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.

Gore Bike Wear C5 Trail Hooded

Traditionally Gore Bike Wear jackets are a little bit more expensive than most, but the C5 Trail Hooded is great value, especially since it’s one of the few jackets that…

Endura Women's Singletrack jacket

The Singletrack is built using Endura’s ExoShell20 fabric. This has a three-layer construction, using a nylon face fabric, a waterproof and breathable mid-layer and something called a Denier Tricot next…

endura mt500 ii jacket

The Endura MT500 II jacket offers protection in really foul weather, with a great hood, plenty of ventilation and loads of stretch in the fabric.

SDG Bel-Air 3.0

With a winning saddle in your range it’s really easy for a redesign to fall flat, but the SDG Bel-Air 3.0 is a definite step up, and deserves top marks.

fox ranger 3l

You might not be able to tell from the pictures but the Fox Ranger 3L Water Pant doesn’t have typical nylon trouser construction, it’s more of a softshell.

bell sixer

The Bell Sixer enduro helmet offers goggle compatibility, adjustable visor height, an integrated camera mount, 26 vents and four brow ports.

NS Bikes Define

The NS Bikes Define AL 150 range shares the same frame as its AL 130 stablemate - what difference will the extra travel make on the trails?

Race Face Traverse Women’s Short

The Traverse is made from a lighter weight polyester material than the Khyber and is definitely a summer-only short as there is not a lot of warmth.


Fidlock is a bottle and cage with a mechanical and magnetic attachment, that's available in 450, 590 and 600ml – the smallest fits into a tiny space.