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.

ANVL Tilt V3

Transition Bike Company’s component division ANVL has a completely redesigned Tilt flat pedal. The new 6061-aluminium platform is 105mm across, 17mm tall and uses an offset parallelogram design.

PeakRider and PeakShaper kit

PeakRider is a hike-a-bike solution that enables a hands-free, comfortable way to carry your bike, and PeakShaper is its portable trail tool attachment.

Giant Shuttle Flat Pedal

The brand new Giant Shuttle flat pedal shoe features a dual compound sole with an exclusive own-brand sticky rubber called ‘GRIPR’.

Canyon Torque CF 8.0

The new 175mm travel Canyon Torque CF 8.0 shares a lot of the same design cues as the Trail Bike of the Year winning Canyon Spectral.

The Nukeproof Horizon Pro is the flat pedal of choice here amongst MBR staff. The platform isn’t the thinnest, but it’s dished out enough to keep shoes stable.

UK brand Hunt offers three different MTB options, with this Hunt Wheels TrailWide package aimed at heavy-duty XC through to all-mountain riding.

Maxxis Minion DHR II

Maxxis Minion DHR II WT arguably offers the most grip of all Maxxis models suitable for mixed conditions, and works fine year round.

Ergon GE1 EVO Factory grips

The aim of the updated Ergon GE1 EVO Factory grips was to amplify the rider's grip on the handlebars while reducing the required holding strength.

five ten freerider pro

As the name suggests, the Five Ten Freerider Pro is a beefed-up version of the standard Freerider. These ‘Pro’ features adds to the price.

Deity Skywire 35 carbon

Deity has only recently offered bigger bore, 35mm diameter, handlebars. The range includes two carbon options, with the Skywire here the lighter weight enduro/all-mountain model.

yt capra 27

This YT Capra 27 CF Pro version is entirely carbon (there’s no alloy rockers or chainstays as before) to save grams and refine the look.

Burgtec MK4 composite pedals

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

Vitus Sommet

This £3,500 carbon Vitus Sommet 27 CRX has the brand’s top-level 160mm enduro chassis that weighs over 300g less than the alloy version.

radon jab

The Radon Jab's stealth carbon chassis uses a 4-bar layout to deliver 160mm travel and sports some seriously sculpted profiles, braces and sharp headtube.

best mountain bike suspension fork

We've tested a whole lot of mountain bike suspension forks and here are the very best mountain bike suspension forks in XC, trail and enduro.