Andrew Dodd, better known as Doddy, has been a mountain bike fanatic since he first read Mountain Biking UK magazine in 1989. With 10 years working for us under his belt, he’s ridden a lot of great and terrible products and is always chopping and changing bikes to find the kit that stands up to his riding. From a cross-country background originally, he grew with the sport and regularly hammers downhill and jump bikes. He’s more than happy being thrown in at the deep end, having ridden with many of the world’s best riders in some of the most technical terrain around.
The Atomlab Trailpimp stem is simple but effective - it's basically just a lump of aluminium with a 22.2mm bar clamp (using four 5mm bolts) and an expanding-wedge steerer tube clamp.
Winter riding often means getting wet, cold, numb feet, but that can be a thing of the past if you slip into Shimano's MW02 winter boots.The boots feature a waterproof Gore-Tex lining, a snug neoprene collar and twin velcro straps.
Seatposts aren't the parts highest on the must-buy lists of many bikers, but they're one of the things we all whinge about when they creak or let the saddle slip.