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2021 commencal meta am 29 team

Commencal Meta AM 29 Team Review

Commencal went ultra-long and slack for the newest Meta AM 29, so does that make it too enduro for everyday riding? The Commencal Meta AM 29 has evolved from being...

Boardman MTR 9.0

Boardman MTR 9.0 review: brilliant or bobbins?

Barney batters the Boardman MTR 9.0. Boardman’s blingiest bouncy bike, but is this affordable full-sus Brilliant, or bobbins? Boardman’s MTR 9.0 is the company’s flagship mountain bike. No high-falutin’ DH...

2022 YT Capra Core 4 29 Review – The GOAT returns but does it live up to the hype?

Forget the big-budget movie launches featuring Hollywood stars! What we want to know is does the 2022 YT Capra Core 4 29 live up to the hype? Think of YT,...

patrol 691 evo review

Patrol 691 Evo Review | This Indonesian enduro puts the SUPER in Superboost!

Patrol Mountain has taken input from riders and testers from around the world and brought the geometry of their 691 right up to date. I do bring this up as...

Cotic BFe Max Review

Cotic BFe Max Review – Another Cotic Classic!

Cotic BFe Max review! Cotic takes the BFe name made famous 16 years ago and gives it a 2021 29er spin. There are a few bike models that have really...

2022 Orange Alpine Evo review

Exclusive | Orange Alpine Evo Review a big travel bike with trail bike manners

The Orange Alpine Evo is the latest development in the Alpine range, offering big travel capabilities in a lively and efficient trail-friendly package. The Orange Alpine Evo isn’t designed to...

Patrol C091 review

Review: Patrol C091 a carbon hardtail with all the gear for just $2199

Low-cost, huge value mountain bike options are drying up fast, so perhaps the Patrol C091 is just what the mountain bike market needs. It seems like just a couple of...

Review: The Pole Taival Frameset is long but not unwieldy

Earlier in the year, Andi took delivery of a Pole Taival frameset, a bike that has helped rekindle his love of steel hardtails once again. I’ve had a lot of...

Review: Merida Ninety Six 8000 don’t call it “down country”

When is a cross-country bike not a cross-country bike? When it has bigger tyres on it? Whilst that’s clearly a silly question given the years of work and squillions spent...

Propain Hugene Performance Review | One bike to rule them all?

In recent months, you might be more familiar with Propain’s Spindrift being hucked off all manner of ridiculous gaps by crazy Frenchman Remy Metailler. If such gnarly sends aren’t on...

Stanton Switchback

Stanton Switchback Gen 3 Review

I had mixed feelings coming to this Stanton Switchback Gen 3. Firstly, I’ve often slavered a little at Stanton frames friends have had, as they always look immaculate. When they...

Salsa Cassidy and Blackthorn Review – One frame, two dream builds

There are times when this whole bike testing thing can be such a drag, man. Being faced with the prospect of riding a less than ideal BSO* with poorly specced…

Review: 2021 Saracen Ariel 30

Saracen is back in a big way and its major focus for the moment is the brand new Ariel line. Redesigned from the ground up, while still retaining the multi-link...

Islabikes Creig 26 Children’s Bike – Long Term Test

Could this be the best kids bike on the market today?

Staff Bike Test: Hannah’s Stooge MK4

This article was first published in Issue 129 of Singletrack Magazine. Sometime during high school I had an epiphany: the cool kids were always going to think I was a...

Ibis Ripley

Staff Bike Test: Chipps’ Ibis Ripley MK4

This article was first published in Issue 129 of Singletrack Magazine. The first Ibis Ripley, back in 2001 or so, was an alloy softail, a pretty advanced bike for the...

Staff Bike Test: Andi’s Commencal Meta AM 29 SRAM Edition

This article was first published in Issue 129 of Singletrack Magazine. The Commencal Meta has been around for quite a while now, but every so often the bike receives an...

Staff Bike Test: Amanda’s Juliana Maverick Carbon CC XO1 Reserve

This article was first published in Issue 129 of Singletrack Magazine. As I pushed back up a certain (pretty large, for me at least) feature on a huge loop in...

Stif Squatch

The Stif Squatch – More than just a big wheeled Morf?

Since launching the Morf in 2016, Stif have taken four years to develop and launch this Squatch, their first 29er hardtail. I respect that, because upfront it tells me they...

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 2 – Long Term Review

Giant reckons their Reign 29er could be the ultimate Enduro machine but what does our resident aficionado of all things big mountain make of it after subjecting it to eight…

Review: Brand New Santa Cruz Nomad V5

The Nomad has been Santa Cruz’s flagship all mountain, long travel enduro bike for a good few years now, around 15 to be precise, and today sees the launch of…

Canyon Stoic 4 (2021) – 140mm of hardtail fun, reviewed

Canyon’s new alloy hardtail, the Stoic, comes in three models: the 2, 3 and 4. With the Canyon Stoic 2 starting at £849, and the bikes starting at a teeny...

2021 Canyon Spectral CF 29 9.0

First Ride: 2021 Canyon Spectral CF 29 9.0

If there was one bike missing from the Canyon range then it was a 29er trail bike, that gap has now been plugged with the all-new 2021 Canyon Spectral 29....

2021 commencal meta am 29 team

2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 Review | Thought you were fast? Wait till you ride this!

The 2021 Commencal Meta AM 29 is a proven speed demon, with sorted geo and kinematics for reduced fatigue and impressive climbing. This is a full-on EWS weapon! Let's cut…

2021 Nukeproof Mega 275 Factory – First Ride Review

The Nukeproof Mega has been the brand's top flight, big hitting enduro bike since 2011. The original prototype was raced to 3rd place in Masters at the 2009 Megavalanche (the…

First Ride: 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper Review

Chipps reports from a day of ups and downs in the remarkably sunny Tweed Valley aboard the new Stumpjumper. Although it was only a day, there was more than enough…

Orange Crush MX review

Review | Orange Crush MX Pro LTD hardcore hardtail

Do the mixed wheels of the Orange Crush MX make this THE hardcore hardtail to own in 2021? Andi climbs on board to tell all. The continued evolution of the...

Canyon Strive CF 7.0 – One bike eager to rule them all

Our US correspondent takes the Canyon Strive CF 7.0 for a tour of the UK. Would this shapeshifter bike serve all his bike needs in one? The Canyon Strive CF...

Sonder Signal ST NX First Look & Ride

Launched in August the Sonder Signal ST is essentially a steel version of their existing Signal Ti model - that's Ti = titanium of course. You can check out Andi's…

Privateer 141 | First Ride Review Of Privateer’s Brand New All-Rounder

Ross receives the new Privateer 141 for an early test. See what he makes of this aggressive UK trail bike in this review. Privateer Bikes first came onto our radar…