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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Voodoo Aizan 29er

Check out this review of the VooDoo Aizan 29er hardtail, the little brother of the award-winning Bizango

Canyon Nerve AL+ 9.0 £2,695

Read our review of the 150mm-travel all-mountain Canyon Nerve AL+ 9.0

Score 8

Jamis Nemesis £1,150

The 650b hardtail that bucks the trend for 29in wheels on the XC race circuit.

Score 5

Cube LTD Pro

Find out how the Cube LTD Pro fared in the sub-£1000 category of MBR's Hardtail of the Year shootout

Score 6

Boardman Fi MTB Comp

MBR reviews the Boardman Fi MTB Comp in the women specific field of Hardtail of the Year

Score 8

Race Face Ride XC chainset is hardly cutting edge

The Orange Five S is a multi-award winning classic of mountain bike design — but does it still stack up against the competition?

Score 8

Trek Cali S

MBR's Hardtail of the Year in the Women Specific category - read our full review here

Score 9

2013 Norco Sight 2, £2,350

Norco is a company on top of its game right now, and the 140mm-travel Sight 2 earned a rare 10/10 from our test team

Score 10

Good components made the Rockhopper a real contender in MBR's Hardtail of the Year — but how did it fare?

Score 7

VooDoo Bizango 29er hardtail of the Year £600 category

2013's Hardtail of the Year offered modern geometry and a great parts package

Score 10

Scott Genius 740, £2,399

The 650b Scott Genius 740 boasts some cutting edge technology, but at times that can get in the way of a smooth, fun ride

Score 7