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…
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.
Expanding its range, sorting its sizing and making the best of Plus-size tyres — Genesis Tarn 20 is another trail-ripping hardtail from Genesis.
The Scott Scale 730 Plus will instantly win you over as you carve effortlessly through corners, blast down the rowdiest descents and spin up loose technical climbs with aplomb.
The Marin Pine Mopuntain rides more like an adventure bike than a trail hardtail designed to get your pulse racing.
The Cannondale Beast of the East 3 is a lightning-fast bike and a blast to ride.
Long, low and slack, and with a frame that apes the ride of a full-susser, the Stif Morf XT is a blast to ride.
All the attitude of the amazing 901 in a more affordable package
Bold, curvy and built for fun, the Scott’s Contessa Scale 710 is a perfect playmate for newbies and veterans alike.
Good quality components but the ride quality is let down by the details
The Cali’s handling capability and reassuring stability make it a fun bike to ride, with the result being that your skills can develop while you’re having a blast.
With its radically sloping top tube, it has good standover clearance, and a lighter, stiffer frame
GT has gone a long way to recapturing the magic of the old Zaskar
Lightweight, excellent wheels, amazing spec
Quality frame with good length and standover clearance
The top-quality Ghost Kato 2 frame never has a chance to shine through
Close to crushing the competition, the Norco gives a glimpse at the potential of Plus tyres
Pinnacle definitely delivered on its promise; we couldn’t stop smiling on the Iroko 2
Let down by tyre choice in UK conditions - £1,519
Still the best in class - £1,199