Mick Kirkman

Contributor/tester

squirt low temperature chain lube

Squirt also offers this Squirt Low Temperature Chain lube that’s great for the UK. It costs more than normal Squirt (and more expensive than rival lubes).

best mountain bike handlebars

Pro Tharis 9.8 is a solid and dependable aluminium bar that’s ultra-stiff and hasn’t missed a beat over 100 of kms and various test bike duties.

Ion Shelter Softshell Pants

We’ve tried most riding trouser options on the market, and these Ion Shelter Softshell Pants are a relatively new addition to try.

mountain bike mud tyres

Here's our rundown of the best mountain bike mud tyres to help you beat the gloop and keep on rolling until spring comes around.

Shimano Saint flat pedals have new, bigger cold-forged platforms, but a slimmer chromoly axle and more sculpting means they’re lighter than previously.

Madison DTE Three Layer jacket

This flagship Madison DTE Three Layer jacket uses a thicker, 3-layer, waterproof shell for toughness and the ability to provide shelter even in storm conditions.

best mountain bike wheels

South Industries Enduro rims weigh 495g each in 29-er size with sidewalls rocking a 3mm thick hookless bead lip and an internal width of 31mm.

best mountain bike tyres

Maxxis Assegai is the signature tyre of Greg Minnaar. Named after a Zulu spear, it’s designed to cut through dust and loam on the toughest DH tracks.

specialized conceal carry swat

Specialized Conceal Carry SWAT tool hides essentials inside your headtube and includes a lightweight multi-tool and proper threaded chain breaker.

F.A.T. two-layer face foam and performance mirrored lenses make this the go-to model for the average rider who likes goggles instead of glasses.

best plus bikes 2019

The rugged Trek Full Stache 8 can pretty much go anywhere and roll over anything, making it the human-powered equivalent of a Land Rover.

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.

Stans 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.

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.