All the latest bikes comprehensively tested. If we don’t think a product is worthy of our hard-earned, we won’t tell you to part with yours for it. That’s the promise we make with our bike and equipment tests. For all our tests we guarantee that:
1. They’re conducted by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable riders in the business.
2. Ratings are awarded only after a thorough testing process on a variety of terrain.
3. Tests are independent, and in no way influenced by our advertisers.

In most cases, we fit control tyres, bars and stems to the test bikes to ensure a level playing field and to highlight differences in handling. Tyre pressures are equalised to keep grip levels identical. We also weigh and measure the bikes ourselves, because this data doesn’t always tally with the manufacturer’s official figures. The numbers you read in the tests are the actual angles and measurements.

Our ratings are awarded out of 10, with 10/10 being the top mark.

1-4 means something’s wrong. Possibly a design flaw or a major weakness.
5-6 OK – one or two faults but has potential
7 Worth considering
8 Very good – for the money, we’d buy it
9 Excellent – a slight mod or two and it might be perfect
10 Simply the best!


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Santa Cruz Bronson C featured

Santa Cruz Bronson C (2015) review

Need to know Full carbon frame and swingarm 150mm travel front and rear Higher spec S build (£3,999) comes with a Reverb and Pike fork Kashima shock upgrade available for…

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Ghost AMR Riot Lector 5 (2015) review

Need to know Full carbon trail bike with 130mm travel front and rear Riot-Link suspension uses a ‘floating’ design with rocker links controlling the shock at both ends Slick frame…

Devinci Spartan XP first ride featured

Devinci Spartan XP (2015) review

Need to know Enduro bike with DH roots Split Pivot suspension delivers 165mm travel Carbon seatstay assembley reduces unsprung mass Asymmetric shock mount offers two geometry settings Available with a…

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Boardman FS Team 650B (2015) review

Redesigned around 650b wheels, the Boardman FS Team retains its killer specification, while still pumping out 130mm of travel front and rear. And with Boardman’s two-year production cycle, the price…

Score 7

Calibre Bossnut featured

Calibre Bossnut (2015) review

The Calibre Bossnut isn’t the first mountain bike from Go Outdoors. It’s definitely going to be the one that steals the show, though. Designed from the ground up as an…

Score 10

YT CApra AL 1 featured

YT Industries Capra AL1 (2015) review (VIDEO)

Key Points Alloy version of the formidable Capra Available in an XL frame size RockShox suspension delivers 160mm of travel at the front, 165mm at the rear Geometry mirrors the carbon…

Trek Stache 9

Trek Stache 9 29+ (2015) review

Need to know Runs wider (50mm) 29in rims with fat 3in tyres Wide-stance Boost 148mm rear hub/110mm front hub width for added tyre clearance Single-ring specific frame to keep chainstays…

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Mongoose Salvo Comp (2015) review

The Mongoose Salvo Comp bills itself as an out-and-out XC rig. So, even though it has 120mm of travel and 650b wheels  it could almost be forgiven for having the…

Score 4