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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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

giant trance 2

For a modern 140mm trail bike Giant has nailed the geometry and sizing on the 2017 Giant Trance 2. A couple of component niggles loses it some points.

£2,399.00
Score 8

whyte t-130

Whyte should be commended for doing such a sterling job with the Whyte T-130 S. It's still one of the best short-travel rippers on the market.

£2,550.00
Score 9

santa cruz hightower

In lustrous Sriracha red, you can’t failed to be won over by the stunning looks of the Santa Cruz Hightower C. The beauty goes beyond skin deep too.

£4,399.00
Score 8

canyon spectral

When the Canyon Spectral was lauched it was cutting edge. It underscored Canyon’s transition from a value focused brand to one that delivers hi-tech bikes.

£2,346.98
Score 8

cube stereo 140 29

Some positive changes to the geometry and handling of the Cube Stereo 140 29 C:62 SL for 2017. It’s also upgraded to a full carbon chassis and handlebar.

£3,299.00
Score 8

evil wreckoning

When it comes to riding fast, confidence is everything, and no 29er we’ve ridden has instilled us with more confidence than the Evil Wreckoning.

£5,999.99
Score 9

trek slash 29

The new Trek Slash 29 sounds rock and roll and looks stunning, but does it go like a bat out of hell? When it’s time to go fast it gets…

£6,000.00
Score 9

scott spark plus

The Scott Spark 710 Plus has been ridden to two Olympic gold medals; well now it can add our Trail Bike of the Year award to its glittering palmarès.

£3,899.00
Score 10

If we ignore the specification for moment and just consider the ride quality, the YT Jeffsy 29 CF Pro is one of the fastest 29er trails bikes we’ve tested.

£3,399.99
Score 10

cannondale moterra

At nearly 24kg, the Cannondale Moterra is certainly a brute — even for an e-bike — but clever engineering means it stops short of being a blunt instrument.

£5,199.99
orange crush

The Orange Crush Pro bends the rules. Extraordinarily well-damped frame and generous sizing. It encourages you to stay off the brakes and charge hard.

£1,875.00
Score 9

ragley blue pig

The Ragley Blue Pig is hands down the best hardtail we’ve tested, and it’s the first bike of 2017 to get mbr’s perfect 10 seal of approval.

£1,699.99
Score 10

orange four

With a revised frame construction, the new Orange Four is light, fast and a bundle of fun. Short-travel trail bike with 130mm travel front, 120mm rear.

£4,200.00
giant reign advanced

It beats around the bush, but we don’t: the new Giant Reign Advanced is the best enduro bike on the market. Perfectly balanced handling, sizing and flex.

£5,499.00