Issue 38

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine November 2007

In this Issue:
Hans Rey Interview
Cranks and Mapping Software Group Tests
The Chilterns Route Guides
Norwegian Wood
Photo Special Issue

Cover photo: Sunlight in Canada. By Erik Haag.
Contents Picture: Mark Sears above Crans Montana, Switzerland (not Lost in Austria). By Cris Bloomfield.
Spineline: Don’t Eat Your Mother’s Mushrooms


Chipps sings the praise of the lone photographer, camped out by a finish line in nothing but a purple jacket and a floppy hat.

Bike Swap

Sharon Anderson swaps her northern trails for a weekend of riding in the south, hosted by Faye Stewart. How will they fare?

Norwegian Wood

Marco Toniolo’s photo essay of mountain biking the beautiful fjords of Norway.

Blame The Dog

Mike Ferrentino’s regular look at the bicycle world from his position on the other side of the fence. But is it the greener side?

Interview: Hans Rey

A mountain bike icon for nearly as long as the sport, Hans talks to us about everything from wheelies, to football shirts to ‘Flow Country’.

Bike Test: Mismatched Travel

Four full-sus bikes, from Cotic, Haro, Maverick and Orange with different travel at either end.

  • Cotic Hemlock
  • Haro Sonix 120
  • Maverick Durance
  • Orange Alpine 5


Nine pages of real-world testing of products, given a dousing in the summer rain and the darker nights.

  • Islabike Rothan
  • Straitline Stem
  • Magura Durin
  • Knog Frog Lights
  • Rock Shox Lyrik Solo Air
  • Howies Vail Merino Wool T-Shirt
  • USE Exposure Enduro MaXx 300
  • Ortleib MudRacer Saddle Bag
  • Royal Racing SP24/7 Jersey
  • Extra Wheel Trailer
  • Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Grouptest: Cranks

Eleven cranks rated for weight, looks, installation ease and likely use.

  • Shimano XT M770 Hollowtech II
  • FSA Afterburner MegaExo
  • Bontrager Race X Lite GXP Carbon
  • Race Face Deus XC
  • Shimano XTR M970 Hollowtech II
  • Truvativ Noir Team Carbon CXP and TNT Rings
  • Bontrager King Earl
  • Shimano Hone M601 Hollowtech II
  • Truvativ Stylo Singlespeed GXP & Ring
  • Race Face Ride DH Bash
  • Tune Fastfoot
  • MRP System 3 Mini Me Chain Device 30-34T Chain Device

Column: Ed O

Sometimes, that crashing you hear in the woods ISN’T a harmless critter, as Ed Oxley discovers.

Trail to Page

Three top photographers take time to tell us about how they got to be pro-photographers and what that actually means featuring Seb Rogers, Jordan Manley and Gary “Flipper” Perkins.

Bike Porn: Yeti ASR.C

A sub.23lb, full carbon, 4in travel race bike with the craziest seat tube you’ve ever seen. The Yeti ASR-C.


Win Saracen’s top hardcore hardtail, the Zen 631, worth £1299!

Singletrack Photo Special Gallery

A dozen pages of jaw-dropping photos capturing every essence of our great sport from around the world. Shots by Dan Barham, Geoff Crackett, Will Blair, Kit Carruthers, Ben Haworth, Rob Hamilton-Smith, Grant Doig and Oliver Townsend.

It’s all about Plan C

Dave Anderson leads his bivvy-sleeping wilderness riders to where there’s less rain, and more riding. Top camping-in-the-wild action!

Grouptest: Mapping Software

Four top mapping software solutions for your PC – rated and ridden with. Could this be the end of paper maps?

  • Anquet
  • Memory Map
  • Tracklogs
  • Viewranger

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Route Guide – The Chilterns

Chipps looks at three quiet, fun routes in the Chiltern hills that are close to London, close to the M40, yet pretty much empty.

Column: PhillyD

Philip Diprose tells you that you’re a far better rider than you think you are. Noted 20th century philosopher Abraham Maslow agrees.

Column: Roly

Roly Lambert ponders just about everything under the sun (well, drizzle) on his long, long walk home.

Getting The Shot

Top Alpine photographer Dan Milner lets us into just how much work goes into getting that perfect shot.

Column: Julian Birch

Julian Birch tries to motivate himself into leaving the house on a dreary autumn day.

Singletrack Fitness

Our fitness guru Matt Hart starts hurting you with lovely fitness early this year in an attempt to keep you knocking out the miles this winter, even if they’re indoors.

Fort William Gallery

The World Championships took place recently and we have a taste of the action, as seen by the cameras of you, the reader. We also give away £1700 in SRAM components to the best pictures.


Chipps complains that bike shows aren’t all glamour. This time he’s got the pictures to prove it…