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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Kona invited us to its 2012 bike launch in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Bikes on tap included the new 170mm travel Entourage and the 130mm travel Tanuki trail bike

Based in the Jura mountains, Switzerland, BMC is perfectly situated for developing and testing suspension bikes, so we were keen to find out if there’s more to the Trailfox than…

Score 8

Scott's new Spark blurs the line between race bike and trail bike. We take to the Tuscan hills to try it for ourselves.


By selling direct to the public, via, this German brand can pump out bikes that are incredible value for money. But does the Nerve AM 6.0 add up to…

Score 9

orange st4

With 40mm less travel than the Five but created from very similar DNA, we find out if the Orange ST4 makes up in speed what it lacks in travel.

Score 9

Longtermer report: Scott Genius 20 £3,799

Specification Frame: Scott Genius, IMP4 technology, HMF net-carbon swingarm, carbon dropouts with replaceable hanger, 150mm rear travel Suspension: Fox 32 Talas RL15mm QR thru Axle, Scott Equalizer 2 shock Wheels:…

DiamondBack Response Sport £499.99

With a stealth appearance, hydroformed tubeset and a generous build the DiamondBack promised a lot. The Truvativ 2-piece chainset and Giga Pipe outboard bearing also didn’t go unnoticed. However, the…

Score 5