Issue 85 of Singletrack is here and it’s a real mixed bag of everything that’s great and good about mountain biking, at home and abroad.
Steve Worland gets stuck into some 29in gnarr with long-travel, big-wheeled bikes from Intense, Trek and Niner. We Grind Turner’s new 27.5in Burner and the usual assortment of soft, hard and in-between-ware, and part one of our two-part lights test focuses its beam on 12 trail lights to suit all pockets, from budget to boutique.
The Classic Ride hits up the downs (and ups) of the Wye Valley, and Hans Rey visits Uganda with the Wheels 4 Life project. Jenn heads south to find out what inspires riders-designers Morvelo, Chipps and Dave head north for a weekend of education at mountain bike guide school and the travelling Poles Daniel and Dominika tour the stunning Norwegian Alps in search of trolls and singletrack.
The columns cover everything from the varied merits of riding alone and riding with friends, to getting tooled up for travel, the best Victoria sponge in the Borders and the weirdness that is the annual Interbike freakfest. Plus there are exclusive deals for subscribers and details of our brand new Singletrack T-shirts.
In short: if you can’t find something in here that makes you want to ride your bike immediately, then we suggest you pack your bikes away ‘til spring and take up knitting instead.