Singletrack latest issue WTF
I don’t buy mags very often, but thought I would give this a whirl, with some time to kill in a café, my god never again, tedium, i left it in the café, for some one who really enjoys technical riding in the mountains, there was zero content, bearded weirdo’s drinking ale, no thanks.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’m reading what I think is the current mag just now, the amount of cyclocross bollocks in an mtb mag is ridiculous. Not just cyclocross bollocks, but laughably expensive cyclocross bollocks that’ll only be of interest to a minority of crossers never mind mountain bikers. Genuine wtf, it’s like there’s a couple of pages from a different mag shoved in there.
I like ST mag but this is shit. Articles vary from good to bad, that’s inevitable but they should be relevant. What’s next, some trail running shoes, because some people who like mountain bikes also do trail running?Posted 4 years ago
I haven’t read the current mag yet but I usually quite like the CX bollocks (Copyright of Northwind). OK, I still want it to be an mtb mag but many/most of my mtbing mates also ride CX bikes these days for some variety. I guess it all depends but I think that there’s enough crossover. Maybe STW is really targeting ‘offroaders’ than mtbers…
Let’s face it, we all like different things from mags. So long as they’re satisfying their core audience (and since the OP isn’t a ‘P’, maybe they’re doing fine with that…Posted 4 years ago
Yes but CX is still bollox, it’s for roadies who think they go off road
Well I’ll grant you I do know one or two of those but I’m wondering whether my mates who are very much mtbers but also ride CX bikes should now call themselves roadies. Or should they only be roadies while riding CX bikes (off road) and then revert to being mtbers when they’re mtbing?
Even more confusing, what about the ones who do have and ride road bikes. Are they roadies, mtbers, CXers or what?
And what happens if they ride their mtb on the road or their road bike off the road. Do they change mid ride?
Maybe we should just call them cyclists?Posted 4 years agolegendMember
steve_b77 – Member
Lets be honest, you can ride CX bikes on Singletrack, and the magazine is called Singeltrack after all.
“Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine” unless I’m mistaken
Dirt went through a similar phase a few years back, readship backlash ensued, then it returned to normal and all was good (good being a relative term to the normal level of Dirt journalism)Posted 4 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
I agree, I must have dropped out of the demographic or something
Me too. I think it’s a good magazine for the target audience but I’m no longer part of it. Partly my riding interests changing, partly the magazine changing. I don’t have the time or money or inclination (delete as applicable) to go on lots of overseas MTBing holidays or on whimsical bikepacking trips – I just mess around in the woods, sometimes link that up with some XC miles, sometimes enter enduro races, sometimes do uplift days.Posted 4 years agohilldodgerMember
I’d sum it up as saying when I first saw STW “back in the day” I used to think “oooh I want to go and ride my bike some more” now I see it and think “I’m glad I’m not like that”
But I agree it’s me not you stw, the mtb audience has seemingly changed from a bodge, grin and ride local mentality to being a recreational leisure activity with matching accessories.Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
I’ve not bought ST for years now. Had a subscription a couple of years back and I just didn’t find much of the content of any interest. That said, I don’t find any bike magazines worth buying these days.
If they’ve started filling it with CX rubbish then it gives me even less of a reason to buy it. CX, ramblings which make no sense written by their mates etc. No ta.Posted 4 years agoMarkSubscriber
Why not volunteer to write a piece for the mag on this issue then?
Please can we stop trotting this one out?
It’s totally fine to not like the mag AND not consider writing anything better. I hate marmite but no one thinks that’s an invalid stance because I’ve not yet come up with a better recipe.
🙂Posted 4 years ago
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