Just a few days after we learned of sweeping updates to the Meta TR 29, our inboxes lit up with another piece of news. The Commencal Meta HT AM.
LAST have revised the COAL and GLEN, both based on the same modular frame. We put the COAL 29 to the test and got all the details.
Last bikes have added two new bikes to their range that use the same frame to offer options for trail and enduro riding.
It’s too early to tell how exactly the new 5010 compares to our old favorite as we’ve not been able to fully test it on all our usual test tracks, but so far, so good.
Pitched as the ideal choice for the one-bike-quiver the Juliana Furtado is playful enough to make flatter trails fun and well-enough equipped to tackle bigger, more technical terrain.
The Santa Cruz 5010 has been entirely revised and boasts a new frame, geometry and linkage. Its distinctive playful character, however, remains untouched.
Juliana Bicycles' best-selling Furtado mid-travel, do-it-all trail bike is back with new geometry, new shock placement, and as much fun as it's ever been.
Santa Cruz finally gives the 5010 the lower-link VPP treatment, but does it improve an already-fun 27.5 trail bike?
Rocky Mountain claims their new Slayer is meant for riding fast and sending it deep - without being a beast to pedal to the top.
The 5010 gets a new frame design, and undergoes the longer and slacker treatment.
Knolly's Warden LT makes short work of rough terrain, but it's not just a big softie. It also has a supportive side that encourages you to earn your turns.
Commencal are calling the new 140mm Meta TR a mini-enduro bike, but with a longer reach and a slacker head angle there's not much 'mini' about this bike.
When it was launched, the Trek Slash was outrageous. Now, as bike travel has increased, the Trek Slash 8 looks a little undergunned. Can it still mix with the big guns?
Looking a million dollars, the Propain Tyee CF is a bargain. With a low-slung frame and very progressive suspension, it loves collecting air miles. But can its performance live up to the looks?
The Privateer 161 has 161 mm rear travel, a low-slung Horst link suspension system, 29” wheels and very on-trend geometry. Will it be the champion of simplicity and no-frills performance?
The Nukeproof Mega is officially the fastest Enduro bike in the world but can the Nukeproof Mega 290 Expert take pole position at this tough price point?
The Merida ONE-SIXTY 700 is Merida’s bargain-basement 170-165 mm big hitter. However, its performance doesn’t live up to its intent.
Our group test proves that the Ibis Ripmo AF takes the roughest trails in its stride but can this trail bike keep up with enduro bikes when the going gets tough?
With an amazing build spec and refined ancestry, can the 29” wheeled, 170/146 mm travel Giant Reign SX deliver big fun on the trail, or is its reign over?
With 180/175 mm travel, the Canyon Torque knocks loudly on the door of downhill bikes but the geometry and single crown fork speak otherwise.