Bikes

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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Vitus Escarpe VRS (2015) review

Designed in-house, from the ground up, the new Escarpe marks a turning point for direct-sales brand Vitus.

£1,999.99
Score 8

Bird Aeris by Roo Fowler 15

Bird Aeris.1 X1 review

Direct-sales brand’s aluminium full-susser flies high with on-trend geometry and a myriad of configurations

£2,919.00
WhyteG150S

Whyte G-150 S review

Taking advantage of SRAM's 1X groupsets, the Whyte G-150 now has a wider pivot stance to improve stiffness and clearance.

£2,779.00
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Giant Stance 27.5 2 review

Can you get a decent full-suspension bike for under £1k? With its new Stance, Giant certainly thinks so.

£999.00