Having ridden bikes for as long as he can remember, James takes a certain twisted pleasure in carrying his bike to the most inaccessible locations he can find, before attempting to ride back down again, preferably with both feet on the pedals. After seeing the light on a recent road trip to Austria, James walked away from the stresses of running a design agency, picked up a camera and is several years deep into a mid life crisis that shows no sign of abating. As a photographer, he enjoys nothing more than climbing trees and asking others to follow his sketchy lines while expecting them to make it look as natural and stylish as possible. He has come to realise this is infinitely more fun than being tied to a desk, and is in no hurry to go back.

Pivot Firebird 29 Ride SLX/XT Air review

The Pivot Firebird 29 utilises DW-link suspension offering 165mm of travel, and is paired with a 170mm travel Fox 38 Performance fork.

Sweet Protection Arbitrator MIPS Helmet Review

The Sweet Protection Arbitrator MIPS helmets is the Norwegian brand\'s foray into the increasingly popular convertible helmet market.

Kona Process 153 DL 29 Review: Mellow Yellow

The latest Kona Process 153 rolls on 29in wheels and sits in the middle of the Process range; Process X on one side, Process 134 on the other.

Fox Racing Outerwear – Layers For All Occasions

Even though we’ve been enjoying some unseasonably warm and dry weather for this time of year, we’re not quite ready to bust out the shorts and t-shirt just yet. Fortunately,...

Now there’s a Canyon Spectral for all the family!

27.5, 29, alloy, mullet and even kids bikes are all covered in the new and improved 2022 Canyon Spectral range. One Family, Any Trail In December last year, Canyon filled...

First ride review 2022 Canyon Spectral CF 8 CLLCTV

The 2022 Canyon Spectral range received a massive update today, and James Vincent has been testing the mullet Spectral CF 8! Update! Canyon has just informed us that they’ve been...

G-Spec TRP TR12 Derailleur and Shifter Kit

Review | G-Spec TRP TR12 Derailleur and Shifter Kit Tested

James Vincent takes to the mountains of the Lake District with the G-Spec TRP TR12 derailleur and shifter kit for a full review. It used to be that if you...

Rider Gallery and Debrief: #JennRide 2021

The #JennRide is organised by Rich Munro in memory of our late Deputy Editor, Jenn Hill to raise funds for St Gemma’s Hospice. It’s quickly obtained a reputation for being…

Marzocchi Bomber Z1 Coil and Bomber CR Coil Shock Review

Intro When it was originally launched way back in 1997, the Marzocchi Bomber caused something of a stir. I don’t think there would be many riders to argue against it...

Continental Kaiser Protection Apex 29 x 2.4 Review

James Vincent tests the Continental Kaiser on the knob ripping rocks of the Lake District. Find out how they performed in this review. Brand: Continental Product: Kaiser Protection Apex From:...

Propain Hugene Performance Review | One bike to rule them all?

In recent months, you might be more familiar with Propain’s Spindrift being hucked off all manner of ridiculous gaps by crazy Frenchman Remy Metailler. If such gnarly sends aren’t on...

Salsa Cassidy and Blackthorn Review – One frame, two dream builds

There are times when this whole bike testing thing can be such a drag, man. Being faced with the prospect of riding a less than ideal BSO* with poorly specced…

Shimano ME502 Review – An all round trail riding shoe?

Updated for 2021, The Shimano ME502 (or ME5 for short) can be found nestled in Shimano’s Enduro/Trail category along with the ME7 Enduro shoe, and their more insulated winter counterparts.…

Deviate Highlander Long Term Test Bike Build

Ladies and gentlemen, please allow myself to introduce… my new Deviate Highlander long term test bike. Or at least it will be once I’ve cut it down from the ceiling...

Rider Inspiration: All-mountain clothing from ASSOS

Legendary Swiss brand ASSOS have a solid reputation amongst our lycra clad cousins for outstanding kit at the unashamedly higher end of the market. Their summer 2020 TRAIL collection combines...

Julbo Quickshift MTB Goggles | 2 Modes, 1 Pair of Goggles

James tries out the Julbo Quickshift MTB Goggles – will he be glad of the protection they give his eyes? Ever since I was about 7 or 8, I’ve worn...

Evolution not Revolution – Identiti Mettle Mk 2 Review

James Vincent spends a winter in the Lake District on the new Identiti Mettle Mk2. Introduction For someone who spends a lot of their time riding bikes in the Lake...

Cotic CC | All that way for a pint and a bike ride? You must be mad.

What makes The Cotic Cycling Club meet ups worth a 280 mile round trip for a ride and a pint? James Vincent goes to find out what makes Cotic CC...

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Singletrack Magazine Issue 128 | Revelstoked

On a day off in Revelstoke, Canada, James Vincent has no option but to climb a mountain, just to come back down again. Words & Photography James Vincent British Columbia.…

Time Speciale 8 ATAC pedal review | Pretty much perfect?

An early convert to clipless pedals, I’ve been riding variations of Shimano SPD clipless pedals for the best part of 25 years, and in that time I’ve never had an...

Canyon Neuron:ON:on:on:on | To Hell With Battery Life, Let’s Play!

Is an e-bike more fun in boost? We take the Canyon Neuron:ON to play fast and loose with battery life in search of as much fun as we can pack...

RedBull Hardline – Bigger In Real Life, But Is It Worth The Effort?

What’s it like to be at RedBull Hardline? Should you make the trip to Wales, or stay home and watch on TV? James finds out. RedBull Hardline 2019 2.11pm, Saturday…

2019 Cotic BFe First Ride Review

James Vincent grabs a first ride on the new Cotic BFe hardtail. When launching a new bike, some bike companies whisk a select group of lucky journos off to some...

Manitou Mattoc Pro Long Term Review

James Vincent checks out the Manitou Mattoc Pro Boost fork – how does it stand up to the competition? Another month, another set of suspension forks for review. No fancy...

Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29 0 | First Ride Review

James Vincent has been to Canada to ride the new Giant Reign Advanced Pro 29. Read on to see what he thought… As new bike launches go, this one has...

Giant Reign 29 | The Reign of 27.5 is over! Long live the 29er!

In a somewhat inevitable and not wholly unexpected move, Giant’s long travel enduro race bike, The Giant Reign 29, will be rolling on 29in wheels for 2020. The new Giant...

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Review | Who needs carbon when the Hunt Enduro Wide wheelset is as good as this

James gives us his review on the Hunt Enduro Wide wheels after 9 months of punishment What do you do when you can’t find a wheelset with the exact specification...

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Longterm Review | FSA Flowtron Dropper Post

After six months of testing, James Vincent delivers us his verdict of the FSA Flowtron dropper post Which has revolutionised trail riding more; 1x drivetrains or dropper posts? Now there’s...

leatt dbx 5.0 3df knee pads

Review | These Leatt 3DF 5.0 soft-shell knee pads are almost perfect

James Vincent gives us his longterm review of Leatt’s soft-shell 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards It’s incredibly rare that you’ll see me out on a bike sans knee pads. Ever since...

Inside the Continental Factory | Meet the new Baron, same as the old Baron

Ever wondered how Continental tyres get made? Or indeed how any tyre is made? We sent our man James Vincent to have a look behind the curtain at the Continental...