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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Kona Precept DL review

From shrinking violet to loud and proud, the redecorated Precept offers big fun at small prices


Mondraker Dune XR longterm review

We spend a year on Mondraker's radical Forward Geometry-equipped Dune XR. Was it a small step or a giant leap?

Score 7


Rose Granite Chief 3 review

Updated for 2015, the Chief 3 is direct-sales brand Rose’s latest 650b all-mountain machine.


Nukeproof Mega TR Pro review

Nukeproof’s played it safe with next year’s Mega TR, but thanks to a new shock it rides better than ever.

New material, same lust for fun

Intense Tracer T275 review

Intense’s latest incarnation of the Tracer is light, strong and predisposed to all-mountain romps.

the Niner never felt out of its depth with the excellent 140mm RockShox Pike fork

Niner RIP 9 review

Only making 29ers may be a gamble, but for Niner and its latest RIP 9, it’s one that’s paid off, big time

Specialized Camber 29

Specialized Camber review

A frugal build, coil-sprung fork and cheap brakes can't dent the ride performance of the Camber frame

Score 8

Saracen Kili Flyer on the fly

Saracen Kili Flyer 122 review

Saracen's Kili Flyer is a great fun bike to ride — yes there are flaws in the spec but at this bargain price you can afford to turn a blind

Score 9