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Mountain Bike Reviews - Marin Bikes Alpine Trail 7 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Marin Bikes Alpine Trail 7 2019
Marin Bikes Alpine Trail 7

We all know that Marin is back in the game with some great bikes, and are certainly not afraid to try new things. They've pushed hard into the lower end of the price spectrum while simultaneously releasing the Wolf Ridge, their head-turning, top-end trail bike. Their bikes are coming fast from all angles. Building on the success of the Rift…

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2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polygon Bikes Siskiu N9 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polygon Bikes Siskiu N9 2019
Polygon Bikes Siskiu N9

Relatively unseen in Europe, Polygon have flown under the radar somewhat but are beginning to show us what we’ve all been missing over here, with some bold designs and some exceedingly well-priced bikes that have begun to get the market’s attention. Being the owners of their own factories means that Polygon is able to build bikes at a range of…

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2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Firebird 29 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Firebird 29 2019
Pivot Cycles Firebird 29

Earlier this year, Pivot filled one of the last gaps in their range with the arrival of a long travel 29er. Previously, the Switchblade had been their most progressive big wheeler, but this still had trail bike tendencies and was an excellent ride in those scenarios but not in bigger terrain. Their biggest hitting non-DH bike was the Firebird, which…

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2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 150 TM 29 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 150 TM 29 2018
CUBE Bikes Stereo 150 TM 29

The story behind the new Stereo has already been told when I wrote up the first ride a few months back. In short, Cube's enduro team had access to a long travel 650b bike but chose to ride the shorter travel 29er (stereo 140) and Greg Callaghan ended up winning the Irish round of the EWS on board the big…

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2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Giant Bicycles Reign 1 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Giant Bicycles Reign 1 2018
Giant Bicycles Reign 1

It's not uncommon to see a battle-scarred Reign out on the trails, testament to the fact that these bikes have always been held in high regard and last the test of time. The name may have remained the same, and the suspension system similar, but year on year they quietly evolve with incremental improvements rather than drastic redesigns. Perhaps not…

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2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Canyon Bicycles Strive CF 9.0 Team 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Canyon Bicycles Strive CF 9.0 Team 2018
Canyon Bicycles Strive CF 9.0 Team

It was once the case that buying a bike from Canyon was a sure fire way of getting an incredible deal on some Gucci parts that would have otherwise left you in tears at the checkout. The trade-off was that although you’d get a great overall bike, those parts might be allied to a workman-like frame - functional all day…

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2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 275c Factory 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 275c Factory 2018
Nukeproof Mega 275c Factory

Last year was a big year for Nukeproof, not only launching their new re-vamped range but also making waves in both the Enduro and Downhill scene. Sam Hill came, saw and conquered the EWS with trademark style, and although it wasn't a walk in the park, he reaffirmed himself as the best in the world. Just when you thought he…

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2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Switchblade 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Switchblade 2017
Pivot Cycles Switchblade

2017 is an important year for Pivot, with two new bikes creating waves in the highly competitive trail and enduro market. Creators of top end bikes with price tags to match, Pivot have produced both the Switchblade and it's bigger brother, the Firebird. Both feature new geometry and new technology to create machines to make mountain bikers go weak at…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro 2017
Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro

A year ago the new Mega 290 started making a powerful statement that Nukeproof were once again ahead of the curve and producing fresh and exciting bikes. Although available in the 650b version, rumours were flying that the 29er version was an absolute monster, and was converting riders hand over fist to the bigger wheels. When my pre-production tester came…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Firebird 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pivot Cycles Firebird 2017
Pivot Cycles Firebird

For Pivot, there are two big bikes of the year, the Switchblade, tested recently, and the Firebird seen here. Both obviously share the same genes, but more than that, they represent a step forward in the evolution of Pivot bikes. Boost, refined rear ends, and longer geometry bring them to the forefront of modern mountain bike design as some of…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Rocky Mountain Bicycles Altitude Carbon 50 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Rocky Mountain Bicycles Altitude Carbon 50 2017
Rocky Mountain Bicycles Altitude Carbon 50

Rocky Mountain seems to be having a bit of an overhaul at the moment, with new bikes hitting the trails all over the place. The new Slayer, launched last year, has been snapped up so quickly they are exceptionally hard to get hold of. I count myself lucky to have even touched a Slayer, let alone ride one! Whilst the…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - DMR Bikes Sled 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - DMR Bikes Sled 2017
DMR Bikes Sled

The Sled was always going to be an exciting bike. Ever since I got wind of the new machine last year, it was clear that DMR were not going to be messing about. There are obviously a couple of aspects about this bike that makes it stand proud from the rest of the DMR fleet. Firstly it is their first…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Liv Hail Advanced 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Liv Hail Advanced 2017
Liv Hail Advanced

Calling all ladies out there! You are about to lay your eyes on a very tasty, women’s specific all-mountain bike, which ticks all the boxes of an aggressive and slack geometry enduro rig. This is a bike that makes an instant impression. If you didn’t already know, Liv is the sister brand to Giant Bicycles and has only been on…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Merida Bikes ONE SIXTY 7000 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Merida Bikes ONE SIXTY 7000 2017
Merida Bikes ONE SIXTY 7000

With Merida giving their range a massive overhaul this year, there has been a lot of excitement around a certain all-mountain/enduro bike they were releasing - the One-Sixty! The model is available in three builds with this bike we have on test, the One-Sixty 7000, sitting in the middle of the range. Merida are from Taiwan, the home of bike…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Transition Bikes Patrol 2 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Transition Bikes Patrol 2 2017
Transition Bikes Patrol 2

The Patrol has been on a wish list of mine for a good while now, having first had a drool over it a couple of years ago when the brand brought it to the European stage at Eurobike. The Covert was previously a key player in the Transition line-up, an all-mountain rig that became the trusted favourite of many a…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race 2017
Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Race

The Commencal Meta range has a pedigree that seems to go back to the dawn of time almost, it’s been a hugely popular bike for the brand. In the early days it was defining All Mountain and these days is synonymous with enduro. Available in various guises we were big fans of the new Meta 4 when it was launched…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Saracen Ariel LT 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Saracen Ariel LT 2017
Saracen Ariel LT

British brand Saracen is back with a bang, though for those in the know they never really went away. One of the original brands from the early days of mountain bikes, those riders of a certain age will have an understanding of where Saracen have come from. Their story to this point has not been straightforward, with the brand going…

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2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polygon Bikes Collosus N9 XTR 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Polygon Bikes Collosus N9 XTR 2016
Polygon Bikes Collosus N9 XTR

Depending on which part of the globe you reside, Polygon could well be a slightly unfamiliar sight on your local trails. The Hutchinson UR Downhill team has brought them more global recognition in recent years, and back in 2014, they snapped up everyone's favourite privateer Jamie Nicol to race under their banner for the Enduro World Series. Nicol started piloting…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Genius LT 710 Plus 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Genius LT 710 Plus 2016
Scott Bicycles Genius LT 710 Plus

The Genius range is a major part of Scott's heritage, having been around for some time, but always undergoing tweaks and developments to keep it up to date. This time, we see the Genius get fat, but not too fat; just a bit of middle age spread perhaps? The plus sized movement is gathering momentum, and Scott have embraced it,…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Trek Bikes Slash 9.8 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Trek Bikes Slash 9.8 2016
Trek Bikes Slash 9.8

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Six years ago Trek developed this suspension design, it was hugely successful and they’ve stuck with it. The Slash 9.8 is a very well thought out and brilliantly executed application of this platform aimed at the enduro rider looking for a highly capable 27.5 wheeled machine. The design criteria for this discipline of…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 160 C:62 Race 27.5 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 160 C:62 Race 27.5 2016
CUBE Bikes Stereo 160 C:62 Race 27.5

The Cube Stereo range stands in the market as an extensive arsenal of weapons. A popular and long-standing bike which comes in many differing guises, from 120 to 160mm travel and with frames made of either aluminium or carbon fibre, this one being the 160 C:62 Race. This means that it sports 160mm of travel at both the front and…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro  2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro  2016
Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro

Developed originally for its namesake race, the Mega was one of the very earliest bikes to combine exceptional downhill performance with pedal-ability, commonly now known as enduro bikes. This year the Mega has received an overhaul and has come out the other side looking like a decidedly different beast, not least due to the offering of a 29er version. This…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Canyon Bicycles Spectral AL 8.0 EX WMN 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Canyon Bicycles Spectral AL 8.0 EX WMN 2016
Canyon Bicycles Spectral AL 8.0 EX WMN

Established in 2002, Canyon are a young brand relative to other major players, though they’ve built themselves a tidy and credible reputation within that time through providing keenly priced and brilliantly specced bikes of every genre. They’re only available to buy directly, but I’d heard great things, yet never had the chance to try one, until now. I was intrigued…

Enduro Bikes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black 2016
Commencal Meta AM V4 Ride 650B Edition Black

Andorra based Commencal have already created an impressive Meta V4 line up, and not ones to rest on their laurels have added two new limited edition versions to the mix. The ‘Race Brushed’ model sports higher spec, and, of course, price tag. The ‘Ride’ edition we have here, still comes dressed in some fine attire though! It features the same…

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2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vitus Sommet CR 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vitus Sommet CR 2016
Vitus Sommet CR

This year saw Vitus announce they were ramping things up with their Sommet range, and adding a carbon frame to the mix. The Sommet had been well received, so the addition of a carbon option seems to be another good step forward. Available in two specs the all singing and dancing CRX, and what we have here, the slightly more…

Enduro Bikes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Airdrop Bikes Edit 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Airdrop Bikes Edit 2016
Airdrop Bikes Edit

Airdrop Bikes are another little piece of engineering beauty to come from the Steel City of Sheffield, England. Designed, tested, built and shredded around the local trails. From the off, these guys have got a strong heritage. Having been around since 2015, they are most definitely new kids on the block, but their genuine independent status and clear passion for…

Enduro Bikes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 140 Super HPC TM 27.5  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes Stereo 140 Super HPC TM 27.5  2015
CUBE Bikes Stereo 140 Super HPC TM 27.5

The Cube Stereo has been around for a long time, and appears in many different guises in the Cube line up. This flavour of Stereo is the 140 SUPER HPC TM 27.5 version, which when translated means the standard 140mm travel Carbon frame, with a 150mm pike (rather than a 140mm fork) and equipment aimed slightly more towards gravity assisted…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta V4 Race  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta V4 Race  2015
Commencal Meta V4 Race

The Meta V4 line up is an impressive one; it features four levels of bike, the Origin, Essential, Race Plus and the World Cup. All of the models feature the same 6066 Aluminium Triple Butted hydroformed frame based around the new Contact System suspension platform. The new design mounts the shock on the top tube and uses a simple two-stage…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Trek Bikes Remedy 9 29  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Trek Bikes Remedy 9 29  2015
Trek Bikes Remedy 9 29

Every year Trek seems to add an acronym or two to the features list that describes their bikes. You could call it marketing or propriety loading, or you could call it evolution. Over the years their ABP Convert, Full Floater, E2, DRCV etc. have been hailed as the answer to problems that the average rider hasn’t really been aware of.…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Ghost Bikes Riot LT 8 LC  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Ghost Bikes Riot LT 8 LC  2015
Ghost Bikes Riot LT 8 LC

LT stands for Long Travel, the standard Riot from Ghost is a 130mm travel trail bike, for 2015 the brand upped-the-anti and went with a longer fork up front. The bike still has 130mm of rear end Riot Link travel, but the geometry has been tweaked to give the bike a more aggressive feel. There is some aggressive styling too,…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM V4  2015
Commencal Meta AM V4

One bike to do it all! I wonder if the Hobbits were as sceptical when they heard a similar phrase! For years my stable of bikes has increased, with each individual bike having a very specific and narrowed use, a downhill bike, a trail bike, an XC bike, a jump bike, and so the list goes on. Try and throw…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Mondraker Foxy RR  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Mondraker Foxy RR  2015
Mondraker Foxy RR

You can’t really glance at the Foxy RR, an invisible force draws your eyes to it, and there they will stay locked onto its beauty while dribble oozes from the corner of your mouth. It’s a ridiculously good-looking bike, which caused a stir just about everywhere we went with it. Mondraker have been making the Foxy for some time now,…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad C  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad C  2015
Santa Cruz Bicycles Nomad C

Out of the box this is one seriously nice looking bit of kit, although it comes with a fairly chunky price tag. You would be forgiven for thinking this is just another re-launch of a bike with the bigger wheels treatment. However, given the hype surrounding the launch of this new bike I was keen to test the real differences.…

Enduro Bikes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM 3  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM 3  2014
Commencal Meta AM 3

Commencal have always had a logical approach to designing and building mountain bikes and that is set to continue. Rather than come down heavily on one side or another in the great wheel size debate they have released the Meta in all three. Pick the one that best suits the way you ride and the trails you ride. Simple. On…

Enduro Bikes
2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Genius LT 700  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Scott Bicycles Genius LT 700  2014
Scott Bicycles Genius LT 700

Scott have had the Genius range of bikes in their line up for some time, the LT moniker stands for Long Travel. The range is aimed at the rider who wants a ‘one bike does it all’ machine, equally at home on alpine DH tracks as it is at your local woods. Last year Scott were one of the first…

Enduro Bikes
2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5  2014
Commencal Meta AM Girly 27.5

Intro I must admit to being slightly adverse to anything with names such as ‘Flower/Bliss/ Diva’ when it comes to female specific products in the extreme sports world, so when it came to the women’s Commencal Meta AM Girly you can imagine my scrunched-up nose response. However, I confess I have eaten humble pie in a BIG way this time.…

Enduro Bikes
2014
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