Finding the best bike for long day trips, a tour about the alps or a fast round on the hometrails, that was our goal of the next group test which will be published in Issue #011 of ENDURO. Therefore, we have traveled with the 7 most interesting Trailbikes with 130-150 mm of travel to South Tyrol for a intensive week of testing. In addition to several rounds in a direct comparison on a specical test track, the bikes had to prove on an alpine tour too.
If you sit countless hours in the saddle, torment yourself laboriously up steep climbs and be physically at the end of your tether, factors lke an efficient suspension and a good position on the bike become more and more important.
The range which these bikes have to cover is enormous, because he who torments himself uphill, wants to be rewarded for it on the downhill. Here moves next to the fun, the aspect of safety comes to the forefront. In the rugged alpine terrain, far from any civilization falls are not advisable.
The 7 most interesting Trailbikes:
It was really interesting to see that all bikes came with a pretty similar spec list. For instance, there were only Fox suspension parts, 2×10 drivetrains and six of seven bikes where 29er. So the main difference is the concept which all manufacturer followed with their frame design or special suspension setups. Here some of the concepts:
At the end we left the beautiful South Tyrol with many new insights and a clear winner at the search for the perfect trail bike. You can read in Issue #011 which bike won the group test.