Look, there’s a couple of bikes that were on the bench and narrowly missed out but that’s how tight it’s getting with the really good bikes at least. Take a frame and all the aspects it can be judged on. You have such things as the finish and engineering quality, weight, sizing, geometry, value, suspension design, silence, flex/stiffness balance all to consider plus of course that hugely important matter of pace. Is it a fast bike? Well, is it? These are. One of the most common misconceptions is that bikes are all pretty close. How wrong. And its not just on the business of performance. A range of wheel sizes, a mix of disciplines but more importantly that crazy wide range of prices means that you can get a similar specification bike at a wildy different range of prices. The eagle eyed might just notice roughly a 50/50 mix in the bike brands US vs Euro. This wasn’t deliberate, that’s simply how it panned out. That Europe is now facing America head on is an intriguing, yet scary business to watch. Ultimately it looks set to mean more affordable bikes for riders. Here’s the gold….
Adjustable 130-160mm enduro mountainbike at unbeatable price, the Canyon Strive CF 8.0 Race reviewed
One of the lightest 180mm enduro mountainbikes ever made, the Cube Fritzz 180 HPA SL
Whyte's best ever 160mm enduro mountainbike puts the British company near the top
At 165mm the GT Sanction Team is one of the longest travel production enduro bikes
Cat quick 130mm singletrack trail ripper - the Whyte T - 130 S Yari review
Belfast's first take on 29" and the Nukeproof Mega 290 is a cracker
The baddest 150mm 29" enduro bike in the world. 2016 Specialized S- Works Enduro 29 review
Iconic breed gets more wheel sizes for 2016. The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR is great in all three
Big tyres, long travel and lightweigh, the 2016 Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned Plus is one hell of a bike.
One mighty fine trail bike at an unbeatable price, the 2016 Canyon Spectral CF 9.0
Simply up for anything, the Giant Reign 27.5 is a great all -round trail/enduro mountainbike
Long, longer and longest. Take your pick from these ground breaking enduro mountainbikes.
No-nonsense 160mm is simply built for charging around. Job done.
No bike has won people's hearts as much as the YT Capra CF Pro Race
The early Meta was always a favourite but the 2016 Commencal Meta V4 Race takes it to another level
Trek Remedy 29 - It's simply one of the best trail bikes ever made. Here's our review of the 2016 benchmark mountainbike
A looker, with good sizing and unbeatable price, the 2016 Vitus Escarpe Pro has established itself quickly
The 2016 Kona Process 153DL is very simply one of the finest bikes Kona have ever made
A class act, BMC have totally nailed the 2016 Trailfox TF02 X01
Tough 130mm trail bike that bucks the trend, the 2016 Transition Smuggler
155mm enduro mountainbike bike from Transition is a real livewire. Full review
Low, long, beautifully damped. The 2016 Orbea Rallon X - Team is a winner. Simple as.
Stunningly crafted. Effortless ride dynamic. The Trek Session 9.9 is one of the finest DH bikes ever made
Simple, light, reliable flying machine. The Orange 324 downhill mountainbike has it all
Award winning downhill bike that ticks all the right boxes. The 2016 YT Tues CF Pro Review
They call it the Commando. The 2016 Devinci Wilson downhill mountainbike
One of the original innovators of DH works bikes goes carbon with the Intense M16 C
A very successful DH race bike, the Santa Cruz V10 CC is a beautiful example of craftsmanship
Small German brand delivers on performance and price. 2016 Solid Strike World Cup review
Custom frame sizing and bulletproof build, the Norco Aurum C7.2 from Canada review
Fast tracked to success. Belfast brand straight in at the top with the Pulse
Probably the most inspiring bike we've ridden all year. the 2016 Specialized S-Works Demo 8
Price, components and angles all dialled on the flagship Giant DH bike