As we head into the Autumn months and the trails begin to soften, our minds turn to making the winter months more fun. There’s no better way to do it then on board one of our exceptional mountain bikes. Whether it’s your first foray into the world of off-roading, or time for an upgrade to something built for pure speed and agility, then we have the bike for you. With a wide range of bikes across every category there really is something for everyone. When things get muddy we’ve found it’s best to get stuck in to the rough stuff, so here’s our guide to the best mountain bikes 2019 has to offer:
Alma (Category – FAST Cross Country):
The Alma is the choice of elite racers and riders who demand the most efficient bike with the best performance – athletes who are looking for leading technology and style, and appreciate a bike that stands out.
Alma is for the the quickest lap times. The steepest climbs. Alma is for the strongest accelerations and highest altitudes.
Occam (Category – High-Performance Trail and All Mountain):
Escaping your daily routine to ride your bike anywhere, on any trail, until you can’t ride any further. This is why you began and this is why you keep coming back. The new Occam celebrates this freedom and brings you to the places where it all started.
Rallon (Category – Enduro and Big Mountains):
The new Orbea Rallon has taken the world and media by storm. The consistent winner of group reviews and performance tests, the Rallon delivers an incredible bang for your buck, with the added option of free custom colours.
It’s the difference between the tentative first go of the year and the ripping third lap of a midsummer day. It’s the ease of knowing your suspension is dialed. It’s a boost of confidence, speed and control when a bit more of any could make a winning formula.
Oiz (Category – Technical High-Performance Cross Country):
Oiz is familiar with the hard work it takes to reach summits, leaderboards and podium steps. We don’t need to fabricate a pedigree for this phenomenon – two world championships prove Oiz is a thoroughbred. Oiz responds eagerly to each climb, every rocky, root-filled descent, pushing you to ride faster.
Trail (CATEGORY – SPORT XC):
Confident geometry, dialed specs and advanced frame technology guarantee a level of handling and performance that rivals mountain bikes at the highest end of the market, making the Trail a perfect starting point for the aspiring MTBer. With its progressive geometry, impressive construction and high-end features, the Trail offers unreal performance and killer value.
Scalpel-Si (Category – Extreme cross country):
The new Cannondale Scalpel-Si is the ultimate race bike for the challenging terrain of modern “extreme” cross country, and with new trail inspired geometry it is also the perfect machine for trail or singletrack riding for anyone looking for a super FAST ride. It’s the lightest, stiffest XC full suspension bike on the planet.
More travel front and rear, burlier components and a dropper post transform the ultimate XC race machine into the ultimate fast trail slayer.
F-Si Carbon (Category – cross country):
F-Si has always been about pushing the limits of what an XC hardtail is capable of, and the new version pushes it harder and further than ever. No other hardtail descends as fast, climbs as nimbly, or kicks harder, smoother. With the otherworldly performance of the new Lefty Ocho, you’ve got a whole-new level of XC capability, tailor-made to feed the needs of the XC obsessed.
Designed to let you out-kick them on the climbs and out-rip them on the descents, this ultralight rocket is your ticket to the top of the podium. Built for today’s hardcore XC, the F-Si Carbon lays claim to being the fastest XC hardtail ever made.
Habit (Category – Trail):
You could call the Cannondale Habit the ‘sweet spot’. Composed and capable enough to run with bigger-travel bikes, yet light and lively enough to take on the race set, the Habit is mainly concerned with delivering the most important kind of MTB performance – pure, simple, trail-ripping fun! If you’re looking for one bike to do it all, the Habit needs to be on your shortlist.
Raven (Category – cross country racer):
Thanks to Focus’ high-end carbon technology, the Raven tips the scales at just 885 grams. One of the lightest frames on the racing circuit, it delivers an unrivalled performance. Regularly lining up against the best at World Cup races, this bike is tested on the ultimate track. All weaknesses have been eliminated and the Raven has a design that represents the pinnacle of performance.
The weave of the carbon, the dimensions of the seat tube, seat stays, bottom bracket and head tube – Painstakingly considered, these are as rigid as necessary and as comfortable as possible.
Bold (Category – Trail Hardtail):
The wide 27.5+ tyres deliver additional traction, improved cornering precision and increased damping on gnarly terrain. Judging from the dropper seatpost and chain guide, you’re prepared for the trail. With agile geometry you can draw out more from your local loop.
Whistler (Category – everyday and sporting):
Optimised for your individual needs, you can choose between 27.5” and 29” wheelsets. Opt for the wheelset size that best suits your height and your requirements. This is a versatile bike and can be kitted out to suit your needs, with plenty of space provided for you to install your pannier rack, mudguard, light and stand. This is a reliable and comfortable bike perfect for taking to your local trails, or as a first foray into the world of MTB’s.
Methanol (Category – Pro level XC racer):
Nitron (Category – Elite XC racer):
Grizzly (Category – alloy/everyday):
Magma (Category – Sporting/general XC):