Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK Summer 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

Hardtails make tamer trails more exciting, rougher tracks a real test of nerve and line choice, and tax your skills rather than your suspension There are two loose themes running through this issue – hardtails and challenging yourself. And if any of you have tried swapping back from a full-sus to a hardtail recently, you’ll know those two things are intrinsically linked! If you take cost out of the equation (let’s face it, the reason a lot of people do without rear suspension) then it’s that challenge, stemming from a hardtail’s direct connection to the ground, that’s a big part of their appeal. They make tamer trails more exciting, rougher tracks a real test of nerve and line choice, and they tax your skills rather than your bike’s suspension. That’s why…

1 min.
mind the gap

The fickle nature of British weather can sometimes make for some nasty surprises, but if you’re brave (or foolish) enough to venture out in a bad one, you can find some pretty incredible scenes – as this surreal photo from Andy Lloyd shows. It was taken during a shoot for WTB, on a day that Andy describes as “almost warm and sunny”. The crew set off to ride the classic Brecon Beacons route ‘The Gap’, which cuts between the mountains of Cribyn and Fan y Big. But by the time they’d reached the summit of the latter, the weather had properly closed in. “We gave up on the ‘epic’ landscape shots pretty quickly,” explains Andy, “due to the lack of any visible landscape, and gale-force winds that were blowing so hard it…

1 min.
a hat trick in the dust

When the dust settled on the third round of the 2019 Enduro World Series, in Madeira, it was this year’s stars – Martin Maes and Isabeau Courdurier – who once again proved unbeatable. While winning three races back-to-back is an incredible achievement by any measure, there were other standout performances from the riders battling just behind them. Young UK racer Ella Conolly (pictured) bagged her first podium, beating France’s Morgane Charre by 1.3 seconds to finish third in Elite. “Madeira exceeded all of my expectations,” Ella told us. “I loved the riding there, which seemed to pay off in terms of speed! It felt amazing to be mixing it up with the fastest ladies in the world.” In the men’s race, José Borges made it a fantastic day for Portugal as…

1 min.
one set-up to rule them all

Our love of OneUp Components’ EDC tool is no secret. The ingenious fork-steerer-housed multi-tool is discreet, super- practical and has got us through many a trailside mechanical. But its one big downside has always been the need to thread your fork steerer, in order to mount the hollow top cap. While this is an easy procedure with the right tool, you risk voiding your fork warranty. Realising that this has put a lot of people off, OneUp have come up with a solution – the EDC stem. Although conventional- looking from above, it has a recess on the underside, where a preload kit can be installed to tension the headset without a star nut or threaded top cap. It’s available in 35mm and 50mm lengths, with the former (including the preload…

1 min.
new kid on the block

Ethan Shandro is a name you may not be familiar with yet (although you’ve probably heard of his dad, Andrew), but it’s one you’re going to hear a lot more of. The 17-year-old from Vancouver has joined one of the most prestigious teams in the DH World Cup pits – Trek Factory Racing. So, how did a first-year Junior end up with a factory ride? Well, Ethan has been shredding his whole life. “I started riding a mountain bike before I can remember and haven’t stopped,” he tells us. With Vancouver’s North Shore trails on his doorstep, it’s no wonder ‘home’ is his favourite place to ride. Ethan’s been tearing up the race scene since entering Whistler’s Phat Wednesday series aged 11, moving on to medals at Crankworx and now World…

1 min.
creating a nation of mountain bikers

A new strategy aims to make Scotland the best place in Europe for mountain biking. Proposals include developing a huge bike park and innovation centre in the Tweed Valley, to lure even more riders and businesses there. There are plans for another riding venue in Aberdeenshire; to refresh the 7stanes centres in the south; and to construct more trails where there’s local demand. Another key goal is to attract international events – and it’s been confirmed that Scotland will host the first UCI Cycling World Champs, which will bring together 13 disciplines, including DH, XC and marathon XC, over two weeks in August 2023. What’s more, the Scots have set the ambitious target of having a world champ or series winner in every MTB discipline within six years. They’re also committed…