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Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (9)

    nice one chipps, all this new 29er and electric stuff, 2012; seminal moment for mtb?

    Think I will stay on a niche bike and ride a 26er!!

    The Union Flag is the wrong way up on the socks

    Is that a new Spitfire then? Like the look of the replaceable dropouts. Be interested to know if they’ve sorted the bearing issues.

    No it’s a whole new bike, a Banshee (Mythic) Prime 29er. This one runs on bearings and ti axles which is what the next generation of Spitfires will have in a couple of years. As for “the bearing issues” well they never had one! With the Spitfire it was a problem with bushings or to be more specific the axles they run on. Apparently very difficult to machine to the exact tolerence. If the Prime is anything to go by, the next Spitfire on bearings instead of bushings will be stunning to ride.

    Even the one with the spitfire written on the side…? 🙂

    That’s a really nice looking Breezer

    The Union flag is half right, isn’t it? So only half a ship in distress then…

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