Paul Burwell


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.

Pembree D2A

The new Pembree D2A pedal is still machined from high-grade aerospace aluminium, but the 100mm x 110mm platform is now one-piece.

Crank Brothers Multi M20

Any multi-tool worth its salt has to have some form of tubeless repair and that’s exactly what you get with the rejigged Crank Brothers Multi M20.


The Specialized Demo Pro Pant is made from a material called VaporRize, which is treated with a DWR water- repellent to enhance water run-off.

7mesh copilot

7Mesh CoPilot jacket is designed for when you want to pack your mac and just whip it out for a sudden shower; something lighter weight and more breathable.

Endura MT500 Burner pant

2019 was the year of the trouser. Tapered, lightweight riding pants were everywhere. I was something of a long kecks latecomer, but I am now fully sold on both the…

Ion Shelter pant

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

IXS Shelter pant

The IXS Trigger Pant is from their performance Race range, which means it’s designed for downhill but you’d be mistaken if you thought this meant it was heavy or overly…

Race Face Atlas 35 Stem

Race Face Atlas 35 stem is machined unit, which means it looks pretty sharp. Pitched at the gravity crowd there’s nothing stopping you fitting this on a trail bike.

onoff am resin

OnOff AM Resin has a similar look to alloy Hook pedal with chamfered edge and same 12 pins per side, but it’s actually bigger, with a 105x105mm platform.

ks lev integra

The recently updated KS LS Lev Integra dropper post has a new open bath cartridge, a one-piece forged head and lower insertion depth, which all sounds good.

Haibike AllMtn 6

The e-bike specialist has specced its Haibike AllMtn 6 all-mountain model with Yamaha’s latest PW-X2 motor complete with InTube 600Wh battery.

Thule Rail 12L Pro

The Rail is Thule’s enduro/ aggressive trail backpack. It comes in lots of different sizes and they all use a 2.5-litre reservoir, but only the Pro model (tested) comes with…

Leatt DBX Cargo

Leatt is constantly expanding its accessory line and the latest addition is this 10-litre DBX Cargo trail pack. It’s at the top end when it comes to price, but it…