Issue 7

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine Autumn 2002

In this Issue:
Ned Overend Interview
Disc Brakes Group Test
Quantocks Route Guides
Verbier en famille

Cover photo: Frank Scurlock, Chehalis Forest, Idaho. By Chipps Chippendale.
Contents photo: Sunday Trail, Chehalis Forest, Idaho.
Spineline: … I turn my collar to the cold and the damp.

Issue 7: Editorial

Chipps thinks that there are two options: Shop or hibernate…


If there’s a singletrack heaven, it could well be a week of riding in Idaho with Western Spirit – finishing with a 12 mile singletrack descent.Chipps went prepared to find out.


Fast Joe Condron’s shots from the Swiss Alps.

Industry Insider

Ned Overend – an oldtime hero and still a modern day fast guy.The former World Cross Country Champion speaks to Singletrack about his racing accomplishments and his long-term relationship with Morgan Hill-based Specialized.


Singlespeed Paul is a vegan extremist who rides his explosif in wellies. Augustus Farmer tells us there ain’t nowt wrong with that now is there.

Column One

Ben Boney M has some disturbing news for his fans

Bike Test

Bikes that don’t bob under pedalling:

  • Specialized Epic
  • Giant XTC 980
  • Rocky Mountain ETS-X50

Long Term Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • Nema Architect Jacket
  • Titec Hellbent Flat-Tracker Bar
  • Bell Delirium Helmet
  • Fizik Aliante Saddle
  • Race Face XYZ Seatpost
  • SRAM X.0 Rear Derailleur and Shifter
  • Race Face Aqualite Jacket
  • Marzocchi Marathon S Forks

An Epic Epic

Trying to ride the South Downs Way twice in a day was always a stupid Idea. Jon Webb didn’t care. He did it anyway.

Singletrack World

This issue Jamie Carr reveals his latest love, trails in the middle of Canadian Grizzly Bear Country.

Column Two

Piers Barber is the best rider in the world. Unfortunately only on one trail.


John Gibson has given us some of his best ever shots to inspire you.

Bike Porn

The Kona A, a full suspension singlespeed.


A selection of quick stopping disc brakes:

  • Hope M4
  • Hope Mini
  • Formula B4
  • Formula 4Racing
  • Hayes HFX Comp
  • Hayes HFX Mag
  • Shimano Deore M555
  • Shimano Deore XT
  • Magura Julie
  • Magura Marta SL
  • Avid Mechanicals
  • Suntour Hydralic

Verbier en famille

Mark Alker heads off to Verbier in Switzerland with his family and manages to balance responsible family stuff with some great trail riding thanks to Bike Verbier.

Singletrack – The Art of Mountain Biking

A private view of the UK’s first exhibition of mountain bike art and technology, from Towneley Hall, Burnley. This exhibtion ran from September 2002 – January 2003.

Fish Out of Water

Chipps puts down paper and pen slips on some rubber gloves and gets to play with some oil and little plastic nubbins… All in the Somerset-based workshop of Tim Flooks at TFTunedShox.

Living the Life

Emma Guy and Tracy Brunger are well known figures within the UK scene and more recently have setup a partnership to manage and run the Cafe at Glentress. Andy McCandlish visited the Hub in the Forest and sampled some fine cuisine.


The Quantocks – two routes described as well as crucial information on what services and ammenities are in the area when you arrive:

  • Easy 12.87km (8 miles), no timescale given
  • Expert 48.3km (30 miles), no timescale given

The Armchair Story

The Marin Dusk Til Dawn: Three Men and a Malady. A racing experience from the eyes of Alex Leigh and Nick Cummins. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazines daily website over the last few months.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.