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GETTING FAT IN SWITZERLAND

WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY SIM MAINEY

My flight to Zurich is delayed, thanks to congestion over the skies of Manchester. Our Swiss pilot’s voice expresses in tone, if not content, distinct displeasure that the British have unduly affected his innate sense of timekeeping.

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International Adventure: Switzerland – Winter in Switzerland doesn’t haven’t to mean skis and snowboards. Sim checks out the growing fat biking scene there. Editors’ Choice – Chipps and the gang pick out their very favourite products, events and locations from the year. Interview: Tom Ritchey – Chipps talks to this man of steel (tubing) about framebuilding, fast racers and innovative product design. Trail Hunter – Nan Bield – Tom Fenton adds one of the Lake District’s hardest challenges to your must-ride bucket list. Dressing for winter – How can we best recommend winter gear for you? By starting with a shivering Australian, of course… Bike Test: Battle of the Titans – Three bikes from the biggest names in the industry: Giant, Specialized and Trek. Grouptest: 27.5in Trail Forks – Seven, 130-140mm forks for every price point tested. Classic Ride: Aviemore – Pete Scullion takes us on a tour of this area of Scotland better known for its skiing than its shredding. Grinder Bike: Stif Morf – Is this hardtail as playful as it looks? Through the Grinder: The team bring you their verdicts on products that have survived the first frosts of winter.

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EDITORIAL
“ONLY CHAMPION BIKE RACERS GET TO RETIRE. THE REST OF US JUST QUIT.” JOE PARKIN. ‘COME AND GONE.’
INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE
THE TOUR DU MONT BLANC TRAIL COVERS 174KM THROUGH FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND. JOSEPH DELVES THOUGHT IT LOOKED PRETTY RIDEABLE ON THE MAP, EVEN SELF-SUPPORTED…
TRAIL HUNTER
TOM FENTON SEARCHES OUT MORE ‘MUST RIDE BEFORE YOU DIE’ TRAILS THAT NEED TO BE ON EVERY SELF-RESPECTING UK MOUNTAIN BIKER’S BUCKET LIST
SINGLETRACK EDITORS’ CHOICE 2016
OVER THE LAST YEAR, OUR WRITERS HAVE TESTED A BUCKETFUL OF TOP-END BIKES, A BARN LOAD OF CLOTHING AND GEAR, AND ATTENDED A BOOKCASE FULL OF CYCLING EVENTS. WHICH OF THESE, THOUGH, HAVE TICKLED THEIR FANCIES ENOUGH TO WARRANT THE BESTOWING OF A COVETED SINGLETRACK EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARD?
CLASSIC RIDE
OUR MAN PETE TAKES A TRIP TO THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO UNCOVER A TINY TIP OF THE RIDING AVAILABLE THERE
GROUPTEST
WIL AND THE SINGLETRACK TEST NINJAS PUT SEVEN MODERN, 130–140MM TRAIL FORKS TO THE TEST WITH REPEATED BACK-TO-BACK RUNS, STRIP-DOWNS AND REGULAR GRITTY, GRINDING TESTING
BIKETEST
WIL GETS THREE HUGELY POPULAR BIKES FROM BIG NAME BRANDS AND PITS THEM TOGETHER
THROUGH THE GRINDER
Winter is on us! Time to get out as much as possible, keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. No one cares what you look like, just go and get muddy! And when you’re not, you can read about what the Grinder Team has been trying to erode this issue
GRINDER BIKE
After discovering the joys of full carbon, full bounce machines,
INTERVIEW
WE CHAT TO (AND RIDE WITH) THIS ICONIC FRAMEBUILDER, PRODUCT DESIGNER, OWNER AND BOSS OF RITCHEY COMPONENTS DURING HIS WHIRLWIND VISIT TO THE UK
TECH HEADS
WE TRY TO PREPARE AUSTRALIAN WIL FOR THE WINTER AHEAD, WHICH GIVES US AN EXCUSE TO GO OVER OUR GUIDE FOR HOW BEST TO DRESS IN THE COLDER, WETTER MONTHS