The Devinci Spartan is a stiff, fun bike that pops really well and rewards an active rider.
The Giant Trance SX 27.5′s increased travel makes it a playful and capable “do everything” trail bike.
The Specialized Enduro FSR Expert Carbon 26 is being replaced with a 27.5″ wheeled version, but the 26″ model is still worth consideration.
The Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail is a stiff, stable, adaptable trail bike that delivers an extremely impressive ride.
The Niner WFO 9 proves that the ‘long travel + big wheels’ formula doesn’t have to amount to a one trick pony.
Pivot has released a new, improved version of the Mach 429SL Carbon, their XC race whip for those who prefer 29″ wheels.
Knolly’s first 650B bike, the Warden, is durable; reliable on quick, punchy climbs; and offers a very fun yet stable feel on descents.
Riders coming from a XC background will enjoy the Giant Anthem Advanced SX as their enduro bike, and downhillers will like it as their XC bike.
The Breezer Repack Team has a unique suspension design and it may be the most efficient all mountain bike we’ve tested.
The GT Sanction is a purpose-built machine that likes speed and steep terrain more than most 160mm bikes on the market.
The GT Helion is a solid option if you’re looking for a XC or light-duty trail bike, and you’re not a fan of 29” wheels.
One of the most impressive 29ers we’ve tested, the Intense Carbine 29 can be ridden hard on descents and offers great pedaling efficiency.
The 2014 Giant Glory is a popular DH bike that ought to be agile yet stable. Unfortunately, the setup on our bike didn’t produce that result…
If you like the way a virtual pivot point suspension handles, the lightweight Intense Tracer 275C leaves little to be desired.
The Salsa Horsethief Carbon feels far more capable than most 120mm bikes, and effectively bridges the gap between shorter-travel 29ers and longer-travel AM / enduro bikes.
The new Transition Patrol 2 is a solid choice if you’re looking for a poppy, well-rounded trail bike in the 155mm range.
The new Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1 is a strong contender in the All Mountain category, and will appeal to anyone spending a lot of time running steep, nasty trails.
The Trek Session 9.9 is a well-balanced and playful downhill bike that’s great for attacking technical terrain.
We’re back from Interbike, and of everything we rode, the Devinci Spartan Carbon SX was the best at doing everything pretty well.
If your local trails feature sit-and-spin climbs and fast, ripping descents, you’ll get along well with the Transition Covert 29.