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Specialized Europe Camber 29 (2012)
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Specialized Europe Camber 29 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

It's heavier than some pricier options, and as such, BikeRadar wouldn't pick the Camber 29 as a full-on racer, but they say it easily makes up for that with an attractive price tag and

1 review

 

More information at: BikeRadar, 2/2012 Specialized Camber 29 They may have been a bit late to join the 29in party, but once they arrived, Specialized certainly didn't waste any time, producing models such as the entry-level Camber 29 up for review here. … to review

Butcher (11)
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Santa Cruz Butcher (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Despite the fact that it's short and it's definitely not the lightest bike around, BikeRadar found Santa Cruz's Butcher to be an impressive ride, with surprising climbing capabilities. …

1 review

 

Wilson SL (2011)
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Devinci Wilson SL (11)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

When BikeRadar took a first ride on Devinci's Wilson SL, handling was easy and reliable, with really excellent cornering and great potential for downhill speed. The 3.5in rear shock helps

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More information at: BikeRadar, 5/2011 Devinci Wilson SL - First ride Devinci are one of the few companies to have licensed Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot design, creating a whole new range of full-suspension bikes based around it. The 2011 line-up includes trail taming 120mm (4.7in) steeds all the way through to this World Cup ready downhill machine. … to review

 
Trek Superfly (2012)
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Trek Superfly (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Hardtail; Frame Material: Carbon

220 Triathlon found it hard to fault the Trek Superfly, which they believe is no lazy big-wheeler. As expected, it has a solid specification across the board, and this combined with the carbon frame …

1 review

 

Norco Sight 2 - Shimano Deore XT (2012)
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Norco Sight 2 - Shimano Deore XT (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Norco Sight 2 won BikeRadar's Trail Bike of the Year award, as it combines excellent mountain biking performance with a comfortable and natural feel. It has balanced suspension, allowing you …

1 review

 

Specialized Europe Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO (2012)
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Specialized Europe Stumpjumper FSR Comp EVO (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium, Carbon

BikeRadar were surprised by how well the Specialized Stumpjumper FSR EVO Comp 2012 can climb, as well as handling technical trails without any problem. It comes into its own however when travelling …

1 review

 

Saracen Zen X (2012)
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Saracen Zen X (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Saracen Zen X hardtail has a slacker head angle and as the tyres are smaller than the previous model, handling is even better. Weight distribution is directed forward, which can be a bit tight …

1 review

 

Nerve X C 9 (2012)
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Canyon Bicycles Nerve XC 9.0 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Canyon's Nerve XC 9.0 is similar to the previous iteration, with a light weight, stiff and well balanced frameset. BikeRadar say that no other equally priced bikes come close to offering the

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More information at: BikeRadar, 4/2012 Video: Canyon Nerve XC 9.0 The previous Canyon Nerve XC 9.0 won BikeRadar's Trail Bike of the Year award, but will the 2012 iteration be equally as successful? … to review

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On-One Bikes Inbred 29 X9 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Hardtail; Frame Material: Steel

BikeRadar described the On-One Inbred 29 X9 as the Land Rover of the bike world, saying it is unstoppable. It may not be the fastest, but it is a steady and determined bike through technical trails, …

1 review

 

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KHS Bicycles Alite 2000 (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Alite 2000 is not the best equipped bike, but its specification has been well considered and it rides better than other bikes tested in around the same price range. It accelerates and ascends …

1 review

 

 
Cube LTD Comp (2011)
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Cube LTD Comp (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

Even though this bike looks sensational, its an easygoing ride that's close to perfect. Pleasurable with certainty on the trail as well as ascends. The Cube is not the most stimulating bike to

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More information at: BikeRadar, 1/2012 Cube LTD Comp A best pick for bikes in this price point, and looking like it has enough strong points. But does it stand up to its ready to ride promise? … to review

Halfords Carrera Fury (2012)
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Halfords Carrera Fury (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

To prevent an increase in price, Halfords have had to make some changes to the Carrera Fury. The suspension fork has been downgraded which can't be made up for by introducing the 10-speed …

1 review

 

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Decathlon B'Twin Rockrider 9.1 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

The B'Twin Rockrider 9.1 is unlike many other budget full suspension bikes, in that it doesn't sacrifice rear end travel for singletrack wallow and weight. BikeRadar say that you're

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More information at: BikeRadar, 1/2012 B'Twin Rockrider 9.1 Decathlon's B'Twin bikes offer value for money and the Rockrider 9.1 is the cheapest from their range of full-suspension performance bikes. … to review

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Cube Access WLS Team (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Women; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

The Cube Access is a complete cycle that combines performance with easy handling on the trail, with nice symmetry, good posture and solidness. Ergonomic handlebar grips and large profile tyres are …

1 review

 

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Devinci Dexter RC (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

BikeRadar think that the Dexter RC from Devinci is one of the top short travel bikes available at the moment, its versatility means it can be used for XC racing or even rides in the hills. With some

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More information at: BikeRadar, 9/2011 Devinci Dexter RC - First ride Devinci are one of the few bike manufacturers to be given the rights for using the Split Pivot suspension designed by Dave Weagle. How well does it fare? … to review

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Genesis Bikes Core 40 (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; Hardtail; Frame Material: Aluminium

If you're looking for a bike that combines comfort on the trail with ability to handle big hits, BikeRadar deem the Genesis Core 40 to be nearly perfect, with just the need of an air fork to …

1 review

 

Specialized Europe Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 (12)
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Specialized Europe Stumpjumper Comp Carbon 29 (12)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Hardtail; Frame Material: Carbon

On sections of the trail with good traction, the Specialized Stumpjumper has very responsive handling, but the tyres can be sketchy with little traction, and along with the steep head angle can make …

1 review

 

Anthem X 29'ER 1
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Giant Anthem X 29er 1 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

Bikemagic declared the Anthem X 29er 1 to be Giant's best bike as it is fast and represents good value for the money. It is also particularly well suited to 24-hour races or marathons. There is …

2 reviews

 

Trek Fuel EX 8 (2012)
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Trek Fuel EX 8 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Women, Men; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Aluminium

BikeRadar say Trek's Fuel EX 8 is one of the top all-round trail bikes, despite not being massive fans of the latest tech upgrades. It's versatile as it can handle terrain outside of its

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More information at: BikeRadar, 4/2012 Trek Fuel EX 8 The Fuel EX range has been around for a while but how will the latest version, the all-rounder trail Fuel EX 8 bike, perform? … to review

Mach 429 29er (2011)
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Pivot Cycles Mach 429 (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Unisex; Full-Suspension; Frame Material: Carbon

Bike Radar were very pleasantly surprised by the 429's trail capabilities, despite its cross-country-oriented light weight and spec. It handles well, is very stable and its traction is superb

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More information at: BikeRadar, 7/2011 Pivot 429 - First ride With its 429 model, Pivot steps into the budding 29er market for the first time. … to review

 

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Product information and further reviews

Transition Double - First ride BikeRadar 7/2011 - Transition's growing reputation means it's well worth keeping an eye on new releases such as this, their most recent slope/slalom-oriented machine.

Commencal Meta AM - First look BikeRadar 7/2011 - With the new Meta AM, Commençal are trying to recover the ground they have lost since their Meta 5 model caused quite a stir back in 1995.

GT Aggressor 3.0 BikeRadar 7/2011 - GT describes its entry-level mountain bike, the Aggressor, as offering all that anyone could ask for to get started with the sport of mountain biking - yet that's not to say that round-the-town use is out of the picture.

Identiti P66 Comp - First ride BikeRadar 7/2011 - Identiti has long been associated with mountain bike dirt jumping, and has managed to promote the growth of the sport while offering good quality at the same time. This point is only underscored by their P66 Comp.

Mongoose Switchback Sport BikeRadar 6/2011 - The Switchback is meant mainly as an entry-level mountain/trail bike, but like most budget offerings, it can also make a decent urban/commuter ride.

Felt Edict Pro BikeRadar 6/2011 - There's long been a void between their carbon-fibre hardtails and 120mm-travel Virtue models, but now Felt are filling it with a 100mm-travel racer, the Edict.

Intense Tracer 2 BikeRadar 6/2011 - The Tracer 2 is being pitched by Intense as a trail machine, an all-mountain bike and as an enduro ride at the same time, showing that, in the right hands, there shouldn't be anything it can't do.

Kona Big Kahuna (10) BikeRadar 11/2010 - Kona have been in the 29er game for quite a while compared to some mainstream manufacturers. The Big Kahuna is the second cheapest in their five-bike big-wheeler line-up, which also includes a full-suspension bike and a singlespeed.

Scott Voltage YZ15 (10) BikeRadar 7/2010 - Scott have had a long involvement in the dirt jump scene, particularly with hero of the skies Timo Pritzel. They've also had a long relationship with aluminium tubes, because their first products were aluminium ski poles, over half a century ago. The mad profile tubes found on the Voltage range of bikes show just how far the company have come since that time.

Specialized FSR XC Comp (10) BikeRadar 12/2009 - Specialized were in on the full-suspension revolution at the start, but unlike many of their contemporaries, their first full-sussers actually worked. That's why, a decade and a half later, the latest incarnation of the FSR XC Comp uses exactly the same suspension design. Review details: Single test. One mountain bike was reviewed and rated on ride & handling, frame and equipment.

Specialized Enduro Expert (10) BikeRadar 11/2009 - Specialized's new Enduro anchors their latest shock layout in a new and impressive lightweight chassis. Pushing the bike's limits proved it has the in-built accuracy and geometry to make a potential category winner. Unfortunately while most of the kit is great, the fork isn't up to the job. Review details: Single test. One mountain bike was reviewed and rated on ride & handling, frame and equipment.

Ram Bikes HT3 (10) BikeRadar 1/2010 - This tough Eastern European hardtail looks a good alternative option for more aggressive riders. If you're after a tough frame with an individual style and custom paint options to match, the Ram should certainly be on your list. As a complete package though, compromises in the spec - particularly the fork - leave it lagging on performance until you upgrade. Review details: Single Test. One mountain bike was reviewed and rated on ride & handling, frame and equipment.

Merida Trans-mission HFS 3000-D BikeRadar 6/2009 - Merida are a Taiwanese company who make bikes for some of the biggest brands. They also produce their own range using the same cutting-edge technology, and the Trans-Mission is their 130mm travel cross-country bike, specifically designed for the rigours of UK riding. With a near flawless spec, a unique look and some great features, it looked like a contender for the trail bike crown. But the whole never quite added up to the sum of its parts.

Specialized Bicycles Hardrock Pro(09) BikeRadar 12/2008 - Specialized's Hardrock has been around for a long time. While its glamorous Stumpjumper stablemate is one of the longest-running production bikes in existence, the stalwart Hardrock has been providing Specialized customers with a decent entry-level riding experience for decades.

Merida HFS XC 2000D BikeRadar 5/2009 - Merida’s HFS 2000-D sits one step down from the top of the HFS (Hydro Forming System) range. It’s fast, light (24.2lb) and adaptable enough to be far more than just a purist race bike.

Kona Dawg Supreme (09) BikeRadar 4/2009 - One criticism frequently levelled at Kona is their stalwart reliance on their tried-and-tested non-Horst link, rocker activated shock suspension platform. True to form, this year's Dawg Supreme rocks the same 'faux-bar' configuration, but has gained an inch of travel and a hefty pricetag, pigeon-holing it right in there with the all-mountain big boys. So can it bite as hard as it barks?

Haro Sonix (09) BikeRadar 3/2009 - We weren’t able to source a 2009 sample of Haro’s quirky Sonix in time for this test, but the only significant changes over our 2008 test machine are a £100 price increase (to £1,000) and a switch to a Marzocchi fork. We really wanted to like the Sonix – it looks good and handles well – but its Jekyll-and-Hyde suspension is a stark reminder of why unified rear triangle (URT) designs fell out of favour a long time ago.

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The forerunners to the modern mountain bike were first seen in Paris in the 1950s but it wasn't until they began to be used in the American state of California did they really begin to take off. The original mountain bikes were heavily modified versions of other bikes and were thus mainly designed for sport and not for general riding. Models for mainstream road use were introduced in the late 1970s and early 1980s but now the trend is moving back to a more aggressive, sport orientated bicycle. To be used on the roads however, most bikes require a few modifications. Lights are usually not fitted, nor is a mud guard but a real mountain bike is normally now fitted with full or at least rear suspension, which is just as useful on bumpy roads as it is on mountain dirt tracks. Once mountain bikes began to be manufactured by specialist companies, technological advancements allowed for lighter smaller frames, so that now a mountain bike will have the same sized tyres as any normal bike but a smaller, thicker, more robust frame.