Grand Canyon AL SL 8.9 £1199
The Grand Canyon has been at the top end of the aluminium hardtail market for a while, and the 2017 range offers enough price points to make it seriously accessible to all.
There are various options in the range designed specifically for women, and though the bikes run on 29-inch wheels, the small and XS sizes come fitted with 27.5 inch wheels to improve the handling for smaller riders.
Despite the big wheels, the bikes are renowned for their responsive handling, and they boast a pedal efficiency which gives you back as much (if not more) than what you put in – so you’ll be sailing up those climbs before your fly back down.
The Grand Canyon is a great option for any rider who is going to be hitting the trails day to day, and weighing just 11.6kg, the bike will keep you as fast as you feel comfortable riding.
The AL SL 8.9 model runs a RockShox Reba RL fork with 110mm and hefty Mavic CrossRide FTS-X wheels that dismiss roots and rocks no bother. Other components include Shimano’s Deore XT Shadow Plus 11-speed shifting and SLX brakes.