When it comes to full suspension trail bikes these days, there are so many options to look at. We’ve got super high-end, luxury carbon options from the likes of Santa Cruz, Yeti, and Pivot, to the other end of the scale with alloy offerings from brands such as Specialized, Giant and Merida. There has never been more choice for riders looking for a trail bike.
With that in mind, we got two bikes together from two well known brands to run a head to head test to see where the state of play is at.
The Bikes & The Test
What we have here are two bikes from two large, well-known manufacturers that you can find on the high street; GT and Trek.
The aim of the test was of course to see how they both stood up to a good thrashing over a review period, but also to see just how different two very similar bikes can be. Although these bikes both utilise a carbon/alloy frame build, run 130mm of travel both front and rear, and roll on big 29in wheels, I think they offer something vastly different to prospective riders.
These two bikes have different characters. Different motives to how they want you to ride, and they ask different questions of you while you are riding. But which would get my vote? Bear with me, while I try to explain how these bikes have left me feeling after the three month test period.
2019 GT Sensor Expert
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|Brand:||Trek & GT|
|Product:||Fuel EX 9.7 & Sensor Expert|
|Price:||£3150.00 - £3299.99|
|Tested:||by Rob Mitchell for 3 Months|