Fresh from a tenure with enduro bikes, Ben swaps big hits for more zip. Does the NS Synonym promise of XC pace with enduro attitude add up?
With the short travel 29er Cotic FlareMax the British steel specialist forges agead again with upgraded geometry and flexible speccing.
The Vitus Mythique 29 VRX is the flagship bike in a new range of full-sussers that is designed to blow your mind, not your budget.
The Intense Primer has evolved with a broader purpose, and carries the entire weight of Intense's trail expectations on its shoulders.
Calibre Bikes do it again. If you want a full-suspension bike that's a total blast without blowing your budget, you have to get the Calibre Bossnut.
Based in Poland, NS has built a reputation for modern, forward-thinking bikes like this new NS Define 130 2 29er.
The new Santa Cruz Tallboy blends big bike geometry with small bike travel: so is it a trail bike, an XC bike, or something else entirely?
With the introduction of the reborn Nukeproof Reactor, the brand has its first dedicated trail bike since the Nukeproof Mega TR back in 2015.
Hope launched its first complete mountain bike, the HB160, to a lukewarm reception. Now it's back with a brand new 29er trail bike - does the Hope HB130 pack some…
For the latest Kona Process 134, Kona has combined the best parts of two platforms to produce a trail bike that fast, fun and ridiculously capable.
By using wheelsize specific frames for the size S and M bikes, Merida gives riders the option of 27.5in or 29in wheels on the two smallest sizes.
This year, Jamis has upped the stakes. The price of the entry-level Jamis Dakar A2 has crept up by £100 and Jamis has made some key revisions to the spec.
It’s been three years since we last tested the Giant Stance and a lot has changed in that time. For starters, the price has shot up by £400.
The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ST Comp Carbon 29 is a short-travel bike with a big name. It has a 130mm fork and 120mm at the rear.
The Merida One-Twenty 6000 is 120mm travel bike with a triple butted 6000-series aluminium rear end paired with a carbon fibre front triangle.
The Giant Trance 29 sits squarely between the Anthem 29 and the 27.5in Trance. Delivering a modest 115mm of travel, but this is a seriously capable bike.
Cannondale Habit Carbon 3 gets a carbon frame, progressive geometry, 29inch wheels, large volume 2.5in tyres and 130mm front and rear travel.
If you look at the geometry on the Kona Hei Hei Trail it appears to have been designed to have more in common with modern XC bikes that its rivals.
The flagship model in the Commencal Meta Trail 29 range comes with several UK components - Renthal bar, stem and grips, and a Fabric saddle.
This year, the YT Jeffsy 29 CF Comp is back with a vengeance, a new frame, new geometry but the same keen pricing and 140mm travel.