Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK November 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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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

With 4,000+ lumens flooding the trail you can tackle anything you would in daylight, with the bonus of no other riders in sight – not to mention Merthyr looking a lot prettier at night! Back in the day, night riding meant strapping a hefty lead-acid battery to your frame and a chunky halogen head unit to your bar. The result was a beam of light so puny that you could barely see obstaces directly in front of you, and riding anything fast or technical brought with it a high risk of eating your teeth. Even before that, I remember heading out with a Petzl head torch ziptied to my helmet and a Maglite gaffer-taped to my top tube, which, inevitably, worked loose, nearly taking out the spokes in my front wheel.…

1 min.
the moves that maketh the man

Just 10 years ago, a little-known Scottish trials rider called Danny MacAskill pedalled out into the streets of Edinburgh to make a video. Looking back, you wonder if he – or the man behind the camera, Dave Sowerby – had any inkling that this would be the start of something huge. It was the spark that set Danny’s career alight, and the first step on the road to becoming the world’s best-known MTBer, because Danny MacAskill is a name that’s transcended cycling circles. He’s the guy who’s jumped across train lines, front-flipped off Edinburgh Castle and ridden Skye’s treacherous Cuillin Ridge. It’s now been a decade since that first, unnamed video for Inspired Bicycles, which has clocked up over 39 million YouTube views. Impressive as that is, it’s not even half the…

1 min.
japan’s olympic test event

Next year is a big one for the cross-country racers, with the 2020 Olympic Games taking place in Tokyo. To make sure everything is ready for the big event, hosts Japan held a test event called Ready Steady Tokyo on the newly-built course. It was an excellent opportunity for the riders to inspect the venue, make analysis videos and return home with their data, ready for a hard off-season’s training. This new track isn’t to be taken lightly – technical rock sections, steep climbs, big drops and high-speed descents are all on the menu, and took out World Cup series winner Kate Courtney and Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds before the race even started. The British women’s duo of Annie Last and Evie Richards put in a strong performance, finishing seventh and…

1 min.
another legend lost

We were gutted to learn of the death of Jordie Lunn, another MTB icon taken from us far too soon. Hailing from Vancouver Island, Canada (also the home of the late, great Stevie Smith), the 36-year-old was a truly unique talent. An ex-World Cup DH racer, slopestyler and super-skilled dirt jumper, he could turn his hand to anything, but is best remembered for his big-mountain exploits, both at Red Bull Rampage and in the woods around his home. There, he’d think up, build and ride some of the most insane features – you only need to take a look at his Rough AF YouTube vids to see what we mean. Jordie’s style really was one of a kind, and beneath the burly, intimidating, tattoo-covered exterior was one of the nicest people…

1 min.
scottish gold

The quaint Victorian village of Ballater only popped up on our radar a few months ago, when we visited for the launch of Hope’s HB.130. But we soon discovered the area is home to some Scottish gold – and we’re not just talking about single malts! Richard Watts owns Ballater bike shop Cycle Highlands and is an active trail builder. He says the local scene has gone from strength to strength: “We’ve got our own trail group now, the Aberdeenshire Trail Association, and we regularly get over 40 volunteers together for dig days.” Situated on the eastern edge of the Cairngorms National Park, Ballater is a hotbed of MTB potential. Guys like Richard have already started to realise this, turning old deer tracks and forester paths into amazing trails. On our trip…

1 min.
the first enduro world champions

The legendary venue of Finale Ligure, Italy, hosted the inaugural Trophy of Nations. This team ‘world championships’ for enduro racers saw the three highest-ranked Enduro World Series riders from each country selected to race together in a bid to earn the coveted UCI rainbow stripes. Each team’s time was calculated by adding together the members’ times for all five stages, with the fastest trio winning. The UK gained three new world champions in Harriet Harnden, Ellen Flewitt and Polly Henderson, who won the women’s under-21 title with a great performance. In the men’s U21 it was the New Zealand team of Brady Stone, John Richardson and Nils Heiniger who made it to the top step of the podium. Our senior women put up a great fight too. The French trio of Isabeau…