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HARDCORE HARDTAILS

WORDS BY JASON MILES
PICTURES BY SIM MAINEY

Here in the UK we’ve got a bit of a tradition when it comes to long-forked, ‘hardcore’ hardtails*. We’ve been riding them for years. Some may claim that [insert name of your favourite UK bike designer here] actually invented them.

We love ’em and rightly so – everyone should have one for messing about in the woods on. Or for messing about in the Alps.

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Hans Rey – No Way? Yes Way! 30 years as a sponsored bike rider. Hans must be doing something right. We chat over burgers and beer. Bike Test: Hardcore Hardtails – We test three examples of that very British of bike categories: the long forked hardtail, with bikes from Ritchey, Onza and Chromag. Classic Calderdale – Sim ponders our need to name trails and places on a guided tour of Singletrack’s own home trails. Trail helmets – 12 (count them!) trail helmets ridden and rated. Early Rider – a profile of a company that’s making kids’ bikes cool again Nepal – Spectacular views and bikepacking courtesy of Miranda Murphy, Todd Weselake and Steve Shannon. Joe Barnes – A profile of enduro racer, former downhill racer and Dude of Hazzard Joe Barnes. Shimano: behind the blue veil – Chipps goes to Japan (and Singapore) to see what makes this very private company tick. Retro Bikes – Were the good old days better, or just different? Warning: may contain pictures of alarming outfits.

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