Issue 26

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine January 2006

In this Issue:
Tim Parr Interview
Adjustable Suspension Forks and Track Pumps Group Tests
White Peak District Route Guides
Route 66

Cover photo: Jon Woodhouse on Bolty’s Steps, Calderdale. By Dan Barham.
Contents photo: Peak District in Winter. By Dean Taylor.
Spineline: It’s amazing how flash makes it not dark.


Chipps reckons we all need to get lost

Organic MTB

Are mountain bike trails the saviour or scourge of the sport? We don’t have the answer, but we have collected some strong opinions on the topic.

Route 66

Not that Route 66, silly! Britain’s own A66 travels through some of the best riding in the country and we go truckin’ along to find it.


Swobo man Tim Parr is the man behind the iconic clothing company. One of the most influential companies you might never have heard of.

Bike Test

Mid Life Crisis Bikes. Lots of friends of the Singletrack team are buying big forked hardtails to help them keep up with younger riders. Will it help? We try

  • Evil Sovereign
  • Norco Manik
  • Orange Crush
  • Voodoo Bakka

Through the grinder

A big haul of products tested by our riders in the winter sludge.

  • Bontrager Big Earl Wheels
  • Quad QHD-1 Disc Brakes
  • Labgear 5.4 MC Jersey
  • Soma Morning Rush Coffee Holder
  • P1sseezee Bike Wash
  • Synchros Gain Carbon Fibre Bars
  • Ultimate Alpine Digital Scale
  • Indicator LED Strip
  • Gore Bike Wear Vapor Windstopper N2S
  • SRAM X0 Shifters
  • White Lightning Wet-Ride Lube & Trigger Chain Cleaner
  • Specialized Radiant Glove
  • Berghaus Sanctuary Jacket
  • Spot Brand One Shot Spacers
  • Uvex Wing RS
  • Endura Superlite Jacket
  • Thule Outride 561
  • Shimano MT90 Winter Boot


A photographic hint of sunshine to brighten up your day. Shots from Andrew Fergus Wilson, Garry Kendall and Andy Carter

Photo Competition

Want the glamour, glory and er, riches of the Singletrack photographers? Enter our competition and win an new Dakine camera bag too.

Bike Porn

Surly Pugsley is a monster truck among bikes. You’ll not ride amore head-turning ride. Nor one that’s quite as much silly fun.

Building the Dream

A Steve Makin photo essay about the building a top tier.


Ten multi-length suspension forks tested.

  • Fox Talas X TT
  • Magura Phaon
  • Manitou Black RTWD
  • Manitou Minute :04
  • Marzocchi All Mountain SL
  • Marzocchi Marathon XC
  • Pace RC40 Fighter
  • Rock Shox Pike 454 Air U-turn
  • Rock Shox Revelation 426 Air
  • Rock Shox Tora 318 U-turn

Column: Deep Waters

Sam Waters wonders how many shiny bikes are sat, unused in garages, for fear of scratching them.

The Incident Pit

Ben Reedy charts his dangerous slide towards winter ride disaster in tiny forgivable steps.

Singletrack Awards Dinner Report

We’ve given you the winners. Now here’s the Hello style report of the evening. Who wore what? Who snogged whom?

A Week in Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a name from the sports childhood, but is it still a place worthy of legend? After a week of riding there, Richard Cree thinks so.

Column: Mr Bill

Even patently stupid bikes go together with the right bits. Bill Lowes helps his sons make a bike hot rod, just to save them using his tools.

Belt Buckles

Retro jerseys aren’t the only showy, but slightly useful accessory. Here’s half a dozen chunky belt buckles to show off your allegiances.

  • Bontrager
  • Dekerf
  • Gate Eight
  • Dirty Habit
  • Manitou
  • Salsa
  • Zoic

Nature Boy

While you’re reading this out of the rain, Nature Boy is out in the quiet woods enjoying them on his own.

Wings, by Cressers

We know mountain bikes can give us freedom. Now imagine the freedom a bike could give a partially sighted boy riding in the woods.


Trackpumps, unlike mini pumps, are more of a luxury, but any one who has one wouldn’t dream of going back. Mark Alker tests six.

  • Specialized Air Tool Pro
  • Park Tool PFP-2
  • Beto Tri-pod
  • Beto Alloy Floor Pump
  • Blackburn Air Tower
  • Topeak Twister


Seb Rogers demonstrates through pictures his blatant ability behind the lens. The long running photo contributor struts his photographic stuff over four pages.

Singletrack Photo weekend

The Singletrack team have organised a photography instruction weekend of riding with Seb Rogers and the Cycleactive team. It’s your chance to sharpen your skills.


And you thought the TransAlp sounded hard. Jessica DeMers gives us a riders’ eye view of one of the toughest races that ‘normal’ people can do.

Route Guide

The White Peak gets less press than the Dark Peak, but there’s still a load of good riding there. Dan Barham and Steve Makin explore in the rain.

  • Short Route: 17.5km (10.9 miles), 2 hours
  • Medium Route: 20.5km (12.7 miles), 3 hours
  • Expert Route: 38.6km (24.0 miles), 4-6 hours

Armchair Story

Sit back with a coffee and follow Dean Taylor as he travels the length of the country visiting friends in a thinly veiled attempt to ride their local trails.


And these are the pictures we can get away with printing. You should see the others…


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