Issue 53

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine October 2009

In this Issue:
The Joy of Filth
Montane Kielder 100
International Basque Force
One Ton Weekend: Natural Trail Centre
Brecon Beacons Routes

Cover Picture: Brian Earl and Todd Hellinga ride the outbacks of Whistler. Photo by Dan Barham.
Contents Picture: Portage! The other kind of riding. Photo by Sim Mainey.
Spineline: A bacon bap a lap


Chipps is back at the helm and inspired to ride.

The Joy of Filth

It’s winter soon. Better to embrace it than to fear it. Dave Anderson and the Singletrackworld forum members give advice on how to love the grime! With contributions from: Phil Hodgkiss, Grant Doig, Phil Chaplow, Barney Marsh, Alec McHenry, Nathan Clark and Jason Worswick.

Tod to Dent

100 miles of grit, heading north through Yorkshire.

Bling on the Winter

Ed Oxley saves his best bike for the winter. It’s what it was designed for.


Mary McConneloug and Mike Broderick –
Inside the nomadic life of a professional bike racer.

Bike Test

Carbon Sussers
– Full suspension carbon bikes from Lapierre, Pronghorn and Santa Cruz.

  • Lapierre X-Control 710
  • Pronghorn Carbon XC SW
  • Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino takes refuge in his mountain biking memories.

Bike Porn

What better way of bringing back Bike Porn than with Peaty’s World Championship bike?

  • Santa Cruz V10

Through the Grinder

Eight pages of products put through some real-life wear and tear by the team.

  • Chris King External Bottom Bracket
  • Knog Beetle & Skink LED Lights
  • Giro Saros Helmet
  • Continental Rain King 2.5 Tyres
  • Mavic Switchback Shoes
  • KaaBoom Bike Cleaner and Super Concentrated Bike Cleaner
  • Skean Tube Protector
  • Schwalbe Dirty Dan 2.35 Tyres
  • Maxxis Super Tacky Swamp Thing 2.5 Tyres
  • Ice Toolz Crown Race Removal Tool
  • Pedros Tyre Levers
  • Tifosi Dolomite Eyewear
  • Lezyne Floor Drive Pump
  • Orange R8 Pro

Montane Kielder 100

The UK’s first 100 mile mountain bike race crushed the unprepared and rewarded the fit.

Grouptest: Jackets

Ten riding jackets to help you face the worst of the winter wet.

  • Altura Attack Extreme
  • Gore Fusion Jacket
  • Endura Venturi II Jacket
  • Madison Evo
  • Mavic Spray
  • Mavic Neptune
  • Montane Stormrider
  • Pace 3×3 eVent
  • Altura Sirius Ladies
  • Montane Velocity DT Ladies


Everyone needs a shed.
– Andrew Haynes writes in praise of the humble mountain bikers’ shed.

One Ton Weekend

Ed Oxley takes his £100 and has a weekend away in the north at a ‘natural’ trail centre.

Singletrack Propaganda

Buy Singletrack stuff! Lots to treat yourselves with or to hint for the holiday season.

Long Term Test Bikes

The team’s sheds show up some radically different machines this issue.

  • Salsa Fargo
  • Kinesis Decade Virsa
  • Cotic BFe


Win a Lupine Tesla light. Small, bright and free to win!


Palmer Violets –
Our Matt writes about his admiration for the iconic Shaun Palmer.

We Rock!

Singletrack was voted ‘Consumer Magazine of the Year’ by the UK bike industry and we’re rightly proud.


In the Balance –
Alex Leigh spends more time than he cares to admit just getting away with things.

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My life as a bike messenger. –
Roly Lambert gives us a warts and all look at the life of a London messenger.

International Basque Force

Mark takes off to this little-known corner of Spain for some unforgettable riding.

Fitness: Hydration

A 1% drop in hydration gives a 5% drop in performance. Learn more from fitness guru Matt Hart.

Grouptest: 15mm wheels

A half dozen wheels for the eagerly-adopted new 15mm fork standard.

  • Crank Bros Cobalt
  • DT Swiss E2220
  • Hope Pro 2 SP
  • Mavic Crossmax ST
  • Shimano XT
  • Superstar Tech 2 XC Switch

Route Guide: Brecon Beacons

Benji gets towed around the sunny Beacons by top rider Matt Page.

Brecon Beacons route one GPX.
Brecon Beacons route two GPX.
Brecon Beacons route three GPX.

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And then it all went a bit wrong.