Mick Kirkman

Mick Kirkman
specialized demo pro pant

Specialized Demo Pro Pant is a comfortable, slim-fitting riding trouser with good ventilation. I've been using it for trail riding and racing enduro.

Stan’s No Tubes Race Sealant

Stan’s No Tubes Race Sealant is expensive, but contains twice as many sealing crystals and uses bigger particles that can make larger holes air tight.

specialized 2fo 2.0

Launched last year, the latest Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoes are more flexible, much lighter and use a tackier sole than the first generation.

shimano gr9

Supple Shimano GR9 feels pretty invisible on your foot, with a planted sole that gives good pedal feedback, but it’s not that supportive or locked in place.

shimano gr7

The Shimano GR7 has a new, high-grip Michelin sole and uses laces rather than a tensioning loop system and also has a neoprene ankle collar.

ion raid

Ion offers a couple of flat pedal shoe options with the Ion Raid flat shoe being the cheapest at a hair under eighty quid.

Giro Jacket II Flat

The Giro Jacket II Flat shoe is one of the cheapest, but with a gumwall sole, thick tongue and heel pads and tough materials, the finish doesn’t look cheap.

five ten impact pro

This new Five Ten Impact Pro incorporates Five Ten’s latest improvements for weight saving, improved drying times and maximum toughness.

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.

bontrager flatline

The Bontrager Flatline shoe has good grip, flexes enough so you can feel the pedal and it’s hardwearing. It’s not perfect though.

adidas terrex trail cross

Like the taller Protect version, the Adidas Terrex Trail Cross SL uses a high-friction Stealth rubber sole and ticks boxes of durability, grip and comfort.

SRAM X01 Eagle DUB chainset

SRAM X01 Eagle DUB chainset is rated for enduro and uses carbon arms with a structural foam core and the forged and machined, top-tier, X-Sync 2 chainring.

Bontrager SE5

The Bontrager SE5 enduro tyre is brand new in this chubby, 2.6in, width. The Team Issue version is a heavy duty, tubeless ready model.

lazer roller mips

The Lazer Roller MIPS helmet is Lazer’s entry-level all mountain helmet and kind of a cheaper version of its Revolution lid.

intense carbine

The all new Intense Carbine 29C is a 155mm travel enduro weapon rolling on 29-er wheels. We had a thrash of the top-end Factory model.

ibis ripmo

Designed to meet requirements for tough EWS races, the Ibis Ripmo is a longer travel 29er from a brand with reputation for fast pedalling, efficient bikes.