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.

SRAM GX Eagle groupset

SRAM GX Eagle groupset has been flawless. Extra range proved a welcome surprise, plus it’s smoother pedalling than rivals, silent with positive shifting.

This latest E*Thirteen stem is available in two versions: the Base here and a pricier Plus model with extra polishing and finishing detail. At £45, this would be good value…

maxxis assegai

The pure grip of the Maxxis Assegai is unquestionable. There’s a less on/off and almost relaxed feel in turns compared to the iconic Minion DHR II.

fox 36

The Fox 36 is one of the longest serving forks on the market has had a huge overhaul for 2021 and is now totally different, in and out.

michelin comp 34

The Michelin Comp 34 is one of two brand new downhill models tapping into their unrivalled heritage, designed for hard-pack and bike park terrain.

burgtec enduro mk3 stem

Burgtec Enduro Mk3 stem split-front clamp makes it fiddly to line up and install bars (we prefer gapless clamps), but you will only have to do it once!

Enve MTB Foundation AM30 Wheelset

Though Enve MTB Foundation AM30 wheels are far from cheap, the lower price is within reach of a wider market, yet they are still handmade in Utah.

dt swiss f535

DT Swiss F535 fork is so stealth looking, you could easily be forgiven for assuming some kind of hidden auto-damping computer lurks inside!

cane creek helm air

Available in both air and coil versions, Cane Creek Helm Air MK2 has been significantly updated with the primary goal of lower friction.

formula selva r

35mm stanchion Formula Selva R is one of the most tuneable forks on the market with its unique, swappable, compression damping system.

alpina rootage

Alpina Rootage is their latest trail and enduro helmet is reinforced by woven carbon plates behind the forehead and above the temples.

whyte g-170c

The Whyte G-170C Works 29 V2 is the latest in a line of UK-designed gravity enduro bikes that have evolved from 27.5in wheels.

The new Nukeproof Mega 290C Factory is part of range that gets a travel boost, carbon models and Sam Hill-honed geometry.