Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK October 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Once they were just bodged-together, Heath Robinson-like contraptions... Now they’re a common sight on every ride (around here, at least) Electric mountain bikes have come of age. Once they were just weird concept bikes or bodged-together, Heath Robinson-like contraptions, which were wheeled out at the big trade shows, but didn’t look like they’d survive a bunnyhop off a kerb, let alone proper off-road riding. Then the big brands got involved and refined versions began to be spotted on the trails – often greeted by jeers of “that’s cheating mate!”. Now they’re a common sight on every ride (around here, at least), are barely distinguishable from standard MTBs and have won over some of the most diehard e-sceptics with their ability to make the unridable ridable and pack more descending fun into…

1 min.
saving the best till last

Downhill’s most fearsome race, the Red Bull Hardline – famed for its massive jumps, insane technical lines and exceptionally high-consequence riding – made its annual return to the slopes of the Dyfi Valley in Mid Wales. Twenty-five invited riders were whittled down to just 14 qualifiers for the main event on the Sunday. The riders were obviously enjoying the enormous jumps, with some even willing to sacrifice a bit of time for greater showmanship, as Brendan Fairclough and Kaos Seagrave sent backflips in their race runs. Three who kept themselves fully race-focused were Joe Smith, Gee Atherton and Bernard Kerr. Their prior Hardline experience also helped, as they posted the three fastest times. A puncture for Joe near the bottom stopped him from setting his best time, which would’ve undoubtedly been a…

1 min.
festival life

Bike festivals are becoming more popular, and with their mix of bikes, beer and music, it’s easy to see why. Sadly, organisers haven’t had much luck this summer, with the ’Ard Rock Enduro and Malverns Classic both being washed out and cancelled. Thankfully, the Naughty Northumbrian had sunshine aplenty – but there was high praise for more than just the weather. The Hazzard Racing team of Joe Barnes, Fergus Lamb and Lachlan Blair attended, with Lachlan winning the 20-29 category, Fergus topping the 30-39 rankings and Joe (pictured) coming in third. “What a race!” he told us. “Properly technical challenges, where every metre provided massive fun. All situated in a stunning and remote location. Films, tunes, Swingball and bikes – I’ll return for years to come.” Fergus agreed, saying, “there were loads…

1 min.
modern meets retro

Manitou’s new trail/enduro fork combines retro graphics with some bang-up-to-date performance features. The Mezzer Pro boasts chunky 37mm stanchions and uses the brand’s signature Reverse Arch and Hexlock SL bolt-through axle. They claim it has the stiffest chassis in its class, which is impressive considering its competitive 2,040g (29er version) weight. Travel is internally adjustable from 160mm to 180mm (in 10mm increments), for both 650b and 29in wheels. It’ll take up to 2.8in tyres, or 2.6in if you fit the optional integrated fender. On the style front, the graphics pay homage to the original Manitou 1 fork. The Mezzer Pro offers independent high- and low-speed compression and low-speed rebound damping. It uses the same air spring as Manitou’s Dorado downhill fork, which features IRT (Infinite Rate Tune) technology – a third air…

1 min.
tasting the rainbow

The world champion’s rainbow stripes are the most prestigious accolade in mountain biking. Adding these to your jersey is the ultimate achievement, not to mention a huge status symbol. This year’s World Championships took place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada – a suitably iconic venue for the event’s 30th anniversary – and the UK struck gold early on. Young Scot Charlie Aldridge (pictured) won the junior men’s cross-country, becoming the first British male to win the rainbow stripes in that discipline. Evie Richards narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s U23 XC, landing a great fourth place after fighting her way back from an early mistake. It was a similar story for Annie Last, who chased her way back from a puncture to a fantastic sixth-place finish in the senior women’s…

1 min.
and i would ride 800 miles...

Cycling UK have launched a new 800-mile (1,287km) off-road route from the Peak District to the northern tip of Scotland. Named the Great North Trail, the aim of the project was to link up existing cycle trails, bridleways and byways to create a route that’s 95 per cent traffic-free. By joining the dots between disjointed sections of path, the cycling charity have managed to create a route that takes in loads of great natural terrain, through some of England and Scotland’s most stunning countryside. There are still a few short road sections, but talks are in progress with landowners to open access to bikes in these areas too. The long-term goal is for the whole thing to be signposted. Of course, you don’t have to ride it as one mammoth 800-mile…