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Best 2018 Mountain Bikes – Staff Demo Day Picks

Our mountain bike demo weekend is a chance to try out the latest models from bike brands including Specialized, Trek, Whyte, Marin, Cannondale, Polygon, Merida, Santa Cruz and Haibike. As the 2018 model year has just started this is one of the first chances most people will have had to test ride the newest mountain bikes.  In between customers test riding the bikes, the demo weekend is a chance for some of our staff to get their hands on the 2018 mountain bike range. While we haven’t had the chance to test every bike yet, our staff have picked their favourites from the 2018 mountain bikes they got to try out over the weekend.

2018 Haibike Full Fat

Charlie from Cycles UK Head Office – HaiBike Full Fat

Maybe impractical but outrageously fun and will put a smile on your face.

2018 Polygon XSquareOne


Tom from Cycles UK Canterbury – Polygon XQuareone

Feels unreal, so planted and soaks up everything. Looks crazy too.

2018 Whyte T-130C RS


Jack from Cycles UK Watford – Whyte T-130C RS

So planted! Stable on all types of trails. The lockout works a treat and opens the bike up to all types of riding.

2018 Diamondback Corax 1.0


Stuart from Cycles UK Romford – Diamondback Corax 1.0

Great handling e-bike. It’s a fantastic all-rounder and great value.

2018 Cannondale Habit


Peter from Cycles UK Head Office - Cannondale Habit

Nimble and fast. The short wheelbase means you can really chuck it about in the corners. The Habit flies up climbs and has enough travel to handle most rocks, roots and drops. A perfect bike for UK XC and trail riding. 

Specialized Epic Expert 29er

Richard from Cycles UK Basildon - Specialized Epic Expert

With short 110mm travel this was the perfect bike for the cross country course at Hadleigh. The bike was super fast and climbed like a mountain goat so the suspension. Singletrack Magazine have said the 2018 hardtail Epic is the fastest bike they have ever tested and this version can't be far behind. 


Specialized Stumpjumper Mens Carbon Expert

Richard from Cycles UK Basildon - Specialized Stumpjumper Expert

The Stumpjumper Expert  was in my opinion the best looking bike at the demo weekend. The image really does not do the bike justice. The 150mm travel meant it could ride over anything at Hadleigh with ease. The bike was fast and I was surprised it climbed as well as it did. Whether you are riding Cross Country at Hadleigh or tackling the courses at Bike Park Wales this this is the right bike for you.