9 // Editorial
Chipps wonders if it’s better to spend your money on bike riding experiences than shiny things for your bike.10 // INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: Legends across Iceland
Steve Peat and Hans Rey take on an epic trip to cross Iceland on bikes, but things don’t go to plan.
22 // Singletrack HEROeS: MARTYN ASHTON
The winner of our 2015 ‘Singletrack Legend’ award talks to us about where his life is at right now. And it’s a good place to be.
24 // UK epic – EPIC CYMRU
Joe Murray takes on a five day race across South Wales, with timed climbs, timed descents and un-timed beers.
34 // INTERNATIONAL ADVERNTURE: Mac’s mission
What do you tell your nine year old when he announces a desire to ride the length of New Zealand? Craig Madsen said ‘OK. Let’s get planning!’
46 // RACEHEAD: SINGLETRACK6
Riders said the Trans Rockies wasn’t fun enough, so the organisers created Singletrack6 and tried to beat them with epic singletrack for a week.
60 // CLASSIC RIDE: THE CLEE HILLS
It seems that the mysterious ‘Ludlow, Bewdley, Bridgnorth Triangle’ is fraught with danger, as our route guide adventurers discovered to their peril.
70 // COLUMN: Meet Your Maker
You don’t really expect your tour guide of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame to be Joe Breeze, but it happened to this reader.
72 // The 2015 Singletrack Reader Awards
Who won what, who was there, and who had seconds of curry? It’s all in here.
78 // The #JennRide page
A huge thanks to the many supporters of our Jenn’s brawl with cancer.
80 // GROUPTEST: trail LIGHTS
Ten lights, from £54 to £800, to light your way this winter, whether you’re an occasional dabbler or a veteran of mountain biking the dark months.
89 // Bike Test – Goldilocks Travel
Not too much, not too little, but just right? Three 130mm, 27.5in bikes from GT, Kona and Santa Cruz tested.
98 // Through the Grinder.
Summer is dead, the trees have changed and we have eight pages of product reviews for you!
110 // Grinder Bike – Trek Lush
Trek’s full suspension, carbon, women’s all-rounder shows that boys don’t get all the good bikes.
112 // Premier Listings.
Where to wave your Premier Member’s Card for exclusive deals and discounts.
113 // We Just Work Here
Where we are, who does what, and what helped this issue on its way.
114 // Subscribe to Singletrack!
Want the great and gorgeous 132-page Subscriber Edition of Singletrack? You need to do this.
116 // COLUMN: Roly’s World
Roly tries to show a family member the joys of mountain biking; with limited success and plenty of stops for ice cream.
118 // UK Adventure – Ridge Riders
Inspired by Danny MacAskill, Sanny seeks out some iconic Scottish mountain ridges to ride.
128 // COLUMN: ROOM 101
Some bikes, people, components and habits need to be cast into Room 101. Mark is judge, jury and executioner for the first instalment.
130 // COLUMN: ADELE Mitchell
The thinking woman’s bike build. Think you can put together a more suitable bike for your needs than the bike companies? Adele thinks she can.