These are my predictions for 17 new MTBs that might be up to date in 2024 – Danny Milner


From Specialised to Santa Cruz, listed here are 11 refreshed bikes I count on to see launched this yr.

As mbr’s Bike Check Editor already identified in his article predicting 5 new enduro bikes due for an replace in 2024, you don’t want to have the ability to learn tea leaves to make a fairly correct guess of what new bikes are coming down the pipeline. You merely must look again by way of the information archives at what fashions have been launched when. Something that final noticed an replace in 2021 or earlier is prone to be on the street map for a relaunch.

And whereas the bike business will not be in nice shakes now, main manufacturers discover it very troublesome to take their foot off the event fuel pedal, as they’re locked into manufacturing cycles and mannequin yr cycles that have been determined throughout the heady peaks of Covid, when something with two wheels might be offered at full value with out even lifting a finger. A couple of manufacturers could have backed off, however even these extra agile manufacturers nonetheless must sustain with the Joneses or they’ll be left behind on the tills when demand picks up once more.

Making it even trickier for model managers is that there are such a lot of mannequin classes in mountain biking that ranges have gotten uncontrolled and troublesome for customers to navigate. Protecting each doable journey and wheel measurement software is an not possible process for all however the largest manufacturers, then throw in the necessity to supply analogue fashions, full-fat e-bike choices, and the rising mid-power sector, and it’s sufficient to make your mind soften. So, whereas plenty of fashions might be up to date this yr, it’s probably we’ll additionally see some fully new fashions emerge, and fairly presumably just a few bikes quietly disappear from ranges as nicely, as manufacturers try and streamline out-of-control mannequin line-ups.

So, that’s my prime line view of what we’re going to see occur over the subsequent 12 months, however what concerning the specifics? Right here’s are some key manufacturers and fashions I count on to see revamped in 2024:

Specialized Stumpy Evo Alloy Elite

May there be a brand new Specialised Stumpjumper Evo on its means in 2024?

Specialised Demo, Enduro, Stumpjumper Evo and Turbo Levo

As you’d count on from a model with the motto ‘innovate or die’, Specialised has a few of the shortest mannequin cycles within the business. And the obvious launch coming down the pipe is the brand new Demo. Seeing because it’s been in very public improvement for a few years underneath Loic Bruni and Finn Illes.

I count on the manufacturing mannequin will use a full carbon monocoque entrance triable reasonably than the lugged tube building used for the event bikes, however that the funky UBB suspension format will stay. I’ve little question that it’s going to price a fairly penny, however I’m additionally certain that gained’t cease it being one of many hottest and most lusted over DH bikes ever made.

Specialized Patent

Specialised’s newest Patent hints at what the subsequent Enduro might appear like.

Leafing by way of the archive, the Enduro is now 4 years outdated, the Stumpjumper Evo is three and a half years outdated, and the Turbo Levo is sort of three years outdated. Which, in Specialised phrases, makes them antiques. So my cash could be on not less than a kind of bikes getting a serious refresh this yr. Probably all three.

Will the Enduro get a model of the UBB system from the Demo? Will the Turbo Levo get the SRAM motor? Will the Stumpy Evo lose the Sidearm body design to align itself with the brand new Levo SL? My hunch is sure to the final two.

Santa Cruz Blur

The Santa Cruz Blur coming as much as three years outdated in an Olympic Yr. Time for a freshy?

Santa Cruz Blur and Bullit

Santa Cruz’s XC flagship race rocket, the Blur, got here out in June 2021, and should nicely get an replace in time for the Olympic Video games this summer season in Paris. It’s unlikely Santa Cruz will rejig the body to run the shock by way of the seat tube, as that’ll add an excessive amount of weight, so I don’t count on the design to vary dramatically, however we’d see some refined geo tweaks and modifications to the carbon lay-up to save lots of grams.

Santa Cruz Bullit ebike

2024 might be the yr we get a brand new Bullit.

The Santa Cruz Bullit can be three years outdated, so whereas it was a pivotal e-bike for the boutique model, it’s a mannequin I’d guess is due a refresh within the not too distant future. Will Santa Cruz follow the Shimano motor? Or will it change to a SRAM or Bosch unit? My guess is a SRAM motor.

Trek Rail 9.7 2023 eMTB review

The newest Trek Rail is usually unchanged because it was launched.

Trek Rail

The obvious candidate for a makeover at Trek is the Rail e-bike. Though it had a few minor updates in 2022, the naked bones of the Rail are actually 4 years outdated, and within the e-bike world, that’s a lifetime. So I wouldn’t be shocked in any respect to see a brand new Rail emerge within the subsequent 12 months.

It’d get related styling to the Gas EX-e, with sharper styling and extra adjustability. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Trek substitute the side-entry battery compartment with a totally enclosed down tube the place the battery slides in from beneath. And when it comes to motors, I reckon the Rail will follow the Bosch CX system because it’s in style and confirmed.

YT Izzo Uncaged 7

Will the YT Izzo get an replace, presumably with a flexstay again finish?

YT Izzo and a brand new food regimen e-bike

Turning our consideration again to analogue bikes once more, the subsequent mannequin due for an replace is the YT Izzo. This down-country mannequin delivers a scalpel-sharp journey, and glossy attractiveness, but it surely’ll be 4 years outdated in July. And with light-weight, succesful path bikes changing into more and more related as longer journey riders gravitate in direction of motor-assistance, the Izzo might nicely be honing its blade for a relaunch. There’s potential for YT to maneuver to a flexstay design to save lots of weight on the again finish, and reinvest that weight saving into inside body storage like that simply launched on the Jeffsy.

YT can be lacking a light-weight e-bike mannequin to enrich the full-fat Decoy. So possibly there’ll be a new child duckling hatching in 2024. In all probability with a TQ or Fazua motor and journey and geo primarily based on the Jeffsy.

Canyon Neuron:ON 2023

Canyon launched the Neuron:ON final yr, simply a short while earlier than the Bosch SX motor got here out. We stated on the time the SX would have been the right motor for this platform.

Canyon light-weight e-bike

Likewise, Canyon is one other model conspicuous by its absence within the light-weight e-bike market. And being that the direct-sales behemoth likes to plug each area of interest going, I’d be shocked if it didn’t have a food regimen mannequin on the calendar for launch in 2024.

It will in all probability be Nino Schurter’s final Olympic Video games. Can be contest it on a brand new Scott Spark?

Scott Spark

With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, I count on a pack of recent XC bikes to be jostling for gold this yr. The Scott Spark, so profitable within the arms of Nino Schurter, might be almost three years outdated by the point the starter’s pistol is fired, so I’d be shocked to see him on the present bike. Little question Scott will maintain the Spark’s hidden shock, however we might see the Twinloc distant eliminated in favour of a wi-fi electrical system, comparable to Flight Attendant. And Scott’s engineers may even have been onerous at work trimming any extra fats they will discover from the already lean chassis.

Nukeproof Reactor Pro 290 Alloy

Nukeproof’s Reactor path bike is crying out for revised sizing and geometry.

Nukeproof Mega and Reactor

Nukeproof’s future is presently unsure owing to CRC/Wiggle being in administration together with mother or father firm Signa Sports activities. However I’m quietly assured {that a} purchaser might be discovered and Nukeproof – and Vitus – will survive into 2024. If that occurs, new variations of each the Nukeproof Mega and Reactor path bike might be coming our means.

The Reactor was our finest path bike in 2020, and the present Mega launched not lengthy after. For the Reactor I see extra trendy sizing and geo in our crystal ball. For the Mega, any revisions are more durable to foretell. However I wouldn’t be shocked to see inside body storage seem on one or each fashions.

Merida Ninety-Six 8000

We wouldn’t be shocked to see a brand new Merida Ninety-Six line-up on the beginning line of the Olympic XCO race.

Merida Ninety-Six and eOne-Sixty

A contemporary XC bike might be on the menu from Merida, as its Ninety-Six racer got here out in 2020. Ditto the model’s eOne-Sixty e-bike, which was additionally launched in 2020.

Yeti Prototype Downhill bike

Yeti’s prototype downhill bike has been raced by Richie Impolite at a few World Cups, and we are able to count on to see extra of it, and him, in 2024.

Yeti DH bike and 160E

It’s no secret that Yeti has been creating a DH bike, in all probability for Richie Impolite’s return to full-time downhill racing, so there’s a slim likelihood we’d see that come to market this yr. However what’s extra probably is that Yeti will replace the 160E. Now three years outdated, I feel it’s unlikely that Yeti will abandon Shimano because the motor provider, given the lengthy partnership between the 2 manufacturers. However possibly we’ll see a 3rd get together battery employed to spice up the vary, a shorter seat tube, and possibly a mullet possibility.

calibre bossnut

The final Bossnut scored 10/10 after we examined it, and made it on the Editor’s Selection shortlist.

Calibre Bossnut

Calibre made a welcome return to the market final yr, and the model went straight to the prime of our hardtail charts with its Line T3 27. I hope that the subsequent huge launch for the model is the pioneering Bossnut, a motorcycle that redefined the efficiency of price range full-suspension bikes. It’s been lacking from the inexpensive choices for just a few years now, and though manufacturers like Vitus and Polygon have crammed the hole admirably, we’d like to see some extra selection within the sub two grand class.

For that value, we count on Calibre to maintain it easy, possibly replace the sizing and geo a contact, however the important thing at this degree is to ensure the suspension is well-tuned and the worth is aggressive. All the opposite features of the outdated bike have been completely on the cash already.