Guy Kesteven's Profile

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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.

  • DiamondBack Apex review

    DiamondBack Apex review

    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 review

    Gary Fisher Tassajara review

    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.

  • Giant XTC SX review

    Giant XTC SX review

    For as long as Giant has been making their XTC hardtails, we've been hanging out high marks for high quality performance. A welcome move to UK spec rather than global kit makes them a more complete ready-togo package than ever.

  • Norco Sasquatch review

    Norco Sasquatch review

    Think Canadian mountain biking and you think elevated North Shore stunts, massive huck drops and other deranged escapades. No surprise then, that the 'Shore hardtail' series from Norco are designed to survive the worst unscathed.

  • Cannondale Roam review

    Cannondale Roam review

    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.

  • Endura Fusion review

    Endura Fusion review

    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.

  • Fox Stormvent review

    Fox Stormvent review

    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.

  • Freestyle Ride 461 review

    Freestyle Ride 461 review

    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.

  • Howies Cross Jacket review

    Howies Cross Jacket review

    The Cross is Howies' first softshell jacket, using the latest fabric from Scholler. Despite the softshell tag, the fabric is pretty rough and synthetic feeling on the outside, but a cosy bonded fleece inner face does its best to keep you warm and dry.

  • Northwave Gran Canion GTX review

    Northwave Gran Canion GTX review

    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.

  • Race Face Hoodlum review

    Race Face Hoodlum review

    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 review

    Shimano MT50B review

    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.

  • Shimano MT90 review

    Shimano MT90 review

    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 review

    Specialized Buzzsaw review

    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.

  • Saracen Zen 2 review

    Saracen Zen 2 review

    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...