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We tested a bunch of bikes one week in the Toskana, went on traces of the Berbers in Marokko and talked hours and hours about nerdy mountain bike tech. So no, we haven’t had got fun at all while creating this issue. This is highly represented by all articles in the latest ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine Issue #036.

  The best trail bike – 13 bikes in test  
  Duel: Shimano XTR vs. SRAM X01 Eagle  
  13 rain jackets tested in Scotland  
  Insider: Nicolai and POC factory visit  
  Nerd-Talk: everything about anti-squat & co.  

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All bikes in this issue

Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 LTD | Evil Offering | Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 | IBIS Ripmo | Pivot Mach 5.5 Pro XT | Propain Hugene Highend | Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition | Santa Cruz Bronson CC X01 | Scott Genius 900 Ultimate | Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 | Transition Sentinel X01 | Trek Remedy 9.9 | YT Jeffsy 29 CF PRO RACE | Juliana Strega | Canyon Torque CF 9.0

Here’s a preview on some of the highlights from this issue

From a quick after-work ride to a transalp expedition or a day in the bike park: modern trail bikes can do it all. They’re brilliant all-rounders and, if you like, they are “true” mountain bikes. We tested 13 of next season’s most exciting models for you, but in the end, only one could come out on top!

Did someone say Christmas? With all the TV adverts and terrible music in the stores, it’s hard to ignore the impending pressure of the annual Christmas gift hunt. To help you become a gift hero and not a gift zero, follow our ultimate Christmas guide to choose the perfect present for your cycling better half, kids, or even just yourself.

“In the Blue Corner, with 12 speeds and weighing in at 1515 g, we have the Hammer from Japan, Shimano’s XTR M9100.” “In the Red Corner, also with 12 speeds and weighing in at 1510 g we have the Californian Hitman, SRAM’s X01 Eagle…Boxers ready? Fight!”

Winter sucks, fact! To best enjoy the wet season, you have to keep it outside of your jacket. We test 13 of the best waterproof jackets to see which ones can keep you dry.

Have you ever wondered what voodoo is being worked by the linkages at the rear of your bike. Do you know why a single pivot bike rides differently to a Four bar Design, or why a VPP link climbs so well? Do you know why your suspension stiffens up under braking or why your bike bobs up and down while you pedal! It’s time to strap in and engage your inner nerd as we delve deep into the inner workings of the darker arts of rear suspension.

For the past 5 years our readers’ survey has provided valuable feedback on our work and helped us understand how you, our readers, approach your daily mountain-biking life and what products and materials you trust. And once again, this year about 30,000 readers took part in our survey. It’s now time to take a closer look at the most exciting developments and to draw our conclusions.

With most bikes in these globalised times being produced in the Far East, it took some searching before we arrived at a farmyard in the middle of nowhere to observe some genuine artisanal bike production in action. Take a look behind the scenes of NICOLAI.

Awakening to the morning prayer call reverberating around the mountains, I wobble to the window where the world is beginning to stir. I’m in Morocco, and my preconceptions are about to be shattered.

As of right now, you can read all the exciting articles in our interactive tablet or smartphone app, and they’ll make their way onto the website over the next few weeks. Enjoy reading!