Guy Kesteven

Author: Guy Kesteven

Guy Kesteven has been testing bikes to their limits for 17 years. In the process of testing literally thousands of bikes and components, he’s marathon raced supermarket bikes, podium placed in Enduro downhills, frozen to the marrow on cyclocross sportives and mangled himself at the Mega Avalanche. Whether it's aggro trail bikes, aero time trial weapons or any bike in between, the experience and expertise of Guy and his northern UK test team lets him put every pedal stroke and bar twitch totally in context with a bike’s competitors, its development history and a cerebellum crushing amount of hard earned long term data.

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The Ozone has a very good run time

BLT Ozone 21ne
£64.95 3.5

Torch-style like the Electron, but with a more powerful LED. The beam is far too focused for off-road handlebar use on its own because the illuminated pool is tiny.

Handily  the bite point of the pads is adjustable

Avid Juicy Ultimate Brake
£195 4

Avid's Ultimate brake has always been exactly what it says on the tin - the ultimate in materials and performance. Avid have only ever put the Ultimate tag on a V-brake before, so the Juicy Ultimate hydraulic disc brake has been on our most wanted list for a long time.

This is not a slimline choice  by any means

Blackburn X6
£199.99 3

If there was a prize for indulgent design Blackburn would win by a finned, fancy plastic mile. The twin 5W LED system comes with a spot and flood head to give a reasonable depth and breadth of illumination with both LEDs running, and a long reach for road or a short spread for slow singletrack.


Cateye Triple Shot Pro
£299.99 4

Another three-lamp header, this is as good as LED units get. The beam is fairly focused but has enough spread to weave through trees, outshining the Solidlight.

Ultra compact  minimalist but longrunning light with loads of options

Dinotte Lithium Ultra 3W
£185 4.5

The smallest light on test, the Lithium Ultra still pumps out just enough power for proper off-roading. Dinotte gives plenty of light options: 3W and 5W singles, doubles (triples due soon) plus a choice of Li-Ion or AA battery packs.

The Nano 1 Watt has a usefully large button  and the battery lasts ages

Electron Nano 1 Watt
£39.99 3.5

This little light is typical of the large number of small LED torch style lights available now, but it's one of the nicest made we've seen.

The Humvee Trousers can get rapidly wet when it amp apos s damp  which gives them a tendency to drag

Endura Humvee Trousers
£39.99 3

Endura's Humvee shorts and three-quarter length pants are some of our favourite baggies, so our rickety knees creaked excitedly at the idea of full trousers.

GT i Drive 5 2 0

GT i-Drive 5 2.0
£1499 4.5

GT's i-Drive floating suspension is one of the longest serving systems still in use. Add some crackling kit for the cash and you've got a very capable and enjoyable technical trail bike.

The Genesis Core 2 0 is a great all rounder  and good value too

Genesis Core 2.0
£599.99 4.5

Genesis is a new brand from the same UK designers who've been producing the excellent Ridgeback Urban MTB range for years. Their experience shows in some neat features and ride characteristics.


Giant Anthem 2 - 07 model
£1700 4.5

As our 06 Bike Of The Year, Giant's Anthem has got a lot to live up to in 2007. A carbon composite frame comes in for the top level Anthem Advanced but otherwise the basics are unchanged throughout the alloy range.

A well priced bike which will grow on you the more you ride it

Gary Fisher Marlin Disc
£470 4

The Marlin crams hydraulic discs and a branded fork into a package well under £500, but it's the eager, well balanced handling that really makes it stand out from the crowd.

It amp apos s not cheap by any means  but the Concept is the ultimate biking jacket

Gore Bike Wear Concept Jacket
£350 4

"Thank you for choosing to fly Gore Bike Air first class. Please pay attention to our jacket crew for a moment, because this garment does have some unique features."

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