All 20 bikes reviewed in MBUK's Bike of the Year 2018
Our special Bike of the Year edition mag has just gone on sale. Here's a list of all the bikes you'll find reviewed inside
All sit between £2,600 and £3,400, so they're generally the more affordable models in the brands' ranges.
Each one has been through a rigorous testing process and subjected to a lot of miles in some pretty brutal UK winter conditions. From a starting shortlist of 20, we whittled things down to a top five in each category and took the top contenders out to San Remo in Italy for a final test. The fast, rocky conditions allowed us to hone in on the finer points of each and come to a definite conclusion about which ones we believe are worth your money.
The winners are revealed in issue 355 of the mag, in shops now!
Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 £3,246.98 (inc. shipping)
Commencal Meta TR V4.2 Essential £2,650
Cotic FlareMAX Silver 29 £3,399 (inc. shipping + fork, shock, wheel and tyre upgrades)
Marin B17 3 £2,900
Norco Sight A2 29 £2,750
Orbea Occam TR H10 £3,329 (inc. shipping + fork, shock & wheel upgrades)
Santa Cruz Tallboy R Aluminium 29 £3,299
Transition Scout NX £2,999.95
Trek Fuel EX 8 29 £2,700
YT Industries Jeffsy 29 CF £3,106 (approx. including shipping)
Bird AM9 GX £3,363.95 (inc. shipping)
Canyon Torque CF 8.0 £3,246.98 (inc. shipping)
Giant Reign 2 £2,649
Merida One-Sixty 800 £3,150
Mondraker Dune £3,199
Nukeproof Mega 275 Pro £3,349.99
Radon Swoop 170 9.0 £2,912 (approx. inc. shipping)
Specialized Enduro Comp 29 £2,999
Transition Patrol NX £2,999.95
Whyte S-150 S £2,850
James Costley-White is the editor of Mountain Biking UK (MBUK), the UK's best-selling mountain biking magazine, founded in 1988. James, often known as JCW, has been an avid mountain biker since 1992, during which time he's amassed a huge amount of knowledge about the sport and masses of riding experience. He can regularly be found riding the trails around Bristol and south Wales. As well as editing MBUK, JCW contributes regular product reviews and other articles to the magazine. He's a fully-qualified professional journalist, certified as a senior reporter by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and holds a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture. As well as heading up MBUK, he's worked for other cycling titles including BikeRadar.com, ChopMTB.com and Triathlon Plus magazine, along with the Bristol Post, Western Daily Press, Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen newspapers.