Mick Kirkman

Mick Kirkman
gore power trail jacket

The hooded Gore Power Trail jacket has a tighter fit than most mountain bike trail riding jackets. It’s cut from three-layer Active shell.

norco range a3

Norco Range A3 is an economically viable enduro option from the Canadian big hitters. Eats up rough ground, stops confidently with good composure.

cane creek helm air

The Cane Creek Helm Air has taken five years to develop and is made entirely in the USA. With beefy 35mm stanchions and a chunky wheel arch.

leatt dbx 3.0

The latest Leatt DBX 3.0 helmet has 18 vents, an angular profile and a quality, fully wrapped, matt finish that’s very durable.

troy lee a2

The Troy Lee A2 uses a MIPS low friction liner inside. It isn’t that light but one reason is the level of detail in the integrated protection.

specialized ambush

Specialized Ambush Comp is a wallet friendly version of Specialized’s premium helmet. It shares a very similar low-profile as the £30 more expensive model.

scott vivo plus

Scott Vivo Plus is an affordable lightweight trail lid. Scott’s top-tier MRAS2 fit system with its comfy rear cradle tightened by a micro-adjust dial.

Met Roam

MET Roam's stylish shell has 22 vents and a significantly sculpted polystyrene interior to help drive air over to the exhaust ports littered all over.

Giro Chronicle

With 14 vents, the Giro Chronicle runs a little hot, but it’s the perfect helmet for harder trail riding — it’s also killer value.

endura mt500 helmet

The Endura MT500 helmet is pricey but you are getting a lightweight, well-vented trail lid that takes impact protection to the next level.

Specialized 2FO 2.0

Launched last year, the latest Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoes are more flexible, much lighter and use a tackier sole than the first generation.

bell 4forty

With fantastic quality, finish and features, the Bell 4Forty ticks all the boxes. Performs exactly as you’d want from an all-day trail helmet.

merida one forty

Modern geometry and 2.6in tyres make the new Merida One Forty 800 trail bike a delight to ride. Joins a line-up featuring One Twenty and One Sixty.

Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX

This top-end Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX model here also offers miniature ‘Nano TorqBits’ in 4, 5 and 6Nm increments to accurately tighten on the move.

shimano gr9

Supple Shimano GR9 feels pretty invisible on your foot, with a planted sole that gives good pedal feedback, but it’s not that supportive or locked in place.

Endura MT500 Spray Trouser II

The Endura MT500 Spray Trouser II is a stretchy, tapered, tough riding pant designed for colder weather. Secure, breathable, comfortable and durable.

best mountain bike flat pedals

Looking for some quality flats? Here's our pick of the best mountain bike flat pedals, complete with comprehensive buyer's guide advice.

joystick emulator

Joystick Emulator pedal is the Brit brand's latest offering. It’s one of a breed of flats with the inboard bearing housed in a raised part of the platform.