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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SRAM X01 Eagle DUB chainset

SRAM X01 Eagle DUB chainset is rated for enduro and uses carbon arms with a structural foam core and the forged and machined, top-tier, X-Sync 2 chainring.

£480.00
Score 9

Bluegrass Skinny D3O knee pads

At just under £90 the Bluegrass Skinny D3O knee pads are at the very top end but you can find them for sale online for significantly less.

£89.99
Score 7

riddick rd800

Riddick RD800's alloy frame and Shimano XT/SLX drivetrain is part of the new range of hardtails from Indian bike Giant, Hero Cycles.

£1,399.00
boardman mtr

With smooth double pass welds and a matt finish the alloy frame on the mid-range Boardman MTR 8.8 could easily pass for carbon.

£1,200.00
Score 8

santa cruz 5010

The Santa Cruz 5010 is the cult offering in Santa Cruz’s range. The 5010 remains a fun-focussed 130mm travel bike designed solely for 27.5in wheels.

£7,299.00
intense carbine

The all new Intense Carbine 29C is a 155mm travel enduro weapon rolling on 29-er wheels. We had a thrash of the top-end Factory model.

£6,999.00
Score 8

ibis ripmo

Designed to meet requirements for tough EWS races, the Ibis Ripmo is a longer travel 29er from a brand with reputation for fast pedalling, efficient bikes.

£6,799.00
Score 7

Focus Sam

Enduro race bike, super all-mountain tool or bike park toy? Before we tell you where this new Focus Sam sits in the Venn diagram, let's look at the details.

£5,499.00

The Scott Ransom replaces the old Genius LT and builds on the success of the shorter travel Genius and Spark (our previous Trail Bike of the Year winners).

£6,999.00
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
Score 8

canyon spectral:on

The Canyon Spectral:ON is sporting 150mm of rear wheel travel and short 432mm chain stays that mirror the regular Canyon Spectral bike.

£4,499.00
Score 9

specialized turbo kenevo

Most great ideas start with “what if?” The new Specialized Turbo Kenevo is how they answer the question, "What if we could have our own personal uplift?"

£5,500.00
Score 8

Vitus E-Sommet

Using Shimano’s smooth STEPS motor and 2.5in tyres, the Vitus E-Sommet VR delivers the same great value as the original, non-motorised version.

£3,599.99
Score 10

scott genius 900

A compelling combination of light weight, long travel and grin-inducing handling puts the Scott Genius 900 top of its class.

£6,999.00
Score 9