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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With wider Boost hubs, frame and fork, the Occam TR H30 is a solid and stable package that goes exactly where you point it

Score 8


If it was painted orange, instead of the Rasta tricolour, and wore a RockShox fork up front, it would be hard to distinguish the Ragley Marley from Whyte’s 901, such…

Score 10

Vitus Escarpe VRX packshot

Need to know 650b trail bike with slack geometry Asymmetric travel: 150mm front, 135mm rear Cutting-edge 1×11 SRAM drivetrain Short stem and RockShox Reverb dropper post What attracted you to…

Score 9

Trek Fuel Ex Jr packshot

Need to know: Kids’ full- suspension bike with 26in wheels and 2x drivetrain 90mm of travel front and rear Powerful Shimano M355 disc brakes Comes with all the standard Fuel…

Nicolai Ion GPI packshot

Need to know 155mm-travel enduro bike using Mojo Geometron geometry Slack head angle and huge wheelbase Pinion gearbox with 12 or 18 gears Gates carbon belt drive is smooth, quiet…

Giant intrigue 2 packshot

Need to know Nimble 27.5in women-specific trail bike 140mm travel front and rear  Three frame sizes,  all with bags of standover clearance I was a big fan of last year’s Liv Intrigue,…

Scott Genius 700 tuned plus featured

Need to know Do-it-all carbon trail bike with 2.8in Plus tyres Fox Nude rear shock delivers 130mm travel while the new Downside TwinLoc remote lets you toggle between the three…

Rocky mountain thunderbolt packshot

Need to know BC Edition gets an aggressive spec with single-ring drivetrain Ride 9 system lets you tune the geometry and suspension feel Full carbon frame with Smoothwall construction 120mm…