Issue 70

In this issue: We head to the Lakes to test a trio of full suspension bikes for the magic ‘bag of sand’ pricetag, find out if living the dream is as easy as it looks, head to a hidden corner of the French Alps and take in a classic loop around the Peak District. Our new fitness panel are on hand to answer your physical woes while all the usual columns, tests and stunning photography will do their best to keep you inspired over the winter.

Issue 70 Contents

9. Editorial
Chipps draws an obscure link between Pernod and summer switchbacks.

10. Classic Rides: The Edale Loop.
Everybody knows where Edale is. Jon and Jenn venture out to make sure it’s still where they left it.

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Carry on up the Classic Hill. Photo by Jenn

20. UK Riding: Living the Dream
Ever watch a riding video and think ‘I want to ride there too!’? Well, Sim and Dave Flynn did just that and made a pilgrimage to Ben A’an in Scotland to ride a distant trail glimpsed once.

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David Van Den Fly on Ben A’an article. Photo by Sim.

30. Blame the Dog
Mike Ferrentino’s regular look at the bicycle world from the other side of the pond.

32. Interview: Oli Beckingsale
Benji catches up (it wasn’t hard, he was on crutches) with one of the UK’s most enduring cross-country racers and top bloke too.

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Oli Beckinsdale. Photo by Benji

42. Bike Test: Thousand Pounders
Benji rounds up three full suspension bikes around the magic ‘bag of sand’ price.

Lapierre X-Control 110

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Focus Super Bud 5.0

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Mongoose Salvo Comp

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54. Fitness Answers
Singletrack has a newly expanded panel of fitness experts and they’re already being tested by your questions.

58. Destination X
Where do Alpine tour operators go when they want to ride bikes for fun? Jon follows a secret trail of breadcrumbs to a lesser known part of the French mountains.

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X marks the Destination. Photo by Irmo Keizer – www.adrenalinemedia.net

Destination X-tras

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70. Singletrack Premier
Got a subscription? Got an iPad (or an iPhone, Android, Kindle, etc…)? Get them linked up by upgrading to Premier. No idea what we’re talking about? Get a £2 sub.

72. Mini Grouptest: Lights
Dave A tested ten handlebar lights, then picked his three favourites.

  • EXPOSURE MAXX-D MK.4
  • HOPE R4 LED
  • XML T6

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74. Through the Grinder
Eight pages of real products tested to tearing, breaking or just breaking in by our team of paid thugs.

  • RACEFACE KHYBER WOMEN’S GLOVE
  • HIRZL GRIPPP TOUR FF GLOVE
  • RENTHAL FAT BARS, 780MM, 10MM RISE
  • GIRO AEON HELMET
  • POLARIS SPRINTER TRAIL SHOE
  • WHEELS MANUFACTURING EMERGENCY DERAILLEUR HANGER
  • MUC-OFF DRY SHOWER
  • LLANDEGLA ‘JUMPS AND DROPS’ SKILLS COURSE
  • WHITBY & CO. HAND WARMER
  • BIONICON MEN’S HYBRID JACKET

84. Grinder Bike
Benji gets cracking on Transition’s niche-killing Covert.

86. SRAM Factor
The other Big S company has a whole facility in a corner of Germany. But what do they all do? Dave and Sim get personal, photographic and pally.

100. Grouptest: 2012 Disc Brakes
Benji tests ten of the newest disc brakes in time for your Christmas shopping.

  • AVID ELIXIR 7
  • FORMULA R1
  • GUSSET HYDRO CHUTE
  • HOPE RACE EVO X2
  • HAYES PRIME PRO
  • HOPE TECH EVO M4
  • QUAD NANO LITE RACE
  • SHIMANO DEORE BR-M596
  • SHIMANO XT BR-M785
  • TRP DASH ALLOY

108. Column: Roly Lambert
If you think that you have a cluttered shed, you’ve not seen Roly’s. Or heard his excuses – sorry, ‘reasons’ – for more bikes.

110. Propaganda
It’s Christmas time at Singletrack Towers. We’re un-celebrating in our usual style.

112. Route Guide: Caldbeck Fells
Benji has an adventure on some lesser known Lakeland trails ‘round the back of Skiddaw.

Skiddaw route one GPX.
Skiddaw route two GPX.

122. Premier Club
Subscribe to Singletrack? Then you get all sorts of discounts with these folks.

126. Outro
Chipps recalls meeting the real Evel Knievel – at a bicycle show.