Issue 3

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Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Autumn 2001

In this Issue:
Keith Bontrager Interview
Mabie Forest Route Guides
Andalucian Mountains
Wet, Wild and Whisky

Cover photo: Red Bull 24hr 2001. By Mark Alker.
Contents photo: SSWC2K, Afan Argoed. By Mark Alker.
Spineline: No spinelines until issue five.

Editorial

Ramblings from the editor, plus who helped out with issue three.

The White Rim

Possibly the most incredibly beautiful ride on the planet, yet also one of the least technical. Worth it? Tom Snow thinks so and offers words and pictures to back up his argument.

Gallery

Some shots to inspie you on a grey day from M. Riemer

Industry Insider

Keith Bontrager has been influencing mountain bikes for nearly as long as there have been mountain bikes. An exclusive interview by the Singletrack team digs deep.

Singleminded

David Eccles recounts Toad’s Wonderful Ride. A light-hearted spot of reading from with the characters from Wind in the Willows.

Column One

Ben Boney M* tells us to stop chatting and start riding. *This article contains one reference to football, some nudity and more than its fair share of confused conjecture.

Bike Test

Freeride-lite. Bikes that don’t fit happily into standard bike-type classifications:

  • Scott G-Zero Strike FX
  • Kona Bear Dee-Lux
  • Rotwild RFR-03

Long Term Tests

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

  • Nokon Gear Cables
  • Uvex Boss Helmet
  • Shimano M152 Shoes
  • Marwi USA NightPro Lights – Elite Pro Model
  • Love Groovy-O XC Tyres
  • Karrimor Polartec 100 Base Layer
  • Sealskinz Mid Light Socks
  • Karrimor Rush Lite 15 Rucksack

Travel

Steve Thomas heads to Spain in search of cheap, sun-blessed biking and heads to the Andalucian Mountains, unfortunately everything doesn’t go to plan.

Gallery

John Gibson presents some stunning shots from Alaska and Hawaii.

Column Two

Sophie Sampson responds to Brant Richards interview from Issue 2 in an unusual way.

Exclusive Test

The all-carbon STP400 from Trek.

Column Three

Robert Lee recounts his decision to reject work in favour of riding more.

Routes

Mabie Forest, Scotland – three routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:

  • Easy 11.3km (7 miles), 1-1.5 hours
  • Medium 22.5km (14 miles) , 2-3 hours
  • Expert 32.1km (20 miles), 4-5 hours

Gallery

A final gallery from Ralf Kalchhauser.

Armchair Feature

Chipps, Ian Osbourne, Alex McNicol and Tim Johnson report on the team experience from Shimano’s Sleepless in the Saddle.

Horizons

Wet, wild and whisky by Ian Marshall. The Scottish Bothy’s position as a welcome refuge is investigated with the aid of a few mountain bikers and a dog.

Road Trip

Gordon Stovin uses some local knowledge to reveal some great riding in the West Midlands.

Singletrackworld.com Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.

Outro

Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.