Conrad’s heading back out to France for another season on skis. He’ll be missed around the shop, but we’re sure that he’ll be back on two wheels next year.

The Turner 5 Spot received a ton of praise in the latest issue of Mountain Bike Action. There’s been some criticism of the American magazine from its readers because there is a definite bias towards the top end of the market in terms of extensive bike reviews.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I want to read all about the cutting edge, the best bikes manufacturers have to offer. I haven’t seen anyone else doing a four page review of the Intense Spyder or the Santa Cruz V10. MBA is different to other magazines in offering more indepth reviews and comparing the marketing hype with reality.

If it’s crap, they’re not afraid to point it out, even if it offends companies and loses them advertising revenue. If I remember rightly after a particularly bad review of some Rock Shox, all advertising was pulled. It’s good to see someone’s telling it like it is.

There’s also some photo coverage from the MTB worlds in Lugano. Since Mountain Bike Intenational stopped publishing, there’s been a fairly big void in that sense from the UK mags as far as I’m concerned. The other great thing with it is that you see a lot of kit that just isn’t available over here, it’s just a shame about their spelling. I’m beginning to think that they spell Steve Peat’s name wrong on purpose.

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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