These handful of rad machines are the absolute best hardtail mountain bikes out there right now. We thrashed 24 hardtails for this definitive shortlist.
The Specialized Turbo Levo SL Expert C gets its own Fact m11 carbon frame that builds into an impressive 18.57kg (40.94lb) complete bike.
By adding Fazua's 250W motor and 250Wh battery, the Lapierre eZesty is a sub 42lb e-bike or a 33lb enduro bike that blurs the lines.
Radon Swoop 10.0 is a 29er enduro bike with 170mm travel at both ends. Carbon front triangle with alloy stays. M, L and XL frame sizes.
The Specialized S-Works Turbo Kenevo SL works its magic in many different ways, but at the root of them all is its superb blend of stability and agility.
New Italian brand Thok is an unknown quantity in the UK – we weigh up its big-hitting electric mountain bike called the Thok TK01.
Progress is relentless and for 2021 Whyte has turned up the 29er heat once again with the Whyte G-180. 167mm rear travel married to 180mm RockShox Zeb fork.
For when Mega just isn't enough, here's the Nukeproof Giga 290 – a 170mm travel 'super-enduro' bike. But is it 1,000 times better? We find out.
The Orange Crush MX is a mullet hardtail that combines the improved rollover of 29in up front with the extra strength and comfort of 27.5 Plus out back.
The new Trek E-Caliber 9.9 XTR electric XC mountain bike has got the looks, spec and price to turn heads and could be a glimpse into the e-bike future.
The Atherton A150 Build 1 is a 150mm travel 29er enduro bike from the fastest family in mountain biking. Prices start from £5,500.
The Specialized Turbo Levo Pro is part of the most popular e-bike range in the world and it gets a major revamp for 2021. So what's new?
The Ribble HT 725 has a mainframe that's UK-designed Reynolds heat-treated chromoly steel hardtail featuring slack and long geometry.
Dedicated hardtail brand Ragley has all bases covered with the Ragley Blue Pig being the entry-level 27.5in steel offering with regular-size tyres.
Canyon Stoic frame is constructed from 6061 alloy, there are 3 models to choose from all built using the same frame, of which this Stoic 4 is the flagship.
YT Decoy Elite is an enduro-ready e-bike with top-end build kit, adjustable geometry, full-carbon frame, Shimano E8000 motor with custom 540Wh battery.
Canyon Torque:ON 9 is Canyon's newest electric mountain bike boasts both catlike agility and big travel… can it really balance both?
Stif Squatch Pro is a progressive hardtail with a steel frame and super-low bottom bracket height, 29in wheels with 2.6in tyres enhance grip and comfort.
Scott has ditched TwinLoc adjust on its latest e-bike – the long-travel Scott Ransom eRide 910. Has this move unleashed full beast mode?
Specialized Epic Evo Expert is streets ahead of its rivals in sizing and geometry. Long reach gives you freedom to get creative on any trail.