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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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
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Specialized Camber Expert Evo review

Just as you thought the 29er bubble had burst, along come three hugely capable machines to breathe new life back into big-wheel shredding.

£4,500.00
Score 10

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GT Zaskar 27.5 Elite review

The Zaskar is a legendary bike. With the all-new 2015 model, GT hopes to rekindle the spirit of this pioneering hardtail. But has it succeeded?

£1,299.99
Score 6

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Orange Clockwork 120 S review

There's already a 29er Clockwork, now Orange has introduced a 29er version. How does the inbetweener model fare?

£1,250.00
Score 9

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Nukeproof Scout Race Review

The Scout Race certainly looks bombproof, but does it have an explosive ride? Let's find out...

£1,299.99
Score 8

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Whyte 901 Review

A cutting-edge hardtail ripper that put a smile on our face every time we rode it.

£1,199.00
Score 10