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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Lapierre ProRace

Lapierre has gone all out in producing a completely revamped ProRace for 2018. Going beyond what is expected from a modern cross country hardtail, the French company has revealed what…

ragley marley

For the 2017 Ragley Marley the biggest change is the rejigged frame sizing. Gone is the XS size option, making way for an XL.

£999.99
Score 9

forme ripley

The Forme 
Ripley has impeccable trail manners. A really neutral riding position, it maintains speed incredibly well, and there’s also compliance.

£900.00
Score 8

nukeproof scout

The shape of the Nukeproof Scout Sport is everything a modern hardtail should be, and it is one of the most playful hardtails in the £750 category.

£749.99
Score 8

cannondale trail

The Cannondale Trail 4 has the best-finished frame on test, with some nice touches like the slim seat stays, which really help soften the ride.

£699.99
Score 8

specialized pitch

The original Specialized Pitch was an entry-level full suspension bike with a cult following. It's been born again, this time as and entry-level hardtail.

£495.00
Score 8

diamondback sync

The Diamondback Sync is the latest addition to their range of alloy hardtails. With prices starting at £375 the bikes are targeted squarely at new riders.

£495.00
Score 7

transition smuggler

There's nothing logical but something magical about the Transition Smuggler. On paper it shouldn't really work. On dirt it's a different story.

£2,799.95
Score 9

bmc trailfox amp

Two years in development, the BMC Trailfox AMP ebike is finally ready. A showstopper at Eurobike the Trailfox AMP is powered up and ready to shred.

Trek Top Fuel

Swing a leg over the Trek Top Fuel 9 and the first thing you notice is the suspension is keen to get working. It’s a seriously rapid bike on the…

£3,000.00
Score 8

norco fluid ht

Fatter tyres' ability to take the edge off the roughest trails makes perfect sense and the new Norco Fluid HT+ 7.2 offers a blissfully quite, smooth ride.

£999.99
Score 10

Canyon LUX CF 6.9 Pro Race

The Canyon LUX CF 6.9 Pro Race 100mm travel bike is aimed squarely at XC and marathon racers. The LUX promises to be a seriously rapid machine.

£2,699.00
Score 8

whyte 605

The Whyte 605 is our Hardtail of the Year in the £750 category, but it isn’t perfect. A proper front tyre and a wider bar it would be on a…

£699.00
Score 9

orange five review

The Orange Five certainly isn’t new, but the Halifax brand has made significant changes for 2017 that pep up this trail riding classic.

vitus nucleus 275 vr

Superior geometry of the Vitus Nucleus 275 VR, combined with the fork and tyres, means that the only limiting factors here are your skill level and fitness.

£489.99
Score 10

trek fuel ex plus

Trek’s venerable Fuel gets a high-octane boost in the form of Plus-size wheels with the Trek Fuel EX Plus 9.8 27.5. Beautiful to behold and a joy to ride.

£4,100.00
Score 9

whyte t129

The Whyte T129 RS really comes into its own on smooth, flowing trails where it has a great turn of speed. It's less convincing on rough trails, though.

£3,000.00
Score 8