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Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK April 2020

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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

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1 min.

The likes of Whyte and Cube have battled hard to bring the fight back to the direct-sale giants, giving us more choice than ever Of all the things to come out of this month’s massive Bike of the Year test, one of the most interesting take-aways is how the gap between online-only brands and companies selling through traditional bike shops has narrowed over the past few years. The likes of Whyte and Cube have battled hard to bring the fight back to the direct-sale giants, and while they still can’t compete purely on spec (although they’re giving it a damn good shot), they’ve been able to create winning packages by focusing on geometry, suspension and ride feel. This can only be good news for us riders, giving us more choice than…

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rocket men

“To see how big we can possibly make bike jumps!” That’s the aim of DarkFEST, according to one of its creators, Sam Reynolds. We’d be hard-pressed to say that they’re failing in that goal. DarkFEST is part of the FEST Series – events organised and run by the riders themselves, who were tired of feeling restricted by corporations and promotors lacking vision, creativity and innovation. “We want to push what’s considered possible on a mountain bike, and I think we get a little further every year. We’re really dialling-in the formula for jumps like this. While we can definitely go bigger, I’d like to see riders land more tricks on jumps like this first,” Sam continued. This year’s event was already ridiculous, with 25m gaps, four-storey-high landings and a Tsunami front flip landed.…

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beast in the east

East Anglia isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you think of mountain biking. After all, there are no mountains! But Twisted Oaks Bike Park is certainly worth investigating if you’re anywhere near Suffolk. There’s an awful lot of riding packed into the 42-acre woodland site. The brainchild of owner James Perks and friends Mark Bingham and Martyn Sanderson, the park has been designed to facilitate skill progression. “We wanted to give the people in the East somewhere to ride so they don’t have to travel too far, with an emphasis on progression,” says Mark. There’s a skills and dirt jump area, a dual slalom track, two separate woodlands packed with trails that’ll keep most riders entertained and challenged, and also a four-mile XC loop with 120m (400ft) of…

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portable air supply

If you were like us and spent your childhood building jumps out of bricks, old bits of wood and anything else you could cobble together, you’re probably wishing you had this portable ramp back then. Designed by skaters and BMX riders, it fits into a backpack, then folds out into a kicker to turn any boring old bit of car park into an instant jump session. Its three-piece design lets you choose how big you want the ramp – use the whole thing for sending it big, or just one or two pieces for building confidence. The Jumpack has fold-out legs with rubber feet and a strap-based suspension system to stop it from sliding about when you hit it. Plus, it can be put together and packed up in seconds, and,…

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new kid on the block

Ethan Craik is a name you might not have heard, but this plucky 17-year-old is GT Factory Racing’s newest signing and is stepping up to take on the Junior Downhill World Cup series. “Bikes have always been in my life,” he tells us. “From three to 14, I was racing BMX and I was world number two at one point. My dad was always riding bikes, so it naturally rubbed off on me. When I was young, I always rode at Rogate bike park. The community there is amazing. However, going into my first World Cup season, we’re regularly making trips to Wales – Dyfi and Revolution – and the Forest of Dean too.” The teenager was talent-spotted while riding for the UK GT Coalition team in 2019. “I didn’t know it…

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cometh the flour, cometh the man

While the French are renowned for their delicious baguettes, this has got to be the first time we’ve heard of them using bread flour in mountain biking! In this photo of slopestyle pro Paul Couderc, the ethereal effect was produced by throwing flour in the air as the rider took off. “The idea had been in my mind for a while,” explains ever-creative photographer JB Liautard. “Paul finished digging this jump the day before so we decided to give it a go. Wooden kickers, dirt jump tyres and flour aren’t the grippiest combination, but we nailed the shot just before the night closed in (and we ran out of flour!).”…