Shortly before 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to let the year pass in review. In this article, we show you the best bikes of the 2016 season. Each of these bikes triumphed over its competitors in one of our six group tests.
Not only the trails of this world are diverse, also our group test this year covered a broad range of tastes. We reviewed XC bikes, trail bikes and enduro bikes at different price points and here they are, the winners and best value bikes of the past 12 months!
ENDURO Issue #020 – 10 Trail & Enduro Bikes under € 2,599
Hands up – who doesn’t love a damn sexy bike with an enticingly high price tag? But as with all things, we don’t all have those infinite bank balances that allow us to splash out on a Lambo or Ferrari of the bike world. Does it matter, you might wonder? The answer is nope: your fun is not limited by your budget. So imagine you’ve only got a budget of € 2,599 … what’s the most awesome bike you can buy? To help you out, we checked out ten of the best and found out which ones give you the best performance, and which ones aren’t worthy of your cash.
Best in test: Canyon Spectral 7.0 EX
Home trail, Alpine epic, or an enduro race – whatever the situation, the Canyon Spectral AL 7.0 EX will have your back. With a brilliant spec and balanced riding characteristics, the Canyon has secured a decisive victory in this group test. With quality and performance this high, the Spectral is even capable of outperforming bikes costing up to and beyond 4,000 €. Chapeau!
Best value – ROSE Uncle Jimbo 1
The good-natured ROSE UNCLE JIMBO 1 scores for its predictability on the trails and huge suspension reserves. Not just an excellent mix of agility and smoothness, it also delivers outstanding value for money and therefore rightly takes home the coveted Best Value title!
All bikes tested: Bergamont Trailster 6.0 | Canyon Spectral AL 7.0 EX | COMMENCAL Meta AM V4 | Focus SAM Ltd. | Ghost SL AMR 5 | GIANT Trance 2 Ltd | Propain Tyee Comp | Radon Slide 150 8.0 HD | Rose Uncle Jimbo 1 | Solid Magix Comp