Issue 68

In this issue: Mark and pals revisit the classic Lakeland pass, High Street – broken shock mount and all! Tomasz Djebiec searches out Georgia’s massive climbs, epic descents and man-eating sheepdogs. We interview the Himalaya’s best all round mountain biker and multiple Yak Attack winner, Ajay Pandit Chhetri. Mike Ferrentino questions the collective wisdom of t’internet, Matt and Jon go for a holiday in Portes du Soleil, Dave turns his sights on the Forestry sell off and we put three 29in full bouncers to the test. Plus loads more columns, features, reviews and the usual amazing photography.

Here’s a quick peek at the clean subscriber/bike shop cover…

The clean subscriber cover
The shop cover…

And the contents…

9. Editorial

There is a powerful force in the universe, reckons Chipps. He calls it‘Accidental Energy’. If only we could harness it…

10. Classic Rides: High Street

The classic Lakeland pass High Street
High Street


Mark and Sanny take on this classic Lakeland epic pass.

20. Georgia on my mind

Tomasz Djebiec searches out Georgia’s massive climbs, epic descents and man-eating sheepdogs

Tomasz Djebiec explores the original Georgia.

30. Column: Blame the Dog

We’re all experts, thanks to the internet, reckons Mike Ferrentino. As if…

32. Interview: Ajay Pandit Chhetri

We interview the Himalaya’s best all round mountain biker and multiple Yak Attack winner.

40. Summer Rust and Winter Blues

Jenn looks closely at the real colours of mountain biking. Did you think that mud is just brown?

49. The Cycle Show 2011

Join us at the big bike show! Now at Birmingham’s NEC.

52. Shimano Singletrack Classic Weekender

Another weekend of great times and fun racing, all on the same bike.

56. Bike Test: Full suspension 29ers

We put three 29er full bouncers to the test

Three big wheel bouncers from Giant, Pivot and Santa Cruz

70. Brits Abroad: Portes Du Soleil

Matt and Jon use the excuse of the Pass’portes du Soleil event to get themselves lost and beaten in the Alps.

80. Competition: Win an Ibis Mojo SLR!

Another chance to win this stunning bike.

82. Singletrack Sleepless in the Saddle

The friendliest 24 hour race in the UK, sponsored by the friendliest magazine.

84. Access All Areas

Dave Anderson gets the CTC’s thoughts on the potential forestry sell-off.

90. Through the Grinder

Ten pages of bikes, bits and bobs put through summer sun, mud and dust.

  • Tifosi Dolomite glasses
  • Shimano PD-M530 SPD pedal
  • Birzman Travel Spirit Toolbox
  • 661 Kyle Strait Slim knee pads
  • Salsa Ala Carte
  • DMR Bolt mugs
  • Rockshox Revelation 150mm RLT Ti Dual Position Air
  • Tenn Outdoors Ladies Trail short sleeve jersey
  • Revelate Viscacha seatbag
  • Bionicon Alva 160 Air

102. Gallery: Forever England

Glorious shots of English riding. It’s not all bad here, eh?

112. Grouptest: Race Shoes

A dozen race shoes reviewed for you, whether you’re all XC or all DH.

  • LAKE MX236
  • SHIMANO M315

124. Fitness Questions

Matt Hart looks into the physiological differences between men and women in cycle sport.

128. Route Guide – Beyond Innerleithen

Go on, dare to leave the trail centre. Benji shows you how.

Inners route one GPX.
Inners route two GPX.
Inners route three GPX.

138. Singletrack Premier Club

All the best deals for Singletrack subscribers, right here.

142. Outro

He may have invented Rock Shox, but Paul Turner is rubbish in the wet of a British winter.