James Smurthwaite

James Smurthwaite

1. Choices, choices, choices First up, your choice of flat pedal is key; go for a model that’s thin, has a concave platform, is wide enough to accommodate your foot and…

Good weather, dry trails and long days will soon be here again — make the most of them. Take on a challenge Make 2016 a year of new bike adventures…

You might have heard of Pinion recently; its gearboxes have been replacing derailleurs on various Nicolai models for years now. And in last month’s issue we tested the new Ion…

What is the core? The core is a buzzword loved by the ‘lifestyle’ industry but is widely misinterpreted. Those of us with medical training tend to avoid ‘core’ and instead…

One of our favourite things about the World Cup season are Claudio Caluori’s manic track previews. Every race, the Scott team manager and commentator straps a GoPro to himself and…

We love a custom frame here at MBR and Loic Bruni’s new paint job is right up there with the best of them. Sweet, sweet custom frame for @loicbruni29 for…

The fastest riders on the planet have all been up on the hill today checking out the Lourdes World Cup track. We’ve pulled these reactions straight off the hill and…

There’s just four days to go until the first race in the 2016 downhill World Cup season and battle lines are being drawn. There have to be two big favourites…

The trail helmet market is pretty saturated at the moment but it’s actually been ten years since Fox waded in with its popular offering, the Flux. It decided it was time to…

Key points New Fox 32, half a pound lighter than predecessor Features slimmed down, stepped design Proces start from £440 A new 32? Yep, Fox has just launched a brand…