Jamie Darlow

Front Section Editor

Jamie Darlow

Position: Front Section Editor

Mostly rides: Surrey Hills/South Downs

Height: 6ft 1in (185cm)

Weight: 78kg

Writer and tester for mbr magazine. Jamie writes features for the magazine, and tests everything from helmets to tyres. He also edits the front section of mbr, Buzz, and contributes to the website. Lives in the South Downs, loves all-day rides. Married with three children, he loves travelling with work – if mainly for the extra sleep and chance of some peace and quiet.




Smith Mainline helmet

The Smith Mainline helmet boasts excellent air flow, a reasonable weight and some of the best looks I’ve seen on a full face helmet.

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Air short

The Troy Lee Designs Skyline Air short is not the lightest in their range – that accolade belongs to the Drift – but it is definitely the best ventilated.

Scott Trail Tuned short

Overall we really rate the Scott Trail Tuned short – it’s comfy and tough, floats over kneepads and covers everything, but the price is fabulously steep.

Patagonia Dirt Roamer short

Patagonia asserts its green credentials on the Patagonia Dirt Roamer short by using a polyester fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.

Dainese HGL Aokighara short

The Dainese HGL Aokighara could be a decent short thanks to its unfussy styling, but the waist closure is over-thought and needs to add zips on the pockets.

7Mesh Slab short

There are five different shorts in the 7Mesh range, with this 7Mesh Slab model being aimed at the enduro end of the spectrum.

100% Celium short

Two inches longer in the leg and a wider fit would have the 100% Celium short rocket up the rankings. But as it stands it’s expensive and oddly-sized.

YT Capra 29 Core

YT Capra 29 Core 4 is 165mm enduro bike with 170mm fork, slack geometry, and bottle-ready full carbon frame. And there's somewhere to stash a water bottle.

Orange phase adaptive eMTB

The Orange Phase AD3 is an adaptive mountain bike with an electric motor that promises to let disabled riders take on exactly the same terrain as everyone else.


This month brings us discreet down country dampers, short droppings, knuckle dusters, yellow kecks, power pedals, wee-bikes, banana holsters, something for the weekend and more!

We grab a few minutes with Olympic XC racer Kate Courtney to talk about her recovery from a recently fractured arm and her hopes for Tokyo Olympics later this month.