The Race Face Aeffect 35 is a no-nonsense, forged and CNC finished 6061 aluminium stem at a bargain price. Winner of Best value in our stem group test.
The Renthal Apex stem is available right down to 31mm in length. At 110g it’s the lightest 35mm option we've tested and that helps justify the cost.
KS has now added bars stems to its line-up. Designed for enduro, the KS Ether stem is light and strong enough for everything from XC to DH.
There’s nothing to complain about here. The Gravity Grid stem’s price is fair, the finish is good and performance is right up there.
The Chromag BZA is perfectly in keeping with aggressive riding ethic. It works great, but doesn’t provide anything over a stem that’s half the money.
The design of the Azonic Rock proved stiff enough and the unusual 45mm reach may be useful. Solidity and steering response is good too.
Not the lightest, but the Truvativ Descendant is still perfectly acceptable for trail riding and XC. The price is excellent considering the quality.
The Megaforce 2 is mega expensive, but comes with a 10-year guarantee and, if money were no object, would be our first choice. Syntace really has ticked all the boxes.
Let’s state the obvious: the Pedaling Innovations Catalyst pedal is huge! Or, to be more specific, it’s much longer than a traditional flat pedal.
These Madison Addict Softshell shorts are three-layer waterproof. This pair of breathable DWR shorts are surprisingly weather-resistant.
SRAM Guide RE brake is designed to deliver the extra stopping power required by a 20kg e-bike, but it works really well on any regular trail bike.
Ignore the DH label because this is the best caged clipless pedal for trail riding and easily deserves top marks.
Pretty boy, café-rider looks. The Giro Alpineduro boot offers good warmth and protection, it’s just a shame the laces are so exposed to the elements.
The Specialized Defroster Trail was very comfortable and warm, with the Boa performing well for easy tightening, loosening and adjustment on the move.
We found it hard to fault the Shimano MW5 boot — warm, perfect stiffness and cheap. A worthy winner. Supremely comfortable, on and off the bike.
If you suffer from cold feet, the Northwave Celcius Arctic 2 is the boot to buy. Easily the warmest boot on test with luxurious fleece lining.
The Lake MX180 is a solid shoe, with plenty of protection and a reasonable price tag. The Ice Lock tread sticks to most surfaces, no matter how greasy.
Great coverage, excellent Boa system, Gore-Tex waterproofing, easy clean exterior, the Mavic Crossmax SL Pro Thermo boots ticked pretty much all our boxes.
If you’re riding dry and rocky, and want a long-lasting tyre that absolutely rules in these conditions, the Continental Der Kaiser is totally recommended.
Loud and proud colour scheme that continues onto the straps, the 7iDP M2 helmet is not subtle, but the rugged design combines to make it an aesthetic win.