Singletrack Reader Awards 2015: Best Bike Under £2500

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A hard fought category, the Best Bike Under £2500 is where the real workhorses live. Bikes in this category have to be adaptable, tough and good at whatever is thrown at them. There’s great competition in this segment, with a lot of room for the bike-designers’ tastes to show through in spec, graphics and intended use. This year, the nominations are:

Giant Reign 2
Specialized Camber 29 EVO
Trek Slash 7

Giant Reign 2

£2200

‘Shred with confidence’ goes the blurb, and who’s to argue? With the same terrain-swallowing suspension that we loved in the current issue’s bike test, we found the bike to be a flattering steamroller of a machine (if that’s a good metaphor…) Comes with Pikes, a dropper and a whole lot of attitude. What’s not to like?

www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/showcase/reign-27-5/

Specialized Camber 29 EVO

£2000

Coming in a good £500 under our target price, the Camber EVO 29er features a great 120mm travel frame and Fox fork with a lot of rider-based details. The only thing missing is a dropper, but with £500 to spare, there’s enough for a decent one and some matching kit. Our Sim loved the bike when he tested it and we’ve heard good things about it on the trail.

For more about the Camber range, click here: www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bikes/mountain/camber

Trek Slash 7

£2500

The Slash 7 is a 27.5in trail bike, enduro race bike and good times bike in a single box. With top notch spec like a Rockshox Pike and DebonAir shock, a KS dropper and a Bontrager finishing kit, it’s ready to ride-away and have fun out the door. And it comes in the purples!
For more about the Slash range, click here: http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/mountain/enduro/slash/slash_7/

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Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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