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.

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…

Fox Utility Hydration Small

We asked Fox to send the medium-sized Utility Hydration for this test – it has the same size reservoir but 12L of storage – but it was out of stock.…

Evoc FR Day Protector

We contacted Evoc to get one of its Protector backpacks, because they have these removable back protectors that are great for an uplift or downhill session. For some reason the…


The Ergon BE2 Enduro is unusual in that it comes in two sizes, large and small, and within each size there is a large range of adjustment.

Ride Concept Vice Shoe

Although Ride Concepts claims its new Vice flat-pedal shoe was developed with its dirt jump, slopestyle and BMX athletes in mind, it has features I’ve tested loads of times on…


With only a 2.5-litre reservoir and 10 litres of storage, on paper the Osprey Raptor 10 doesn’t seem capatious, but it features a large central pocket, which holds two side-mounted…

Specialized Trail Series Wind

If you see a Specialized Trail Series Wind jacket cheap, it’s worth snapping this one up because it’s a great emergency jacket, but too dear at full price.

Bontrager Rally WaveCel

Twelve months ago we tested the Bontrager Rally MIPs but this new version is called the Rally WaveCel and gets Trek’s in-house rival to MIPs. WaveCel is a cellular plastic…

Kali Pace helmet

Kali Protectives splits its range in Enduro and Trail and the Pace sits in the latter category. At just under £60 it’s at the lower end of the price range…