Paul Burwell

Contributor

Paul Burwell

Position: Contributor/tester

Mostly rides: Surrey Hills

Height: 5ft 10in (178cm)

Weight: 79kg

A stalwart of the team, PB has been involved with MBR since the late nineties. He has been mountain biking from the very start, racing for Gary Fisher and Bontrager in the UK, and now splits his time between freelance testing for MBR and his coaching and trail building company, Trail Academy.

Birzman Disc Brake Piston Press

If you have to take a wheel out to store or transport your bike, there’s nothing worse than the brake lever getting pressed and this pushing the piston out of…

one up dropper

One Up Dropper Post V2 has upped the ante and added two extra lengths (180 and 210mm) to the range and some tweaks to the internals and remote lever.

norco sight vlt

The Norco Sight VLT C2 27.5 is the power-assisted version of Norco's award-winning trail bike. Here's the final verdict on our long term test bike.

leat dbx 3.0

Like most manufacturers, Leatt claims its new DBX 3.0 shoe for flat pedals has a soft rubber sole that is also wear and tear resistant.

BikeParka XL

BikeParka XL is not as heavy-duty as better-knownbike covers but it’s a lot cheaper and still does a very good job at protecting the interior from dirt.

Race Face The Grippler

If you stay locked in, Race Face The Grippler is a solid and well-made, no matter your hand size or aesthetic preference.

ht ans-10

Designed in conjunction with the racer Martin Söderström, the HT ANS-10 Supreme is a compact pedal with an extruded and machine aluminium platform.

polaris tor insulated

The Polaris Tor Insulated is a different take on the padded jacket concept featuring wadding front and back with wafer thin Nylon sleeves.

A backpack is heavy, gets in the way and often means you’ll get a sweaty back. On a short, two-hour ride do you really need all that? We don’t think…

RIde Concepts TNT shoes

The Ride Concepts TNT is a downhill boot even though most downhill racers these days are clipped in and the TNT is designed for flats.

vitus escarpe 29

Since we first gave the Vitus Escarpe 29 our Trail Bike of the Year award two years ago, it has slipped down the pecking order in subsequent tests.

Race Face Turbine R 35 stem

Race Face Turbine R 35 stem has featured here more than once, but I’m taking another look because it’s now available in nine(!) different anodised colours.

dmr oioi saddle

Developed with the help of Ben ‘The Deakinator’ Deakin, the DMR OiOi saddle is low profile, lightweight and has a stress-relieving base.

Norco Sight A2 29

Will the increased wheel size and travel eqaute to more fun on the new Norco Sight A2 29? Long and low geometry with increased reach and slacker head angle.

Commençal Meta TR 29

Commençal puts a lot of effort into the look and style of its bikes and the Commencal Meta TR 29 has a great presence on the trail.