Issue 30

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine August 2006

In this Issue:
Tony Griffiths Interview
Messenger Bags and Locks Group Tests
Isle of Wight Route Guides
The Other Trans Wales

Cover photo: Hans Moll, verbier. By Rob Hamilton-Smith
Content photo: Dan Barham, Fruita, Colorado. By Chris Garrison.
Spineline: Riding where the hand of man has never set foot


Chipps reveals a secret society whose members live in our midst.

The Finale Countdown

A quiet corner of Italy is the site of some of the best riding and a 24 hour race with a difference.

The Other Trans Wales

Cris Bloomfield’s three day route across the width of Wales from the English border to shining Irish Sea.

Interview – Tony Griffiths

You may not know his name, but he’s in charge of luring you back to the trails of the new, improved, Coed y Brenin.

Bike Test

Four by Four. Is 4” the ideal rear travel for UK trail riding? Ben Haworth reckons so after testing bikes from Fusion, Nicolai, Turner and Voodoo.

  • Fusion Floyd SL
  • Nicolai Helius CC
  • Turner Flux
  • Voodoo Canzo

Through the Grinder

A wet May and dry June and July have made for tough conditions for this issues test products.

  • Marzocchi MX Comp Suspension Forks
  • Race Face Deus XC SL Seatpost
  • Assos F1.13 Bibshorts
  • Assos Uni Jersey
  • Fibrax Semi-Metallic PLUS Disc Pads
  • Blackspire 31.8 Riser Bars
  • Gore Alpine Lady Paclite Jacket
  • Easton AM Havoc Wheelset
  • Adidas ClimaCool Evil Eye Glasses
  • On One Doofer
  • Keswick Mountain Rescue Team
  • On One Groove Armada Sprocket
  • Bell Sweep XC Helmet
  • Endura Singletrack Shorts
  • Nike Lance Race Chrono Watch
  • Specialized Deviant Full-Face Carbon Helmet
  • Slikfit Roof Rack
  • Muc-Off Dirty Work Wipes
  • Cannondale Doubletrack Shorts
  • Whyte E5 Works

Group Test: Messenger Bags

You don’t have to be a bike messenger to want to carry stuff on your bike. We ride and rate 15 bags.

  • Baileyworks SuperPro (Large) 29.5 L
  • Bagaboo Large 31 L
  • Bontrager 30 L
  • Chrome Metropolis 32L
  • Cocotte Alfredo 34L
  • Crumpler Cheesy Disco 18 L
  • Crumpler Fux Deluxe 25 L
  • Ortlieb Messenger Bag 30 L
  • Pac Designs Ultimate 42 L
  • Pakuma Choroka K1 24 L
  • Pakuma Choroka K2 18 L
  • Pedro’s 18 L
  • Push the Envelope 40 L
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger bag 50 L
  • Timbuk2 Pro Series Messenger Bag 68 L

Bike Porn

The GT IT1. A Word Exclusive peek at GT’s new eight speed shifting, internal gearbox powered, 9” sprung, full suspension bike.

Column: Julian Birch

Mother Nature has left her mark on Julian Birch and not in a good way.

Battle of the Scotts

Big full susser? Or superlight hardtail? What’s the best all-round trail bike for the UK? Singletrack pitch a 31lb Scott Ransom against a 20Lb Scale.

Group Test: Bike Locks

How well is your bike secured? We show you the locks and safeguards that’ll last long enough to deter the thieves.

  • Abus Granit X-Plus
  • Abus City Chain X-Plus
  • Blok Combo Cable Lock
  • Blok ULK200 U-Lock
  • Kryptonite Evolution
  • Kryptonite NY Fahgettaboudit
  • On Guard Brute
  • On Guard Doberman Combo 5033
  • On Guard Doberman 5027
  • On Guard Mastiff 5020
  • On Guard Rottweiler 5024
  • Magnum UL4
  • Magnum CH3 Chain
  • Oxford Revolver
  • Oxford Sentinel
  • Trelock BS610

Column: Philly D

“Pull a wheelie!” cries the urchins, but all Philly D can do is trackstand.


Four pages of pictures to make you put the magazine down and go riding. Photos from Ian Nutt, Sheldon Attwood, Chipps, James Kirby and Sterling Lorence.

Cycle Show 2006

Come and see Singletrack and some great riders and products at the event of the year.

Deep Waters

Sam Waters loses a phone, but finds a trail from his distant past.

Route Guide: Isle of Wight

Jenn Hopkins explores the fantastic, well-kept and marked trails on this quiet yet accessible island.

  • Easy Route: 24km (14.91 miles), as long as you like
  • Medium Route: 30.7km (19.07 miles), 3 hours
  • Hard Route: 59.7km (37.10 miles), 5 hours

How to be Fat

Dave Smith’s latest fitness article shows how easy it is to be fat. And how to combat it.

I’m not slow, I’m scared

Roly Lambert explains his deep seated fear of speed.

It’s All Glamour

Are press launches hard work, long hours and minimal riding? Epic days of real bike testing? Or just booze and schmooze?


Ten chances to win Crank Brothers’ newest pedal.

Singletrack Members’ Club

A list of cafes, shops and holidays that offer discounts to singletrack subscribers.

Real Mountain Biking

Ben needed an antidote to manmade trails. He chose an epic day of riding rocks, sunburn and portage and injury in the Lakes.

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Web Page Roundup

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