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Mountain Biking UK May 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

in this issue

1 min.

What we all need in times like this is a bit of escapism. Hopefully this issue will give you something to look forward to doing later in the year These are testing times. Not just because of worries about friends, loved-ones and livelihoods, but because we have no idea how long this situation is going to continue for. As I write this (from home, with constant interruptions from my kids – which thankfully shows they’re healthy), the government is still encouraging exercise, as long as it’s solo or with close family. If that’s still the case, I urge you to get out there, get your legs moving, enjoy the fresh air and clear your head. Just ride safe, because the last thing our overworked medics need is to be wasting resources…

1 min.
hit pause

We were waiting with feverish anticipation for the race season to kick off, so we’re more than a little gutted by the postponement or cancellation of the first few World Cup and Enduro World Series rounds – although that obviously pales into insignificance compared to the wider impact of COVID-19. Numerous other international and regional events have suffered the same fate, and we fear there may well be more schedule changes to come. The one bit of good news, from a racing point of view, is that we were fortunate enough to see the Crankworx series begin in Rotorua, New Zealand, before the coronavirus spread. As always, it featured a torrent of events, including dual slalom, speed and style, slopestyle, whip-off, downhill, plus a ton more. Big names were present, and…

1 min.
feeling blue never felt so good

Cwmcarn Forest has been a staple of the Welsh trail centre scene for 17 years, providing a challenge for more advanced and adventurous riders with its two demanding red loops (the original Twrch trail is a particularly tough affair) and two official downhill tracks. During that whole time, it’s been missing a blue trail to open up the hillside to less experienced riders. That’s all changed now, because a new blue-graded, flowing descent has been built to connect the first section of the Twrch trail back to the car park, giving a fun, rolling ride to reward you after the initial climb. Other new sections of track will also be opened up, connecting the Twrch and Cafall trails to make one big loop. This welcome update is excellent news for Cwmcarn,…

1 min.
new sid on the block

There’s no ignoring the fact that cross-country is undergoing a resurgence in popularity. This is thanks, in part, to more technical and exciting racing, as well as advances in bike design. XC bikes used to be somewhat uptight-feeling machines built purely for speed, but they’re now a lot more fun to ride – and RockShox have jumped on this trend with the release of their new XC fork. It’s still called the SID, but this latest Ultimate model rocks 120mm of travel and burlier 35mm stanchions – the same size found on the Pike, Lyrik and BoXXer. Designed to add some extra stiffness and control up front on the new generation of capable XC bikes, the fork doesn’t just have a fresh chassis, but also uses RockShox’s latest Charger Race Day…

1 min.
p.o.r.c. gets the chop

Penshurst Bike Park (formerly Penshurst Off Road Cycling, aka PORC) is sadly no more. Opened by Mike Westphal in 1991, it was a staple of the South East England mountain biking scene for nearly 30 years. Running on Mike’s boundless enthusiasm and energy, there were a few bumps along the way, but PORC provided a great venue for countless young riders to sharpen their skills and test their racing and dirt-jumping mettle. Located in Kent, it was one of the first bike parks in the UK and hosted regular races and events. Steve Peat and Rob Warner (pictured) both raced there in the early days, and many successful racers and dirt jumpers have called it home since. Daryl Brown is one of them. “PORC shaped my career, from riding for fun…

1 min.
let’s ’ave a brew!

When it comes to MTB films, we’re big fans of high-production cinematic masterpieces such as Deathgrip or Return to Earth, but if the gauge of two thumbs-up is how strong an urge you feel to grab your bike and get out there, then often it’s the rough-cut, filming-your-mates sort of ‘shreddits’ that get us most stoked. This is the exact reason why so many of us loved Tommy Caldwell’s Slice of British Pie series. It was the perfect recipe for success – take a bunch of wild riders, throw them into the midst of British winter and press record. That’s why, when news reached us that Tommy was teaming up with Misspent Summers (the team behind the Hurly Burly DH yearbooks) to make a new feature-length film, we were eager…