Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK July 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

We can’t quite believe we’ve been around for 30 years – or the progression we’ve witnessed as mountain biking has grown up Back around this time in 1988, US president Ronald Reagan was visiting the UK, the first Die Hard movie was released and the England team were about to be knocked out of a major football tournament… But all that paled into insignificance when the very first issue of MBUK went on sale! We can’t quite believe we’ve been knocking around for 30 years – or the progression we’ve witnessed as mountain biking has grown up and flourished during that time. In this issue, you’ll find a whole host of references to help chart that journey – the first being right up front on the cover, where we’ve paid tribute…

1 min.
this month

MALVERNS CLASSIC One of the most anticipated events of the year so far. With so many fond memories from 20+ years ago, could it live up to the hype? – page 88 LONG-STANDING BRANDS We test bikes from four brands that have been around as long as we have, to see how they’ve developed over the past 30 years – page 114 CLASSIC NEW RIDES We ride one of our original routes, in the Quantocks, with the man who mapped it out in the ’80s, plus visit the rejuvenated iconic venue once known as PORC – 146 158 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 – 64 page…

1 min.
the r acer inside

This month’s cover star Brendan Fairclough has been at the top of the downhill scene for well over a decade now, as well as competing in the annual gnarfest Red Bull Rampage, and his stylish riding is universally admired. He’s done a ton of video projects too, including Deathgrip, his movie with Clay Porter (now on Netflix), some killer film segments and plenty of smaller promos – this bangin’ shot of him at Revolution Bike Park comes from a Deity edit. But what gets ‘Brendog’ ticking and where does his focus lie? “No question, it’s racing that’s most important for me,” says the Surrey Hills local. “The video segments are cool and a nice bonus, and it’s important to stay relevant, but the racing is my main aim. Deathgrip did take…

1 min.
capturing the moment

Inspired by a cloud inversion he’d seen in a Dan Atherton video, when Sam Taylor was tasked to shoot a set of photos for Calibre, he headed straight for one of Snowdonia’s biggest peaks, hoping to capture the same atmosphere. He explains the work that went into getting this killer shot. “When Laurie Arthur, filmmaker Gee Milner and I checked the weather and saw a weekend of almost guaranteed warm sun forecast, we knew we had to take advantage. We decided to camp on the summit so we’d be in place for sunrise, but as we climbed the sun was setting and we were greeted with a stunning cloud inversion over the Mawddach Estuary, which stretches way out to the sea. “Gee and I ran ahead to scope for angles and we…

1 min.
big-wheeler for big ups and big downs

After a mixed response to their Wolf Ridge 29er and its ‘R3ACT’ suspension platform, Marin are back with a new, more affordable long-travel big-wheeler. The Alpine Trail looks similar to their shorter-travel bikes but has 150mm of bounce out back and 160mm up front for backcountry epics, enduro racing and everything in between. That travel is delivered by their ‘MultiTrac’ set-up – a linkage-actuated single-pivot design, which offers a supple yet supportive feel and minimal pedal bob. Geometry is modern, but not boundary-pushing, with a reach of 490mm on the XL, matched to short 430mm chainstays. A BB drop of 35mm keeps the centre of gravity low, and a 65-degree head angle adds stability. In Marin’s grading system, the aluminium frame is classed as ‘Series 4’, which means it gets refinements like…

1 min.
vive la france & rule britannia!

Amaury Pierron proved he was no one-hit wonder by following up his debut World Cup victory in Fort William with a back-to-back win in Leogang, Austria. The on-form Frenchman beat the USA’s Aaron Gwin (battling a dislocated thumb) by 0.508secs and wrested the leader’s jersey from him. Fellow American Luca Shaw looked to spoil the Commencal rider’s party, but a crash in the woods meant that, for the second week running, the fastest qualifier had to concede to bad luck. Drama unfolded in the women’s finals too, as fastest qualifier Tahnée Seagrave went outside the tape and was disqualified. Fellow Brit Rachel Atherton took her first victory since Lourdes in 2017 after a long wait in the hot seat. France’s Myriam Nicole gave her a scare, but a mistake at the…