Cotic RocketMAXer. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

Fresh Goods Friday 646 – The Weird Galactic Soup Edition

Let’s start out with something approaching normal service… For the CNC and skate nerds, it’s kinda cool, but also seems like a vest waste of metal. Beware the wormhole that...

Kids Ride Shotgun Dirt Hero

Kids Ride Shotgun Dirt Hero off-road balance bike

Say hello to the Kids Ride Shotgun Dirt Hero. The Kiwi company has launched Magura-equipped, off-road balance bike that can be fitted with 12in or 14in wheels. Looks rad!

Fresh Good Friday 645 – Things that make you go Mmm…

Mmm… Pentax 645. Benji wrote that, and then went on holiday. So who knows? What sort of ‘Mmm’ is it? Perhaps it’s a ‘Mmm’ of the variety you give to...

NBD: Cane Creek Electric Wings, Marin Alpine Trail Es, Bosch x Tektro ABS…

... Liv Intrigue X, SRAM Stealth brakes, BikeYoke Revive 272 dropper and Canyon Exceed. They're are here in this week's collection of Most Interesting Stuff Launched Since Last Week.

New SRAM X0 Eagle AXS: First Ride Thoughts

The new SRAM X0 Eagle AXS drivetrain requires a UDH equipped frame. Why? To enable a direct bolt-on mounting method that's designed for robustness and ridiculous shift under-load capability.

Canyon Neuron First Look: A Very Rejigged Trail Bike

What sort of bike is the new Canyon Neuron? The simple answer is: it's a mountain bike. The more specific answer is: it's a trail bike. A trail bike with…

Fresh Goods Friday 644 – The Where Am I Edition

It is, inexplicably, Friday again. The longest fastest week to date. Are we sliding ever faster, reaching terminal velocity, and then about to hit British Summer Time? Hopefully it’s like...

NBD: Ritchey Ultra 50th, YT Capra Core 3, Canyon Grizl CF SL 7…

Cube ebikes with Bosch ABS, 5Dev chainrings and SQlab Innerbarends. They're all featured in this week's handy roundup of the most interesting New Stuff That's Come Out.

Retro Ridgeback gallery and video walkthrough

2023 marks Ridgeback's 40th anniversary and Madison had a bunch of retrobike beauties on display at their recent iceBike* trade show. For those who couldn't attend the show, here's our…

NBD: Trek Farley, Thok Gram, Audi E-Tron, Last Cinto V2…

... YT Decoy CORE 4, Islabikes Creig.S and Luath.S. They're all in this week's New Bike Day round-up.

The Best Bits from iceBike* 2023

iceBike* is UK-bike-distributor-behemoth Madison's trade show. We popped down the road to Manchester to roundup the best bits.

KS LEV 272 Issue 101

27.2 Dropper Posts: 15 Options For Skinny Seat Tubes

27.2 dropper posts are not common but if you have a bike frame with a skinny seat tube you can still take advantage of the benefits.

Fresh Goods Friday 642 – Cake For Me, Corned Beef For You

It’s been mixed up week here at STW Towers, mostly thanks to everyone suddenly realising they haven’t used up their annual leave so they’d better take some time off. We...

NBD: Last Tarvo 2, Specialized Tero X, Crankbros Mallet Trail…

... POC Omne Lite and Ultra helmets, Pole Voima ID, Bell Full-10 helmet, Cane Creek ILG2 shocks, and Focus Jam/Sam 2s.

Shimano CUES

Goodbye Deore? Hello Shimano CUES!

Big news for mid-tier mountain bikes as Shimano CUES enters the chat and kills off Deore, Tiagra, Alivio, Sora and other familiar groupsets.

Fresh Goods Friday 641: The Big Purple Edition

We hope you're not struggling too much with the absence of baby plum tomatoes in your packed lunch, or pepper sticks to dip in your hummus.

NBD: ENVE MOG gravel bike, Hope Pro 5 hub, Nicolai Saturn 11 SL…

... Unotre Mezzo, Salsa Fargo Ti, Veli Vasttech, new gravel tyres from Hutchinson. They're all here in the this week's NBD.

More new stuff: Funn FastAir Tubeless Valves

Funn FastAir valves offer three times greater airflow than trad valves, making it easier to seat tubeless tyres and get on with your life.

Quick look at New Granite Quiver Tool Roll

The evolution of the saddle bag, the Granite Quiver holds your essential tools, a spare tube, spare change and other stuff for longer rides.

BTR trail tool

Fresh Goods Friday 640: Three Feet High Edition

This is the shintro... coming at you like a BMX shark bite pedal at your 1980s shins.

NBD: Transition Smuggler, Windover Beacon, Bike Mechanic Simulator…

... Scott Contessa Signature range, Branchy Protection, Fox Transfer SL dropper seat post, Fox Racing Union footwear, Reserve alloy wheels.

Snowy Handcycle Commuting to the Office

Christian Bagg shows us what a Handcycle has done for him and the importance of his commute to him.

Dinos! Lions! Unicorns! Rad jerseys for lil rippers

Dinos, Lions and Unicorns: Kids Ride Shotgun launch riding jerseys for little people.

Cheaper Things Tuesday: Bike Lovin’ Edition

It's February 14th. It's time to show some love to your bicycle. Here's a bundle of great deals for our dirty two wheeled partner.

140mm suspension forks

140mm Suspension Fork Group Test

140mm Suspension Forks AKA Best Modest Travel Trail Forks. Which fork for real world riders on real world trails? Benji has the results.

Issue 147: Column: What New Standards Have Been Worth It?

Maybe don’t go to the pub with Benji if you’re a bike industry engineer… Words: Benji   When I say ‘new’ I’m going to be talking about any standard that…

Fresh Goods Friday 639: Beating The Heating Edition

This is the tintro... eerily reminiscent of the pewtero but a bit more silvery. What? No idea. We're just riffing here.

NBD: RAAW Yalla, Kinesis Fernweh tease, Ibis DV9…

... Cube Stereo ONE family, Liv Lurra hardtail, new even-more-Boschy Trek Rail.

WHY 2K? Full-suspension bikes under £2000 test

Benji and Rhys look at the world of £2k full suspension bikes. Can a good ride be had at this price?

Cheaper Things Tuesday: Same But Different

Slightly different version of Cheaper Things Tuesday for you this week. Only Singletrack Members will see all the great deals we've found.