Author: Guy Kesteven, from Sedona, AZ

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Saracen Zen 2

Saracen Zen 2
£750 4

Saracen's Zen hardtails have been impressing us for years now, bringing true hardcore hardtail performance to an affordable price point way before anyone else. The Zen 2 is the most evolved trail hooligan yet, but only if you swap the tyres...

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Race Face Hoodlum
£75 4

Security guards in shopping centres watch out, as this Race Face hoody is an absolute ASBO dream. In fact, it's so fashionable that we were reluctant to go out and get it filthy, but that would be a waste of decent wild weather performance.

Shimano MT50B

Shimano MT50B
£59.95 4

Mid and lower range shoes have always been a Shimano strong point and the MT50 is no exception. The toe box is slightly narrower than most, but it's certainly not as long and narrow as Shimano shoes used to be.

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Northwave Gran Canion GTX
£100 3.5

Northwave's trail boot is a non-winter boot with a full Gore Tex waterproof lining, which makes it stand out right away. It's made on a classic long and narrow Italian shape, which will immediately rule it out for some.

Shimano MT90

Shimano MT90
£114.99 4.5

Even the Ultimate Pursuits website describes this as an SPD hiking boot, which will put some folk off, but beneath the rambler looks lies a seriously tough trail performer.

Specialized Buzzsaw

Specialized Buzzsaw
£80 4

Basically a simpler,cheaper version of the 120SL, the Buzzsaw uses a more conventional leather and mesh lace up design,but it's still a tough boot.Again,the Body Geometry fit is glove-like from the start,with all the initial lumps and bumps melting away.

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Cannondale Roam
£60 3

If you like your reflective piping, then Cannondale's Roam is covered in it without effecting generally stylish 'normal' looks - and it's also available in a women's version.

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DiamondBack Apex
£799 4.5

DiamondBack might not currently have the profile of other high value brands such as Giant, Saracen, GT and Mongoose, but bikes like the new Apex look set to put them firmly on the map.

Gary Fisher Tassajara

Gary Fisher Tassajara
£700 4

While the Tass's disc seems relatively conventional, subtle tubing tweaks and Genesis geometry mean it still feels totally fresh, with fast rolling tyres and good value componentry completing a lively ride.

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Freestyle Ride 461
£99 4

It's no surprise that Freestyle makes great gear for UK riding because it's based and designed in England. The Ride 461 uses a Gore Windstopper fabric with a velvety mesh wicking layer laminated onto the inside for decent breathability.

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Fox Stormvent
£40 3.5

Fox has a real knack of making even its budget gear look great, and this shell turns on the style on or off the bike.

Full on winter protection  but if it isn t cold you ll roast

Endura Fusion
£85 3.5

Unsurprisingly, the new jacket from the Scots at Endura is a seriously warm heavyweight. As well as a fleecey lining, the front has deep double back flaps and a draught flap behind the zip.

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