Issue 15

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine June 2004

In this Issue:
Rob Roskopp Interview
Pedals Group Test
Lake District Route Guides
Riding the Great Divide

Cover photo: Lucy and Phil from Bike Verbier, Verbier. By Mark Alker.
Contents photo: James Coulthurst, North York Moors. By Ben Haworth.
Spineline: Let me show you the crack in my pelvis.

Issue 15: Editorial

Chipps ponders the world of mountains biking over a bottle or two of whisky.

Riding the Great Divide

Riding the longest continuous mountain bike trail in the world takes nerve – and nappy cream – as John Metcalfe discovers.


A collection of photos from Ben Haworth featuring ‘Juicy’ Jim Coulthurst from the North York Moors, Great Divide Trail photos from John Metcalfe and a snap from the lens of Sterling Lorence.


Rob Roskopp, former professional skateboarder, now head of Santa Cruz bikes. Singletrack asks the questions about a company with a big reputation.

Bike Porn

Biff’s Jeff Jones one-off custom, space-frame titanium singlespeed from the man who lives and works in the Woods of Oregon.

Column One

Piers Barber discusses the Power of Lists.

Bike Test

“Hey Ladies!” as the Beastie Boys once said, this one’s for you. Bikes for women:

  • Gary Fisher Big Sur GS
  • Titus Loco Moto
  • Cannondale F400 Feminine

Head to Head

Jenn Hopkins and Jools Dymond discuss the merits and necessities of women’s specific geometry bikes and kit.

Product Tests

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

  • Fizik Gobi Saddle
  • Where to Mountain Bike in Britain Book
  • irule women’s clothing
  • Continental Diesel Protection
  • Galfer Hope Mini disc and pad set
  • Giant VT frameset
  • Titec Scoper Seatpost
  • Adidas Evil Eye
  • Profile Racing SS 3 piece crankset
  • Aberlour A’Bunadh

Fort William World Cup

Photo montage.

Column Two

Mild-mannered Richard Boyd found that riding a bike can solve all problems. Well, nearly all problems. Those that need professional help still need a professional, but at least you can ride to their office…

Column Three

Jon Wyatt’s revisits the shiny precious things of his childhood and adulthood in typical Samuri style.

Freeride: The Sharp End of Riding

Rob Hamillton Smith looks deep into the world of the backwoods, UK freeriders.

Group Test

Pedals for every occassion from flats to clipless from lightweight to burly.

  • DMR V12
  • Easton Flatboys
  • Shimano MX30
  • Crank Bros Mallet M
  • Shimano M545
  • Shimano M647
  • Time Freeride Z
  • Crank Bros Chrome Eggbeaters
  • Crank Bros Candy SL
  • Ritchey Logic Comp V3
  • Ritchey Logic Pro V3
  • Shimano 540
  • Shimano 959
  • Time Alium
  • Time ATAC Carbon XS
  • Speedplay Frogs
  • Wellgo WPD 801
  • Xpedo MG.SL
  • Xpedo MG/Ti

Fish Out of Water

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Ride. Under the watchful eye of Maverick’s Paul Turner, Dave Anderson and Ben Haworth try their hand at some uplift assisted semi-urban freeriding.

Route Guide

This issue heads up to the Lake District for some less well known trails around Ambleside.

  • Easy: 20km (12.43 miles), 2.5 hours
  • Medium: 36km (22.36 miles), 3.5 hours
  • Epic: 48km (29.82 miles), 4.5 hours

Armchair Story

When epic ride go wrong. A cautionary tale from Craig Woodhouse and James Lyon about the need to be prepared for what the trails can throw at you and inflict upon you. 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.


A departure from the normal photo feature. This issue is a lesson in acceptable tastes. Cycling jerseys under the scrutiny of Mark and Chipps.