TOP 5: The most popular ENDURO articles of October 2017

A monthly round-up of the most popular content that graced our site in October: These are your top 5!

Black Gold – 8 enduro tires tested in the lab and on the trails

Being the only direct point of contact between you and the trail, a tire can hugely influence the handling qualities of any mountain bike. No matter how good the frame is, a bike can’t possibly reach its full potential with a bad set of tires. The sort of performance we can expect from a tire really depends on the area of application, conditions and personal preferences. With this test we will help you to find your perfect rubber.

First Ride Review: RAAW Madonna – The new queen of the trails?

Never heard of RAAW Mountain Bikes? We don’t blame you, this new mountain bike brand launched only a few days ago. Their first model, the RAAW Madonna, is aimed at enduro riders who are looking for a hard-hitting bike that’ll stand up to the abuse. We got all the details about the bike and have even been lucky enough to put it, or at least try to put it through its paces on some rough trails.

Canyon Strive 2018 announced – all specs and prices

The wait is finally over! The launch of the 2018 Canyon Strive models has been as hotly anticipated as everyone’s next pay rise and now the new line-up has finally been released. Here’s our run-through of Canyon’s hot-to-trot enduro bikes for the coming season.

Battle Deluxe: Intense Tracer vs. Santa Cruz Nomad Review

Intense and Santa Cruz are two brands that have been the cause of sweaty palms and worryingly low bank accounts for countless riders in recent years. Unsurprisingly, the world looked on in awe as they both launched two new enduro bikes recently. But which is better? Is it even possible to pick a winner? It’s time for the Santa Cruz Nomad to face off against the Intense Tracer.

Hope Factory Visit – Birthplace of the HB. 160

On the heavy-duty table in front of us lies a huge aluminium sarcophagus. One by one the thick retaining bolts are unscrewed and carefully removed. D’art cracks open the two sides with a firm pull on a lever, the mould opens a fraction and for some reason we all step back, holding our breath. Like a clam shell revealing a pearl, contrasting against the smooth, polished sides of the mould, a perfect chevroned weave of carbon fibre glints in the overhead lights: the new Hope HB.160 is born. Check out our Hope Factory Visit.

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