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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Orange Alpine 160 RS (650b) review

It had to happen — another Orange classic gets the 650b treatment. But has the makeover been a positive one? Time to head for the hills...


BMC Trailfox TF 03 review

The chassis of an all-out enduro racer married to the spec of a trail bike leaves the BMC Trailfox TF03 somewhat confused

Score 7

The Specialied is the clear winner in this test

Specialized Enduro Comp review

We’ve raced the S-Works Enduro 29 (mbr, August 2013), tested the Expert Carbon in our enduro bike test (May 2014), and now it’s time to put the entry-level Comp through…

Score 9

NS Eccentric hardtail PACKSHOTx

NS Eccentric review

NS has entered the trail bike market with the Eccentric, a beautifully crafted steel hardtail with 650b wheels and a penchant for a comfy ride

Score 6

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

Score 8