Trusted mountain bike reviews from our team of Singletrack World experts with decades of experience.

2022 Nukeproof Scout 290 Review: Trail Toy!

2022 Nukeproof Scout offers four build specs, all as 275 or 290. Nukeproof have brought the signature yellow paint back, too...

Atherton AM.150.1 first ride review

Does the 150mm travel Atherton AM.150 mountain bike offer something that's unachievable via more traditional construction methods?

YT Capra Core 2

YT Capra Core 2 review: doing it for the lolz

After the carbon launch models, then the aluminium Uncaged versions, here is the more affordable alloy YT Capra Core 2.

Review: Cotic FlareMAX Gen4

The Cotic FlareMAX Gen4 is reviewed in Issue 142 Bike Test – The Big Short. Gen4 means fourth generation. This is the fourth iteration of Cotic’s shorter travel (125mm) full...

Pivot Shadowcat first ride review: lightly outrageous

Pivot’s replaced the 5.5 Mach with a smaller, lighter, upright suspension trail killer. It it enough fun to justify the price?

Juliana Wilder & Santa Cruz Blur review: XC race bikes fit for trails too

Santa Cruz Blur and Juliana Wilder: two XC race bikes, two different builds, two huge fans. Find out why we didn't want to return these.

Canyon Spectral 125

Canyon Spectral 125 CF 8: first ride review

Canyon has hacked some travel from the Spectral 125 but kept all of the other numbers the same. Is the Canyon Spectral 125 a trail bike?

2022 Focus Jam Carbon 8.9

2022 Focus Jam Carbon 8.9 filthy first ride review

It may look like a diet e-bike from certain angles but rest assured the new Focus Jam Carbon 8.9 is very much a pilot powered pedal-bike.

Singletrack Issue 141 bike test: Going to unextremes

The Singletrack team tests out three hardtails that sit somewhere in the midst of the ride style continuum. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A MEMBER-ONLY STORY.JOIN US TO UNLOCK…

Pipedream Sirius S5

Pipedream Sirius S5 review

The Pipedream Sirius is no match for carbon in terms of power transfer or weight, but the angles on it make it a pleasure to pedal. THERE'S MORE TO THIS…

Sonder Dial GX Eagle

Sonder Dial GX Eagle review

The Sonder Dial is marketed at riders wanting more confidence than a gravel bike and a more direct feel than a trail bike. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S A…

Trek Roscoe 9

Trek Roscoe 9 review

As a gnarly trail shredding bike, it won’t surprise anyone that the Trek Roscoe is biased in favour of the rowdier type of riding. THERE'S MORE TO THIS STORYBUT IT'S…

Review: Salsa Timberjack SLX 29 – how will you ride yours?

This review is part of the Bike Test feature ‘Hard Tails for Trails’ from Issue 137 of Singletrack Magazine. Price:  £1,870.00 From: Lyon Equipment lyon.co.uk  Salsa has been around since...

Reviewed: Ragley Big Wig – a steel hardtail classic

This review is part of the Bike Test feature ‘Hard Tails for Trails’ from Issue 137 of Singletrack Magazine. Price:  £1,999.99 From: Ragley We suspect that Ragley strongly believes in...

Nukeproof Scout 290 Pro review: for a fun filled ride

This review is part of the Bike Test feature ‘Hard Tails for Trails’ from Issue 137 of Singletrack Magazine. Price:  £2,449.99 From: Nukeproof Editors’ Choice 2021 This product features in...

Review: Canyon Lux Trail CF 8 – the best value bike of its type?

Daz reviews the Canyon Lux Trail – another XC/trail bike in a long line of this ilk that he’s tested. Images by Rob Lockhart. I’m sure it was just an...

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?