by Ben Haworth
March 9, 2009
The theme for issue 48 is “Roots/Beginnings”. Centring on the beginnings of the sport, the beginnings of our own riding and the bikes and places we used to ride. On the reviews front we have a feature called “Handbags” which is about the contents of different types of riders’ rucksacks. Bikes reviewed: Orange ST4, Commencal Super 4, Turner 5 Spot, Cannondale Moto Carbon, Scott Genius, Kona Ute and an update on our Long Term Test Bikes.
Chipps looks back to look forward again
8. You Can’t Go Home Again
Sim revisits the Lakeland woods he learned to ride in.
A look back at the neon days of the early days of mountain biking.
22. 21st Century Pass Storming
Benji takes inspiration from the pass-storming Rough Stuffers of the pre-war years.
32. Blame The Dog
Mike Ferrentino’s column looks at his thinner, fitter, keener, younger self.
35. Bike Test: New Leaf Bikes
Three new design suspension bikes from Cannondale, Scott and Turner.
44. One Ton Weekends
How much mountain bike fun can you have for £100? A whole lot reckons Steve M. and three pals off to the Peaks.
52. Long Term Test Bikes
Some surprising new additions to the staff bike sheds.
56. Interview – Todd Seplavy
The new boss of Evil Bikes put under the grill.
62. Through the Grinder
More products real-world tested through the dark and cold months.
72. Fitness – Lose the Fat!
Matt Hart is shockingly honest with his plan to get you to lose some flab.
76. Column: Going Back To Our Roots.
Benji finds that Gisburn Forest has been moving with the times.
78. Column: Faye Stewart
Faye wonders why people look oddly at her scratched and bruised mountain biking legs.
80. What’s In Your Handbag?
Five complete kit lists for every conceivable riding trip nearby.
88. Doing The Business.
Duncan Moore tells you how to make it big, or not, in the bike business.
92. Armchair Warriors
Matt criticises the ‘now’ generation while writing his blog and posting on Facebook.
94. Competition – Win A Race Season!
We’ve got you free entry to ALL the top events of the year.
Relax for a moment and sink into some inspirational riding shots.
102. Column: Philip Diprose
Once, he was a gawky looking youth riding in bad clothes. At least he’s older now.
104. Old vs New
Dan Barham compares the dream bike of his teens to his new full susser.
110. Subscribe To Singletrack!
You get all sorts of cool benefits if you do…
112. Head to Head – Commencal Meta vs Orange ST-4
Will these similar-looking bikes share a common bond, or is it all out war?
116. Route Guide: Kent
James Lyons rides some of the lesser-ridden corners of the South East.
Who writes this stuff anyway?