Issue 25

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine December 2005

In this Issue:
Rob Lee Interview
Disc Brakes and Mini Pump Group Tests
Snowdonia Route Guides

Cover photo: Felix Harris-Evans rides the Headless Chicken Woods, Halifax. By Ben Haworth.
Contents photo: Steve Makin pounding Penmachno. By Dan Barham.
Spineline: Like Papa’s Hounds

Issue 25: Editorial

Chipps moves outside o his circle of comfort and into a world of new trails.


Doug Banks recounts his experience of riding the Megavalanche and being one of hundreds of mountain bikers racing en-masse down Alpe D’Huez. Fantastic fun and/or Bedlam.

Retro Jerseys

Like the feel of the sheep or the look of those 70s heroes of the road like Merckx? Here’s a bunch of retro-jerseys to keep you satisfied.

My Trail

Sam Waters charts how his maturation as a rider has matched the evolution of his favourite local trail.

Riding with Shrimps

Dave Clark tries to stop millions of dead shrimps from stopping him finishing the South Downs Way at night.


Rob Lee is a World Champion of a sport you may not even know about. 24 hour solo mountain bike racing isn’t officially recognised by the UCI and the Singletrack team ask what it takes to make it.

Singletrack Reader Awards 2005

Find out who won what in the bike industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony, this year from bonny Scotland.

Bike Test

Four Bikes that will carry you iin comfort over your next 100km Enduro, 24 hour race or all day fast spin in the Peaks.

  • Cannondale Rush 1000
  • Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Womens
  • Trek Fuel EX9 WSD
  • Yeti AS-R


More products put through the grinder by real riders in real mud ‘n’ stuff.

  • Rockshox Pike Team Air
  • Exposure Lights Joystick LED
  • Bontrager King Earl Pedals
  • Oury Grips
  • DHB Trolley Bag
  • Kryptonite New York 3000 Lock
  • Halo Porkies QR Skewers
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail Whiskey
  • Gore Shark Jersey
  • Supernova SX 14 Xenon HID
  • Torq Bars
  • Thomson Elite X4 Stem
  • Rapha Emergency Gillet
  • USE Sumo Aluminium Seatpost
  • Gore Vento Lady Windstopper Shell
  • Fibrax Disc Brake Wipes
  • Ison Single Chainring Bolts
  • Cotic Soda


17 pages of photos from some great photographers make this special photo gallery. Shots from Craig Woodhouse, Rob Hamilton-Smith, Dan Barham, Steve Makin, Olly Townsend, Jeff Guerrero, Adam Titley, Sylvain Garde, Lucy and Phil, Dean Taylor and Chris Garrison.


Win a Voodoo Bizango frame worth £550 in our reasonably easy to win competition.


These days most people are running discs. Ben Haworth’s been throwing himself down steep hills for weeks with a crew of other testers to bring a comprehensive look at the best disc brakes.

  • Avid Juicy Five
  • Avid Juicy Carbon
  • Diatech Anchor Hydro
  • Formula Oro
  • Hayes El Camino
  • Hope Mono Mini
  • Hope Mono M4
  • Magura Louise FR
  • Magura Marta
  • Shimano Hone
  • Shimano XTR
  • Hayes HFX9


It’s Christmas time. Either buy goodies for yourself or leave this page accidentally open on the coffee table.

Bike Porn

The Santa Cruz Nomad won the Singletrack readers awards for Bike Porn. The team take a look at what makes it so drool-worthy.


Crazy cutting edge Germans with their fingers on the pulse? Or severely efficient Germanic Dudes? Singletrack editor Chipps spent a couple of days with them riding their trails and checking out wheat beer.


A mini grouptest on pumps. Mark Alker takes a look at which Mini pumps are worth looking at and which are better off being borrowed from other people.

  • Beto Deluxe Mini Pump
  • Blackburn Mammoth
  • Crank Brothers Power Pump Alloy
  • Crank Brothers Power Pump Pro
  • Cyclaire
  • Quicker Extreme
  • SKS Matrix T-Zoom
  • Specialized Airforce 2
  • Topeak Harpoon
  • Topeak Turbo Morph


The photo special edition is summed up with another 10 pages of photos. This set come from Anne Keller, Seb Rogers, John Gibson, Mark Lee-Sing, Sian Hughes, Pitt Ramackers and Nick Wallis.

Fish Out of Water

Bluffing the Three Peaks. Think cyclocross racing is easy? ‘Course you don’t, but just how hard can it be? Try doing the Three peaks ‘cross race and it gets tough as Chipps found out.

Route Guide

Three routes around North Wales’ Snowdonia National Park.

  • Short Route: 20km (12.4 miles), 2 hours
  • Medium Route: 17.5km (10.9 miles), 3-5 hours
  • Expert Route: 26.8km (16.7 miles), 3-5 hours

Armchair Story

Ash Smith recalls adventures in the High Tarantaise and in particular a 60km mostly downhill and mostly singletrack descent in a corner of the Alps.

Life in a Northern Town

Jane Winstanley delights in living in a grey, post-industrial Northern town. Especially as it has some wonderful, green, post-work hills to ride on in the local area.


Some very silly pictures and a warning about riding no handed.

Market Place

Book holidays and buy stuff for the winter. Find it here.