Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK Summer 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

2 min.
editor’s letter

Over the past 17 years, Greg Minnaar has had 70 podiums – that’s not a bad stat to have to your name! With the World Cup race season now in full flow, one name you can be certain will be cropping up regularly over the course of the next few months is this issue’s cover star, Greg Minnaar. In fact, there aren’t many of us here who can remember a time when the South African pinner wasn’t featuring on the podium somewhere during a race season. Probably because over the past 17 years, he’s had 70 of them – now, that’s not a bad stat to have to your name! That’s just one of the many fantastic feats Greg has achieved over the years and why he’s now regarded as the…

1 min.
this month

FULL ON PHILLIPINES - Olly Wilkins and Ben Deakin embark on one of the craziest mountain bike adventures you’re ever likely to read about – 69 page SHORTS TESTED Find out why a decent pair of shorts can make more difference than you realise to your rides and which ones we rate the most– 120 page WHINLATTER CHATTER Sitting at the northern edge of the Lake District, there are stunning views aplenty at this rip-roaring northern trail centre – 150 page SUBSCRIBER ZONE Find out how you can become part of our exclusive ‘Subs Zone’ once you subscribe to MBUK and unlock entry to competitions, special offers, discounts and extra content – 56 page…

1 min.
richie’s return

Two-time EWS series winner Richie Rude hadn’t stood atop the podium since 2016, but at this year’s third round, in southern France, the Connecticut-based champ finally shook the monkey from his back and raised the winner’s trophy skyward again. Back luck and head-game issues seemed to have plagued the Yeti Fox Factory Team rider, so it was exciting to see him put things together again, especially at one of the toughest races to date. The venue of Olargues threw everything at the riders, from flat-out slaloms through medieval streets to fresh loamy turns and vicious rocky chutes. When the likes of Sam Hill and Cécile Ravanel are crashing, you know things are tough! On day one, Richie won three out of four stages, but on the rain-soaked slick rocks of day…

1 min.
the art of bike riding

Slopestyler extraordinaire Brandon Semenuk and filmmaker Rupert Walker are responsible for bringing some of the most boundary-pushing MTB videos to our screens, from mind-blowing ‘raw’ edits to the feature-length Revel in the Chaos. Their latest collaboration is Gallery – a beautifully-filmed short, which challenges the viewer to keep up with Brandon in a split-screen experimentation of cinematography and biking. Looking to add fast-paced drama to the project, the pair travelled to the Atlantic island of Madeira, where they hooked up with photographer António Abreu. “As soon as I heard Brandon was coming, I cleared my calendar!” António told us. “Madeira ended up delivering the diversity it’s known for – jungles and loamy singletrack on the south side, red dirt and breathtaking views on the east, and fast, hand-built jump lines on…

1 min.
dirt and city slayer

There aren’t many companies like NS Bikes, whose entire product range is designed around getting rad, ripping corners and boosting jumps. The Polish brand are passionate about freeride and have gained a reputation for building heavy-hitting, wellspecced and reasonably-priced bikes. This latest incarnation of their Metropolis dirt jump rig follows in this vein, with a double-butted 4130 chromoly frame and an array of reliable kit. The frame mixes MTB and BMX technology, using a threaded bottom bracket and Race Face Æffect two-piece crankset in combination with horizontal dropouts and an integrated headset and seat clamp. A Manitou Circus Elite fork gives 100mm of air-sprung travel, with a 20mm front axle to maintain stiffness. The Metropolis rolls on 26in NS Fundamental rims, fitted with Kenda Small Block 8 tyres. We reckon the…

1 min.
black hole run

Riding into the depths of a 350-year-old lead mine makes for an exciting and surreal experience, as Olly Wilkins found out when he headed to Slovenia to check out the new, fully-subterranean Black Hole Trail. “An absolute lack of light isn’t something you often find, even with the best curtains in the world,” says Olly. “I experienced complete darkness for the first time this year, when I was asked to test-ride and shoot a video on the first underground enduro trail in the world, under Mount Petzen. “I entered the mine in minus temperatures but, 20ft in, found myself strangely warm. The mine maintains a temperature of 6°C for the entire year, which is useful, considering the harsh winters here. A vast array of tunnels and caverns have been hollowed out of…