Issue 41

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine April 2008

In this Issue:
Ian Warby Interview
The HimaChal
The Gower Route Guide
North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show
The Eiger Sanction

Cover photo: Springtime stream. By Dan Milner.
Contents Picture: Snowy cornering fun in the Yorkshire Dales. By Richard Starkie.
Spineline: The world’s best selling trackstand.


Chipps jumps to his doom, with only a parachute to save him – and still finds mountain bike parallels.


Alex Baker went to India to ride the Himalayan Challenge race. Lots of ups, lots of downs and lots of tired smiles.

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino’s regular take on the twisted world of the bicycle.

Secret Spots

Huw Cooke Huw Cooke takes a trip to the dark side of the woods to find his own kind of peace.

Head to head

Two bikes pitted against each other. In this issue a Cotic BFe and a Kona Five-O hardtail go head to head.

Interview – Ian Warby of the CTC

Ian Warby is the Mountain Bike Officer of the Cyclists’ Touring Club and all round good guy. Ben catches up with him.

Bike Test – Titanium Full Sussers

Is there a call for titanium full suspension? Chipps tests three bouncy bikes from Global, Merlin and Titus to find out.

  • Global Softail
  • Merlin Works 4.0
  • Titus Motolite Titanium

Column – Philly D

Have you seen Philip Diprose’s mojo? He’s lost it and now he wants it back.


Lots of products sanded down and tested to the max in the wintery weather, including Giant’s new Trance-X and Specialized’s women-only Myka.

  • DT XR Carbon Shock<
  • Endura Thermolite Bib-Knickers
  • Maxxis Minion Tyres
  • Lezyne Mini Pump
  • Specialized Myka FSR Comp
  • Specialized Propero Helmet
  • Halo Excite D Carbon Matrix Wheels
  • Revolution Tune Up Stand
  • Quick Release Bell
  • Fuji Outland Pro
  • Giant Trance X1

The Eiger Sanction

Cris Bloomfield rides a new route through the Swiss Alps, finishing at the foot of the famous, and deadly, Eiger.

Grouptest: Hydration Packs

A dozen hydration packs around the £70 mark trail-rated.

  • Berghaus Mach 12+4
  • Camelbak Mayhem
  • Camelbak LUXE
  • Dakine Nomad
  • Deuter Hydro Exp 12
  • Ergon BD2-M
  • Hydrapak Laguna
  • Lezyne Smartpack 3L
  • Ortleib Cor13
  • Scott Impulse 6
  • Source Spinner 3 Pro
  • The North Face Ion 20
  • Wingnut Hyper 3.0

Column – Faye Stewart

Our ‘Trail Swap’ author returns with a regular view on mountain biking.

Fitness – Spring Training

Matt Hart has let you cruise over winter long enough. Here he gives you the chance to get fit in time for the summer. But it won’t be easy.

Unsung Heroes

Dave Garoutte from DKG Engineering developed monocoque trials bikes and unicrown forks long before you even started riding bikes.

Grouptest: High End Disc Brakes

A test of the best disc brakes you can buy today.

  • Avid Juicy Ultimate
  • Formula Oro Puro
  • Hayes Stroker Carbon
  • Hope Mini Pro
  • Magura Marta SL
  • Quad Dime XC
  • Shimano XTR

Column – Roly Lambert

Roly’s just been into the garage. He found – that he’d not actually thrown anything away. Ever…

Long Term Test Bikes

A look at the respective sheds of some of the staffers here. In this issue, Ben’s Cannondale Prophet, Sim’s Giant Anthem and Dave’s Kona one speed.

  • Cannondale Prophet MX
  • Giant Anthem Advanced
  • Kona One Speed


Win! A Gary Fisher Hi Fi worth £1400!


Is it time for summer yet? Dusty trails? No? Then look at pictures of some with photos from Sheldon Attwood, Rockrider Bikes and James Lyon.


David Agnew ponders the worth of expensive bikes while trolling the aisles of the North American Handmade Bike Show.

Route Guide: The Gower

Benji and faithful ride-buddy Jon take on the wilds of Wales’ Gower Peninsula all to bring you a route guide worthy of riding.


A scary look behind the scenes (behind the bar actually) of the Singletrack Awards Dinner.