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.

best mountain bike tyres

We know our knobblies and so here are mbr's best mountain bike tyres of the moment. For every condition, type of terrain and trail, here’s a perfect tyre.

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.

best mountain bike wheels

Getting the best mountain bike wheels can totally transform your ride. Upgrading your bike's existing wheelset will add speed and improve the feel.

best mountain bike stems

The best ountain bike stems are an important factor when it comes to the control of your mountain bike, but which one should you choose?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

best mountain bike shoes

Here’s our pick of the best mountain bike shoes. Whether you ride flat pedals or clipless, you need a good shoe to deliver power through the pedals.

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’.