Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK July 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

Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts – or you’ll spend all winter cursing the fact that you didn’t ride dry and dusty trails when you had the chance! Welcome to our 2019 bumper issue. You’ll find not just one but three special treats inside the box – not that a new issue of MBUK isn’t a treat in itself, of course! This year’s Trail Centre Guide is our biggest and most comprehensive ever; Jo Burt has picked some of his favourite Mint Sauce adventures for our celebratory supplement; and we’ve designed two great stem caps – hope you get the one you want! In order to bring you all this, we’ve bumped the price up for just this one issue (although we’ve made sure there’s no extra cost…

1 min.
brain-bending bike action

Since pro freerider Brandon Semenuk stepped down from slopestyle competition, you might think he’d have put his feet up and rested on his laurels eating Tim Hortons (he’s Canadian, after all), but you’d be wrong. While Brandon may not be mixing it up with the likes of Brett Rheeder and Nicholi Rogatkin on the podium these days, he’s still slaving away behind the scenes and, every six months or so, he’ll drop a web edit that reminds us all that he’s still arguably the most talented and ludicrously stylish bike rider the world has seen. For his latest video, Parallel, Brandon is joined by the equally stylish Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard for a fast-paced, synchronised whirlwind of berm-ripping and jump-flipping, down a trail that the pair dug by hand over a three-week…

1 min.
what we’ve waited for

After what’s felt like endless photos and videos, it looks like the Athertons’ Dyfi Bike Park may finally be opening its doors. For nearly five years, Dan Atherton and his dedicated spade swingers have been deep in the woods of Mid Wales, digging away. The issues around the purchase of a 650-acre forest and the drive to secure funding are finally sorted, and Dan’s team have been given the go-ahead to open. Back from a preview day at the park, we can confirm that the wait has been worth it! Picture the jump lines of Whistler, the rooty steeps of the Alps and the technicality of a Welsh downhill track, combined into four full-length trails with over 300m of vertical drop each. Given Dan’s racing background, you might think that the…

1 min.
kaos reigns at the whip-off

UK rider Kaos Seagrave styled his way to victory in the hugely popular Official European Whip-Off Championships at Crankworx Innsbruck. After finishing second and third, respectively, at last year’s events in New Zealand and Austria, Kaos – the younger brother of downhill ace Tahnée Seagrave – finally won the credit he deserves, nudging just ahead of his buddy Kade Edwards. It was a Brit one-two for the pair of young guns, who are as famous for their impossible style off the race track as they are for their speed on it. Canadian Casey Brown took the women’s whip-off win – and it’s since been announced that she’s the first woman to earn a spot to compete in Red Bull Rampage, later this year. With no Les Gets stop on the Crankworx…

1 min.
wye pedal up?

In Europe, uplift-assisted guiding is a popular way to maximise a day’s riding. Wye MTB, a coaching outfit based between the riding hotspots of the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, realised the potential for it in the UK and are offering guided rides with vehicle transport between trails. We went on one of their Wye Valley Off-Piste trips, which took in a variety of riding around the River Wye, from bridleways to sneaky secret singletrack (which they’ve sought permission from the landowners to ride). Covering 35km and descending 1,500m, we certainly felt like we’d had a big day out, but the uplift allows you to ride much more varied trails than you’d manage under pedal power. There’s no need to bother with the usual mouldy hydration pack and…

1 min.
ultimate e-drenaline rush?

Orange released their first e-bike, the Alpine 6 E, only last year, but they’ve already replaced it with two new models – the 145mm-travel Charger and the 165mm Surge, seen here. This burly ride is claimed to be one of the most hardcore e-bikes money can buy and looks like it could be a match for the YT Decoy and Specialized Kenevo. The frame has been built to take big hits, with a more progressive suspension curve than the Alpine 6 E. Reduced anti-squat should mean less pedal kickback, further adding to the planted feel. Orange have reworked the geometry too, making it long, low and slack, with a 480mm reach and 64-degree head angle on the large size. The 170mm fork up front is another nod to its hard-charging nature. To…