Issue 18

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine December 2004

In this Issue:
Dave and Clare Hieatt (Howies) Interview
Pedals Group Test
North York Moors Route Guides
Photo Special

Cover photo: Bez riding Northumberland snow. By Craig Woodhouse.
Contents photo: Fiery sunset over Canyonlands, Utah. By Chipps Chippendale.
Spineline: I’m more of a two o’clock man myself.

Issue 18: Editorial

Chipps discusses an issue dedicated to capturing mountain biking using cameras, winery epics and grilled monkfish.

Behind the Transalp

Fraser Malloch discovers that riding the Transalp is complicated by a combination of traffic, baggage handlers, European transport, gym floor accommodation and something else… great big mountains.

Alpujarra Dreaming

A region in Southern Spain of steep valleys is the setting for this account of riding in some challenging terrain courtesy of a holiday with tour operator Switchbacks.


Dave and Clare Hieatt run arguably one of the best clothing companies on the planet. Howies is Cardigan Bay’s 3rd largest clothing company, Chipps finds out more about the firm that started out in a London flat.

Bike Porn

Possibly the lightest production cross country race bike in the world: The Scott Scale Ltd.

Column One

In this issue Piers turns his opinion to tools. Why is tool worship a necessary part of life for the thoughtful mountain biker and what doe it have to do with a private girls’ boarding school?

Bike Test

Six Inchers. Is more really more? With a growing number of long travel trail bikes and forks reaching the market is that extra inch going to revolutionise riding again? The Singletrack team attempt to find out by testing:

  • Elan Frisky 30E
  • Maverick ML8
  • Specialized Enduro S-Works

Column Two

The Samuri considers the ‘Fine Season’ and looks forward to the festive period with childish delight, not to mention the possibility of getting pneumonia and dying on the moors.

Product Tests

  • Scottoiler
  • Specialized Chicane and Singletrack Sunglasses
  • Goodridge Brake Hoses
  • Fox Float RP3
  • Progold Prolink Chain Lubricant
  • Progold Prolink Cable Luber
  • Pedro’s Bike Lust
  • Finesse Multi Grease
  • Finesse Multi Lube Plus
  • Fenwick’s Bike Cleaner FS10 Dilute
  • Fenwick’s Bike Cleaner FS1
  • Trailrider Guide to Spain
  • Niteflux Visionstick 20
  • Solidlights
  • Endura Air Defence Jacket

Picture Special

With this massive collection of photography from across the world and closer to home, Singletrack returns to one of the core values of the first issues – World class mountain biking photography.

Cocked – Singletrack Reader Awards 2005

Over 900 people voted on the third year of the Singletrack awards. Find out who won and what went on at the party afterwards.

Route Guide

The North York Moors are much more varied than the postcards suggest and contain arguably the best Singletrack in England. If you have never ridden there you’re in for a real treat. Three routes based around Danby:

  • Easy: 16.1km (10 miles), 1.5 hours.
  • Medium: 33.8km (21 miles), 3-4 hours.
  • Expert: 55km (34 miles), 5-6 hours.

Fish Out of Water

Following the success of their first organised event, Chris Marquis, Marty Savalas and Jon Meredith discuss the pros and cons of organising a European championship in the Scottish mountains.

Armchair Feature

Accidental Epics are those big days out in the saddle where as tiredness sets in the ability to judge situations and decisions deteriorates. Dave Anderson discusses the dangers of plans gone wrong. 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.