Pearl Izumi X-Alp Flow is lightweight and easy to turn over pedalling, without this attribute making it feel too flimsy or unstable around the foot.
Ion offers a couple of flat pedal shoe options with the Ion Raid II flat shoe being the cheapest at a hair under eighty quid.
Like the taller Protect version, the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross SL uses a high-friction Stealth rubber sole and ticks boxes of durability, grip and comfort.
We loved the original Giro Chamber, but does the Giro Chamber II address the little issues and improved an almost perfect pair of shoes?
Launched in 2017, the Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoes are more flexible, much lighter and use a tackier sole than the first generation.
As the name suggests, the Five Ten Freerider Pro is a beefed-up version of the standard Freerider. These ‘Pro’ features adds to the price.
New 12-speed groupset SRAM NX Eagle breaks new ground with the most affordable wide-range 1x drivetrain yet. Twelve speeds for £365 SRP.
The Topeak Ninja TC Mountain holds a water bottle and a supplied multi-tool safely and silently away from the elements. Ninja stealth, Germanic reliability.
Camelbak Skyline LR 10 has a 3L bladder and 7L of storage capacity and is the perfect size for trail riders who don’t need to carry everything with them.
OneUp EDC Gear Strap slightly stretchy polyurethane strap lashes tyres, tools or whatever to the frame to eliminate extra weight and bulk on your person.
Squirt also offers this Squirt Low Temperature Chain lube that’s great for the UK. It costs more than normal Squirt (and more expensive than rival lubes).
Bluegrass Skinny knee pads are no-frills protection, with a bare minimum of superfluous features and lacking any big money materials such as D30.
The aesthetics of the 100% Speedtrap glasses are polarising but there's no debating how effective this extended coverage is at protecting your eyes.
Fox Indicator Pant is a lightweight and breathable everyday trouser. Highly breathable and comfortable, so much so it's wearable it in multiple conditions.
The TRP G-Spec Quadiem huge lever and chunky caliper gives off as strong sense they're built to take some serious abuse and dish out some big forces.
All the action with the Shimano XT M8020 disc brake is at the caliper; four ceramic pistons which Shimano claims a boost in power and heat dissipation.
SRAM Guide RE brake is designed to deliver the extra stopping power required by a 20kg e-bike, but it works really well on any regular trail bike.
Once fitted to our test bike, our initial impressions of the SRAM Code RSC disc brake were how noticeably firm it felt as you grabbed the lever.
For £188 you get a full set of Magura MT Trail Sport brakes complete with stainless steel rotors (£25) and adapters (£8.50).
At £175 per end, the Hope Tech 3 E4 undercuts quite a few of the top end brakes but you will still need to add £45 for the two-piece floating