Issue 32

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine December 2006

In this Issue:
Cy Turner Interview
Lights Group Test
East Midlands Route Guides
TransWales Race

Cover photo: Chamonix Singletrack. By Dan Milner.
Contents photo: Glen Kinglass. By Harry Carpenter.
Spineline: You don’t need lesbians for sushi

Chipps worries about growing older and then realises that he doesn’t have to.


A remote town high on the Italian/Swiss border where Chipps finds trails, scenery and history. Finds everything but his breath that is.

Easyjet Enduro

Grab your bike and a cheap flight. Huw Cooke’s taking you on an alpine adventure.

Interview – Cy Turner

The man behind Cotic Bikes and one of the pioneers of the big forks on a hardtail movement that has become synonymous with the UK.

Bike Test

Aluminium Hardtails from Cannondale, Commencal, Rivette and Specialized. The Singletrack team investigate how the same material can be made into radically different bikes.

  • Cannondale Caffeine 4SL
  • Commencal Flame
  • Rivette H4
  • Specialized Stumpjumper HT Expert

Through the Grinder

The product test section of the magazine features a long term test on a Rohloff Speedhub and a first look at the new XTR.

  • Magura Wotan
  • Dangerboy Knurled End Caps
  • Maverick Speedball Seatpost
  • Magura Louise
  • Crank Bros Acid2 Pedals
  • Swobo Merino Long Sleeve Jersey
  • Hope Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Rohloff Disc Speedhub 500/14
  • Camelbak Bottle
  • On One Smoothie +5 Headset
  • Virgin Wines Club
  • Shimano XTR Mk4
  • X-Fusion 02 PVA DC Shock
  • Rockshox Revelation 426 Dual Air with Poploc
  • Santa Cruz Heckler

Boy in a Photograph

Phil Diprose suggests that you look around and takes stock of who you’re riding with and where they’ll be in five years time.


More mouthwatering photos to inspire you to get out there and pedal from Richard Starkie, David Schmidt, Chris Garrison, Phil Marshall, Martin Bothy and Andy Carter.

Fish out of Water

Ben and Sim take time to ride with the Rough Stuff Fellowship. The riding turns out to be surprising and in the company of riders who’ve been offroading since before he was born.

Ghost Riders

Julian Birch takes a walk in the woods and wonders about those that ride there when he’s not there to see it.

Bike Porn

The Orange Clockwork is a perfect example of a bike that you’ll either ‘get’ or you won’t.


Offroad lighting setups trail tested, from reasonable LED setups to stupid money HIDs.

  • Niterider Minewt
  • Hope Vision LED
  • Hope Vision HID
  • Lupine Passubio XL
  • Lumicycle Halide System
  • Exposure Lights Turbo Enduro LED
  • Light & Motion ARC HID
  • Niterider Flight HID + LED
  • Supernova 24 Seven LED
  • Lupine Edison 5 HID
  • Supernova P99-D HID

Editors’ Choice

The Singletrack writers search souls and sheds to pick their best products and other highlights of the year. Chipps Chippendale, Mark Alker, Sim Mainley, Matt Letch, ben Haworth, Jon Woodhouse, Sharon and Dave Anderson, Craig Woodhouse, Steve makin, Ali Chant and Tim Kershaw have their say.


Singletrack have concentrated on bringing you the enough DVDs to last you until well into the New Year.


Two stories of this years TransWales event. One starts gloomy and finishes on a high. The other doesn’t. Simon Catmur and Ben Haworth contribute.

Dirt Girls

Sue Williams joins like minded girls in Morzine to learn about some trail skills under expert tutelage.

Route Guide

The East Midlands and in particular Leicestershire isn’t blessed with particularly gnarly riding, but with the right trails, right friends and good weather it’s a great place to ride.

  • Easy: 10.3km (6.4 miles), 1 hour
  • Medium: 33km (20.5 miles), 2.5 hours +
  • Hard: 29.4km (18.2 miles), 2.5hrs +

2006 Singletrack Awards

Here are some of the nominations for the 2006 Awards. Readers get to choose winners by voting.

Deep Waters

More thoughts from the Singletrack trailside proseman Sam Waters.


Win enough winter gear from Gore Bike Wear to be able to laugh off the winter blues.


Join Dave Smith as he takes the magazine staff on his spaceship of pain and gets them fit. Worryingly contains pictures of Singletrack staff in their underwear.


Silly pictures and short words.