Issue 66

This issue is packed with good things; musings on the joy of spring, an interview with Sam from Singular Cycles by Geoff Waugh, a trio of burly bikes tested in time for the start of the Alpine season. As usual it’s packed with quality photography too, with the Absa Cape Epic shot by Gary ‘Flipper’ Perkin and the bike test shoot was shot by Dan Barham…

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The Subscriber Cover – shot by Dan Milner

Without further ado, here’s the contents…

9. Editorial

Chipps explains that good riders are so good because they KNOW they’re good.

10. UK Feature: Spring is the new summer

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Matt in the Crags – shot by Benji H

Benji sings praises for spring, while sending the other seasons to the naughty corner.

20. Mach Daddy

A look at how you can get your entire town behind the idea of mountain biking.

28. Headspace with Claire McGreevy

What’s stopping you from riding that drop? Claire is here to show your subconscious the way to nail it.

32. Interview: Singular Sam

Geoff Waugh catches up with the charismatic Aussie who’s helping the UK love 29ers.

35. Subscribe to Singletrack

You get it cheaper, earlier and get digital benefits too.

42. Blame the Dog – Mike Ferrentino

A controversial look at wide bars, short stems and slack angles.

44. Column: Geoff Johnson

Don’t faff with the hydration pack and riding gear. Just grab your bike and ride.

46. Bike Test Feature: Winch and Plummet

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Issue 66 Winch’n’plummet bikes – shot by Dan Barham

Giant, Rocky Mountain and Trek all show bikes that make the descent worth the climb.

62. UK Feature: In search of Millican Dalton’s Spirit

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Wild camping in Cumbria

Dave Anderson searches for the spirit and Lakeland home of the original free camper.

76. Singletrack Weekender and Sleepless in the Saddle

Two events that you shouldn’t miss this summer.

78. Through the Grinder

Ten pages of real world product testing on mostly dry trails.

94. Column: Matt Letch

Read this column. But not when you should be riding bikes.

96. Competition – win the UK in guidebooks!

Win every UK mountain bike guide book from the Ernest Press.

98. Gallery – Gary Perkin’s Cape Epic.

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The Absa Cape Epic shot by Gary Perkin

The long, dusty, South African stage race as seen by local photographer, Gary Perkin.

110. Propaganda: Buy Singletrack Stuff!

Mugs, top, shirts, socks. We’ve got you covered.

112. Grouptest: GPS Units

Whether for training or exploring, the latest GPS units are small, last for ages and let you navigate.

120. Fitness with Matt Hart

Find out how successful Matt and Chipps’ training for the 12 hour solo championships went.

126. Route Guide: Princes Risborough

Benji heads down to the leafy green trails of Buckinghamshire.

Premier Users can download the GPS Route Guide files…

Bucks route one GPX.
Bucks route two GPX.

142. Outro

Another odd photo from Chipps’ archives.

Premier Media


Giant Reign X0

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Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

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Trek Scratch Air

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Route Guide GPS Files

Hard Route (Tracklogs TRL file)

Medium Route (Tracklogs TRL file)

Comments (15)

  1. So what do you do when the issue crashes my iPad every time I try to download it? Quite a disappointment it is…

  2. Hmmm… 10 tries, 10 crashes on the iPad. I guess that’s truly unfortunate. An evening wasted trying…

  3. It sounds like you may be running an old version of the App. Have you updated it recently? If you have then delete the app from your iPad and download it again from the iTunes store. iTunes will detect that you have already purchased it and it won’t charge you again.

    If that doesn’t solve the issue then email me direct at and I’ll get the App developers to sort it out for you.

  4. I’m a premier user and magazine subscriber (but not a digital subscriber) , can i not read it online?

  5. No. Only Digital members can access the Mag Archive. If you are an existing print subscriber you can upgrade to Print&Digital for just £5. Email and we will sort that out for you.

  6. Just updated to the latest OS, and I am a premier member… Still crashes my iPad. Talk about a waste of money! Might as well have bought a sub to Mountain Bike Action!

  7. That would be stupid for me to pay an extra 5 pounds, when I already paid for a premier sub. All I want is a PDF file that doesn’t crash my iPad. I can’t imagine I’m the only person having this issue…

  8. I found the reason it’s crashing right in your own IPad FAQs. The file is more than 100mb, which is the limit for iPad files. You guys should have known! Did you not test it yourselves before putting it online?

    Can we get a new file that’s about 25mb smaller please?

  9. I give up… Mark, I guess I will send you an email when I can later. There is no solution here, and I’ve been trying from my end now for an entire week.

  10. There’s a new version of the PDF file now uploaded. It’s 49mb so should work fine on iPads and any other device.

    We test all the files we upload on iPads and other platforms. This one caused us no problems and it’s been downloaded almost 600 times so far. That said we’ve had a small handful of people say they’ve had problems with it and so we’ve been working on a new compression system.

    We are pondering the idea of offering two options. A hi res version with images set at 150dpi and a lo-res version with 72dpi images that will bring the file size down to between 20-30mb. Would this be on interest?

  11. When does the print version of ST66 come out? It better not be in the shops because I havent received mine through the post yet!! Print and digital subscriber here. Love the mag but digital is rubbish… mistake I guess. Anyway……whens it out guys?

  12. So, just been to WHSmiths and there it was, issue 66 on the shelf! Um……so subscribers get theirs AFTER its available to everyone else I gather? Off out on my bike….not happy!

  13. Subs copies were despatched and by all accounts delivered well over a week ago now. It sounds like yours has got lost in the post. Contact to get a replacementbsent out 1st class.

  14. BTW there are now a bunch of upgrades to the digital issue 66. You can now download a page flip flash version to read offline from within the mag. Just cluck the download arrow at the top of the menu panel. Youbcan choose either mac or pc version.
    Since the standard version relies on you being online this new download version is much faster and smoother.

    Also iPad users can now view an online version without having to download the PDF file. Just click the Pageflip button.

    All back issues will be upgraded to this new version over the coming months.

    There’s also the choice of hi res or low res PDF files now. The low res are 72dpi and the hires are 108dpi. Most of the low res files are well under 30mb and some are in the teens.

    Watch out for more digital options coming very soon.

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