Issue 54

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In this Issue:
Editors’ Choice
The Great Divide Race
Iditabike Race
The Big Welsh Ride Thing
Eastbourne Routes

Cover Picture: Juicy, rooty and all round fun, Mount Seymou, Canada. Photo by Dan Barham.
Contents Picture: It’s sunny somewhere in South Africa. Photo by Gary Perkins.
Spineline: You’re just like zammo

Editorial

Chipps is scared of missing out…

The Great Divide

Jenn Hopkins raced 2,500 miles of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico and thrived to tell the tale.

Wet and Dry

All it takes to cure the rainy-day blues is a mountain bike trip somewhere new – and a drying room.

Column

Matt Letch – Matt celebrates those racers in the glorious bottom third of the results.

Interview

Nick Larsen of Charge bikes – Mountain bikes just aren’t cool any more, and Nick’s trying to fix that.

Bike test: Widowmakers

Three big-hitting bikes to help you get yourself into trouble from Commencal, Kona and Specialized.
Commencal Supreme1
Kona Stab Supreme
Specialized Big Hit FSR II

Singletrack Reader Awards

Well, you voted for them, so find out who the winners are here.

Editors’ Choice

We get to play with a lot of nice toys. But which products can’t we live without?
Chipps
Specialized Epic Marathon
Salsa Fargo
Giro Filter Glasses
Blackburn Flea Lights
Endura BaaBaa Merino Tech Jersey
Terra Nova Laser Comp Tent
Dusk Til Dawn Event

Benji
Gary Fisher Roscoe
Scott Genius
Orange ST4
Foes 4X 2:1
Altura React Fabric
Diadora X-Trail Carbon Shoes
Shimano MW80 Boots
Gravity Dropper Turbo Seatpost
Clif Shot Bloks
Dakine Eight-Track Shorts
Specialized Chunder 2.3 Tyres
Pedro’s Tyre Levers
Singletrack Classic Weekender Event

Sim
Orange Blood
Gary Fisher Roscoe
Bontrager Rhythm Comp Shorts
Easton Flatboy Pedals
Unior Foldup Hex Tool
Lowepro Flipside 400 AW

Matt
Specialized Hardrock Pro Disc
Mavic Stratos Shorts
Ortleib Messenger Bag
Race Face Atlas FR Bars
Marmot Tempo Jacket
Pace 3×3 eVent Jacket
Giro Remedy Helmet
National Health Service
Norway, Dartmoor and Morzine as Events

Dave
Orange Five
Kona Jake the Snake
Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon
Exposure LightsJoyxtick MaXx2
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Crewe
Woodburning Stoves
Wignnut Hyper 2.5
Inaugral Nuit de Bivvy Internationale

Through the Grinder

A fresh crop of products dragged through a couple of months of autumn ‘sunshine’…

  • Leyzyne Micro Floor Drive HP
  • Specialized S-Works Mountain Shoes
  • DT Swiss 36 Step Star Ratchet Upgrade
  • Camelback MULE Lightweight
  • Canfield Bros Crampon Pedals
  • Howies Warm 49ers
  • Ritchey Torque Key
  • Adidas Evil Eye Pro
  • Bikefax Mountain Guide to Northern Spain
  • Trek Time Watch
  • Memory Map Great Britain Top-Up
  • Hydrapak Jolla 18 Hydration Pac
  • Da Bomb Da Reaction 1.5 Headset Reducer

Baked Alaska

The Iditabike race – The Iditasport Invitational is a 300 mile mountain bike race in Alaska. In February! John Ross went from Bristol to below zero to race it.

Press Camp Shootout

A light-hearted comparison of the different approaches companies take when launching new products to us journos.

Column

Jon Woodhouse – Jon looks at the ways that many riders choose to handicap their riding – through lack of gears or excessive suspension.

Propaganda

There’s JUST enough time to buy yourself nice Singletrack stuff for Christmas. Or leave this page open on the coffee table…

Grouptest: Helmets

Everyone needs a helmet and we’ve got 15 of the latest lids from all over the place prodded and compared on different bonces.

  • Bell Variant
  • Giro Hex
  • Speed Stuff Bullit
  • Met Terra
  • Fox Flux
  • Uvex Supersonic RS
  • IXS Krypton
  • Bell Sequence
  • Lazer O2 XC
  • Giro Athlon
  • Limar Pro Ultralight 104
  • Met Kaos UL
  • Casco Ares MTB
  • Giro Phase Womens
  • Lazer Blade2 Lady

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Long Term Test Bikes

It’s time to say goodbye to this year’s selection of long termers. Will we be sad to see them go? Or relieved?

  • Gary Fisher Hi Fi Pro 29er
  • Orange Five
  • Trek Fuel EX 9.8
  • Gary Fisher Roscoe 2

Gallery

A set of photos from Dan Barham voted Singltrack readers’ favourite cameraman.

Column

Alex Leigh – Why wear body armour? Why not ride better instead and not crash in the first place? asks Alex.

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino – Our American columnist looks at the universal lack of a coherent cycling greeting.

The Big Welsh Ride Thing

Inspired by events like the Great Divide Race, some STW forum members decide to try a much shorter version in mid-Wales.

Route Guide: Eastbourne

The south coast is home to endless miles of chalky singletrack. Or it was when Chipps was shown round.

South Downs route 1 GPX.

South Downs route 2 GPX.

Premier Club

Here just are some of the benefits of subscribing to Singletrack or becoming a Premier forum member.

Outro

The silly and stupid from this issue’s adventures and adventurers…