Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK April 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Where else can you find a story about Tahnée Seagrave next to a family ride in the local forest and an epic packraft/ride adventure? Here at MBUKwe aim to bring you the best possible mix of mountain biking each month, so hopefully you’ll always find something that’s interesting and relevant to you within these pages. Where else can you find a story about Tahneé Seagrave – the hottest property on the women’s downhill circuit right now – sitting comfortably next to a feature on how to get out riding with your family in your local forest and an account of an epic packraft adventure in search of the remotest singletrack Scotland has to offer? And we love to share your adventures – and grimace at your occasional spills – through our…

1 min.
alleycat racing

From jumping sets of steps to bar-scraping down narrow alleys and hurtling through someone’s front room, Red Bull’s Valparaíso Cerro Abajo isn’t your regular downhill race. The challenge here isn’t wet tree roots, it’s jumping off rooftops and staying off the brakes around flat tarmac corners, all while dodging the odd stray dog. The Chilean event always produces some nail-biting action, with top DH and 4X racers vying for the top spot alongside a bunch of wildcard South American pinners willing to lay it all on the line. This year, Colombia’s Marcelo Gutiérrez threw down the gauntlet early. New Zealand’s Brook Macdonald and Britain’s Bernard Kerr came close, while Kiwi Matt Walker found three seconds to take the lead. He looked unbeatable, until last man Tomás Slavík took to the streets…

1 min.
pedal to the metal

Cram a load of street riders into a tour bus along with a stoner rock band and what do you get? Not just the recipe for some wild times, but the Partymaster Tour, which brought together Matt Mcduff and his buddies from The Rise with up-and-coming Montreal rockers Blue Cheese. “The Partymaster Tour was the closest thing I’ve experienced to being part of a metal band,” explains snapper Héctor Saura. “We toured Quebec and Ontario for 10 days, riding bikes at a bunch of skate parks, street and dirt spots that we found along the way. Some days, Blue Cheese would play a show at a local venue and we’d all go there after the sessions. It was cool. “I took this photo of Matt Macduff at a skate park in Orleans,…

1 min.
are convertibles finally cool?

Convertible helmets have improved massively in recent years, both in terms of protection and style. Not only does the new Bell Super DH look more like a regular full-face than the older Super 3R but its removable chinbar – which wraps around the helmet and snaps into place via three quick-release clips – meets the ASTM 1952 downhill standard. Protection around the head looks impressive too, thanks to the incorporation of ‘MIPS Spherical’ technology. While standard MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) inserts a slip plane between the helmet liner and pads, this new system splits the foam liner itself into two layers that can rotate independently. Bell’s ‘Float Fit’ cradle system is adjustable in both directions, and two thicknesses of cheek pad are included in the box. There are 17 vents, plus…

1 min.
stoked on bikes

Kiwi-born shredder Veronique Sandler is, in her own words, “a 24-year-old girl obsessed with riding bikes”. Now living in Bristol, her impressive riding skills, jibs and stunts have gained Vero an ever-growing online following, and she’s stood on a fair few downhill podiums too. “I got into bikes when I was 13,” she tells us. “I went to watch my brother race DH and just thought it was the sickest sport of all time – I had to be a part of it!” After coming to the UK to race for several seasons, Vero decided to save on plane fares and move here. Although her stoke for the sport hasn’t dwindled, her focus has shifted. “I stopped stressing over results and started truly enjoying riding every day,” she explains. “I’ve learnt…

1 min.
in the shadow of giants

The Andes Pacifico is a multi-day enduro like no other. It has heat, dust, some of the wildest surfaces around, amazing food and locals who are keen to share their stoke. Plus, new and exciting twists are added every year. “Day three of this year’s event was one of those days on the bike I’ll always remember,” says snapper Gary Perkin. “We loaded bikes and kit up on a mule train and headed high into the Andes. At the first summit we unloaded and started a two-and-a-half-hour liaison to 3,500m above sea level. From the start of the first stage we could see Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, looming large behind us in all of her 6,962m glory.” The racing was similarly intense, with Whistler’s Jesse Melamed, local hero Pedro…