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.

mountain bike lights

Bombing around the woods in the dark may seem like a mad thing to do, but night riding is great. Here's our pick of the best mountain bike lights.

SDG Radar

If you look up the new SDG Radar saddle on the SDG website you’ll see it does everything - Enduro, all-mountain, trail and XC.

lazer impala

I’m not a big fan of the name but the Lazer Impala helmet has the modern trail rider aesthetic and the usual array of ‘enduro inspired’ features.

best dropper posts

More than any other product, the best dropper posts change the way we ride and are essential to the modern mountain biking experience.

USE Helix

The USE Helix is the first dropper post the British component brand has produced. The Helix is available in a standard 125mm drop or a full 165mm.

rockshox reverb

This is the new RockShox Reverb dropper seatpost , in fact it’s so new we had it air-lifted to the MBR offices so it could make this test.

Race Face AEffect dropper

Race Face produces two dropper posts – the Turbine, which sells for £399 and this newer Race Face Aeffect dropper post at £259.99.

pro koryak dropper

For such a huge brand, Shimano was pretty slow to launch a dropper post, but here's the component sub-brand Pro Koryak dropper.

KS Lev Integra

A proprietary and patent-protected roller-clutch bearing design resists stanchion (and saddle) twist on the KS Lev Integra dropper post.

Fox Transfer Factory

The Fox Transfer is infinitely adjustable throughout its travel. It features internal cable routing and, on this Factory version, a gold Kashima coating.

DVO Garnet

DVO Garnet is cable operated, internally routed and has the corporate green livery which dovetails nicely with the company’s forks.

Hope Carbon Handlebar

The simply named Hope Carbon Handlebar. It has s a reasonable weight for carbon fibre and has a nice compliant feel to it too.

canyon sd:on saddle

The Canyon SD:ON saddle was actually developed for the company’s e-bikes and all eight bikes in the Canyon’s e-bike ON range have it fitted.

vitus e-sommet

Vitus make two full-suspension e-bikes - the Vitus E-Sommet VR and the entry-level version of the same bike, the Vitus E-Sommet tested here.

giant trance e

The “+” denotes 2.8in tyres, the “Pro” tag indicates SyncDrive Pro motor, so the entry-level Giant Trance E+ 3 Pro tested here gets all best e-bike tech.