Issue 86

The Cover Shot:
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I had arranged to shoot at sunrise with Seb Kemp up at Dirt Park in the Cardrona Valley, just outside Wanaka NZ. We left Wanaka in the dark as it was stupidly early, and drove up the access road to the top of the track. Although it was autumn we were mightily surprised to see a fresh dusting of snow on the ground when we got to the top… It was just so beautiful. I was pretty excited to shoot some singletrack in these conditions as the valley looked so magical. I was determined to get a ‘fresh track’ shot of Seb cutting through the snow just as a skier would. So it was a one hit wonder and he nailed it not losing his traction on the slippery fresh snow. You can’t plan for mornings like this, I guess we were just lucky!
Picture by Camilla Stoddart.

Contents (click to make biggerer!):
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International Adventure: Getting Krazy in the Karwendel. Karen Eller and the Scott Contessa team get a warm welcome in the Karwendel mountains.
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UK Riding: Merthyr Rising. Tom Hill braves the long drive south to play out in the UK’s newest bike park. Clue: it rains, but fun is not denied.
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International Adventure: The Best Three Days of the Year. Dre Hestler and friends head into the Canadian backcountry for a good ol’ adventure threesome.
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We Work Here: Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery. Bikes and beer? But of course! Geoff Waugh makes the connection.
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UK Riding: That Was Summer, That Was. In order to fully appreciate a great summer, you need to have endured a couple of horrible wet ones – and Chipps is just the guy to tell you why.
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Classic Ride: North York Moors. Moorland slogging in the snow? It must be Classic Ride time.
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Bike Test: A Bit More Than A Grand Day Out. Steve Worland tests three bikes from Canyon, Merida and Specialized that don’t cost the earth, but let you ride all over it.
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And finally, as this is the last issue of 2013, it includes the free Singletrack 2014 Calendar, packed with inspirational photography and ready for you to scribble next year’s riding plans all over it (Sharpie not included):
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Comments (4)

  1. still waiting for my iPad pocket mag app thingy to allow me to read rather than pay for the new edition

  2. Regarding the Fox forks in your Canyon test I think you should of sent them off to Mojo for a warranty repair. There were a whole batch of faulty damper units on the 2013 Evolution spec. forks. The symptoms are a fork that doesn’t lock out enough on the climb setting and there is little difference in the Trail and Descend modes.

    Re-bike group tests I’d suggest you choose a control tyre and put it on all the bikes otherwise what you say has little meaning in comparative terms.

  3. I sent my forks back before the recall because of this. Mojo replaced the damping unit and the service was great. Still not overly convinced on the FOX forks TBH, I get some really bad pains in my hands – not sure if it’s the forks, grips or tyres.

  4. I too am having issues with iPad app and accessing my magazine!

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