Mountain Biking UK July 2021

Mountain Biking UK has got all the latest news, kit and exclusive info on the newest and best bikes. The MBUK Wrecking Crew testing team are out there right now, riding new bikes and products to destruction, to give you expert reviews you can count on to be brutally honest. We live to ride - and that's what makes MBUK Britain’s best-selling bike magazine.

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Wyn Masters is that rare thing, these days – a racer who’s just as colourful off the track as on it, with a fast-and-loose riding style and a habit of asking the questions no one else would dare to in his hilarious post-race interviews, where his friendly, laidback attitude makes it nigh-on impossible to take offence. Not to mention a penchant for wheelies and a pint or two. Of course, back in the ’90s there were lots of larger-than-life personalities on scene – from Missy Giove, known for her punk style and wearing a dead piranha around her neck, to ultimate wild man Shaun Palmer and our very own Rob Warner, whose antics and gob got him into trouble on more than one occasion. But the increasing professionalism of the…

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peerless brosnan

The first 2021 Downhill World Cup round is in the books and we were treated to a heady mix of prototype parts (Greg Minnaar’s Shimano Saint mech, Aaron Gwin’s ‘mullet’ Intense M279), muddy practice and frenetic racing on the rapidly-drying course in Leogang, Austria. In the women’s event, Vali Höll’s assertive run showed confidence beyond her years before a crash on the final corner relegated her to second place behind world champion Camille Balanche, who took her first World Cup win. Monika Hrastnik, Marine Cabirou and the UK’s Tahnée Seagrave rounded out the podium. An incredible comeback from a broken spine saw Brook Macdonald showcase some exuberant riding on the bike park course, including an enormous gap into the wooden wallride, before a crash in the same place as Höll dashed his…

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desert eagles

Eight of the world’s best female freeriders returned to Virgin, Utah, for the second Red Bull Formation – an extended, women-only ‘progression session’ on the harsh desert slopes of the 2015 Red Bull Rampage course. Travel restrictions prevented MBUK columnist Veronique Sandler from attending, but the other riders – including former World Cup DH racers Vaea Verbeeck (pictured) and Casey Brown – went huge. As at Rampage, riders had to create a line that would enable them to showcase their riding and push the sport forward, with help from industry mentors and their dig crews. Here, though, the emphasis was on collaboration and working together to conquer the intense terrain. There was no formal competition, but the riders themselves voted for the winner of the Arc’Teryx Evolution in Action award, which went…

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a lot of front!

We love seeing our readers’ riding photos, but we’ve got to admit that when we were tagged in an Instagram post with the comment “me and @briggy_smalls are ready for that cover shot!” our hearts sank. You see, social media snappers’ confidence in their handiwork is often misplaced, and even when someone gets a real banger, it’s rare that the image is sharp, dynamic and uncluttered enough to be suitable to make the MBUK front page. This time, though, we were pleasantly surprised – Will Brignal’s shot was really very good, living up to his friend Mike Taylor’s bold claim. With no link to this issue’s content, it wouldn’t work as our cover, but we got in touch with Will to find out more. “I grew up reading MBUK and the magazine…

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hellsending it large!

DarkFEST, Sam Reynolds’ legendary celebration of floaty, gigantic jumps at the Hellsend dirt compound in South Africa, was back with a bang for 2021. Over 10 days, some of the world’s most stylish riders – including the UK’s Kade Edwards, Tom Isted, Kaos Seagrave and Sam Hodgson – hit 90ft doubles and massive step-ups while pulling fat whips and tricks on the biggest and longest freeride course ever built, according to Sam. Previously part of the FEST Series, DarkFEST is now an independent event. It appears that Sam was unhappy about the FEST Series’ restrictions on invitees and social media, and decided to go it alone. This is great news for fans, who were able to see a wider selection of riders and an unfiltered stream of shots and videos from…

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trail to the edge of nowhere

British Columbia’s South Chilcotin Mountains lie less than 100 miles north of bustling Whistler, but don’t mistake proximity for accessibility – these peaks are vast, wild and remote. They occupy an area the size of a small country, yet bear virtually no signs of civilisation. Best of all, being neither as steep nor serrated as BC’s neighbouring Pacific Ranges, the Chilcotins are well-suited to mountain biking. “The endlessly long valleys are wide and gently graded, the sub-alpine terrain is worn and rounded, and many of the peaks rise gradually from alpine shoulders and wide passes,” explains local photographer and filmmaker Michael Fox. “If there is a god, that god is a mountain biker and the Chilcotins are Eden! “Of all the remote places that the trails here lead to, Elbow Pass (pictured) is…