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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Bird Zero.1 hardtail ls

Bird Zero.1 review

New direct-sales mountain bike brand Bird ruffles some feathers with its killer value 650b hardtail

£1,600.00
Score 8

It's the biggest change to the classic Five in years

Orange Five RS review

The classic Orange Five adopted 650b wheels last year. We spent nine-months thrashing it around to find out what difference the bigger wheels had made

£4,199.99
Score 9

Whyte T129

Whyte T129 review

Whyte's T129 has aggressive geometry and suspension and a ‘Designed in Britain’ logo: but does it deliver on fun?

£1,699.00
Score 8

Liteville's 301 uses a radical mix-and-match of wheel sizes

Liteville 301 review

Engineering genius or weird science? We swing a leg over Liteville's unique 301 to find out

£1,890.00
Canyon-Nerve-AL-6.0-feat

Canyon Nerve AL 6.0 review

Canyon's latest Nerve Al proves that there's much more to the brand than just value-for-money

£1,199.00
Score 10

Cube Sting 120 29

Cube Sting 120 review

It won't win any beauty contests, but the Cube Sting proved to be a capable performer

£1,399.00
Score 8