Privateer Issue 15
This will be our first illustrated cover, with a piece of commissioned artwork by Manchester illustrator Warren Edmond. Edmond and endurance racer Jason Miles collaborated on our opening feature, The Metaphysical Crank, a surreal ride down memory lane, via Manchester mills and iconic record sleeves.
In Fearon Waugh we move on to photography, with two photographers who helped visually define mountain biking chewing the fat, looking back at a gallery of Malcolm Fearon's celebrated race images.
From there, Mick Kirkman takes us to Switzerland via North Yorkshire to tell the tale of A Fork in the Trail, the story of Pace selling up to DT Swiss.
In Hallowed Ground, Matt Wragg speaks to Roberto Vernassa about how the DH track at San Romolo came to be Italy's sole link to the world of downhill.
Across the German-speaking Alps, a group of riders, known as Vertriders are redefining what it is to be a mountain biker, bringing a true sense of mountaineering to the sport.
Next, Privateer's Editor in Chief, Tym Manley, travels to Chattanooga, Tennessee to meet the Lynskeys, the titanium dynasty who started Litespeed before going it alone.
From the US to Malaysia, where, Geoff Waugh followed the princes, paupers and 'nudging' sharks who made the 2012 Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge interesting.
In By the Numbers we ask, what's more important for pro riders? Their number of twitter followers, or their on-bike performance? Stuart MacLean explores the nature of modern marketing.
We finish up with Editor, Andy Waterman, visits wild West Wales' premier outdoor eco clothing brand, Howies, to hear the tale of their escape from the clutches of corporate America.