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THE SECOND COMING

WORDS BY CHIPPS & BARNEY
PICTURES BY MARK

There’s a lot to be said for making that difficult second album and the same is true with making bikes that get people excited. The first bike model can be new and exciting, going off in a new direction, launching a new model range, or looking at the bike in a whole new way. How then do you improve upon it? In some cases the bike firms are happy with a bit of gentle evolution, but other times they continue with the bold moves and brave new world approach.

Our three bikes on test have run the range of options.

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UK Adventure – Long Mynd: Barney goes in search of long singletrack descents too good to miss. International Adventure – Ecuador: Cass Gilbert goes bikepacking – stunning photography and adventure results. International Adventure – Los Angeles: Chipps seeks out that which is not concrete in the City of Angels. Crash Gallery – A fond look at some crash photos inspired by this issue’s cover. Classic Ride – Exmoor: Barney finds that steep hills and merciless gorse can hide a treasure trove of West Country singletrack. Grouptest: Trail SPD shoes are tested by the team. But do they pass the ‘pub’ test? Bike Test – The Second Coming: We test three second iterations of bikes from Orange, Santa Cruz and Singular. Is it a case of improvement through evolution, or a film sequel style flop? Grinder: A bucketful of shiny components, lovingly mixed with some springtime grit and exuberant riding before judgement. UK Adventure – Orienteering: Chipps tests out his map reading skills in the Dark Peak. Magic in the Margins of the Day: A change in circumstances leads Doug McDonald to discover the joy of dusk and and dawn riding.