The Norco Storm 4 is our only 29er on test and as such it gets off to a good start, rolling over rough ground more easily than the 27.5in wheel
The Canyon Exceed CF SL 7.0 Pro Race is one of those bikes that is helping to redefine a complete genre of mountain biking.
When we unboxed the Norco Charger 2 we thought it was a commuter bike, due to the skinny 2.1in WTB Nineline tyres.
Specialized Chisel Expert is a fun mix of privateer race bike for those that can’t justify an Epic and a trail bike capable of long distance adventuring.
The Specialized Rockhopper is a name dripping in MTB history. There are not many other bikes boasting a heritage spanning over four decades. For many of us, the Rockhopper was…
Lapierre has gone all out in producing a completely revamped ProRace for 2018. Going beyond what is expected from a modern cross country hardtail, the French company has revealed what…
The Sonder Broken Road is built for adventure, so where better to test it than on a 10-day expedition in the Himalayas? Great geometry and pricing.
The Trek looks amazing and has a decent spec, it’s just a shame the frame isn’t more trail-focused
A 29er with a 100mm-travel fork, Maxxis Ikon tyres and an equally cross country/race focus
Stable 29er wheels and great contact points
Hamstrung by its geometry, proportions and small volume tyres
If you want to gallop flat out over big miles the thoroughbred Boardman is first past the post
This is still the bike for fast trail rides and covering distance
Great fun, but a little short - £1,549.99
Retro inspired hardtail with a modern touch
The Transition TransAM 29 is a total blast to ride but it needs to go on a diet
Lighter and more agile than the original, the aluminium Honzo has a whole new attitude - £1,199
We challenge anyone who loves mountain biking to ride this bike and not come away impressed - £2,700
Need to know Second-from-top XC race bike in the Teamelite range Carbon frame with BMC’s Big Wheel Concept 29er geometry Fox 32 Float fork with 100mm travel and remote CTD…
The BMC Team Elite is more of an old nag than a racing thoroughbred