Issue 55

In this Issue:
Finding New Nowheres
Sleeping with Ghosts
Alfine vs Rolhoff
Training for 100km Events
Eastern Peak District Routes

Cover Picture: Nick Quinn on Soul Brother Trail, Bow Valley, Alberta. Photo by John Gibson.
Contents Picture: Coed y Brenin. Photo by Chipps.
Spineline: …his eyes were meaty and deformed


Chipps uncovers the secret to summer fitness. It’s called ‘winter bike riding’.

Finding New Nowheres

Riding technical singletrack loaded with camping gear is finally possible, so reckons Aaron Teasdale.

Sleeping with Ghosts

Dave, Sim and Oli ride an overnight adventure into the slate quarries of Wales.

Interview: Tracy Moseley

Now on the Trek global team, this perennial downhiller talks to Benji about her rise through the ranks and ‘proper’ training.

Column – Geoff Johnson

How many bikes is too many? Most of them, reckons Geoff.

Bike Test – Cyclescheme Bikes

Three disparate bikes that come under the magic £1000 ride-to-work scheme from Boardman, Genesis and KHS.

Boardman – Team FS
Genesis – Day One Cyclocross
KHS – Tucson

Column – Prioritise This!

Benji praises those ‘far but nearby’ trails that we ignore in favour of more famous trails further afield.

Through the Grinder

Ten pages of real products tested in the real world.

  • Straitline – Ultra Direct Mount Stem
  • Shimano – MT91 Boots
  • POC – Index Flow Gloves
  • Osprey – Raptor 10 Pack
  • Vanguard – Elite MTS Skull Cap
  • Vanguard – Micro Trans Hood
  • XDK – Slug
  • RAC – Mediwrap Blanket
  • Magura – Thor
  • Maxxis – Wet Scream 2.5 Super Tacky
  • Camelbak – Don
  • Montane – Velocity DT 2.0 Jacket
  • Mavic – Crossmax SX
  • Montane – Atomic DT Pants
  • Fox – Antifreeze Glove
  • Giant – Trance X Advanced SL 0

Dan Milner Photo Gallery

Chamonix-based Dan pics his favourite ever photos in this stunning gallery.

2010 Lighting roundup.

Everything’s gone LED – here’s a look at some of the latest, neatest lights for 2010.

  • Light & Motion – Seca 900 Ultra
  • Exposure – Diablo
  • Lumicycle – LED System 4 Xelite
  • Niterider – Pro 600 LED
  • Nukeproof Lights – Reactor ECO
  • Exposure – Spark

Column: Steve Makin

Steve uses the ‘time slowing down’ moment before flipping over the bars to examine the anatomy of a crash.

SRAM Photo Competition

Always dreamed of a shot at the ‘Staff Photographer’ role? We’ve teamed up with SRAM where you can win just that gig for a weekend.

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Grouptest – Baggy 3/4s

Chipps rounds up a dozen below-knee shorts for men and women.


  • Gore – Fusion 3/4
  • Dakine – Chorus
  • Fox – Attack Pant 3/4
  • Endura – Singletrack 3/4
  • Ground Effect – Helter Skelters
  • Chrome – Shins


  • Loeka – Capri Length DH & Freeride Shorts
  • Sombrio – La Nina
  • Altura – Summit Baggy 3/4

Long Termers

It’s a fresh new season and the Singletrack team has been building up a new collection of bikes that you’ll be able to follow online.

  • Ibis Mojo SL
  • Kinesis Decade Virsa
  • Commencal Factory Super 4
  • Cannondale Rush Hi Mod Carbon
  • Nicolai Helius AC
  • Santa Cruz Blur LT
  • Ibis Tranny

Alfine vs Rohloff

A Thorn Sterling and a Charge Duster 8 are the test beds for this ‘Which hub-gear do I need’ shootout.

What is Singletrack Premier?

Thinks of it as the DVD Bonus Features extra disc for the magazine. All the behind the scenes and extra bits that didn’t make the mag.

Blame the Dog

Mike Ferrentino vents his spleen over facial hair stereotyping. Or at least we think that’s what he said.

Training for your first 100km event

Fitness basics with Matt Hart. Just in time to prepare for the summer!

Route Guide: Eastern Peaks

A lesser overrun bit of the Peak District, and a glimpse into where all new Cotic bike prototypes get tested by Cy.


Silly pictures. Silly people.