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.

The new Dainese Linea 01 full-face mountain bike helmet

After over a decade out of the helmet game, Italian protection legend Dainese is back with the world’s lightest ever DH-certified full face cycling helmet. The new Dainese Linea 01…

Julbo Fury Reactive glasses

French brand Julbo might not be as well-known as some premium rivals, but it’s been making quality eyewear competing with the best mountain bike glasses for over 100 years. This…

iXS Flow protection vest

Designed for trail and enduro riding, this iXS Flow vest is arguably the most comfortable and invisible piece of protection that we’ve tested that comes with the higher protection rating.…

Vee Flow R-CP tyre

This semi-slick forms part of a subset of MTB tyres targeting fast rolling in drier conditions. Rear-specific, other options include Schwalbe’s Rock Razor and Maxxis’s Minion SS, which, like Vee’s…

100% Tarka Protection Vest

The 100% Tarka Protection Vest has thick flexible protection panels on both front and rear sides and is available in three different versions, including more expensive short and long-sleeve versions…

Leatt 3DF Airfit vest

Leatt made its name in MTB protection, and specifically neck braces.  This Leatt 3DF AirFit Body Vest might not be explicitly DH-targeted but it’s still seriously solid and protective and…

Ion Scrub Amp Protection Vest

The Ion Scrub Amp Protection Vest is an impressively lightweight piece of body armour that offers performance and comfort good enough for us to rate it among the best body…

Evoc Protector Vest

The best mountain bike body armour offers the right blend of high protection, breathability and comfort while riding, and EVOC’s protector vest offers a great blend of those attributes. Among…

Photo of the Evil Insurgent MX mountain bike

Hit the bike park or get ready for some enduro racing with the Evil Insurgent MX 29 with, you guessed it, a mullet wheel setup. Combining a carbon chassis with…

Photo of the front of the Leatt AllMtn waterproof MTB jacket in grey and sand colours

South African brand Leatt forged its reputation in the protection game, but has recently added an extensive range of feature-packed riding kit. The new Leatt AllMtn 4.0 jacket is no…

SRAM HS2 brake rotor

Your bike might be rocking one of the best disc brake systems on the market, but there are still ways you can boost your stopping power. Rotors are one way.…

Teravail Honcho tyre

This Honcho is US brand Teravail’s aggro trail tyre that comes in two casing options and two widths, and aims to compete with the best trail tyres such as Maxxis’…

On One Hello Dave

On-One’s Hello Dave is a radical hardtail with a wild backstory. With a 62º head angle and stretched 1295mm wheelbase on the size L, it puts the 29in front wheel…

Salsa Blackthorn

Best known for its gravel and adventure bikes, Salsa has also spent years blending secret sauces for top-tier mountain bikes. The stealthy Blackthorn is its current 140mm travel rig that’s…

USWE Zulo 6 Plus Hip Pack

This Zulo 6 is a new hydration hip pack from Swedish brand USWE. Banana-shaped, it comes pre-curved to better fit the human form with a slightly lower front waist belt…