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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identiti mettle review

The Identiti Mettle GX enduro bike is a sturdy unit, and it benefits from SRAM’s latest RockShox Deluxe shock and wide-range GX Eagle drivetrain.

£3,599.99
Score 9

dmr sled review

On small to medium hits, the back end of the 160mm travel DMR Sled feels amazing with a RockShox Monarch RT3 shock takes care of damping duties.

£3,499.99
Score 8

btwin rockrider 560

With mbr’s Hardtail of the Year test still fresh, it's impossible not to compare the B’Twin Rockrider 560 with the winning bike, the Vitus Nucleus 275 VR.

£525.00
pivot mach 5.5 review

With the Pivot Mach 5.5 the brand waited seven years before deeming itself ready to bring out the successor its most popular bike ever, the Mach 5.7.

£6,750.00
Specialized Rockhopper Comp 2017

The Specialized Rockhopper is a name dripping in MTB history. There are not many other bikes boasting a heritage spanning over four decades. For many of us, the Rockhopper was…

£675.00
Score 7

KTM Scarp Elite

The KTM Scarp Elite is one of the company’s 14-model XC race bike range. Sitting third from the bottom, the Elite stands out for being one of only two bikes…

£2,799.00
Score 8

norco optic

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.

£1,999.00
Score 8

forme lathkill

Flattering and instilling rider confidence isn’t a trait all trail bikes manage, so the Forme Lathkill LTD deserves props for delivering the fundamentals.

£2,995.00
norco fluid 7.3 fs

The Norco Fluid 7.3 FS makes everything feel easy. So whether you’re a total beginner or and accomplished rider it’s impossible not to have a total blast.

£1,099.00
Score 9

marin hawk hill

The Marin Hawk Hill has nearly all the makings of a great bike. The frame is solid, the sizing is on point and the specification is competitive.

£1,350.00
Score 8

calibre beastnut

The Calibre Beastnut is a Bossnut on steroids. Same 130mm aluminium skeleton, but the 'Nut's extra muscle makes for a completely different animal.

£1,299.00
Score 10

kona hei hei

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.

£2,399.00
Score 9

Specialized Levo Carbon

The Specialized Levo Carbon expands Spesh's eMTB range for 2018 to include three new carbon framed models. Reduced weight and increased stiffness.

£8,999.00
zerode taniwha review

With its wide-ratio Pinion gearbox, the Zerode Taniwha enduro rig marries innovation to aesthetics. Superlative suspension, excels on rough terrain.

£6,199.00
Giant Anthem 2

Giant’s Reign and Trance range of full suspension bikes have long been absolute favourites here at MBR for their superlative handling, suspension and sizing. So putting the shorter travel, race…

£2,399.00
Score 9

trek fuel ex 29

The sheer pace of the Trek Fuel EX 7 29 throws petrol on the heated wheel size debate and then fans the flames. A real firestarter.

£2,200.00
Score 10

specialized camber

The 2017 Specialized Camber Comp 29 is still a rapid, fun bike though, and with tweaks to the specification it could bump it’s rating up a notch.

£2,100.00
Score 8

Trek Powerfly LT 9

Up hill or down, ebikes take an absolute beating, so the new Trek Powerfly LT 9 has a beefed up the parts package to handle the additional abuse.

£5,400.00