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Price: £2,299.00 / From: Alpkit,

The latest development from homegrown success story Alpkit, the Sonder Evol joins a healthy and esoteric lineup of hardtails, gravel bikes, adventure machines, and road bikes.

Within Sonder’s bike range you’ll find titanium, carbon, and aluminium, as well as a strong bias towards bikepacking – hardly a surprise given its parent company’s outdoor roots.

After delivering the well-received Transmitter hardtail, Neil Sutton (Sonder’s head honcho, lead designer and allround bike Thend), decided it was time to build something with bounce. Enter stage left: the Evol (‘love’, backwards by the way).

You can tell a lot about how a brand wants to position its bike by the type of rider and the trails used for its launch. New downhill bike? Hand it to the fastest racer you can find and shoot it flat out down a gnarly racecourse. New carbon cross-country bike? Find a Lycra-clad whippet and get them smashing out intervals. So when Sonder shot photos to promote the 27.5in wheeled Evol, the bike was handed to none other than ex-Hollywood stuntman Rob Jarman, and off they all went to the Lake District for some big mountain good times. An appropriate setting it would seem given that – according to Sonder – the Evol is a sprightly trail bike that allows you “to climb without (too much) effort, let loose on the downhills and fiick round every twist and turn along the way”. Sounds fun, eh?

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Editorial: Chipps wonders what comes after the corner after the next corner. International Adventure: Soviet Singletrack: With military restrictions lifted, singletrack trails are waiting to be discovered on the very fringes of Russia. Column: A Glamorous Job: Jason Miles reveals that riding your bike a lot doesn’t necessarily make you healthy. UK Adventure: West Is Best: Pete Scullion goes wild camping on Scotland’s west coast, in the depths of winter. Bike Test: One Click Ponies: James Vincent tests out three bikes from Bird, Intense and Sonder - available to you at the click of a mouse. UK Adventure: Trail Hunter - Peaky Blinder: Tom Fenton seeks out some of the Peak District’s lesser known trails in the White Peak. Group Test: Packing Light: Antony de Heveningham checks out frame, hip and back packs in search of a bag that carries just enough for those local rides. Interview: Staying Ahead, Being Last: Rachel Sokal chats to Olympian and British Champion Annie Last about staying motivated, and cake. International Adventure: Finding Perspective In Lesotho Kristi Stump ponders the gap between her own challenges and those of the people she encounters during the Lesotho Sky stage race Column: Seduced By The TV Remote: Steve Longdon misses the days when we used to ride up hills under our own power and peel our own oranges. Wait, what? International Adventure: Internal Struggle Tom Johnstone nally makes the trip of a lifetime through Iceland’s remote interior. International Adventure: No Mercy In The Mountains Chipps takes a rather taxing holiday in the Pyrenees. Perhaps a change isn’t always as good as a rest… Last Word Barney Marsh admits he’s not getting any younger or fitter. At least he can do something about one of them.