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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

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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

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 …

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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 …

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

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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 …

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

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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: Men, Women; 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, …

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KHS Bicycles Alite 2000 (2011)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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 …

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

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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 …

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Decathlon B'Twin Rockrider 9.1 (2012)

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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

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

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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 …

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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 …

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

Mountain bike; User type: Men, Women; 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

Superfly Pro 29er (2012)
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Trek Superfly Pro - SRAM XX (2012)

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

The geometry of the Trek Superfly Pro feels natural, and the specification is generally pretty smart. Bike Radar also approved of the solid power transfer and all-round stiffness, though they do

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More information at: BikeRadar, 2/2012 Trek Superfly Pro 29er Building on the Superfly Elite's success, can the Superfly Pro make a big impression with its upgraded spec and lower weight? … to review

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Ragley Bikes Blue Pig X9 (2012)

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

BikeRadar are blown away by the Ragley Blue Pig X9. It's ideal for people who like to go on wild trail adventures and it can handle the most chaotic terrains. It produces a confident and fun

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More information at: BikeRadar, 4/2012 Ragley Blue Pig X9 If you want a bike that can handle even the most progressive trails, the Ragley Blue Pig X9 might be the special bike for wild riders. … to review

Cotic Rocket (2012)
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Cotic Rocket (2012)

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

The Cotic Rocket is a bit of a rarity - a full suspension steel bike. It has a 66.5° head angle and a 13.3inch bottom bracket, so it can confidently handle both steep climbs and corners. BikeRadar …

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XTC Composite 1 29'er (2012)
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Giant XTC Composite 29'er (2012)

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

Bike Radar found the XtC Composite 29er 1 inspirational, as it rolls smoothly is comfortable and very fast. The weight is superbly light and the slickness of frame and wheels puts the rider at ease. …

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Trail SL 29er 3 (2012)
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Cannondale Trail SL 29'ER 3 (2012)

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

Care needs to be taken when choosing your size of Cannondale Trail SL3 29er, but it will immediately feel like a fun bike to ride. It's fast, engaging and incredibly agile. Trail riding is

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More information at: BikeRadar, 3/2012 Cannondale Trail SL3 29er Very few alloy bikes manage to achieve the softer feel that is claimed to be offered by frames with 'vibration reducing engineered flex'. So are Cannondale one of the few to manage it? … to review

Cube AMS 29 (2012)
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Cube AMS 29 (2012)

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

This is certainly the bike to choose if you want a 29er that can take on big terrain and hard hits. For a long time now, Bike Radar haven't come across a fully sussed bike that provides such …

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Shinobi 1 29er (2012)
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Norco Shinobi 1 (2012)

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

The Norco Shinobi 1 may not feel as light-footed as a cross-country 29er but it is great for climbing. The large wheels adding extra momentum and the extra traction is great for confidently dealing …

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Product information and further reviews

Just in: Santa Cruz Highball 29er Bikemagic.com 8/2011 - Santa Cruz' Tallboy was a superb example of what a 29er should be, so the arrival of the new Highball should be something to get excited about.

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.

Pivot 429 - First ride BikeRadar 7/2011 - With its 429 model, Pivot steps into the budding 29er market for the first time.

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.

Fuji Nevada 4.0 BikeRadar 6/2011 - Although a lot of their Track fixed-gear bikes are floating around, the Fuji brand has yet to achieve any real name recognition in the UK MTB market. However, it does have a decent lineup of hardtails, one of which, is the Nevada 4.0.

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.

Commencal Skin 2 (09) BikeRadar 7/2009 - We all know Commencal can build a rapid full-suspension machine - their Supreme has World Championship-winning pedigree and the Meta is the undisputed king of British trail centres. The new Skin range is the Andorran firm's first dabble into the full-carbon cross-country hardtail sector, but it can still rip. Review details: Single test. One mountain bike was reviewed and rated on ride & handling, frame and equipment.

Felt Virtue 3 (09) BikeRadar 5/2009 - Felt's Virtue series has been around for a few years now, gaining weight to give a smoother feel on the trail. This entry-level version definitely has more of a steady cruise than a 'set you on fire' character. Review details: Single test. One mountain bike was reviewed and rated on ride & handling, frame and equipment.

Iron Horse 6Point4 (09) BikeRadar 4/2009 - All-mountain riding seems to have engulfed a huge number of bikes, some of which can genuinely deliver, but others appear to be lost in the wrong genre. So, where does the 6Point4 fit into all of this? What Iron Horse have delivered with this bike is a grin-inducing, singletrack-thrashing monster that really can be ridden comfortably anywhere. To top it all off, it's great value as well.

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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.