Mick Kirkman

Contributor/tester

Mick Kirkman

Position: Contributor/tester

Mostly rides: North Yorkshire

Height: 5ft 9in (175cm)

Weight: 85kg

‘Crusher’ Kirkman raced DH and 4X during the early ’00s at an elite level, but despite claiming to have retired, he still can’t resist going flat out down the gnarliest tracks around. He’s a regular contributor to MBR bike tests and product tests and has built an extensive knowledge and experience of bikes and products over the years.

wtb czr carbon

Totally re-engineered from the ground up, the WTB CZR Carbon is WTB’s latest carbon rim. £499 per rim (complete wheel price TBC).

silt am carbon

Silt's AM alloy package was very positively reviewed by us recently, and this is the competitively-priced £800 Silt AM Carbon version.

INDUSTRY NINE ENDURO S

Industry Nine has a solid reputation for high-end wheels and has diversified into affordable packages like this aluminium Industry Nine Enduro S wheelset.

Crank Brothers Synthesis i9

Crank Brothers Synthesis i9 wheelset uses a front ‘tracking’ wheel and rear ‘drive’ wheel; different spoke counts, wider front rim and thinner rear rim.

michelin dh22

The Michelin DH22 2.4in tyre is one of a trio of Michelin's latest gravity tyres that also includes a dedicated mud tyre.

Nukeproof Horizon V2 wheels

Affordable and considerably lighter than advertised, the Nukeproof Horizon V2 alloy wheels are the brand’s latest complete wheel package.

Ohlins RFX 36 M2

Available with either an air or coil spring, this Ohlins RFX 36 M2 is Öhlins latest 36mm stanchioned fork. It uses a twin-tube TTX 18 damper.

O'Neal Pump Flat

At £80 O'Neal Pump Flat offers a decent saving over most recommended shoes, but it’s not enough to justify step down in traction and foot security.

madison dte waterproof jacket

Madison DTE Waterproof Jacket uses heavy-duty fabric; triple-layer shell rated 20k waterproof and 20k breathable, which are at the top end of both scales.

stif squatch pro

Stif Squatch Pro is a progressive hardtail with a steel frame and super-low bottom bracket height, 29in wheels with 2.6in tyres enhance grip and comfort.

silt all-mountain

Silt All-Mountain wheelset is sorted for price and gives you the extra zip of lighter wheelset, yet remains tough enough for proper UK riding.

Sweet Protection Hunter jersey

Sweet Protection’s Hunter Merino jersey is a thin long-sleeve wool top with a bike-specific fit. This means the waist and torso are slightly tapered in, while the arms and shoulders…

SRAM GX Eagle DUB Alloy

SRAM GX Eagle DUB Alloy crank is SRAM’s massively popular, best quality and priciest aluminium crank. It was completely overhauled last year and uses the brand’s relatively new DUB axle…