Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK January 2018

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

It’s looking like next year is going to be a very special one – Happy New Year! We head into 2018 with plenty to be excited about as MBUKreaches a very significant milestone – we’ll be 30 years young come the summer! More details on a special anniversary issue nearer the time, but in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled on the magazine and mbuk.com throughout the year for a look back at some of our classic moments and some of the key events from mountain biking’s earlier days. As part of our celebrations, we’re looking forward to being part of the much-anticipated Malverns Classic, which returns in 2018 after a 20-year hiatus. It promises to be a diverse weekend festival that’ll have something for all mountain bikers – dual slalom, cross-country…

1 min.
winter whiteout

Joe Flanagan isn’t shy of putting himself out there in the name of adventure, so with axes and crampons ready and his bike strapped to his rucksack, he headed up the wintery north face of Ben Nevis. Climbing a route that weaved its way up vast cliff faces and onto an exposed ridge, the ascent proved a real challenge. Atop the summit, the climbing gear was exchanged for two wheels and riding shoes, and Joe set off on the 1,200m snowy descent. Following the walking path that zigzags its way down the mountain, he drifted round the corners and tweaked off every rock he could find, making it down just before the sun set. This time of year opens up unique opportunities to ride your bike in different ways – so get…

1 min.
putting on a show

Danny MacAskill may be the star of the ‘Drop and Roll’ trials tour but he’s not the only team rider who’s got the moves – and an eye for a good backdrop. Co-founder Duncan Shaw has been out in Australia filming for a new video and couldn’t resist a spot of two-wheeled action in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Photographer/videographer Dave Mackison told us: “It had been a while since both of us had filmed a trials riding edit and, with the weather closing in for the winter in Scotland, we decided to pack up the bikes and cameras and jet off to Sydney. “For those who haven’t been, it’s an amazing place. The city is based around waterways that lead into a massive harbour, and the walls, rails and…

1 min.
the great scott

Quiet and unassuming but deadly fast on a bike, Scotland’s Mark Scott slipped inside the Enduro World Series top 10 in 2017, making him the UK’s highest-ranked male. Like many other enduroists, Mark started out as a downhill racer, honing his craft in the Scottish MTB hotspot of the Tweed Valley, just down the road from his native Edinburgh. Since making the transition to stage racing, the 24-year-old’s results have followed a steady upward trajectory – 14th in 2015, 12th last year and ninth this year. “It’s taken me a while to get used to the racing, understand what training works best and get my head in the right place. I think that’s what’s made the difference this year,” says Mark. “Being on the Santa Cruz-SRAM team has helped a lot…

1 min.
rise of the machine

Known for building bikes with extremely long and slack geometry, Pole have just released a new frame – the Machine – that’s manufactured entirely in their Finnish homeland. With 160mm of rear travel, they describe it as a “cutting-edge 29in superbike” that’s lighter, stronger and faster than their Evolink 140. That’s not the big news here, though. While most ‘superbikes’ are carbon fibre, Pole have stuck with aluminium, saying it’s more environmentally friendly. But this isn’t just any old alloy frame. All of the tubes and linkages are CNC machined from 7075-T6 billets, and, because the material can’t be welded, Pole use a high-tech bonding process to glue the three sections of the front and the rear triangles together. The machining gives them complete control over the wall thickness throughout the length…

1 min.
leeds-ing the way

The Leeds Urban Bike Park is a one-of-a-kind project that brings trail centre facilities to the heart of a city. Aimed at riders of all ages and abilities, it boasts a BMX track, pump track and dirt jump line, plus blue and red-graded XC trails through the woods with jump and rock sections. There’s also a cafe, bike shop and education workshop, plus plans to extend the XC trails – expected to be finished by April – and build a skills zone with progressive jump lines and drop-offs. Redeveloping the Middleton Park golf course into an MTB paradise has been no easy feat, but Jeremy Hayes, the man behind the project, has wanted to develop a venue of this scale for years. “I don’t expect the park to be everyone’s cup…