MBUK Bike of the Year 2020

MBUK Bike of the Year 2020 – The 20 trail and enduro bikes ridden and reviewed

Coming soon in our April issue, we rate and review 20 of the hottest new bikes for 2020 and crown what we believe to be the best all-round packages

It’s Bike of the Year time again and, for 2020, we’ve been busier than ever, putting together our most comprehensive test to date. This year, we’ve split our test into separate trail and enduro categories, so we can cover a broader range of what we think are the most exciting and potentially popular bikes currently on the market.


We’ve chosen different price brackets for each category – £2,500-£3,500 for trail and £3,500-£4,500 for enduro. Yes, we realise that’s a lot of money, but we really wanted to ensure that we could include some of the most relevant choices from some of the industry’s most popular brands. As a result, this test has been our closest-fought, toughest-to-judge yet, which goes to show just how good bikes are right now.

Listed below you’ll find the 10 contenders in each category, but you’ll have to wait until the mag goes on sale (17 March) to read all the reviews and find out which two bikes we crowned as winners. You’ll be able to read full reviews of every bike we tested, plus how we tested them, in the 36-page supplement that comes with our April issue.


With 110mm to 140mm of travel and a seriously capable spec, a decent trail bike will be able to tackle everything from ripping around the woods with your mates to all-day missions in the hills.

Bergamont Contrail Pro

Bird Aether 7

Cannondale Habit Carbon 3

GT Sensor Carbon Expert

Norco Optic C3

Radon Skeen Trail 29

Propain Hugene custom build

Scott Spark 930

Trek Fuel EX 9.7

YT Industries Jeffsy Pro


Whatever you want to call them, these enduro/all-mountain/long-travel trail bikes have 150mm to 175mm of travel and are built for maximum fun on the way down, but still climb well.

Canyon Strive CF 9.0

Cotic RocketMAX Gold Eagle

Cube Stereo 170 SL 29

Giant Reign 29 1

NS Define 150 AL

Nukeproof Mega 290c Elite

Santa Cruz Megatower CR

Specialized Enduro Comp

Starling Twist

Whyte G-170C RS 29

Thanks to the following for facilitating this year’s Bike of the Year test:

Thanks to the following for facilitating this year’s Bike of the Year test:


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