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.

Deity Deftrap pedal

Most flat pedal manufacturers now have a more affordable nylon option in their range and the latest with a placky-platform is Deity.

SKS Anywhere Bottle Cage Adapter

It’s simple and effective, but only on bikes with conventional size tubes and front triangles, which are those likely to have bottle cage mounts anyway.

Spank Oozy 395+ Wheelset

With a massive 40mm wide rim (measured 35mm internal) the 29in Oozy 395+ is a burly wheelset and, according to Spank, is aimed at enduro, trail and all-mountain riding.

Crankbrothers Gem Short mini pump

Gem pumps have been part of the Crankbrothers line for quite a while, and there are two lengths – long and short. It’s also one of the best mini-pumps on…

Lezyne Grip Drive HV mini pump

The name says it all; the Lezyne Grip Drive HV has a knurled aluminium handle that offers a ton of traction and it’s one of the best mountain bike mini-pumps…

Topeak Mountain TT G mini pump

Topeak makes loads of mini pumps, but you could hardly call the Mountain TT-G mini – it’s a monster. But it’s also one of the best mountain bike mini-pumps on…

Whyte T-160 RS V1

Whyte T-160 is a brand new addition to their trail bike range. Available in two models; entry-level T-160 S at £2,800 and top-end RS version we have here.

Nukeproof Reactor Pro 290 Alloy

If you’re a rider that’s focused on shredding singletrack rather than bike parks, the Nukeproof Reactor Pro 290 Alloy is a superb mid-travel trail bike.

Focus Jam 6.9

The Focus Jam 6.9 is incredibly clean and it’ll stay that way for a long time because there are no cables scuffing the frame or fork crown.

Ergon SM Enduro Comp

Ergon makes some great products, including one of the best mountain bike saddles; this SM Enduro Comp. It is a new saddle from the German accessory brand that features a…