We have been repeatedly assured that no cheeky trails have been ridden and that no rules were broken. That is what we have been repeatedly assured. All trails were sanctioned and permissive and within the rules. No dead cats were sighted while riding, only muddy waters. Please ride round the puddles to avoid muddying them further. Mudguards are advised to avoid the shower of shit that may be encountered when riding within all appropriate rules, guidance, guidelines and advisories. Be nice to your fellow riders, help them out when they are in need, donate to World Bicycle Relief, or the RNLI, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that ride our sweet jumps without rebuilding the lips. And lead us not into temptation or bogs, and please deliver us from evil.
Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 1
- Price: £5,999
- From: Giant
Launched last week, this is the latest version of Giants do-everything trail bike. With 130mm travel up front, and 120mm out back, both controlled by Fox’s electronic Live Valve system, paired with trail friendly geometry, the Trance Advanced Pro 29 1 is designed to be fast and efficient both up and down.
Our test bike comes with a Shimano XT 2 speed drivetrain mated to a set of Praxis Girder carbon cranks, powerful XT four pot brakes , own brand carbon wheels wrapped in chunky Maxxis treads and smattering of other on brand products. All this adds up to a very respectable weight of 30.2lbs. look out for a full in-depth review in an upcoming of Singletrack Magazine
Pearson Field Day Insulated Jacket
- Price: £200.00
- From: Pearson
This insulated jacket from Pearson is designed to be cosy yet breathable, and at a first look it seems to have some great features. The left side poacher pocket is an easy access elasticated pouch, the right side has a more secure zip pocket (it fits an iPhone 12), and the front pockets are open for quick hand warming off the bike.
Singletrack Pom Pom Hat
- Price: £22.49
- From: The Singletrack Christmas Wonderland of Merch
Back in stock, just in time for Christmas, the Singletrack Pom Pom hat is not only damned warm, it also has a furry lining around the headband. We have only 15 left, so get in swiftly.
BEER52 Free Beer
- Price: £5.95 (you just pay the postage).
- From: Beer52 Singletrack Offer
Charlie says… Beer52 is a beer club, and they are offering Singletrackers their first case free (you can cancel at any time, just pay £5.95 postage). What’s more they are also giving Singletrack a small commission. So you not only get free beer, but you also help Singletrack out a little too.
What is a beer club? It’s a club with beer. Follow the link, choose mixed beers or light beers, and you will get a box of beer delivered to you each month. The beers are constantly changing so you won’t ever get the same beer twice. You can then review the beer and earn points and rewards. I suppose in many ways it’s the Strava of beer. I fancy my chances for a beer KOM.
Mark (Singletrack Overlord) is a loyal customer, and his fridge always has interesting beers in it. I have received my first case, and I found not only a variety pack of awesome beer, but also some curious snacks: wild cassava chips, and sesame grissini breadsticks. Drink beer, be happy, help Singletrack, click here.
Alpkit Filoment Hoody
- Price: £149.99
- From: Alpkit
This jacket is made with recycled nylon and reclaimed down – so no birds were killed specifically to make this jacket, possibly making you feel better about things. It’s available in a men’s and women’s cut, and packs down into a 1 litre stuff sack (not included). It’s nice and light, and thick enough to be a warm layer but thin enough to fit a waterproof over the top if the weather threatens to overwhelm the PWC-free DWR coating.
Singletrack World Issue 140 + 2022 Calendar!
- Price: £7.50 (less if you’re a Member)
- From: Singletrack
It’s here! And if it’s not on its way to your door then you can buy one now, or buy one as part of a Sub-In-A-Box gift for someone else. Do it, make good choices!
Prime Threaded Bottom Bracket
- Price: £59.99
- From: Wiggle
Available with steel bearings for £16.99, or ceramic bearings for £59.99. This one has ceramic for reduced friction, which in theory means less power needed to turn the cranks. Ceramic bearings are more durable and don’t rust.
Nukeproof Bottom Bracket
- Price: £59.99
- From: Wiggle
If ceramic bearings aren’t for you, how about titanium coated ones? The Nukeproof Horizon BB is available in 6 different colours. This one is grey to match the UK weather.
Hope AM Stem 35mm & Carbon Handlebar
- Price: £105.00 Stem, £160.00 Bar
- From: Hope Tech
35mm x 35mm, this stiff light stem is available in 6 colours. Annoyingly, if you buy it to go with a Hope carbon handlebar, the Hope logo doesn’t fit perfectly in the gap. It still looks great though! The bars are 800mm wide with a 20mm rise, 5deg upsweep, 7deg backsweep.
Hope Head Doctor
- Price: £22.00
- From: Hope Tech
Available in black, silver, red, blue, purple and orange. Even loading in the steerer thanks to the full diameter expander wedge.
Books For Cyclists!
- Price: £13.49, £19.80, £15.29 (in order)
- From: Bloomsbury Publishing
Struggling to think of a Christmas gift for the cyclist in your life? How about a motivational, inspirational and/or informational book? These all seem quite serious, but they’re for someone planning on doing the Strathpuffer, so hopefully they hold the secrets to success.
#TOTW Singletrack Forum Thread Of The week
- Price: one’s dignity
- From: Singletrack Forum
This week’s winner of Thread Of The Week is “jimmy” who asks a question that is on everyone’s lips. The Singletrack Forum folk let rip with many incredibly helpful responses, such as “Better an empty house than an unruly tenant.” We will be sending “Jimmy” some cool Singletrack merch. And “Jacobyte” can have something too, because I will be using the tenant excuse, in the office, probably in the next 5 minutes. Click here to contribute to this informative forum guff.
Finish Line Pro Brush Set
- Price: £14.99
- From: Freewheel
Look after your toys, children. A regular clean and brush of your bike will stop it grinding itself to death in accumulated mud and grit. This five piece brush set will get you into all the nooks and crannies, and allow you to use a different brush for your drive train so you don’t go spreading greasy black marks all over your frame.
Mr Benjamin Haworth
- Price: unimpeachable
- From: The past and the future
Shall we let him in? Yes! We’re delighted to welcome Benji Haworth back to Singletrack Towers. He’s joining us with the official title of Content Manager (Tech), which means he’ll be taking control of all things product related. For those of you who have been here long enough to remember, he was here long ago as a staff writer. He’s been out in the big wide world of mountain biking gathering all sorts of useful experience that will enable us to take over the world.
Happy weekend everyone.
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