Issue 35

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Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine June 2007

In this Issue:
Bick Craig Interview
Big and Bald Tyres Group Test
Peebles Route Guides
The Rain in Spain

Cover photo: Les Houches, France. By Dan Milner
Contents Picture: Bean in the Meadow. By Chris Garrison.
Spineline: …but I’ve never put surf wax in my ears.

Editorial

Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Chipps deconstructs trail riding.

Purest Green

Ben’s tour of the Yorkshire Dales renewed his love for the area, and for its green, green grass.

So you want to be a…

Ever thought you’d be better off with a job in an industry you love? We look at some of the jobs that let you work with bikes.

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino’s regular letter from America. An indirect look at Mexican food and frame geometry.

Interview with Nick Craig

We talk to the nicest guy in mountain bike racing. Nick Craig has been a pro for nearly 20 years and still loves mountain biking.

Bike Test: First Time Bounce.

New suspension from Bionicon, Felt, Pipedream, Viper all given the Singletrack treatment.

  • Bionicon Edison Ltd II
  • Felt Virtue 3
  • Pipedream Torero 5.5
  • Viper RC 1.0

Grinder

Our real world, take it through the mud, product section. Everything from shoes to whole bikes.

  • Shimano M300 Shoes
  • Hope Pro3 Wheelset
  • Ison Stem Spacers
  • Alpkit Fat Airic
  • Gore Retro Tech Gloves
  • Hypnotic Designs Hankster Knickers
  • Arkel Seat Bag
  • Spank Bar and Stem Combo
  • Onza Ules Grips
  • 661 Veggie Wrap Shin Pads
  • Embers Forest Short Sleeved Base Layer
  • Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Atlas Short Sleeve Base Layer
  • Shed Shackle
  • Singular Swift
  • Scott Spark 10

Grouptest: Helmets.

Everyone needs a helmet, it’s the one bit of kit we all agree on. But which of the latest designs fits well and keeps you cool?

  • Bell Sweep XC
  • Bell Variant
  • Fox Flux
  • Giro Animas
  • Giro E2
  • Giro Skyla
  • Lazer Magma
  • Limar 909 MTB
  • Limar 960
  • Met 5th Element
  • Met Veleno
  • Specialized Decibel
  • Specialized Instinct
  • Uvex XP100

Column: Roly Lambert

Ever think that mountain biking is a quiet, stealthy affair? You’ve not ridden with Roly and his wall of silent sound.

The Rain in Spain.

Ever wonders what happens when it finally does rain in sunny Spain? It’s not pretty… Howard Jones finds out.

Gallery

Four pages of big scenes and inspiring scenery. Photos by joran Manley and Chipps.

Bike Porn – Empire

A new bike firm, Empire, a familiar single pivot design, but a whole new way of constructing it – from sand-cast aluminium in the UK.

Competiton: Win an Endorfin!

We liked Endorfin’s bikes so much last issue that we badgered them into giving one of you lot one of them.

What’s in a name?

Philip Diprose ponders on the background of bike names and comes up with a few of his own.

Ten Years of Mayhem

Chipps looks at ten years of UK 24 hour racing’s biggest event. Patrick Adams’ Mountain Mayhem.

Column: Julian Birch

‘Where’s my thing?’ asks Julian Birch as he tries to recapture whatever it was he got from riding that he’s now lost.

Fish Out of Water: Tandem Virgin.

What better place for a mountain biking control freak like our Matt than on the back of a psycho mountain bike tandem.

Grouptest: Big and Bald Tyres

Ben looks at ten big tyres for fast summer rolling over big rocks and dusty trails.

  • Continental Petrol 2.5
  • DMR Moto Digger 2.35
  • Kenda Small Block Eight 2.35
  • Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35
  • Michelin Dry 2 Reinforced 2.3
  • Nokian Assault-X 2.4
  • Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4
  • Tioga Yellow Kirin 2.3
  • Vredestein Killer Bee 2.4
  • WTB Weirwolf LT Race 2.55

The Tool Shed

Mark looks at two specialist tools in the Tool Shed this issue. A huge tyre lever and a complex, but lovely, Chris King bearing tool.

Route Guide: Peebles, Beyond Glentress.

The thousands of riders zipping round the marked trails in the Tweed Valley are missing miles of epic natural riding, as Ali Chant discovers.

Column: Dave Anderson

Dave takes his fortnight’s holiday at home. Thus missing out on airport hell and unfamiliar trails in favour of familiar trails ridden with good friends.

Bolivian High

Huw Cooke takes time off from his world-tour to get in a week of high-altitude freeriding fun in Bolivia.

Returning to your Roots

Rob Hamilton Smith returns from his Swiss mountain bike guiding job for a week of extreme riding with his old friends.

Outro

Everything from pictures of random juggernauts to highposting freeriders in the woods.