The Trek Fuel EX 9.8 Plus is ready to claw up any trail. The Giant XTC Advanced is a high-performance plus hardtail that could hit any trail or racecourse. The Canyon Lux 29er is a lightweight bike that delivers the best value straight to your door. And the James Trail X is the best affordable bike we’ve tested in years. Photos by John “do I get to ride one too?” Ker.


• Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5+

Do it all and do it well

• Giant XTC Advanced Plus

Fat wheels, lightweight XC frame

• Canyon Lux CF 9.9 Pro Race Team

The Germans are here

• Jamis Trail X Expert

It’s seriously affordable



• What to Expect When Buying Your Next Bike

Understanding what’s built into the prices

• The Trail Starts Here

The best source for advice to new riders

• Bikepacking in Nepal

Riding in the shadow of Everest

• Riding Pivot’s New Mach 5.5 in Moab

The future is here

• Riding Sedona With Magura

An annual trip we never miss

• Teaching Your Kids to Ride

Tips from the pros who have done it



• Garage Files

The art of wheel truing

• Inside the Pros’ Bikes

The fastest woman in the world



• How Important Is Age in Racing?

Youth versus experience—what’s more important?