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"After hitting this loose, fast corner a few times from different angles during the Santa Cruz launch in Sedona, we noticed the red dust being lit ethereally by the evening sun after a rider had passed. With the aid of a couple of 'dust fluffers' and the talents of Dan Barham, we had this shot..."
Bikes and water. A good idea filled with potential or something that will give you that sinking feeling? Sim and Dave have formed their opinion.
9. Editorial: Cupholders And Yellow Knobs.
Chipps embraces the fact that his bike is now as complicated to work on as a modern car. He suggests you do that too and then just ride it.
12. UK Travel: Torridon: Riding On The Edge Of The World
Jenn steals most of May’s sunshine with a blessed few days in remote, disconnected, Scottish, Torridon. We only just got her to come back.
22. Steve Worland: Displacement Urges.
Steve’s mind is always wandering, especially when he’s, er, hmm? What?
24. Sim’s Corner: What Tyres For STW?
Here’s Sim’s simple to use infographic to help you work out the perfect tyre for any condition. You may be surprised.
28. Strava-Ize Me.
Jenn asks if this social racing phenomenon will thrill you or kill you.
26. Jewels Of The Isle: The Bristol Buttery.
It’s just a café hut by the docks, yet it’s a must-visit, pre-ride ritual for many.
30. Sea Otter – Time For A Revolution?
What happens if China one day becomes uneconomical to manufacture bikes in? Will the West have to re-learn how to make stuff? And who’ll teach us?
34. International Travel: Santa Cruz, The Town.
Chipps asks ‘What makes so many bike companies, writers, riders and photographers live in this slightly scruffy Californian surf town?‘
46. UK Adventure: Faked Alaska
Sim and Dave lacked the Alaskan mountains for a ‘proper’ packrafting adventure, so they improvised with some inflatable canoes and the Lake District.
58. Classic Rides: Pennine Bridleway North.
The PBW is now hundreds of miles long and stretches up to Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales. We ride this newest, northern part in sun, hail and… snow?
70. The Big Feature: Roadtrip! Squits And Wiggles.
A ‘proper’ roadtrip is a rite of mountain biking passage and it’s what makes stories worth telling. Here’s our guide on how to become a comedy road warrior.
84. Scenes: Enduro – A Potted History.
Gravity-based enduros may have only just arrived in the UK, but they’re well-established on the Continent. Matt Wragg charts their success.
98. A Question Of Fitness.
Why am I so tired? This time three panellists give their expert opinion on the same question.
102. Bike Test: 140-150mm Trail Bikes
Big and bouncy bikes for aggressive trail riding from Commencal, Ghost and Mondraker.
Bike test Videos
Ghost AMR Plus Lector 7700
Commencal Meta AM2
Mondraker Foxy R
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114. Through The Grinder.
Product testing that made use of all the filthy weather we had in April and May.
- FSA Gravity Light CSI flat handlebar & AL2014 stem
- Endura PakaJak jacket
- ENVE 26in XC clincher rims
- Five Ten Spitfire Mid Freeride shoes
- Timbuk2 Light Bright Messenger bag
- Bontrager RXL MTB shoes
- Vincero Design Stratus20 waterbottle & Edge16 mount
- RaceFace Canuck gloves
- Rocket Fuel Hot Cup Energy Coffee
- Juice Lubes Viking Juice All Conditions Lube
- The North Face Dirt Track jacket
120. Grinder Bikes: Cotic ‘X’ and Genesis Vapour.
Two disc-equipped cyclocross bikes. Or are they commuters? Adventure bikes? Racers? We’ll let you know when we work it out ourselves.
134. Grouptest: British Summer Shades.
Sorry, but you probably don’t need full black-mirror shades for a typical British summer day. You probably need something a little… lighter? We test nine.
- Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim
- BBB PH Rapid
- Endura Cuttle
- Endura Piranha
- Fox Duncan Sport
- Oakley Radarlock
- Smith Pivlock V90
- Tifosi Vogel
- Tifosi Dolomite
140. Premier Listings.
Proud owner of a Premier Member’s card? This is what it gets you…
146. We Just Work Here
Who does what, how to get in touch, what helped this issue on its way and who we’d like to thank.