What’s in Singletrack Issue 71?

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The new year’s first issue of Singletrack Magazine is here and we’ve been working hard during the long dark nights and short, less dark days to create something that’ll inspire you to get out on your bike over the cold months ahead. Existing subscribers will be getting their print copies landing on their doormats from around the 2nd of February but anyone getting a digital subscription inbetween now and then will be able to download an interactive extra-filled version onto their smartphone or fondleslab shortly beforehand.

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In this issue enduro racer extraordinaire Jérôme Clémentz and friends head to the untamed trails of Iceland to find ribbons of beauty amongst the basalt, we test a trio of privateer race bikes, our expert panel answers your fitness woes plus all the usual columns, great pictures and in depth reviews – including the new Ibis Mojo HD.

Singletrack Magazine issue 71
The clean subscriber cover: Jérôme Clémentz turns up the heat in Iceland, shot by Jérémie Reuiller


Singletrack Magazine issue 71
Here's what it'll look like for non-subscribers....


Singletrack Magazine issue 71
The Valley bathed in golden light - shot by Sim


9. Editorial
It’s all doom and gloom in the publishing world. Or is it? Chipps has some news for you.

10. UK Feature: The Whisky Riders
Chipps assembles the Whisky Riders once more and heads off to explore a less popular corner of Scotland.

22. Column: Blame The Dog
Mike Ferrentino looks in the mirror and decides to ride bikes more. You might want to read this one…

24. International Travel: Iceland


Singletrack Magazine Issue 71 Iceland mountain biking
Alright geyser!

Jérôme Clémentz and friends head to Iceland in search of geysers, trails and unpronounceable mountains.

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

38. UK Adventure: A Bad Excuse For A Good Day Out
Jenn breaks everyone else’s resolutions for them and makes up a bad excuse for a great ride.

48. Grouptest: Cleaners and Degreasers
Six degreasers and four detergents put through their paces by Dr. Fisk and his Marigolds.

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56. Classic Rides: Brecon Beacons
Jenn and Jon discover there’s a view out there somewhere. There has to be. It’s Wales, after all.

65. Propaganda
It’s only January and already our race calendars are half full. Get your Singletrack jerseys here!

66. Column: GBRS
Louise Kidney has a Global Brain Replacement System in her pocket, and that’s where it’s staying.

68. Fitness
Matt Hart, Ali Mills and Dr. Jon get stuck into your training plans, sore knees and dicky elbows. Real advice for real riding.

72. Through the Grinder
Eleven pages of products that have survived the winter in the hands of our bicycle demolition team: including the Cane Creek Angleset, Ibis Mojo HD, a trio of flat pedal shoes from Teva, Sombrio and Five Ten plus loads more..

86. Bike test: Privateer Racers

Singletrack Magazine Issue 71 cross country xc race bike test review
A trio of race-track tamers tested

Fancy a spot of speed this summer? Olly Townsend takes three full-sus race bikes from Felt, Scott and Specialized to the tapes.

Felt Edict Pro

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Specialized Epic Comp 29

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Scott Spark RC

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98. Route Guide: Marlborough Downs
Benji heads south and rides all over that green bit you can see from the M4.

110. Outro
Another faded slide from Chipps’ archive translated and explained.

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Comments (14)

    Well that’s the mystery of bike cleaning explained, it appears that washing up liquid is the key to a squeaky clean bike. I’ll pay double for that, well done Singletrack!

    Anyone know where you can get one of those bike stands? If not then a simple bit of diy I guess…….

    It’s an ‘Andy Stand’ isn’t it?

    Available mailorder or at all good events over the summer….

    Google it.

    Nice vid by Mr Craig. Pretty much same routine and materials that I use. Except it’s very rare mine do get a clean.

    Chap on the cover is ‘throwing shapes’!

    I thought washing up liquid contained salt and not exactly suited to washing metal components.

    It is an Andystand – available from http://andystand.co.uk/

    Nick Craig always has a shiny bike and he swears by washing up liquid, so who are we to argue?

    One of the materials used to manufacture washing up liquid is toxic and corrosive and salt is used in the process. The finished product is safe to use in its refined state, I wouldn’t use a product designed to remove oven baked food grease to clean my bike. You are only removing mud, all which is needed is plenty of water gently applied, I’d only use bike product to clean the chain or any place chain lube is difficult to remove. The video is more to do advertising products rather than bike cleaning advice.

    I promise you that all the washing up liquid we use here at the office has been bought by us and we have no connection whatsoever with any washing up manufacturers, their ad agencies or family members of either.


    Mark, I don’t consider the video be good advice or a reliable technique, especially when looking after the foam rings in the forks. I’m disappointed with the standard that Singletrackworld accepts here.
    Anyway after I’ve washed the dishes, pots and pans with Muc-Off I’ll go riding and on my return I’ll give the bike a good clean by shoving it into the dishwasher. Would you recommend 50 or 70 degrees temperature ;O)

    Looking forward to the review of the 100mm FS – as I am inline for a Felt Edict myself 🙂

    Well, I guess people can make up their own minds. Pro rider Nick Craig’s method or yours.

    Maybe if people were more fussed about servicing internals regularly rather than which cleaners to use then bike components would last longer? 😛

    True indeed Foxyrider, I made that point in my very first post which was pulled. Maybe I should become a pro-bike cleaner consultant, would Singletrackworld like to keep me on a retainer? Well off for a ride now once I’ve sorted the bike, the dishwasher was a bit harsh. I love you all really!

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