Author: Guy Kesteven, What Mountain Bike & MBUK

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The Mongoose climbs well even though it weighs 40lb

Mongoose BDS
£1099 4

BMX mainstay Mongoose has always been popular with hardcore riders. The new Black Diamond Single (BDS) combines its traditional high value spec with serious strength and innovative suspension.

The cult hardcore hardtail finally makes it to the UK

Evil Sovereign
£850 4.5

Dave Weagle is a busy man, being largely responsible for both EThirteen chain devices and the DW link suspension system used by Independent Fabrications, Iron Horse and Ibis.


Elan Frisky
£899 4

The Frisky is a new bike in Elan's range, aimed directly at the new 'do everything' All Mountain category.


Elan Able One
£899 4

Elan bikes are developed and built in the Slovenian Alps and have become something of a cult brand in the UK in recent years. The Able One is Elan's simple, but super strong freeride frame.


Ellsworth Isis
£600 4.5

The Isis is the women's specific frame in Ellworth's closely related single pivot family.The diminutive front end is mostly extruded in one piece with the box section front splaying into D section top and down tubes like a long rooted tooth.


Ellsworth Joker
£699 4

The Joker of the pack has been Ellsworth's budget big hit bike for years now, but it's still a viable campaigner especially with some super aggressive new pricing.


Giant Trance
£799 4

One of the first bikes to use Giant's new Maestro linkage suspension system, the 4in travel Trance has been a big hit with tough nut trail riders.As one of the leading bike manufacturers Giant can still pack all the latest technology into an £800 frame.


Giant Reign
£1095 4.5

Giant's Reign has picked up several WMB awards this year and this frameset-only option has been one of our long travel, long termers of choice since last summer.

Giant Anthem

Giant Anthem
£899 4.5

The Anthem is the latest addition to Giant's Maestro linkage suspension family, tweaking the system slightly to create an ultralight race dedicated rig.


Club Roost XC4 Enduro
£600 4

You don't have to look far to find some obvious parallels to Club Roost's overall layout - 'Santa Cruz, it ain't that far.' There's a hell of a lot of work gone into this bike considering the relatively low price though.

Santa Cruz Heckler

Santa Cruz Heckler
£949 4

The single pivot Heckler has been a backbone of Santa Cruz's tough guy suspension line up for years. It's still definitely a player now too, even if the limelight has switched to its VPP (Virtual Pivot Point) linkage models.

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