike Of The Year 2017! The sheer pace of the Trek Fuel EX 29 throws petrol on the heated wheel size debate and then fans the flames. A real firestarter.
Mojo’s groundbreaking Geometron G13 29er won’t cramp your style, no matter how tall you are. Here's Roo's final verdict on his longtermer.
The Whyte S-150 C Works looks set to be the new benchmark 29er trail bike. It feels more solid than a YT Jeffsy and more capable a Specialized Stumpjumper.
With the Norco Optic A9.1 the brand has the sizing of the bikr dialled in, the weight distribution sorted and the specification is on point.
The Kona Hei Hei is on another level. Tight responsive ride. A fast efficient bike. None of the twitchy-ness associated with short-travel rigs.
The all new Intense Carbine 29C is a 155mm travel enduro weapon rolling on 29-er wheels. We had a thrash of the top-end Factory model.
There's nothing logical but something magical about the Transition Smuggler. On paper it shouldn't really work. On dirt it's a different story.