All the latest bikes comprehensively tested. If we don’t think a product is worthy of our hard-earned, we won’t tell you to part with yours for it. That’s the promise we make with our bike and equipment tests. For all our tests we guarantee that:
1. They’re conducted by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable riders in the business.
2. Ratings are awarded only after a thorough testing process on a variety of terrain.
3. Tests are independent, and in no way influenced by our advertisers.

In most cases, we fit control tyres, bars and stems to the test bikes to ensure a level playing field and to highlight differences in handling. Tyre pressures are equalised to keep grip levels identical. We also weigh and measure the bikes ourselves, because this data doesn’t always tally with the manufacturer’s official figures. The numbers you read in the tests are the actual angles and measurements.

Our ratings are awarded out of 10, with 10/10 being the top mark.

1-4 means something’s wrong. Possibly a design flaw or a major weakness.
5-6 OK – one or two faults but has potential
7 Worth considering
8 Very good – for the money, we’d buy it
9 Excellent – a slight mod or two and it might be perfect
10 Simply the best!

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mondraker dune

Launched over three years ago, the Mondraker Dune XR is still streets ahead of its rivals in terms of sizing, our size L dwarfing most brands XXLs.

£7,699.00
Score 8

santa cruz nomad cc

Hard not to love the Santa Cruz Nomad CC. It looks drop dead gorgeous, pedals better than most 140mm bikes but you have 170mm to get you out of trouble.

£6,399.00
Score 9

giant reign advanced

The 2018 Giant Reign Advanced 0 has class leading sizing and geometry plus a race-tuned coil shock and revised suspension linkage.

£6,499.00
Score 10

Focus Sam2 Pro

The Focus Sam2 Pro is an enduro e-bike that trims the weight by downsizing the battery but is the lack of accessibility a price worth paying?

£6,699.00
bmc speedfox amp

BMC Speedfox AMP is a trail focussed e-bike with aggressive geometry and 29in wheels. BMC's new e-bike will turn up your trail-riding buzz.

voodoo canzo

Voodoo has three full suspension bikes. The Munster at £850, the Voodoo Canzo at £1,000 and the Zobop at £1,250. All three use the same 140mm alloy frame.

£1,000.00
Score 8

polygon siskiu d5

Yes, the Polygon Siskiu D5 frame is top-notch but the parts spec is lacking. If it was £750 it'd be a steal but it's outclassed by other £1k full sussers.

£1,000.00
Score 6

dartmoor hornet

Polish brand Dartmoor build bikes attitude; we try and tame their Dartmoor Hornet hardtail. 160mm fork and Plus tyre compatibility.

£2,500.00
norco sight

The 2018 Norco Sight A2 is the perfect prescription for big-wheeled trail fun. It's a versatile aluminium trail bike with sorted components.

£2,500.00
jamis dakar a2

Does the Jamis Dakar A2 entry-level full-sus boast the firepower to outgun the benchmark Bossnut? 120mm-travel trail bike available on Cycle To Work scheme!

£1,000.00
Score 9

calibre bossnut evo

Calibre Bossnut needs no introduction. It’s now in its third iteration the latest Calibre Bossnut Evo version has moved things forward once again.

£999.00
Score 10

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.

£1,000.00
Score 8

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.

£1,000.00
Score 8

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.

£749.00
Score 9

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.

£725.00
Score 8

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.

£750.00
Score 8