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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Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 (2016) review

Need to know Cannondale’s latest 120mm bike blends XC race with aggressive trail riding Single-pivot suspension uses a carbon rocker link and flex in the carbon seatstays to save weight…

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Santa Cruz Bronson CC (2016) review

Need to know Updated version of Santa Cruz’s best-selling trail bike New geometry, VPP suspension and spec Carbon frames available in flagship CC guise and heavier C version Not long…


BMC Teamelite TE02 X01 (2015) review

Need to know Second-from-top XC race bike in the Teamelite range Carbon frame with BMC’s Big Wheel Concept 29er geometry Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm travel and remote CTD…

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Norco Range Carbon 7.1 (2015) review

Need to know Enduro bike with 160mm travel and 650b wheels Carbon frame is 20 per cent lighter than aluminium version ‘Gravity Tune’ geometry sees effective chainstay length grow with…

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Kona Hei Hei DL Trail (2016) review

Need to know Short travel 29er built for race and trail Trail version gets 120mm-travel fork No dropout pivot to save weight and reduce complication Aside from a couple of…

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Orbea Occam AM M-LTD (2016) review

Orbea recently revealed the new Occam. The buzzword at its launch was ‘polyvalence’ — to reflect the fact that the Occam is intended to be a bike that can do…

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Kona Honzo AL DL review

Need to know Aluminium version of Kona’s aggro hardtail Ultra-short chainstays Single ring only We tested the Kona Honzo, in its original steel guise, just over two years ago, and…

Lapierre Zesty packshot XM 527 2016

Lapierre Zesty XM 527 (2016) Review

Need to know All-new Zesty trail bike with 120mm travel Longer top tubes, wider bars and shorter stems for improved fit and control Full carbon and alloy options Four frame…

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Momsen VIPA Team Issue (2015) review

Need to Know All-carbon marathon machine built for speed Stiffer chainstay design optimised for 1×11 drivetrain New trail-friendly version in the pipeline A collaboration between renowned engineer Patrick Morewood and fellow…

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Mondraker Dune Carbon XR (2015) review

Need to know Full carbon version of the 160mm-travel Dune Three-model range starts at £4,599 Adjustable chainstay length and head angle Mondraker’s first Forward Geometry Dune XR sent ripples of…

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Trek Remedy 7 27.5in review

Superbly tuned, competitive spec and solid feel topped off with a great ride - £2,000

Score 9