- Farewell Singletrack Magazine – I won't be buying again (Goodbye content!)
I personally enjoyed the climbing article. Look at any other bike mag and there will be some two line blurb from their resident fitness 'expert' saying, "Complement your biking with X (skiing for example). It works some different stretchy body bits." At least ST actually made something of the idea, rather than padding the mag with fluff and extra ads.
Surprised hasn't been any complaints about the car-rack test yet. There was a lot of preemptive whinging about that after the last issue.Posted 7 years agorjjMember
I too like the non bikey articles – in fact I would like to read a magazine that covered a variety of outdoor pursuits/adventure type of things instead of just focusing on the one discipline – anyone know of anything like this? When compared to other bike mags STW is actually readable rather than just viewable.Posted 7 years agoClinkSubscriber
i'm not always impressed with the mag but thought this months was a pretty good read despite the climbing feature and the 29er test. You can't appeal to everyone all of the time but i don't often regret buying the mag. Keep up the good work st.
Absolutely – although I liked both those articles (29er rider and ex-climber 😉 ) I have not liked reviews of more dh (to me) in previous editions. Variety is good.Posted 7 years agopaulrockliffeMember
I dont' read it very often as I'm normally too busy to get to a shop or have time to read, but I did pick up this months. I was a bit disappointed too, I thought the 29er article was dull, mostly because I'm nto interested and the bikes weren't really comparable. The two hardtails they compared weren't comparable either, so I didn't find that article all that relevant. On top of that I've no interest in reading about bike racks or rock climbing.
Now I don't have any problem with any of those articles being in the mag at one time or another, but to put them all in at the same time meant there wasn't room for much stuff that I was interested in.Posted 7 years agoginsterdrzMember
That's it. Had enough of average, unimaginative and sometimes downright boring articles. I'll not buy another issue.
The inclusion of the 'Rock Climbers Weekly' article this month finally did my legs. It was like a sad 'Have I Got News For You' sketch.
Just another WHSmith browser.
Your t'interweb stories/comment/features are great with cheeky and interesting content but the mag just seems to have run out of idea's and is slowly dying.Posted 7 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
PJM1974 – Member
I trust the feedback from Singletrack more than I would WMB. The calibre of writing is excellent too.
errrr, depends what you mean by quality of the writing. My mate, patent lawyer, imediately picked up on grammatical errors when reading it in my loo. Bad use of their, there, they're etc. Now, he may be, accurately, described as a tight arsed pedant. 🙂 BUt, still, has a point.
However, I think the overwhelming aim of the mag, the feel of it tries to put across, is absolutely bang on. Still refer to the Man and Boy article by Ed a few months ago. Simply wonderful.
KevPosted 7 years agomaxraySubscriber
it is obviously going to appeal to you some months more than others, just as the forum has times where its full of rubbish threads or troll I have no interest in. it doesn't mean I will never visit them again. I do find these "goodbye" emails tiring… shut the door on your way out will you.Posted 7 years agoalpinMember
i think the mag does a very good job of being a bike mag when compared to other offerings.
it's not selling you the idea that bigger is better. they write about riding bikes as opposed to the "look at how freaking cool we are" reports you find in other mags.
my german friends comment on how the mag lay-out is different and 'scatty' in comparison to the german mags, which generally concern themselves about weights, frame stiffness and nutrition. i doubt you'll likely see an article revolving around beer in their pages.
i also know one of the arbeiters, Matt, as i used to go into his shop in Chelmsford from time to time before he took off up north. he bought me a pint once, too. i did how ever just buy a bike from him.Posted 7 years ago
Dirt?Posted 7 years ago
Dirt's pretty **** awful now it's monthly!
other than photo content the quality is pretty dire, always full of typos, truely awful grammar/spelling, schizophrenic reviews full of irelevant pics and mindlessly following fashion for the sake of it rather than using any sort of insight, poor advice and out of date articles.
The latest issue is especially thin on content, don't buy it unless you want to compare the height and weight of the top DH WC riders. (actually that prob would appeal to a lot of STW forum users)
Cunny's section is possibly the most mature, well written section each month 😯 .
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