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.

O’Neal Legacy Pant

O'Neal Legacy Pant is warmer than a short and can strip the whole thing off when getting changed, minimising clean-up. Can also wear kneepads underneath.

Mavic Deemax MIPS

This new Mavic Deemax MIPS helmet has a very compact form, tons of ventilation and is lightweight at just over 300g in 
size medium.

e13 plus pedal

The new E13 Plus Pedal platform borrows heavily from the old E13 LG1 pedal originally developed for its gravity range.

ribble ht ti

The Ribble HT Ti is Ribble Cycles' first mountain bike in 20 years and it blends the old and the new with classic titanium tubes and modern geometry.

Cotic Bfe Gold

For 2020, Cotic Bfe has been revamped. The head angle is now a degree slacker for more control, while a steeper seat tube improves the climbing position.

pace rc 627

The Pace RC 627 has the ride quality and specification to back up the geometry, and with that sleek, slender look, it will become a modern classic.

sweet protection arbitrator

Norwegian brand Sweet Protection’s new Arbitrator full face is really streamlined at the sides, angular and futuristic-looking. It’s a two-piece convertible lid that has a unique fixing system pairing the…

met parachute

The MET Parachute has been around for years. Over that time, it’s seen multiple revisions, to the point we reckon this MCR version is by far the best looking, most…

kali alpine

Kali’s reputation is built on putting safety first. The UK distributor told us that for this exact reason Kali don’t offer a removable chinbar helmet.

ixs trigger ff

The brand new Trigger helmet from iXS is one of a new generation of super lightweight, fully DH-certified full face lids.

endura mt500 full face

Endura’s new MT500 full face is the lightest fully DH-certified product on test. With sculpted good looks, it’s aimed at enduro racing or simply hitting up downhill trails at the…

bell super air r

The all-new Bell Super Air R standout feature is how it’s way lighter and better ventilated than Bell’s previous Super 3 and Super DH MIPS pair.

My theory is every serious mountain biker should ditch the innertubes in their tyres if they haven’t already for better performance.

Suntour Durolux

Packed with features for the cash, the Suntour Durolux R2C2 is their top-tier enduro fork. R2C2 refers to the damper being 4-way adjustable.