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Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK June 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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2 min.
editor’s letter

These guys were all super-stylish back in their day and while the backdrop may have changed, their riding style de There’s a definite ‘wild’ theme to this issue of MBUK, which is as much down to the riders we’ve hooked up with as the places we find them in this month. The quality quartet of mountain bike legends Cédric Gracia, Richie Schley, Brett Tippie and Geoff Gulevich kick things off with their unique approach to a MTB adventure through the stunning Italian Dolomites (pg 62). These guys were all super-stylish back in their day and while the backdrop of their adventures may have changed over the years, their riding style definitely hasn’t! Maybe the modern equivalent of that gnarly bunch are Scottish wildboys the Dudes of Hazzard. Famed for their balls-out way…

1 min.
pinball wizard

Ahead of this year’s opening DH World Cup round in Croatia, the internet was awash with talk of the track being too easy. One practice run in, and ‘easy’ wasn’t a word you’d hear uttered in the pits. Brutally rocky from the top until almost the bottom, the short but intense Lošinj track proved to be a real bike and body beater. Precise line choice and balls-to-the-wall deathgripping was the formula for success, and it was one that New Zealand’s Brook Macdonald seemed to have nailed. The Bulldog took the top spot in both timed training and qualifying. Back aboard the bike that secured him his only World Cup victory – Mondraker’s Summum – it looked like he might be in the running for a second win, until he washed out…

1 min.
off the tourist trail

Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand, has become one of the most popular holiday and riding destinations in the world. But to see the best of it, you have to escape the crowds, according to photographer Laurence Crossman-Emms. “The jagged peaks of the Remarkables coupled with crystal-clear lakes and scorching summers have seen tourists of all textures come flocking to what was once a small mountain town,” he says. “It’s a boom that’s spoiled its quaint charms – I’m talking overpriced hotels, burger joints with a 45-minute line-up and having to run the gauntlet of rows of selfie-stick wielding Instagrammers. But local ripper, Vanzacs loose cannon and Nukeproof team rider Jackson Davis showed me its charms. “It turns out that if you sling a leg over a bike and pedal…

1 min.
gucci style just got cheaper

Troy Lee Designs’ D3 helmet was once the preserve of pro riders and those with the fattest wallets, but the release of a new, more affordable version has brought that inimitable Californian styling and impressive protection within reach of the masses. Until this year, Troy Lee had retained their classic D2 as a budget alternative to the D3, but now that lid has gone in the cupboard and been replaced with the D3 Fiberlite. It’s got an identical shell shape to the top-drawer lid, so it doesn’t sacrifice any style, and it still meets the same safety standards too, but it pinches the pennies with a slightly heavier shell and no liner. MIPS At 1,158g (medium), it’s a mere 60g heavier than the equivalent size D3 Carbon despite being a full £200…

1 min.
the comeback curd

With podium appearances in 2015 and 2016, Katy Curd was on the path to becoming a top World Cup downhiller. But successive crashes last year left the former 4X world champ with serious head injuries and doubts over her racing future. Miraculously, she’s now back between the tape, riding for Specialized UK. “I didn’t think too much of my crash in Fort William,” explains Katy, “But going over the bars onto my head again in Leogang the following week gave me a double concussion.” Over the year her symptoms worsened, with headaches, intense pain, pressure build-up, dizziness and problems with her eyesight and breathing. “Even talking became an effort,” she says. “Not only was it scary but it got me pretty depressed.” Thankfully, the Forest of Dean local was able to get…

1 min.
seek and you will find

Photographer Gee Milner had dreamed of visiting Torridon, in the Scottish Highlands, since seeing a video of Danny MacAskill, Hans Rey and Steve Peat riding there in 2011. “The incredible scenery and natural trails in the film left a lasting impression,” he says. “For me, this was what mountain biking was all about.” This year he finally made it – and wasn’t disappointed. “There’s something exciting but unnerving about looking over an OS map, seeing a fine dotted line and wondering if its ridable,” says Gee. “With only one clear day in the middle of a big storm system, Joe Connell, Tim Topliss and I headed out at the crack of dawn. Carrying a ton of camera kit was made slightly less arduous by the fact I was walking with two…