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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YT Industries Capra 29 Core 2

YT launched its new version of the Capra last year, featuring a full carbon frame and top end Fox suspension it quickly became one of the best enduro bikes going.…

£3,199.00
Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Expert

As winner of our 2022 Trail Bike of the Year test, the Stumpy Evo Comp has more than proved its worth. So what, if anything, does the more expensive Expert…

£5,800.00
Score 9

Orbea Rallon M-Team

rbea The new Orbea Rallon will be ripping it up on the EWS circuit this year piloted by Martin Maes. We swung a leg over it to see how it…

£6,999.00
Trek Slash test winner

The Trek Slash 9.8 XT is an enduro bike with progressive geometry and 29er wheels and 170/160mm of travel, and offers a performance that seriously impressive. Good enough to make…

£6,000.00
Score 10

A photo of the Canyon Strive CFR in silver and black standing on a forest path

It’s already the EWS’s fastest bike under Jack Moir, but that hasn’t stopped Canyon pushing the boundaries with the brand new Strive CFR with the goal of becoming one of…

£6,099.00
Side photo of the Santa Cruz Megatower standing on cobbled street in France

‘Bigger and badder’ exclaims the slogan on Santa Cruz’s marketing blurb for the new Megatower. Considering the first generation bike was hardly a minnow, boasting 160mm of rear wheel travel…

£8,999.00
Photo of the Canyon SpectralON CFR standing against a landscape

The new Canyon Spectral:ON CFR is a 155mm-travel eMTB with MX wheels, powered by a Shimano EP8 motor. It’s longer and lighter with more battery capacity than previous models, not…

£8,649.00
GT Force Carbon Pro LE side view at dusk

The thoroughly redesigned new GT Force Carbon Pro LE is the brand's new 29er enduro race bike with a carbon front end and alloy rear.

£5,500.00
Score 8

Photo of black Moustache Samedie e-mountain bike on rocks with a landscape view behind

The competitively-priced Moustache Samedi Game 11 from the French e-bike specialists is an enduro-ready eMTB with a large capacity 750Wh battery for riding further, longer and faster, plus 29er wheels…

Photo of Forbidden Dreadnought standing against a brown background

Forbidden now has a big gun but who needs the Forbidden Dreadnought XT when the Druid is already billed as capable? In short... everyone. Let me explain.

£6,799.00
Photo of the Evil Insurgent MX mountain bike

Hit the bike park or get ready for some enduro racing with the Evil Insurgent MX 29 with, you guessed it, a mullet wheel setup. Combining a carbon chassis with…

£6,599.00
Photo of the Voodoo Bizango budget mountain bike in a forest

Why mess with a winning formula? The Voodoo Bizango has smashed pretty much any test it’s ever entered, winning our Hardtail of the Year award multiple times, earning regular podium…

£925.00
Photo of the YT Capra Uncaged 9 mountain bike

The YT Capra has long been one of the best enduro bikes on the market, as well as one of the most affordable. Does YT’s latest Uncaged 9 model live…

£3,799.00
Photo of Canyon Spectral 125

Don’t let the relatively short travel on the Canyon Spectral 125 fool you; this is a bike that’s been engineered to feel capable in a wide range of trail environments.…

£5,649.00
Photo of Santa Cruz hardtail mountain bike in yellow

The much-revered Santa Cruz Chameleon turns 25 in 2022 (much like our beloved MBR magazine). This do-it-all hardtail rolled into production in 1997 and is one of the longest-running model…

£2,999.00
Kona Honzo

Long, low and slack was a phrase rarely used in 2012 when the original steel Honzo was launched with the aim of becoming the best hardtail on sale. But with…

£1,599.00
Score 8

Merida Big Trail 600

The last time we lined up Merida’s Big Trail in a bike test against the best hardtails on the market it was quite a different machine. All models rolled on…

£1,675.00
Score 9

Nukeproof Scout Comp

One look at the Nukeproof website and you’ll notice there’s a strong focus on trail, enduro and DH riding, with a range of bikes that look very fit for purpose.…

£1,799.99
Score 9

Whyte 629 V4

Whyte’s reputation for producing the best trail and enduro bikes is second to none. This UK brand’s design team doesn’t seem to sit still, constantly refining dimensions, geometry, and specs.…

£1,999.00
Score 10