Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK November 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

This is the point when we see which brands are making the most of new tech and ideas to make truly inspirational modern trail bikes There’s some serious money involved in this month’s biketest – but don’t let that put you off! This is the one point in the year when we forget about pricing and just look at the most innovative bikes for the year to come and see which brands are making the best of new tech and ideas to make truly inspirational modern trail bikes. So, while some of these sit at the top end of the price scale, they remain important and of interest because of the way their innovations trickle down to the rest of the bikes in a brand’s range. We’ve covered a host of…

1 min.
cover detail

Rider Mike Newbould Bike Yeti SB150 Location Nidderdale, North Yorkshire Photographer Mick Kirkman THIS MONTH THE YURT LOCKER A pioneering MTB adventure across Kyrgyzstan with yurts, yaks and energy-sapping 4,000m climbs – page 50 HELL AND BACK How one man went from facing life in a wheelchair to racing the infamous Mountain of Hell – page 61 RAZZ A HARDTAIL Still the best way to hone your skills, we show you how to get the most out of a hardtail this winter – page 114 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 – page 48…

1 min.
leaves are falling all around

This stunning shot of Canadians Reg Mullett and Evan Wall threading it through the aspen trees of Bragg Creek, Alberta, was taken by photographer Reuben Krabbe, and for us it sums up why autumn riding is so great. Beautiful colours, crisp temperatures, just the right amount of moisture in the dirt and freshly-fallen leaves whipping up behind you as you blast down a ribbon of singletrack. Reuben says the pair were racing down the trail to catch the last glimmers of light. “Fall colours are so exciting in the Rockies,” he explains. “The alpine larches are first to light up, then fall [autumn to us Brits] sweeps down the mountains and over the prairies. We just missed the sun for this shot, but the less harsh light worked well, making it…

1 min.
all hail the supreme leader!

Is this the fastest downhill bike on the planet? The Supreme DH 29 Team is a replica of the bike used by the Commencal/ Vallnord team to great success this season, with Amaury Pierron taking three rounds of the men’s World Cup on his way to the overall victory. At the heart of this 200mm-travel bike is Commencal’s ‘HPP’ (High Pivot Point) suspension design, which combines a single pivot positioned high above the bottom bracket with a linkage-driven shock. A chain idler is used to combat pedal kickback, which would otherwise be dramatic with such a high pivot. Commencal have used team input to refine the geometry and stiffness of the aluminium frame. It’s available in sizes medium to extra-large, with reach numbers that are modern without pushing the boundaries (470mm, large)…

1 min.
freestyle innovators

The Audi Nines is the latest incarnation of the Nine Knights slopestyle/freeride jam, where invited riders have a week to throw down their best tricks and lines in an Austrian quarry filled with jumps. Their runs are filmed and awards are handed out based on votes from the riders. This relaxed format is a breeding ground for progression and has led to multiple tricks being pulled off for the first time on a mountain bike. This year was no exception. Spain’s Adolf Silva (pictured) landed the world’s first ‘Cali roll’ on a downhill bike (where the rider spins through 360 degrees over the bike) and Dawid Godziek, from Poland, threw down another first, a quadruple tailwhip. While there was no specific category for e-bikes, Britain’s Sam Pilgrim landed the world’s first…

1 min.
the final countdown

Reigning champions and series leaders Sam Hill and Cécile Ravanel battled blazing Spanish heat and brutal Italian rocks to become the 2019 Enduro World Series champions. Ravanel capped a perfect season with her third consecutive EWS title, while second place went to the ever-consistent Isabeau Courdurier, who finished second at every round this year. After some tight racing, it was Scotland’s Katy Winton who slotted into third place behind the two Frenchwomen. Hill became EWS champ for the second time after limiting the damage of a flat front tyre in Ainsa and riding consistently to ninth in Finale Ligure’s famously tough terrain. France’s Damien Oton had a late-season charge to finish second overall behind the Australian, while third went to fellow Frenchie Florian Nicolai. Going out with a bang was America’s Richie…