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Mountain Biking UK January 2019

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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editor’s letter

Thankfully their actions – and unsanctioned helmet hair – failed to provoke the ire of the authorities When Dan Milner revealed he was planning a trip to North Korea, I was taken aback. He’s travelled with his bike and camera to dangerous places before, including Afghanistan, but this was a whole other level. A land where foreigners are viewed with suspicion. Where saying the wrong thing, being in the wrong place or even having the wrong haircut can get you arrested. (Seriously, if reports are to be believed, North Koreans are limited to just 15 state-approved ’dos.) And where those who fall out of favour with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un are summarily executed in gruesome ways. Not only did Dan and his crew make it over the border, despite the best efforts…

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every snow cloud has a silver lining

This beautiful snowy shot was taken on the shore of Loch Muick, on the Balmoral Estate in the Cairngorms. It was the accidental product of one those days when things just don’t go to plan. Snapper Russell Burton explains… “We’d based ourselves in Ballater, with a plan to drive to the Spittal of Glen Muick and head from there up the Capel Road, with the single purpose of riding a loop that would take in the amazing Corrie Chash descent. We probably should have given up when we were forced to abandon the car and ride 14km to the start. Arriving there to find it snowed in and all the high routes effectively closed was another clue. But we decided to ride the trail round the edge of the loch anyway. “It…

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italy’s best kept secret?

Walk down the street in Molini with René Damseaux and it’s hard to get anywhere fast. Locals in the small mountain village queue to say “Ciao!” and have a bit of banter. A tradesman even secretly pays for René’s coffee and croissant before leaving the bar we’re in. That’s because the whole community respects how hard he’s grafted to make the local trails some of the sweetest in Liguria, if not the whole of Italy. For René, building here and guiding guests with his Rad Rides outfit is a passion. He’s spent three summers sculpting trails in the beautiful woods with other locals. Not just clearing ancient paths, but opening tons of new ones and giving the hills a helping hand with berms, lips and shapes to make some of the…

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your own personal tailwind

Lapierre’s new ‘integrated’ eMTB is designed to bridge the gap between a conventional trail bike and a powerful e-bike. Not only is the compact Fazua Evation 1.0 motor stealthily integrated into the down tube, but it uses a 250Wh battery, which only has half the capacity of the power packs used on the French brand’s Overvolt bikes. The concept is that, rather than making your whole ride easier or faster, the 400W motor just adds a little assistance when you need it, such as when starting, riding uphill or into a headwind. It’s supposed to feel like you’re riding with the wind on your back. The drive unit is claimed to weigh just 3.3kg (battery and motor) and most of it can be removed if you want to use pedal power…

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highland fling

Think of bike riding in the Scottish Highlands and it’s invariably the Fort William area that gets all the hype. But over on the east coast, quietly going about their business of building trails and blasting berms, there’s a buzzing scene of talented riders local to the city of Inverness. Possibly the Black Isle’s most dedicated spade swinger is Ronan Taylor who, after racing downhill to World Cup level, hung up his SPDs and donned his wellies to “focus on a few years of full-bore digging!”, as he describes it. And Ronan reckons he lives in the ideal spot for doing that. “There’s tons of good hills about, not too many people and yet a strong scene of folks willing to help build and maintain the trails. The dig days are…

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in one fell swoop...

“What the actual f**k?!” sums up the collective reaction when all of us here in the MBUK office crowded around the same computer to watch Jordie Lunn’s Rough AF 3 web edit. These days, we’re so overloaded with mountain bike media that it’s easy to zone out, but when a guy with Jordie’s reputation builds a sheer vertical roll-in that’s taller than a house and requires him to winch his bike to the top with a rope, he’s got our full attention! Jordie Lunn is a name you may remember from back in the day, when he starred in The Collective’s classic freeride flick Roam, (2006) but in the past few years, he’s dropped off our radars, in the UK at least. The burly, tattooed Canadian never really went away though,…