Alan Muldoon

Alan Muldoon
trek roscoe 8

Now in its second year of production, the Trek Roscoe 8 is a Plus tyred trail-hardtail that’s decked out with all the modern luxuries you could want.

norco fluid 2 ht

It was only last year that Norco's Fluid 7.2 HT+ blew the competition away with lavish spec and unbeatable ride. This year, we welcome the Norco Fluid 2 HT.

calibre line 10

The new Calibre Line 10 hardtail sports aggressive geometry and spot on sizing. All mod-cons catered for here, including a dropper.

norco charger 2

When we unboxed the Norco Charger 2 we thought it was a commuter bike, due to the skinny 2.1in WTB Nineline tyres.

polygon xtrada 6

For our Hardtail of the Year test we picked the £750 Polygon Xtrada 6 model with the smaller wheels and single chainring drivetrain.

voodoo wazoo

Voodoo Wazoo brings two firsts to the sub £500 category: first bike to sport 2.8in Plus tyres and to benefit from the extra stiffness of a bolt-thru fork.

fox 36

The Fox 36 has always been the enduro fork to beat. And 2019 sees some major changes to the FIT damper design that’s guaranteed to keep it that way.

ohlins rxf 36

Taken together, Ohlins claims that the Ohlins RXF 36 suspension fork chassis is stiffer than the equivalent RockShox Lyrik or Fox 36.

rockshox lyrik rc2

The latest version of the RockShox Lyrik RC2 gets reduced friction, high-speed compression adjustment and increased negative spring volume.

vitus sentier vr+

The 2018 Vitus Sentier VR+ a full refresh of the bike that won this test back in 2015, getting updated geometry and a carefully considered build kit.

voodoo bizango

After going AWOL from Hardtail of the Year test last year, the Voodoo Bizango is back in our line-up for 2018 and the break seems to have worked wonders.

vitus nucleus vr

Hardtail of the Year two years running, Vitus could have rested on its laurels and the Vitus Nucleus VR would still have bagged a hat trick.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro V2

Put the Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro on, the first thing you notice is now light it is. At 757g it’s only marginally heavier than the one-piece Fox Proframe.

bell super dh mips

The Bell Super DH MIPS takes the removable rap-around chin bar first introduced on the Super 2R to a whole new level of protection.

Merida One-Sixty

The switch to aluminium not only expands the range, it also means the Merida One-Sixty now comes in four frame sizes rather than being restricted to three.

saracen ariel

New Saracen Ariel Elite has suspension and character influenced by the Myst downhill bike and it’s gained a new sense of purpose.

canyon torque cf 8.0

The new 175mm travel Canyon Torque CF 8.0 shares a lot of the same design cues as the Trail Bike of the Year winning Canyon Spectral.