Issue 36

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine August 2007

In this Issue:
John Ireland Interview
Kit Bag & Shorts Group Tests
Dalby Forest Route Guides
Trans Scotland and Cape Epic
Les Hautes Alps

Cover photo: Andrew Shandro, Hardangerfjord, Norway. By Endre Lovass
Contents Picture: Mark and other UK journos at Lake Tahoe. By Chris Milliman.
Spineline: From behind, no one will know it’s me.


It’s racing, but not as we know it, Jim.

Europe on a Press Pass

Matt and Ben rush round Switzerland and Italy, trying to get to all the press launches before the hire car gives out.

Trans Scotland

John Ross and Matt Carr take on the Trans-Scotland race with only hangovers, singlespeeds and ‘See you Jimmy!’ hats.

Blame The Dog

Our regular column of introspection from Mike Ferrentino.

Interview – John Ireland

He’s the Forestry Commission’s Visitor Safety Officer and he’s writing the book on the trail grades in your forests.

Bike Test: Carbon Fibre Hardtails

Four carbon hardtails from Cannondale, Merida, Scott and Trek. Ready for summer racing?

  • Cannondale Taurine 2SL
  • Merida FLX 3000-D
  • Scott Scale 10
  • Trek OCLV 9.7


Nine pages of products, real-world tested. Including the new Santa Cruz Bullit and the controversial Trek 69er singlespeed.

  • Fox 32 TALAS RLC
  • Maxxis Swampthing 2.35 42a Super Tacky
  • Chrome Transport Milo Shoes
  • Wingnut Hyper 2.5 Pack
  • Diatech Anchor Sport Hydro Disc
  • Shimano DXR Groupset
  • Haglofs LiM Ultimate Paclite Jacket
  • Fox Baseline Shoes
  • 661 Descent TAKI Shoes
  • Sundog Anti Fog Stick
  • Clif Bars
  • Kriega 3 Backpack
  • Santa Cruz Bullit
  • Trek 69er

Shorts Group Test

Our biggest shorts test ever! 30 shorts trail tested – baggy and Lycra shorts for men and for women.

  • Cannondale Doubletrack Baggies (womens)
  • Fox Diva Baggies (womens)
  • Pearl Izumi Divide Trail Baggies (womens)
  • Polaris Zola Baggies (womens)
  • Sugoi Gusta Baggies (womens)
  • Altura Mistral Shorts (womens)
  • Assos F1 Lady H-Shorts (womens)
  • Endura FS260 Pro Shorts (womens)
  • Giordana Body Clone Shorts (womens)
  • Sugoi Lucky Shorts (womens)


  • Altura Summit Baggies
  • Cannondale Singletrack Baggies
  • Endura Burner Baggies
  • Fox Mid Ranger Baggies
  • Gore Flow Baggies
  • Pace Riding Baggies
  • Oakley MTB 3.6 Baggies
  • Specialized Enduro Terra Baggies
  • Sugoi Gustov Baggies
  • Swobo Minkman Combo Baggies
  • Assos F1 Mille Bibshorts
  • Cannondale Carbon Bibshorts
  • Crane Sports Unisex Shorts
  • Endura FS260 Pro Bibshorts
  • Giordana Body Clone Bibshorts
  • Gore Bike Wear Ozon Bibshorts
  • Nike Elite Bibshorts
  • Pearl Izumi Slice Ultrasensor Bibshorts
  • Rapha Bibshorts
  • Specialized RS7 Bibshorts

Nature Boy

It’s only rain, says Nature Boy, now get out and ride in it.

Les Haute Alps

A small corner of France with great trails, weather and many, many switchbacks.


Six pages of the best trail pictures around. Photos by Ghillian Bedford, Jordan Manley and Richard Starkie.


Guess the weight of Bert the Dog and win that weight in Continental Inner tubes.

Bike Porn – the Curtis/Kinkybikes Sidecar

A mountain bike sidecar? The craziest, scariest, giggliest, funniest bike we’ve ever ridden. Just hold on tight…


A whole kitchen full of Singletrack goodies that you probably need in your life.

Members Club

There are loads of businesses out there who’ll give you a discount and free stuff, just by producing your Singletrack Subcribers’ Card.

So You Want To Be A…

Want a job in the bike world? Here’s our guide to another load of cool sounding jobs in the bike industry.

Column: DJ 24

Philip and Andrew Diprose decided to DJ, trackside, for 24 hours straight at Mountain Mayhem. Cue ‘Eye of the Tiger’

Touring Le Tour

A last-minute flight to France, a ‘cross bike, small tent and a seatpost rack. Watching the Tour doesn’t have to be hard or expensive.

Column: The Sound of Inevitability

Rob Hamilton Smith has been living the charmed life of the mountain bike guide. Which could only mean that he was due a fall.

Next Month

Find out what’s in next month’s magazine before we’ve even written it!

Kit Bag Group Test

Unless you ride out of your door, you’re going to need a bag to carry your gear in. And that old IKEA bag won’t fit through airport X-Ray machines.

  • Pearl Izumi Tour Bag 2007
  • Thor Circuit Gear Bag
  • Specialized Team Comp Bag
  • Ironman Travel Trolley
  • Fox Large Gear Bag
  • Royal Racing Cargo Bag
  • The North Face Basecamp Duffel

Mark’s Tool Shed

Mark looks at a tool that everyone needs and a tool that everyone wants. But which is which?

Route Guide: Dalby Forest and the North York Moors

  • Easy: Take Your Pick
  • Medium: 48km (30.4 miles), 4-6 hours
  • Hard: 59km (36.7 miles), 5-8 hours

Column: Big-X

While at a holiday camp, Julian Birch plans his knobbly tyred escape.

Column: Falling Back To My Roots

Roly Lambert is scared of roots and doesn’t mind you knowing it. And ruts. And off camber bits. And…

The Ripper Race

What happens when the Vancouver locals get together for a race? Lots of fancy-dress, ladder bridges and sparkly shoes, that’s what.

Armchair Feature – Cape Epic

Cris Bloomfield is beaten, physically and spiritually, by South Africa’s hot, dry, eight day stage race.

Outro – Mayhem!

A few pics and memories from this year’s biggest race – Mountain Mayhem.