Issue 23

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine September 2005

In this Issue:
Dan Cowan Interview
Cranks Group Test Issue
North Wales Route Guides
Hans and Frischi’s Alta Rezia Freeride Adventure

Cover photo: Singletrack Readers, Osmotherly, North York Moors. By Craig Woodhouse.
Contents photo: James Coulthurst on Harris, Western Isles. By Ben Haworth.
Spineline: If we weren’t a week late we’d be early.

Issue 23: Editorial

Chipps realises just how much mountain biking affects his life

Hans and Frischi’s Alta Rezia Freeride Adventure

Trials guru Hans Rey and cross country racer Thomas Frischknecht team up for some Swiss-Italian Alpine riding.

Getting Cheeky in Nepal

Nepal doesn’t just have big mountains – it has big mountains with trails on them.


Buy Singletrack stuff.


Dangerous Dan Cowan is a North Shore architect, builder and pioneer of some of Vancouver’s best known riding.

Bike Porn

Spot Titanium singlespeed loveliness.

The Samuri

Jon Wyatt comes down to earth in a ‘it happens all the time’ kind of way.

Bike Test

More titanium in the form of some UK based companies finest products.

  • Charge Blender Ti
  • Global TH Carbon
  • Omega Predator
  • Pipedream Option 1


More products tested in the real world by real riders.

  • Hope Vision Light
  • Pendle Strap-on Bike Rack
  • Hayes El Camino Brakes
  • 2005 Marzocchi All Mountain 1
  • Vertex Track Chain
  • Ultimate Pro Elite (BRS70) Workstand
  • Specialized Toupe Saddle
  • Boomerack Bike Stand
  • Superstand Bike Stand
  • Ergon Grips
  • Bontrager Race Bar Ends
  • Fox Riders Wool Jersey
  • Thorn Raven Enduro


A collection of photos by Kelvin Owers, Anne Keller, Adam Titley, Geof Warnock, Alan Goldsmith, Sheldon Attwood, Dan Barham & Chris Garrison.


In a guest appearance for the Singletrack team, Paul Smith tests nine different cranks

  • Race Face Deus XC
  • FSA V-Drive XC Mega Exo
  • Middleburn RS8
  • Middleburn RS7
  • Gusset Waffen
  • FSA Team Issue
  • Shimano XTR
  • Shimano LX
  • Shimano Saint

The Hard Way to Become a Poet

Nospokes shows us just why some folks should just take up scrabble

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Lyndon

Up close and personal with a first timer’s experience of the pain and stupidity of 24hr solo racing.


One of our occasional columnists Mika Schick finds that reality bites.

The Wrong Side of the Road

‘Mountain biking made me do it!’ claims an amusing and anarchistic Alex Leigh as he breaks all the rules in the book.

Route Guide

Hidden Mid-Wales with the delights around Mold and Ruthin won’t remain a secret for long with the opening of the new hand built trails in Llandegla Forest.

  • Short Route: 15.5km (9.6 miles), 2 hours
  • Medium Route: 40.3km (25 miles), 4-6 hours
  • Expert Route: 68.5 km (42.6 miles), 6-8 hours


Win a Kona Dawgmatic and a weekend for two riding the great 7Stanes trails in Dumfries and Galloway.

Fish Out of Water

Trail Poacher Dave tries his hand working with the rights of way officers.

Armchair Story

Rather than ride all the Seven Stanes trails in 24 hours, the Stewartry Wheelers rode them all and rode between them too. Did they manage it?


What’s been going on in Europe’s busiest mountain bike forum this month

Market Place

Go on holiday, buy stuff and find stuff


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