This "subtlety and classic trail template elevate it above the crowd", beating the industry's top 3 biggest brands and last year's winner.
Last year, the Forme Lathkill debuted in the Trail Bike of the Year top ten as a totally trustworthy all-round ride at a decent price. This year, the Lathkill is back as the Lathkill LTD with a lighter, wider wheel refresh, courtesy of American Classic, to significantly improve performance keeping it in the top rank for another season.
What Mountain Bike’s verdict - Quietly sorted, impressively light, versatile and user-friendly all-trail, all-weather, all-rounder.
The Bike of the Year started with a huge list of contenders whittled down to a shortlist of over 150 bikes across 12 categories and 3 magazines. The bikes were put through their paces in UK locations, as well as Punta Ala in Tuscany, Italy and the mountains of Sierra de Hoyo de Manzanares in Spain. The verdict for this mammoth process was reached after many enjoyable but gruelling days in the saddle and some heated discussions between the judges.
The Lathkill LTD's 140mm travel is a perfect ‘do it all' length of suspension, allowing the rider to climb and descend with speed and fun. The attention to detail in geometry, cockpit dimensions and finish kit collections are second to none with a carefully chosen spec to satisfy the pickiest of riders.