Singletrack Magazine Issue 74 Digital Edition now live

We’d like to announce the start of summer with the release of all the digital versions of Issue 74, complete with exclusive-to-subscribers extras. We’ve got extra video footage from Dave and Sim’s packrafting adventure which conclusively proves they are witches – they float – plus clips of our trio of 140mm travel trail bikes getting a thorough going over.

We’ve also got GPS files and old-skool maps for you if you fancy trying Chipps’ Pennine Bridleway route.

You can find all the versions of the Issue 74 to suit any digital device from iPad to Kindle over at our MagArchive – if you’re not yet a subscriber then you can get full access from as little as £2 a month.

The cover. Our Jon gets loose in on a Santa Cruz in Sedona - shot by Dan Barham

“After hitting this loose, fast corner a few times from different angles during the Santa Cruz launch in Sedona, we noticed the red dust being lit ethereally by the evening sun after a rider had passed. With the aid of a couple of ‘dust fluffers’ and the talents of Dan Barham, we had this shot…”

Jon Woodhouse

How do you tell if Sim and Dave are witches? See if they float. Shot by Sim.

Bikes and water. A good idea filled with potential or something that will give you that sinking feeling? Sim and Dave have formed their opinion.

Contents 74.

9. Editorial: Cupholders And Yellow Knobs.

Chipps embraces the fact that his bike is now as complicated to work on as a modern car. He suggests you do that too and then just ride it.

12. UK Travel: Torridon: Riding On The Edge Of The World

Jenn steals most of May’s sunshine with a blessed few days in remote, disconnected, Scottish, Torridon. We only just got her to come back.

Torridon in the glare of early summer

22. Steve Worland: Displacement Urges.

Steve’s mind is always wandering, especially when he’s, er, hmm? What?

24. Sim’s Corner: What Tyres For STW?

Here’s Sim’s simple to use infographic to help you work out the perfect tyre for any condition. You may be surprised.

28. Strava-Ize Me.

Jenn asks if this social racing phenomenon will thrill you or kill you.

26. Jewels Of The Isle: The Bristol Buttery.

It’s just a café hut by the docks, yet it’s a must-visit, pre-ride ritual for many.

30. Sea Otter – Time For A Revolution?

What happens if China one day becomes uneconomical to manufacture bikes in? Will the West have to re-learn how to make stuff? And who’ll teach us?

34. International Travel: Santa Cruz, The Town.

Chipps asks ‘What makes so many bike companies, writers, riders and photographers live in this slightly scruffy Californian surf town?‘

46. UK Adventure: Faked Alaska

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Sim and Dave lacked the Alaskan mountains for a ‘proper’ packrafting adventure, so they improvised with some inflatable canoes and the Lake District.

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58. Classic Rides: Pennine Bridleway North.

The PBW is now hundreds of miles long and stretches up to Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales. We ride this newest, northern part in sun, hail and… snow?

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T'Pennine Bridleway

70. The Big Feature: Roadtrip! Squits And Wiggles.

A ‘proper’ roadtrip is a rite of mountain biking passage and it’s what makes stories worth telling. Here’s our guide on how to become a comedy road warrior.

The roadtrip is a rite of mountain biking passage. We recount going through the eye...

84. Scenes: Enduro – A Potted History.

Gravity-based enduros may have only just arrived in the UK, but they’re well-established on the Continent. Matt Wragg charts their success.

98. A Question Of Fitness.

Why am I so tired? This time three panellists give their expert opinion on the same question.

102. Bike Test: 140-150mm Trail Bikes

Big and bouncy bikes for aggressive trail riding from Commencal, Ghost and Mondraker.

Bike test Videos

Ghost AMR Plus Lector 7700

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Commencal Meta AM2

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Mondraker Foxy R

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114. Through The Grinder.

Product testing that made use of all the filthy weather we had in April and May.

  • FSA Gravity Light CSI flat handlebar & AL2014 stem
  • Endura PakaJak jacket
  • ENVE 26in XC clincher rims
  • Five Ten Spitfire Mid Freeride shoes
  • Timbuk2 Light Bright Messenger bag
  • Bontrager RXL MTB shoes
  • Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount
  • RaceFace Canuck gloves
  • Rocket Fuel Hot Cup Energy Coffee
  • Juice Lubes Viking Juice All Conditions Lube
  • The North Face Dirt Track jacket

120. Grinder Bikes: Cotic ‘X’ and Genesis Vapour.

Two disc-equipped cyclocross bikes. Or are they commuters? Adventure bikes? Racers? We’ll let you know when we work it out ourselves.

134. Grouptest: British Summer Shades.

Sorry, but you probably don’t need full black-mirror shades for a typical British summer day. You probably need something a little… lighter? We test nine.

  • Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim
  • BBB PH Rapid
  • Endura Cuttle
  • Endura Piranha
  • Fox Duncan Sport
  • Oakley Radarlock
  • Smith Pivlock V90
  • Tifosi Vogel
  • Tifosi Dolomite

140. Premier Listings.

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146. We Just Work Here

Who does what, how to get in touch, what helped this issue on its way and who we’d like to thank.

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