From the very first pedal stroke, the Mondraker Chrono Carbon R felt purposeful, poised and precise, instantly reacting to the most subtle of rider inputs.
Race Face Turbine R 35 stem has featured here more than once, but I’m taking another look because it’s now available in nine(!) different anodised colours.
The Alpinestars Aspen WR Pro glove from Alpinestars is a water-resistant, soft-shell winter glove with a synthetic suede palm.
Ion Scrub Select is their slightly heavier-duty, DH-style trouser using stiffer DWR-coated fabrics together with thinner, more flexible ones.
Eyewear like these 100% S3 glasses promises the protection of goggles with the airflow of glasses.
Developed with the help of Ben ‘The Deakinator’ Deakin, the DMR OiOi saddle is low profile, lightweight and has a stress-relieving base.
The new Mavic XA Hip Belt has three litres of storage and a host of mtb-specific design details to ensure it’s no bog-standard bum bag.
What’s most interesting about the Zipp 3Zero Moto carbon wheels is weight-saving is a secondary concern; it’s performance that headlines this class act.
Will the increased wheel size and travel eqaute to more fun on the new Norco Sight A2 29? Long and low geometry with increased reach and slacker head angle.
Commençal puts a lot of effort into the look and style of its bikes and the Commencal Meta TR 29 has a great presence on the trail.
The Whyte S-150C trail bike continues to impress, even three years after its launch.
Back to defend its Trail Bike crown is the YT Jeffsy 29 CF Comp 29. Revamped last year: a new carbon frame, adjustable geometry, top-quality spec.
If you crave ultimate performance, and personal service from a local shop, the Nukeproof Reactor 290c Elite is the bike to get
Radon Slide Trail 9.0 includes a carbon composite front triangle, alloy rear end, full Fox suspension and the latest Shimano 12-speed drivetrain.
The Trek Procaliber 9.7 crossed our finish line first because it’s the fastest bike on test. And in XC racing, that’s all that counts.
These bikes are the best hardtail mountain bikes available. From £350 up to £1,000 price points, we have chosen four winning options for any budget.
Canyon's new Neuron AL range consists of two models – the AL 6.0 and the AL 7.0. There's a women-specific version of each, with gender-specific contact points.
The Kinesis Rise SL is something different. It's an e-bike that looks and rides like a cutting edge hardtail. Sounds intriguing...
We've been ripping around on the new RockShox SID Ultimate fork and SIDluxe shock for a few months now fitted to a sexy Mondraker F-Podium.
The redesigned Canyon Spectral:ON e-bike has 150mm travel front and rear; mismatched wheels (29in front, 27.5in rear); 203mm rotors and four-piston calipers; clever kick-tail saddle. >>> Best electric mountain bikes…