Nerve XC 9.0

What Mountain Bike, 04/2011

More kit for just over £2,000 than you get on most bikes for over £3,000

The Nerve XC 9.0 was up against 16 other trail bikes from the world’s best known brands. Better designed, better build, better equipped, lighter and better value than any of the other test bikes it was a faultless performance from the Nerve.

But don’t take our word for it, here’s what the magazine testers said…

New to the UK direct sell German brand Canyon is setting a new performance for price benchmark with its outstandingly well-specced, sweetly designed and permanently enthusiastic Nerve XC all-rounder.

Despite having ridden it so hard, for so long to be sure it was truly the best bike here, it’s still running super-smooth thanks to the high quality bearings, anodised paint finish and internal cable runs.

Summary: Despite the fact you’re essentially getting the frame for free, it’s the overallride quality and performance of the Nerve XC that makes it our clear winner. We mean overall to as it handled whatever we threw at it on the trails with confidence, utter competence and real enthusiasm.

Buy if: You want a top trail all-rounder at a price to make your mates sick