Alan Muldoon

Bike Test Editor

Alan Muldoon

Position: Bike test Editor

Mostly rides: Surrey Hills

Height: 5ft 11in (180cm)

Weight: 83kg

Al raced BMX for years before picking up a mountain bike in the early ’90s. After a brief stint racing XC, he switched to DH and 4X, competing at an elite level in the UK on one of the first Intense M1s in the country.  He’s worked for MBR magazine since 2001 and and tested, on average, 50 bikes a year since then. Which means he’s reviewed somewhere in the region of 900 mountain bikes – no mean feat.

Extremely well respected in the industry, he has an in-depth knowledge of the market and an exceptional ability to assess a bike’s handling and performance.

smith squad xl

Every product review should start with a confession. Here’s mine. I love riding in the woods, but I’m terrified of getting a branch stuck in my eye. It’s why I…

YT Izzo

First ride review of the YT Izzo full carbon 130mm travel 29er. YT's 29in trail ripper's got a twist-grip lockout remote - will it turn us on or wind us…

best full suspension

It's the test you've all been waiting for, where the best full-suspension models fight it out for the coveted title of MBR Trail Bike of the Year 2020.

Formula Cura 4

With the latest pads fitted, the Formula Cura 4 is a fantastic brake. Its sleek design masks its raw power and it’s also proven to be 100 per cent reliable.

scott genius

The Scott Genius 920 is definitely a contender If you’re into shredding singletrack, big rides and climbing. It's efficient but it's also a lot of fun.

gt sensor carbon

The GT Sensor Carbon Pro is the top-end bike in 130mm-travel 29er Sensor range. And it bears more than a passing resemblance to the 150mm Force.

cube stereo 150

On the Cube Stereo 150 C:62 SL 29, the C:62 of the mealy-mouthed model name indicates the level of carbon used for the frame construction.

Scott Scale 920

If you’re after a cross country race hardtail with a proven track record, then look no further than the Scott Scale 920.

Mondraker Chrono Carbon R

From the very first pedal stroke, the Mondraker Chrono Carbon R felt purposeful, poised and precise, instantly reacting to the most subtle of rider inputs.

Zipp 3Zero

What’s most interesting about the Zipp 3Zero Moto carbon wheels is weight-saving is a secondary concern; it’s performance that headlines this class act.

whyte s-150c

The Whyte S-150C trail bike continues to impress, even three years after its launch.

best cheap mountain bikes

Be warned: all of these great value bikes will hook you into a new sport and a whole new way of life. Find the best mountain bikes under £500 for