Issue 14

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine April 2004

In this Issue:
Filip Meirhaeghe Interview
Lights Jacket Group Test
Yorkshire Dales Route Guides
Biking and Bivvying Every Month for a Year

Cover photo: Lance Voyles, South Mountain Park, Phoenix. By Sterling Lorence.
Contents photo: Craig Woodhouse near Rothbury. By Lee Collis.
Spineline: Riding bareback, five days straight.

Issue 14: Editorial

The Singletrack editor takes the mickey out of his friends at Dirt Rag and relishes in typical British spring weather.

A week in the Pueblo

Product testing the new long-travel, single-crown fork from Manitou and making 24 hour racing in the desert plateau of Arizona sound welcoming even when acting as a pincushion for cacti. An American story from Chipps.


A collection of photos from Craig Woodhouse (Notice how all the people in the photos are riding towards the camera? Read catching up) and others pictures from Mark Alker, Steve Makin and Manuel Bustelo.


Jools gets to chat to Specialized’s man of the moment, current Cross Country World Champion, Filip Meirhaeghe. Find out more about his plans for this season and his choice of bikes on the race circuit.

Bike Porn

Steve Makin posts a review of the Nicolai Argon singlespeed frameset equipped with a Rohloff 14 speed integral hub.

Column One

Mountain biking fashion gets a cynical review from Piers Barber.

Bike Test

Three fully sprung bikes suited to fast cross country riding:

  • Trek Fuel 95
  • Litespeed Niota Aluminium
  • Orange Sub 3 Pro

Product Tests

Feedback on a number of components and other kit thats been under test for quite some time. This issue reviews:

  • Specialized Windpipe Shock Pump
  • Race Face Evolve XC Chainset
  • Specialized Team XC Gloves
  • Lance Armstrong Performance Program Book
  • Avid Juicy Seven Brakes
  • Specialized Mountain Pro Shoes
  • Kahuna KDX-3303G Watch
  • Leatherman Wave
  • Innis and Gunn Oak aged Beer

The Knowledge

Dave Barter sets out to rediscover ‘The Knowledge’. It’s out there somewhere.

Riding the Chimney of the World

Take the highest active Volcano in the world, a mountain biker looking for an extreme challenge and a 6,887m summit and add in a full suspension bike, a bit of bravado and a great story will result. Words by Manuel Bustelo.

Column Two

Jon Wyatt’s best ride ever involves alcohol, a beach and waking up sweaty and smelling of wee.

Group Test

With the endurance-racing season approaching rapidly, this issue takes a look at lighting systems.

  • Fireball All Terrain Night light
  • Light & Motion ARC Li-Ion
  • Light & Motion ARC NiMH
  • Lumicycle HID System 2003
  • Lumicycle NiMH 2000
  • Lupine Edison 5
  • Lupine Nightmare
  • Martin-Jones Technology Model 1103
  • Niterider Flamethrower
  • Topeak Moonshine HID

Fish Out of Water

York’s bicycle police force gain an extra member of staff in the form of the affable Dave Anderson. Riding steps both down and up is soon discovered to be a necessary skill.

Route Guide

This issue heads up to the Yorkshire Dales and searches out some good riding in Swaledale.

  • Easy: 19km (11.80 miles), 1.5 hours
  • Medium: 31km (19.26 miles), 3 hours
  • Epic: 50km (31.07 miles), 5 hours

Armchair Story

Alaskan Puppies ‘burning it in the middle’. Graeme Blance has a plan. A night ride followed by a bivvy out under the stars every month for a year. So far it’s three down nine to go. Roundup

A brief look at the highlights from the magazine’s daily website over the last few months.

Singletrackworld Goodies

Singletrack propoganda yours for a suitable fee.


Photos and captions from the Singletrack editorial team.