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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dvo beryl

So what is the DVO Beryl? It’s a mid-priced trail fork with travel from 130mm in the 29er or 27.5in Plus version, right up to 170mm in 27.5in.

santa cruz 5010

The Santa Cruz 5010 is the cult offering in Santa Cruz’s range. The 5010 remains a fun-focussed 130mm travel bike designed solely for 27.5in wheels.

adidas evil eye evo pro

The Adidas Evil Eye Evo Pro offers decent coverage, delivering a clear field of vision around the top of the lenses with just the hint of frame showing.

osprey duro solo

The Osprey Duro Solo Belt is a little bumbag that is really designed for runners, but don't let that put you off. Invaluable for bikes with cages.

coil shocks

When Specialized released the Öhlins Enduro it signalled a return to coil shocks. What's good about coil? Should you switch from air to coil?

dartmoor hornet

Polish brand Dartmoor build bikes attitude; we try and tame their Dartmoor Hornet hardtail. 160mm fork and Plus tyre compatibility.

Santa Cruz Bronson has borrowed the Nomad’s new suspension layout, grown fatter wheels and longer geometry. Can it retain its Best Ever Trail Bike status?

Starling Murmur Factory 29 is made from Reynolds 853 tubing, TIG welded in Taiwan, delivering 140mm travel through its single pivot suspension.

Next year brings the promise of brand-new trails, events, demos and getaways. Start filling up your calendar now with the best new places to ride in 2018.