Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK February 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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

It’s obvious that Katy’s mindset anddetermination arematuring quickly, which has helped her gain more of that success We love following the progression of exciting new UK talent and someone we’ve been keeping a close eye on recently is enduro rider Katy Winton. The Scottish pocket rocket was regularly on the EWS podium last year and we reckon she’s a world champ in the making, so were delighted when she agreed to meet up with us and take us round her local trails. And what amazing trails she has at her disposal, living right in the Scottish Borders, a short pedal from Glentress and Innerleithen. There’s unquestionably a huge benefit to be had from having that quality of riding close by, with which to hone skills and keep motivation levels high. But,…

1 min.
movers & shakers

It’s that time of year when pro riders are gearing up for race season and any team shake-ups are announced. The worst-kept off-season secret has been Danny Hart’s move to Madison Saracen. What remains unknown is whether the UK-designed Myst can help the Redcar Rocket repeat his mind-blowing 2016 season. Bernard Kerr (pictured here, throwing it sideways in a secret Surrey jump quarry) is another rider we’ve got high hopes for this year. After clocking his first World Cup podium in Leogang last year, his season came to a premature end with a brutal crash at Crankworx Les Gets. If the uberstylish Brit stays healthy, he’s one to watch for sure. In the world of freeride, we’ve seen a controversial sideways move from slopestyler Sam Pilgrim, as he joins Haibike to become…

1 min.
the back of beyond

Given the outstanding beauty of its landscape, it’s a surprise that the Soria region of northern Spain has stayed off riders’ radars for so long. Two-time trials world champ David Cachon went there to scope out some little-known trails, showcasing the area’s potential for mountain biking. Winding up from the glacial Laguna Negra (‘black lagoon’), which is surrounded by steep granite cliffs and endless pine forest, is a trail that takes you up to Pico de Urbíon at 2,228m, a good 500m above the lake. The climb is challenging, says David, but worth every drop of sweat and step taken with your bike on your back, because when you reach the top you’re greeted with unbeatable views across the mountains – and amazing trails back down. These are fun, flowy and…

1 min.
coming from a different angle

To help riders get the optimum saddle height for both climbing and descending, brands are coming out with longer and longer dropper posts. Crankbrothers have the 160mm Highline (see page 87), RockShox the 170mm Reverb and 9Point8 the whopping 200mm Fall Line.US giants Specialized have come up with a different solution. Their latest Command post, specced on the 2018 Enduro (see page 46), only has 115mm of shaft travel, but it tilts the saddle back by 14 degrees as it drops. The theory is that not only does this move the saddle out of the way – giving an effective drop of 150mm – but it puts it at a better angle for control on descents. Specialized’s ‘Cruiser Control’ system lets you choose from 14 intermediate positions too. It sounds like a…

1 min.
era of ‘click and ride’

The way we buy bikes is changing. In recent years, we’ve seen the meteoric rise of German direct-sales brands such as Canyon, YT and Radon, who’ve cut out the middleman (national distributors and your local bike shop) to turn out top-specced bikes at impressive prices, no doubt giving the big mainstream bike makers cause for concern. We’re seeing more and more brands go down this route, with Cotic returning to their direct-sales roots, Commencal offering discounted prices if you buy from their website and even Giant (in the US) and Trek introducing online ordering (though you still have to pick the bike up in-store). Intense’s announcement that they’ll no longer be selling through bike shops makes them the first of the big ‘boutique’ brands to jump on the wagon. The move means…

1 min.
snow excuses

In contrast to last winter’s balmy temperatures and dry conditions, the UK has had a fair dump of snow this year. When the thermometer drops below zero and the hills are coated in the white stuff, it’s easy to leave your bike collecting dust in the shed. But if you can drag yourself away from the fire, then it’s always a laugh getting out on the trails. Up in Sheffield they breed ’em tough and the local riders aren’t shy of getting out there, regardless of the weather. Jake Monk is one of those riders, and this is a shot of him getting after it out in the Peak District, for the lens of local photographer Sam Taylor. Think of it as motivation for the next time you’re debating staying…