Jamie Darlow

Jamie Darlow

Writer and tester for mbr magazine. Jamie writes features for the magazine, and tests everything from helmets to tyres. He also edits the exciting new front section of mbr, The Buzz, and contributes to the website. Lives in the South Downs, loves all-day rides.

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Only What’s Necessary

The Only What’s Necessary FR-01 is a shoe like no other, totally original in design and build quality. Visually it’s funky looking, but does it perform?

swinley forest

An hour from London there’s a maze of trails that’ll make your head spin. Here's mbr ride guide to the Swinley Forest trail centre or sorts.

bird aeris

The Bird Aeris 145 is an enduro machine with 145mm travel with modern geometry and sizing. This is a big, slack bike for tall as well as short riders.

penmachno

There are no facilities. It’s totally different to the other stuff around it. Visitors are sparse. These are all great reasons to ride Penmachno.

Dan Atherton’s Dyfi Bike Park might never open to the public, its perfectly sculpted berms, tabletops and gap jumps reserved for pros as a training ground.

Whether you ride flat pedals or clipless, you need a good shoe to deliver power through the pedals. Here’s our pick of the best mountain bike shoes for sale today…

New Kona Process 153 CR certainly looks the part; chunky down tube, skinny top tube, raked back suspension link is very visually satisfying.

bikeyoke revive

The BikeYoke Revive is stunning, well made, easy to use and the most versatile post out there. It’s also lightweight and reliable.

shimano slx review

The Shimano SLX M7000 groupset looks like a more expensive groupset, and to a certain extent that matches its performance.

There’s slim pickings out there if you want to ride the best mountain bike events – most tickets have been snapped up already. So we’ve scoured the country for late-summer…

pro koryak dropper

There’s another new entrant to the heavily crowded dropper post market, this time from Shimano’s component brand Pro Koryak dropper post.

zerode taniwha review

With its wide-ratio Pinion gearbox, the Zerode Taniwha enduro rig marries innovation to aesthetics. Superlative suspension, excels on rough terrain.