Hardtail mountain bikes, read: MTBs with suspension forks but a rigid rear triangle, are generally considered the perfect introduction to mountain biking. They are supposed to be light, fast and robust while offering maximum riding pleasure. This is exactly where the STEVENS Sentiero comes in, because "the Hamburg-based company [hits] the bull's eye when it comes to building a classic entry-level hardtail", according to the BIKE editors. "In terms of geometry, the Stevens [...] has a sporty approach. Meaning a moderate steering angle and reach and thus uncomplicated handling." Despite all the sportiness, the design of the bike also pursues a certain comfort for long marathon stages. "Jump on and feel good is the motto", according to the testers. The 740 mm wide Oxygen Scorpo MTB handlebar and the Oxygen Havoc saddle do play a central role here.
The other hard facts of the hardtail are also convincing. "The Sentiero's specification is of a high quality", say the BIKE test editors. At the Sentiero "... Stevens uses the 32 Rhythm, the only Fox suspension fork in the test field, which pays off in every situation with its sensitive response and high damping control downhill. The remote lever and the weight are also convincing". But it was not only the noble Fox fork that convinced the test riders, because "there was also a lot of praise for the impeccably working [12-speed] Shimano SLX drivetrain".
On the trail, the bike not only excels in terms of its specification, but also with its handling, because "the Sentiero [...] has the edge uphill", especially because of its low weight of well under 13 kilograms. Weighing in at 12.43 kilograms (without pedals), this makes it the lightest aluminium frame bike in the test.
The test editors conclude: "The Sentiero marks the upper price limit in this test. In return, however, it offers a high-quality specification and balanced handling both uphill and downhill".