MXA seems to do the most thorough tests out of most of the mags but sometimes i wonder where they pull some of their statements from.
(+) MXA tests the bikes as is, but then works with them as an actual owner would, adjusting suspension, sag
, swapping bars, tires, gearing, etc. This gives a much more realistic picture of the test bike.
(+) The Wrecking Crew is composed entirely of racers, and mostly of Vet racers a couple of whom were professional test riders for many years.
(+) They test the bike at tracks, and usually for several weeks at a run, again, giving a better picture of the test subject.
(+) They say what they think, and they don't care who doesn't like it.
(-) They have their own kind of institutionalized viewpoint that seems at once to be different than others, and can appear to be a kind of a bias that they aren't able to objectively set aside.
(-) Their technical write ups are shallow and seem targeted to a 15 year-old audience at times.
(-) None of the mags run a spec sheet with things like weight, dimensions, and performance actually measured, the way Cycle World always did.
Overall, they are one of the better ones, but none of them are really that useful anymore.