Theft from Singletrack

November 15, 2010

Bike theft seems to be a more and more common experience for anyone that rides, but it’s come close to home as, early last Friday morning, Singletrack’s ad man Matt had his house broken into, resulting in the loss of three test bikes plus a laptop and phone. In what looks like a targeted break in, Matt’s long termer Lapierre Spicy 516, a Lapierre X-Control 410 and a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon were taken from his house in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. We think the theft happened between Matt leaving the house at 6am and his other half Emily getting up at around 9.30am, which has been especially unpleasant. Also swiped was Jon’s Apple Macbook Pro 13″ and iPhone, which was rather galling as the laptop contained all the shots he’d taken on a recent feature trip to Greece.

Big thanks to the West Yorkshire Police, who were very helpful despite there being very little evidence to go on, and all our suppliers of test kit, who’ve been very understanding about the loss. Big thanks to Stu at Madison who’s sending us a load of Kryptonite gear to keep us secure in future.

We’d really appreciate it if everyone in the great big Singletrack community could keep their eyes peeled for these bikes. Put down your differences of wheel size and tyre choice and unite. If you’ve got any information then please send it to or give us a call on 01706 813344. Jon is also offering a large cash reward for the safe return of his laptop.

Here are the full details of the stolen kit.

2011 Lapierre Spicy 516

2011 Fox 36 TALAS with Kashima coating

SLX drivetrain

Front DT Swiss 240  hub on Stan’s Flow rim, standard Fulcrum rear

Joplin adjustable post

Gold coloured and massively wide ODI Flight Control bars on Easton stem

Conti Rubber Queen front tyre with WTB Mutano Raptor rear

Here’s Matt and the bike in happier times…

2011 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon

In standard spec, not with Thomson Stem and Sunline bars as here…

Rock Shox Revelation RL, tapered steerer

Specialized Purgatory and The Captain tyres

10spd X.7 drivetrain

The Stumpy in Sicily. Thankfully we’ve ridden it enough to give our verdict but Specialized UK are sending out a fresh one for us to photograph properly.

Lapierre X-Control 410

Standard spec, as pictured here…

Apple Macbook Pro 13″

Singletrack stickers on the front, full of pictures of bikes…

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