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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EVil the following packshot

Evil The Following (2016) review

Need to know The Evil The Following is a short-travel 29er built for aggressive riding Delta System suspension linkage delivers 120mm travel Both halves of the carbon frame unite at a…

Voodoo Maji 2016 packshot

Voodoo Maji Women’s Specific FS (2016) review

Need to know Entry-level full-susser with 27.5in wheels Air-sprung Suntour Epixon suspension with 140mm travel 27-speed transmission offers a wide spread of gears Available in three sizes, the smallest being…

Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro 2016 launch packshot

Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro (2016) review

Nukeproof’s long-travel 29er’s a thrilling proposition but its slack angles and all-rounder potential are undercut by a less than ideal choice of suspension

Kona Honzo Al 2016 review featured

Kona Honzo AL (2016) review

Lighter and more agile than the original, the aluminium Honzo has a whole new attitude - £1,199

Score 9

Maiden downhill bike

Rocky Mountain Maiden World Cup (2016) review

Key points Full carbon downhill bike Can run 27.5in or 26in wheels Ride 9 adjustable geometry We spied a prototype of Rocky Mountain’s, then nameless, replacement for the Flatline downhill…

Felt Decree FRO first look 2016 featured

Felt Decree FRD (2016) review

Need to know Lightweight carbon trail bike with dream build 140mm travel FAST carbon flex-stay suspension Five bike range starting at £2,250 for Decree 30 All models get 150mm RockShox…

Trek Procaliber SL 9.7 2016 featured

Trek Procaliber SL 9.7 2016 (review)

Need to know: New vertical-flex frame design for more comfortable seated ride Ultra-wide Boost hubs create stiffer, stronger wheels Carbon frame, with internal cable routing for clean lines Size-specific wheels: 15.5in…

Cannondale Habit Carbon 1 2016 packshot

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…