Issue 11

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Autumn 2003

In this Issue:
John North Interview
Multitool Group Test
Aboyne, Scotland Route Guide
New Zealand Great Adventure

Cover photo: Steve Worland. By Seb Rogers.
Contents photo: Sara Randle blurs near Riberac, France.
Spineline: Pavoni Europiccola – the singlespeed of the coffee world?

Issue 11: Editorial

Chipps talks about the year so far and explains why the summer has been so great for many mountain bikers.

Our Great Adventure

Rob and Sally Lee recount some of their epic 18 month around the world trip with bikes. This is the tale of the couple that fell in love with New Zealand and a few other places around the globe.


Summer photos from Ben Haworth, Mark Alker, David Johnson and Andy McCandlish.

Industry Insider

John North used to be a sales rep for Karrimor, now still working for the company, he tells of his passion for fast things, his battle with Cancer and his fear of being over 60.


Steve Makin provides the words and pictures for an illuminating trip to the place that initiated him into mountain biking, the No Brains trail at Delamere Forest.

Column One

Piers Barber is addicted to mountain biking and his addiction has led to cravings for only the really good stuff. Just don’t try and make him go without his fix.

Column Two

Insomnia is a horrible thing. Jon Wyatt reveals how he found a solution to an inability to sleep and discovered that night riding had it’s own set of values.

Bike Test

Brand new 2004 bikes from Scott, Specialized and Orange:

  • Scott Genius MC10
  • Specialized Stumpjumper FSR
  • Orange Sub Zero

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • VDO Mc1.0 Wireless Computer
  • Avenir Arizon High Rise Cycle Carrier
  • Endura Munro
  • Hope Hose Guides
  • SRAM Triggers and X-7 Mech
  • Giro Xen Helmet
  • Bob Ibex Trailer
  • Light & Motion ARC NiMH lights
  • Polaris Event-Lite Tent

One Liners

Brief reviews of stuff the team like and dislike:

  • Canon EOS 10D
  • Hooverphonic – Magnificent Tree
  • Eat Natural Barsanon

Spanish Gold

After plans in the UK fell apart Rennel Bartlett packed his bike up and flew out to the Sierra Nevada in Spain. This article reports on his time there in a trip organised by Freeride Spain.


Essential trail kit in the form of multi-tools

  • Crank Bros Multi 5
  • Leatherman Crunch
  • Leatherman Juice C2
  • Park MTB-3
  • Park MT-1
  • Pedro’s RX
  • Scott Pocket Superlight
  • Scott Saddlebag Kit
  • Specialized EMT Mini
  • Specialized EMT Sport
  • Topeak Alien XT
  • Topeak Hummer

Kona A Team

Four riders who had never met before let alone ridden together, given full suspension singlespeeds and a team entry into the SAAB Salomon Mountain Mayhem, 24 hour endurance race. Find out how Felix, Chris, Howard and Ben faired in what turned out to be another great event at Sandwell Valley Park.

Breakaway Day

Marwood and Ross Nester decided that day tripping from London to the Peak District was the best way to get some good mountain biking into an otherwise limited biking diet. They found that it was well worth the effort.

Fish Out of Water

Jenn Hopkins swaps a 9-5 desk job to learn more about her photography hobby from Lens-meister, Steve Behr. Including some tips from Steve on shooting good bike-related photos, a peek into his camera bag and an opportunity to enter an exclusive competition.

Giro Photo Competition

Enter a picture or two to stand the chance of seeing your handy work in the next Giro advertising campaign.


Aboyne, Scotland. Chipps and friends take on an old route near Balmoral.

  • Medium: 20km (12.43 miles), no timescale given.
  • Expert: 55km (34.17 miles), no timescale given.

Armchair Story

Ali Chant and Chipps recount the tale of a secret mountain bike rave in Wales. Well like a rave, but with it all being more legal and the music coming from heavy metal tribute bands. Fair bit of riding happened too. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazine’s daily website over the last few months.

Singletrackworld Goodies

Singletrack propoganda yours for a suitable fee.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.