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.

100% Trajecta Helmet

100% Trajecta is a full-face lid designed for enduro/aggressive trail riding by being lighter, airier and more comfortable to pedal in all day.

uswe zulo 2

USWE Zulo 2 is a diminutive waist pack with two-litre storage (half is taken up by a hydration bladder). The brand also offers Zulo 6 for more cargo.

E*Thirteen TRS Race MoPo

E*Thirteen has repeatedly revised its tyres over the last few seasons; to the point it’s been hard to keep up with the changes when the open, paddle-style tread pattern always…

deity copperhead

Deity Copperhead stem is now available in a 35mm bar bore. It’s lightweight and has a very low stack height of just 30mm, which can be a lifesaver if trying…

e*thirteen base

E*Thirteen Base is a composite flat pedal fresh on the market. It’s 50g lighter and £90 less than the high-end alloy ‘Plus’ pedal it’s based on.

dmr vault

The DMR Vault is one of the best selling flats around. Machined from an extruded piece of aluminium, the platform spins on a heat-treated steel axle.

deity t-mac

The Deity T-Mac pedals are Tyler McCaul’s signature model. The platform’s born from multiple prototype shapes and is the largest in the brand’s range.

Burgtec MK4 composite pedals' 16mm tall composite platform is a close approximation of the alloy version, with 1mm concave cut away in the centre.

cannondale cujo 24

For £400, the Cannondale Cujo 24 delivers a well though-out package that packs a safer and more secure feel than a flexy, more flyweight machine.

Mavic Deemax Pro Sam Hill

A legendary name in wheels and a legendary name in gravity mountain biking. Are the Mavic Deemax Pro Sam Hill wheels a match made in heaven?

Race Face Next R wheels

The enduro-rated, 31mm internal-width rim, Race Face Next R wheels use a smoothly finished UD (uni-directional) carbon composite lay-up.

Hope Fortus 26 wheels

The Hope Fortus 26 (26mm internal width) versions use proven Pro 4 hubs and an own-brand rim that errs on the tougher/heavier end of the spectrum.

Halo Vapour 35 wheels

Halo has been making dependable wheelsets for years and Halo Vapour 35 are rated for rubber up to 2.8in wide, making them suitable for modern tyres.