What Mountain Bike May 14 Issue 160

It's our huge, 25-bike Trail Bike of the Year test – every 2014 contender thrashed to reveal the greatest of all. Oh, and you can win the winner! Elsewhere we test a host of rapid XC bikes, new gear and much, much more!

What Mountain Bike May 14 Issue 160

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In What Mountain Bike May Issue 160
 
Our 2014 Trail Bike of the Year test is huge, hard-fought and unmissable. Much has changed in the last year, and we took 25 of the latest, greatest £2500-£3000 trail bikes to Italy for a fast, rocky and loose thrashing to see what was molto bene and what was just orrendo. The results will surprise you – they surprised us. The bruises are only just fading, and that was just from the fights… As counterbalance to all that full suspension mentalism, we've filled our First Ride section with razor-like cross-country racers from the likes of Bianchi, Norco, Storck and Ghost. 
 
There are some big design shifts in this sector, too; but do they work? We reveal all! Of course there's plenty more besides, including a Workshop on getting baseline suspension settings right every time, our heavily updated Buyer's Guide, a ton of parts and gear rated in our Trail Tested section – including Superstar's affordable new carbon wheels, Continental's 2.4in 29er X-Kings and a Karcher pressure washer so powerful it strips skin like a piranha (we checked and it hurt) –  a pile of essential security products and a feature revealing the best trail centre trails you didn't know existed. You drive right past them every time you leave the car park… The days are getting brighter and longer, the trails are getting drier and faster, so get this packed issue for all the latest info – and get inspired!