Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK June 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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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Riding rocky paths where you have to rely on your own reflexes and intuition, rather than trusting in the trail builder’s skill, really gets the adrenaline flowing Trail centres and bike parks are brilliant, especially if you’re short on time, the weather’s looking dicey or you want to build your skills. But it’s hard to beat a proper day out in the hills. The views are bigger, and yes, so are the climbs – but that just means you get even more of a sense of accomplishment once you’ve grunted your way to the top. As for the descents, there may not be any big jumps or perfectly-shaped berms, but riding rocky paths where you have to rely on your own reflexes and intuition, rather than trusting in the trail builder’s…

1 min.
the story begins…

Who’s on good form and who’s got their new bike dialled? The off-season hype was finally silenced at this year’s opening World Cup round in Maribor, Slovenia. Hailed as one of the classic venues and a firm rider favourite, this long and rough track provided perfect conditions for the world’s best downhillers to battle it out in. Tahnée Seagrave bested world champion Rachel Atherton for the win in the women’s race and, for the first time in her career, the young Brit holds the series leader’s jersey. In the men’s race, current world champion Loïc Bruni (pictured) proved why he’s wearing the rainbow stripes by taking the win. There were outstanding performances from Madison Saracen’s Danny Hart and Matt Walker, who finished second and fifth respectively, positioning the UK squad as…

1 min.
15,000 miles of new trail

This is exciting news – after four years of public consultation and campaigning by Cycling UK and OpenMTB, the Welsh Government have proposed changes that would make up to 15,000 miles of footpaths and an additional 450,000 hectares of land accessible to cyclists. This follows in the footsteps of the Scottish Land Reform Act of 2003, which provided the ‘right to roam’ and has given us huge benefits, as well as boosting tourism. The changes in Wales haven’t come into effect yet and it’s likely there will be extensive discussions with stakeholders first, to determine how to avoid compromising conservation objectives and the safety of walkers. But it should grant us far more extensive access to the wilder parts of the country – Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains, the…

1 min.
big-wheeled v10 for the downhilling masses

Santa Cruz’s V10 downhill bike has been adorning World Cup podiums since way back in 2002. In 2014, it was the last 26in-wheeled bike to win the World Cup overall, ridden by Josh Bryceland. A 650b version followed, which saw success under Greg Minnaar, and then a 29er prototype drew first blood at the opening round of the 2017 World Cup in Lourdes, France, where Loris Vergier qualified first. Following a couple of seasons’ development with the Santa Cruz Syndicate, the wagon-wheeled bike is now available to us mere mortals. The 29er V10 is made from Santa Cruz’s top-of-the-range CC carbon fibre and offers 215mm of bump-swallowing rear travel. You can buy it as a frame (£3,599) or a complete bike (from £5,999). The top-spec model pictured here (£7,999) comes with…

1 min.
turn down for what

Derby, Tasmania, played host to the second round of the Enduro World Series this year and, away from the seriousness of fighting against the clock, many of the riders took some time out to sample what else Maydena Bike Park has to offer. In this particular spot, a huge crew converged for an unofficial whip-off jam – and the enduro racers proved they’re no less capable of getting it sideways than the downhillers. Cody Kelley, from Salt Lake City, USA, is one of those guys who just oozes style. Although this technically isn’t a whip, the tall 23-year-old can crank out a downturned tabletop better than almost anyone.…

1 min.
south west jumpfest

Devon has always had plenty of incredible natural trails, and now the local scene is going from strength to strength for those who like their riding more gravity-fuelled. Last year we visited the newly-opened Scadson Freeride Park near Paignton, and now River Dart Country Park near Ashburton has jumped on the bandwagon with the creation of Dartmoor Bike Park. The dirt is just settling on the first part of the build – a freeride/ skills area, designed and built by ex-pro BMXer Kye Forte. With four short runs graded from blue to orange (extreme) and progressively-sized jumps, there should be something for everyone. Two standout features are a wooden ‘boner log’ drop and a mulch trick jump, which is apparently “mellow but flipable” (we’ll leave that one to Kye!). This area should…