Singletrack Issue 48 On Sale This Week

by Ben Haworth 23

The shop cover. Pic by Colin Meagher.


The subscribers' cover.
The subscribers' cover.

The theme for issue 48 is “Roots/Beginnings”. Centring on the beginnings of the sport, the beginnings of our own riding and the bikes and places we used to ride. On the reviews front we have a feature called “Handbags” which is about the contents of different types of riders’ rucksacks. Bikes reviewed: Orange ST4, Commencal Super 4, Turner 5 Spot, Cannondale Moto Carbon, Scott Genius, Kona Ute and an update on our Long Term Test Bikes.

Contents by Sim Mainey Esq.
Contents pic by Sim Mainey Esq.

7. Editorial
Chipps looks back to look forward again

8. You Can’t Go Home Again
Sim revisits the Lakeland woods he learned to ride in.

16. Beginnings
A look back at the neon days of the early days of mountain biking.

22. 21st Century Pass Storming
Benji takes inspiration from the pass-storming Rough Stuffers of the pre-war years.

32. Blame The Dog
Mike Ferrentino’s column looks at his thinner, fitter, keener, younger self.

35. Bike Test: New Leaf Bikes
Three new design suspension bikes from Cannondale, Scott and Turner.

44. One Ton Weekends
How much mountain bike fun can you have for £100? A whole lot reckons Steve M. and three pals off to the Peaks.

52. Long Term Test Bikes
Some surprising new additions to the staff bike sheds.

56. Interview – Todd Seplavy
The new boss of Evil Bikes put under the grill.

62. Through the Grinder
More products real-world tested through the dark and cold months.

72. Fitness – Lose the Fat!
Matt Hart is shockingly honest with his plan to get you to lose some flab.

76. Column: Going Back To Our Roots.
Benji finds that Gisburn Forest has been moving with the times.

78. Column: Faye Stewart
Faye wonders why people look oddly at her scratched and bruised mountain biking legs.

80. What’s In Your Handbag?
Five complete kit lists for every conceivable riding trip nearby.

88. Doing The Business.
Duncan Moore tells you how to make it big, or not, in the bike business.

92. Armchair Warriors
Matt criticises the ‘now’ generation while writing his blog and posting on Facebook.

94. Competition – Win A Race Season!
We’ve got you free entry to ALL the top events of the year.

96. Gallery
Relax for a moment and sink into some inspirational riding shots.

102. Column: Philip Diprose
Once, he was a gawky looking youth riding in bad clothes. At least he’s older now.

104. Old vs New
Dan Barham compares the dream bike of his teens to his new full susser.

110. Subscribe To Singletrack!
You get all sorts of cool benefits if you do…

112. Head to Head – Commencal Meta vs Orange ST-4
Will these similar-looking bikes share a common bond, or is it all out war?

116. Route Guide: Kent
James Lyons rides some of the lesser-ridden corners of the South East.

127. Outro
Who writes this stuff anyway?

Comments (23)

  1. So its “Subscribe of we make you ill”?

  2. No, but that’s a good idea. We’ll try it next time…

  3. Rah, happy to help with marketing ideas Mr Chipps 😉 I still want 3D glasses!

  4. When do the subscriber copies get posted?

  5. “The new boss of Evil Bikes put under the grill.”

    Hmmm hope he isnt wearing a pork pie hat and trying to look all ‘funlovincriminals’ again? (rolls eyes)

  6. Can’t wait, but glad I’m getting the unsullied subscriber copy 🙂

  7. come on, get it listed in your on-line shop then!

  8. It’s not back from the printers yet!

  9. is it just me not being rad enough, or does the cover tend to be somewhat, ummmmm… free ride inspired rather frequently these days?

  10. can i have i have a quick read of the turner review as i am of to buy one wed and dont wont make a mistake and i dont have time to wait my copy arrives, thanks

  11. is it just me not being rad enough, or does the cover tend to be somewhat, ummmmm… free ride inspired rather frequently these days?”,

    Just a guy riding down roots to me not 50ft drop or anything ;] And goggles are good for not having watery eyes ;p

  12. Am I going to get my subscriber copy by saturday? Would be nice before I go on holiday, please.

  13. either way – the guy on the cover looks like a tool!

    And anyway – if the theme is beginnings etc – where the tufftop?!?!

  14. Seconded bruk’s query!

  15. I’m guessing they haven’t been posted yet then? Go on, the mag will get a free trip to Whistler with me!

  16. Contents look great, but where’s my subscriber’s copy?

  17. Is it in the shops yet?

  18. Just got my copy. Alarmed to see that Singletrack is now run by men who look like rapists. I’m not normally averse to facial hair, but you guys don’t wear it well.

  19. Sim revisits the Lakeland woods. The place wasn’t named. Is it on a hill that is near a place call Cxxxtxx Mxxx?

  20. Still no subscriber copy here – have they been posted?

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