The garage at this year’s Bible of Bike Tests is stacked with 23 of the year’s most alluring trail bikes, all of which our crew of eight testers are putting through the paces on Southwest Utah’s demanding trails as part of Bike’s annual two-week testing blitz.

The total number of bikes at the Bible is lower than in years’ past, as we shift toward a year-round approach (see category-specific reviews from this year’s Bible Summer Camps at Killington Resort and Mammoth Mountain) to ensure we’re delivering the most in-depth bike reviews and video roundtable reels for more of the year.

Even with the expansion of the Bible, it was difficult to winnow the number of models we’d bring to Utah, with the current crop of relevant XC, trail and all-mountain bikes possibly the best it’s ever been.

Ultimately, we settled on the below stable of bikes, ranging from 100 to 165 millimeters of travel and outfitted in either 27.5- or 29-inch wheels (listed alphabetically):

  • BMC Fourstroke
  • Devinci Troy 29
  • Esker Elkat
  • Evil The Offering
  • Fezzari La Sal Peak
  • Giant Trance 29
  • GT Force Carbon
  • Ibis Ripmo
  • Juliana Furtado
  • Knolly Fugitive
  • Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29
  • Liv Intrigue
  • Mondraker Foxy Carbon RR 29
  • Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt
  • Santa Cruz Bronson/Juliana Roubion
  • Specialized Enduro 29
  • Specialized Stumpjumper
  • Trek Remedy
  • Yeti Beti SB100
  • Yeti SB130
  • Yeti SB150
  • Zerode Taniwha Trail

Tester Lydia Tanner tackles the tech on Grafton Mesa on the Juliana Roubion.

Our test loop for the shorter-travel bikes takes place on the punchy, rock-strewn Jem, Hurricane Rim and Chinatown Wash trails, while the more aggressive-oriented route is at Grafton Mesa—our loops starts on Show Me the Money, connects to Reach Around and Dig It, and ends on the exposed, relentless chunk of the Grafton Mesa trail.

Senior writer Ryan Palmer on the BMC Fourstroke XC whip.

Stay tuned for more coverage, or if you’re impatient (like we are), head over to our Instagram feed for more behind-the-scenes action every day.