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.

canyon neuron on

Following in the footsteps of the Spectral:ON, their first full-suspension e-bike, the new Canyon Neuron:ON shares a similar design philosophy.

bike yoke revive

The Bike Yoke Revive is stunning, well made, easy to use and the most versatile post out there. It’s also lightweight and reliable.

best mountain bike saddles

Are you sitting comfortably? We’ve assembled all of the best mountain bike saddles and ridden the backside out of our shorts to test their performance.

The best mountain bike grips can be hard to find so we've gathered all our favourites here for you to peruse at your leisure. Gripped and sorted.

Race Face Love Handle

We measured the diameter of all the grips we test and at 28mm the Race Face Love Handle grip is one of the thinnest we've encountered.

Spank Oozy 220

The Spank Oozy 220 tested here doesn’t weigh 220g or is 220mm wide, it’s just a sleek, hollow chromoly railed seat with a ‘kick-up’ at the rear end.

Deity Speedtrap

Flip the Deity Speedtrap over and you’ll see SDG written there. It's collaboration between the two – SDG designs shell and rails, Deity does the rest.

Burgtec The Cloud MK2

Burgtec is better known for flat pedals and steering components but the UK company does offer three Burgtec The Cloud Mk2 saddles.

Fabric Magic grip

Developed with the help of the 50to01 crew, the Magic grip is a mushroom design but with a unique ‘semi-ergo’ profile that the company claims reduces arm pump and hand…

Ergon GD1 Factory

To fit different hand sizes, the Ergon GD1 Factory grip is offered in 29 and 32mm diameters and like all Ergon designs, it’s left and right specific.

Spank Spike 33

The Spank Spike 33 is the lightest and thinnest grip in our recent group test but it may actually be the best grip you can buy for e-bikes.

Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature grip

What you can’t tell from the picture but this grip uses a 15 durometer Kraton rubber which feels really grippy in your palm. Wear rate is high but this grip…

acros block lock headset

Acros Block Lock is a headset with a feature to restrict the turning circle. It's just the top part of the headset, which reduces fitting costs and expense.

smith flywheel

Yes, £115 is a lot to pay for glasses that you can’t change the lens but the optical quality and protection of Smith Flywheel are the best I’ve used.

best mountain bike saddles

A lot of product come and go but SDG got the shape of the Bel Air saddle right about 20 years ago, you can still buy this saddle now as…

Burgtec Bartender

This is a Greg Minnaar signature version of the Burgtec Bartender grip and the ‘Pro’ features include a custom ribbed surface pattern, soft 25A rubber and the great man’s signature…