The Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon 6fattie is short by modern standards and with other options now available, upsizing may no longer be an easy get out.
Trek’s venerable Fuel gets a high-octane boost in the form of Plus-size wheels with the Trek Fuel EX Plus 9.8 27.5. Beautiful to behold and a joy to ride.
The Whyte T129 RS really comes into its own on smooth, flowing trails where it has a great turn of speed. It's less convincing on rough trails, though.
The Specialized Stumpjumper 29 is a great trail bike – the suspension offers grip, the Yari fork is stiff and it has unique features like Autosag and SWAT.
For a modern 140mm trail bike Giant has nailed the geometry and sizing on the 2017 Giant Trance 2. A couple of component niggles loses it some points.
Whyte should be commended for doing such a sterling job with the Whyte T-130 S. It's still one of the best short-travel rippers on the market.
In lustrous Sriracha red, you can’t failed to be won over by the stunning looks of the Santa Cruz Hightower C. The beauty goes beyond skin deep too.
When the Canyon Spectral was lauched it was cutting edge. It underscored Canyon’s transition from a value focused brand to one that delivers hi-tech bikes.
Some positive changes to the geometry and handling of the Cube Stereo 140 29 C:62 SL for 2017. It’s also upgraded to a full carbon chassis and handlebar.
When it comes to riding fast, confidence is everything, and no 29er we’ve ridden has instilled us with more confidence than the Evil Wreckoning.
The new Trek Slash 29 sounds rock and roll and looks stunning, but does it go like a bat out of hell? When it’s time to go fast it gets…
Revised geometry, sizing and travel take the Specialized Enduro 29 6Fattie to the next level, but has Specialized gone far enough?
The Scott Spark 710 Plus has been ridden to two Olympic gold medals; well now it can add our Trail Bike of the Year award to its glittering palmarès.
If we ignore the specification for moment and just consider the ride quality, the YT Jeffsy 29 CF Pro is one of the fastest 29er trails bikes we’ve tested.
At nearly 24kg, the Cannondale Moterra is certainly a brute — even for an e-bike — but clever engineering means it stops short of being a blunt instrument.
It’s been a long time coming but the Commençal Meta TR is back where it needs to be and it’s taking no prisoners. It's a total trailblazer.
The Orange Crush Pro bends the rules. Extraordinarily well-damped frame and generous sizing. It encourages you to stay off the brakes and charge hard.
The Ragley Blue Pig is hands down the best hardtail we’ve tested, and it’s the first bike of 2017 to get mbr’s perfect 10 seal of approval.
With a revised frame construction, the new Orange Four is light, fast and a bundle of fun. Short-travel trail bike with 130mm travel front, 120mm rear.
It beats around the bush, but we don’t: the new Giant Reign Advanced is the best enduro bike on the market. Perfectly balanced handling, sizing and flex.