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.

Leatt’s velocity goggles use a headline-grabbing bulletproof lens. I don’t fancy being shot in the eyes to test it, but it definitely seems better than plenty of rivals at resisting…

With fork technology perpetually evolving, the singletrack is getting faster and faster - but our pick of the best mountain bike forks on the market will help the trails run…

Teravail Kessel tyre

We’d never heard of Teravail before, so its Kessel tyre was something of a wild card in this test. The US firm makes several gravel and MTB models, with this…

Specialized Butcher T9

This new Specialized Butcher retains the familiar old tread pattern with its tightly-packed complex knobs and siping, but the T9 label on the side describes the new rubber compound and…

Pirelli Scorpion Enduro S

Trail and enduro versions are available of the new Pirelli Scorpion; the latter here with a meatier tread and casing suitable for all-mountain riding. Read more: Buyer’s guide to the…

Michelin Wild AM 2

This Wild AM2 is another brand-new Michelin for 2021. It’s meatier and knobblier than the Force AM, with a more uniform, square, blocky tread pattern. Central paddles are similar to…

Michelin Force AM 2

Available in 2.4in and 2.6in sizes in both 27.5in and 29in diameter, the Michelin Force AM 2 is designed to be lighter and faster-rolling than the popular Wild Enduro with…

Maxxis Rekon

Maxxis’s Rekon is essentially a beefed-up Ikon XC tyre with broader shoulders. It’s a pure trail tyre and a popular choice on shorter-travel full-suspension and hardtail complete bikes to inject…

Cane Creek Kitsuma Coil shock

With four easily-accessible tuning dials, Kitsuma is Cane Creek’s latest generation Double Barrel shock, hand built in North Carolina and available in either air or coil sprung guises. Fox and…

RockShox Pike Ultimate

  Relaunched around a decade ago with a sealed Charger damper, stiff 35mm stanchions and an air-spring tuneable with volume spacers, RockShox’s Pike quickly became the go-to enduro fork. Enduro…

Madison Enigma glasses

Madison’s latest Enigma cycling glasses boast a large, modern style with a huge field of vision. Value is fantastic, with the cheapest glasses £24.99, the three lens model here that…

Topeak Alien X Multitool

The latest Topeak Alien X evolution adds new features to prove principle of a split-in-two package with a huge range of tools for modern bikes.

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.