Paul Burwell

Paul Burwell

Ditching your pack saves weight and lets you enjoy a more dynamic ride. Here’s how you can ride pack-free, but still stay hydrated and make essential trailside repairs. The freedom…

ktm macina kapoho

KTM Macina Kapoho 272 takes inspiration from combustion-engined cousins with a mis-matched 29/27.5+ wheel size concept that KTM calls DiMMix.

Giant has increased the travel on the Full-E+ 1 SX Pro this year to 160mm, fitted 2.6in plus tyres, a dropper post and a wide 800mm handlebar.

commencal meta power

160mm Fox Factory-equipped Commencal Meta Power Race is tailor-made for smashing out runs, hitting jumps and packing in the fun. Your own personal uplift!

trek fuel ex 9.7 29

You’re only looking at around 150g in weight saving over an aluminium frame, but the carbon fronted Trek Fuel EX 9.7 29 is easily the stiffest bike in those we

whyte s-150 s

Called the Whyte S-150 S, it has 150mm of travel, Boost spacing and Whyte’s dedicated SCR (Single Chain Ring) frameset design.

vitus escarpe 29 vrx

2018 Vitus Escarpe 29 VRX features a raft of improvements, including upgraded suspension, an extra 5mm of rear wheel travel and a revamped specification.

Light enough to put in your pack and carry all day, useful enough to fix a multitude of sins if your bike breaks – we test 16 multi-tools.

E13 TRS+ dropper

E13 TRS+ dropper is killer value, fully serviceable and, in the long term, may be more reliable than a conventional post, but the function feels dated.

Five Ten Freerider Pro

As the name suggests, the Five Ten Freerider Pro is a beefed-up version of the standard Freerider. These ‘Pro’ features add £25 to the price.

Every mountain biker should have a good pair of gloves. Something not too chunky but not too skimpy. Full length fingers are a must regardless of the time of year.…

ibis 942

We can’t knock the Ibis 942 in terms of quality but it's a high price. And six bolt disc option and narrower rim width might be the better for most…

hope tech enduro wheels

Apart from the Sapim stainless steel double butted spokes and brass nipples, the rest of the Hope Tech Enduro wheels is made in its factory in Barnoldswick.

sun ringle duroc

With four rim widths and all the hardware included for any configuration the Sun Ringlé Düroc has all the bases covered and is killer value for money.

FSA Afterburner Wider

The FSA Afterburner Wider is really well put together and a good weight, reasonable price and available several axle options and 27.5 and 29in diameters.

lezyne classic over drive

This is an updated version of mountain bike specific Lezyne Classic Over Drive. It’s solid, stable and will easily seat the most stubborn tubeless tyres.

race face next sl g4

In terms of power to weight the Race Face Next SL G4 really is a superb – it’s also silly light, sensibly stiff and cheaper than other carbon cranks.