Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK May 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Rob and Tom have been riding these bikes hard in some pretty testing conditions over a particularly harsh wnter Welcome to our special Bike of the Year issue. Our test team, headed by Technical Editor in Chief Rob Weaver and BikeRadar’s Senior Tech Writer Tom Marvin, have been busy throughout the winter and spring months selecting some of the most interesting bikes currently on the market to put in contention for our prestigious awards. This year we’re running two categories – ‘Trail’, which covers bikes with 110mm to 140mm of travel, and ‘Enduro’, which pits machines with 150mm to 175mm of travel against each other. Rob and Tom have been riding these bikes hard in some pretty testing conditions over what’s been a particularly harsh winter. That’s helped them identify exactly where…

1 min.
this month

MILLE JOHNSET We catch up with Rachel Atherton’s 17-year-old protege and find out why she’s the downhill star to keep an eye on this year – page 107 GAMBLE FILM This latest mountain bike movie features Greg Minnaar and some seriously slick action. We’re on set for a sneak peek – page 97 SPRING JERSEYS TEST You want to ride well and look good at the same time, right? There’s a jersey in this bunch of 15 which is just right for you – page 128 SPECIAL THANKS this issue to Sanremo Bike Resort, Italy, for hosting our final testing and photoshoot, and to BikePark Wales and Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean for the constant use of their trail networks and facilities this winter! Find out more at MBUK.COM…

1 min.
battle for the crown

The Crankworx world tour kicked off in Rotorua, New Zealand, where the stacked roster of top riders made for some tight battles across all the disciplines. After a week of competition, it was NZ local Sam Blenkinsop who held aloft the King of Crankworx crown, with the gloveless Kiwi winning the Toa enduro and the Redwoods and Rotorua downhill races, the last two aboard his new prototype Norco 29er DH bike. Canada’s Casey Brown looked poised to usurp the Queen of Crankworx throne, going flat out against the clock and fully sideways in the Oceania Whip-Off Champs, until a crash during DH practice took her out of contention and let America’s Jill Kintner keep her crown. The Speed & Style contest saw the return to competition of Martin Söderström, and the…

1 min.
when the dust settles

Dominance in back -to-back race seasons is quite a rare occurrence. Being the one with a target on your back is a high-pressure position to be in, and as the rest of the pack snap at your heels, even the best can stumble. That couldn’t have been further from the case, though, at the opening round of the Enduro World Series in Lo Barnechea, Chile, where 2017 winners Sam Hill and Cécile Ravanel started this year the same way they finished the last. Dodging the mechanical problems that plagued many of their rivals and showing unfaltering consistency across an hour’s worth of racing and two brutal days in the saddle, the pair finished half a minute clear of second-placed Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier. Imagine tackling deep dust and rocks at…

1 min.
dual rules!

Think back to those boring Saturdays as a kid, being dragged around the shops by your mum. Imagine if you rounded a corner to find Peaty and Ratboy racing head-to-head down the road – you’d have been buzzing! That’s pretty much what happened at the second annual Howard Street Dual Slalom. With wooden jumps, berms and rollers, Nick Hamilton and the This Is Sheffield crew transformed the city centre into a full-on race track. Competitive locals and riders from all around arrived to do battle with the pros, and after a daytime qualifier, the two-up racing took place at night, under the glow of street lights. Some nail-biting moments ensued, firstly in the women’s, with last year’s winner Carrie Poole battling against ex-GB BMX racer Chloe Taylor. Chloe had the speed,…

1 min.
tangerine dream

Fox’s latest 36 fork (right) may not appear any different to their current long-travel single-crown, but look a little closer and you’ll discover it contains a new ‘FIT GRIP2’ damper. This four-way adjustable cartridge not only gives a wider range of compression settings but introduces external high and low-speed rebound adjustment for the first time, using Fox’s ‘Variable Valve Control’ (VVC) design. This works in a similar way to changing shims and, along with new seals, is said to noticeably reduce stiction. At 2,095g (650b), the top-end ‘Factory’ fork weighs 75g more than the 2018 model – a price worth paying for the extra tunability. We can’t wait to give it some hammer on the trails. On the shorter-travel side of things, Fox have released the 34 SC (left), which is…