Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK December 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

Soak your mates! Surf the slop! Isn’t winter brilliant! Well, no. Quite often it isn’t. You definitely need a masochistic side to be a year-round British MTBer This is the time of year when the Editor’s Letter traditionally exhorts you to get out on your bike and enjoy empty trails and puddle-splashing fun. Soak your mates! Surf the slop! Isn’t winter brilliant! Well, no. Quite often it isn’t. Here in the UK at least, it can be pretty grim. The picturesque snowfall of the Alps and British Columbia isn’t for us. Instead, we get days of torrential rain, interspersed with remorseless drizzle that chills you to the bone and relentlessly grey skies that sap you of all enthusiasm. Now, I’m not saying you should put your bike away until spring and hibernate…

1 min.
undocumented delights

The Scottish Highlands are growing in popularity as an MTB destination, but there are still plenty of undocumented trails ready to be discovered, as photographer Tristan Tinn found out on an exploratory mission to the north with his friend Pete Archer (pictured). Assynt, in the county of Sutherland, is one of the most sparsely-populated areas of the country and is often overlooked in favour of tourist hotspots like Skye. “All those acres of empty wilderness are what appealed to me,” explains Tristan, who, after poring over satellite images and contour lines, set his sights on summiting Conival. One of the region’s two Munros (mountains over 3,000ft), this peak sits inside the North West Highlands Geopark – a geological heritage site with rocks as much as three billion years old – and, unlike…

1 min.
land of legends

“Alright Butt!” – it’s the friendly greeting you’ll probably have heard at any Welsh trail centre. It’s also the name of a new film by videographers Alex Tyler and Tom Wheeler, documenting the ever-growing Welsh riding scene. “We’re both astonished with what Wales has to offer and the vast range of talent that comes from it,” explains Alex, “and the idea for a film is something we’ve had in our notes for five years.” But it wasn’t until this August that the pair put their plan into action. Since then, they’ve been flat out, touring the country and capturing action from Wales’s best. The cast reads like a Who’s Who of Welsh MTB, with Joe Smith, Mike Jones, Manon Carpenter, Leigh Johnson, Rowan Sorrell, Nikki Whiles and Ajay Jones all showing…

1 min.
beat the freeze

Should the cold stop you getting out on the trails? Endura certainly don’t think so – otherwise, the Scottish brand’s staff might not get out riding at all! To discourage you from staying in, they’ve introduced their MT500 Freezing Point jacket and trousers. This new outerwear uses Primaloft Gold Active insulation in crucial areas, with stretch thermal softshell fabric elsewhere for freedom of movement. Waterproof panels and a DWR treatment provide protection from light rain and trail spray. Thigh, underarm and front-pocket vents let you regulate your temperature when the going gets tough. The jacket gets a dropped tail to keep your bum covered and silicone gripper on the shoulders to stop packs shifting around. A neat touch on the trousers is the abrasion-resistant ‘crank guards’ on the inside of the…

1 min.
the world-beating brit you’ve never heard of

While the average Briton won’t have been able to avoid hearing all about Coleen and Rebekah’s Twitter spat last month, they’re much less likely to have heard anything of Jack Carthy’s World Cup victory in competitive trials. The Yorkshireman may only be 23 years old, but he’s already winning titles and breaking records in this tough discipline. Jack is a three-time UCI 26in trials world champion (this year’s championships take place in early November, so he may have won his fourth by the time you read this!) and, in October, clinched his fourth consecutive World Cup series victory, after winning all three rounds of the competition. “I’m absolutely buzzing to have won,” Jack tells us. “I’ve trained so hard all year, day in, day out, to win as much as I could…

1 min.
wild times at the s&m party!

To mark DMR’s 25th anniversary next year, the UK brand wanted to give something back to the MTB scene. The result is the new ‘S&M’ trail at Rogate B1kepark. Plans were first drawn up for this flow line seven years ago. With DMR’s help it’s now finally finished, and includes their own slopestyleinspired freeride section. The run is the brainchild of Sam Bowell, one of the key players behind Rogate, who told us: “Heaps of people helped, but Mike [Walker] and I were the driving force, hence S&M – Sam and Mike. Olly [Wilkins, DMR-sponsored rider] had this idea for a sick bridge and I knew it was the final piece of the puzzle. DMR were all over it and backed us completely.” Working with Olly’s company BSI, DMR and Rogate designed…