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Mountain Biking UK September 2020

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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

2 min.

I don’t imagine a few millimetres added to a top tube or a degree-slacker head angle has ever made anyone go weak at the knees (although there are some odd sorts out there) Bike geometry may not be as ‘sexy’ as a sleek new frame design or the latest shiny upgrade. In fact, I don’t imagine a few millimetres added to a top tube or a degree-slacker head angle has ever made anyone go weak at the knees (although there are some odd sorts out there, as anyone who’s ever heard the chat in an uplift van or trail centre cafe can attest). But it’s the one thing that’s made the biggest difference since I first slung a leg over a mountain bike some 28 years ago. In those days, it seemed…

2 min.
effortless flow

Dyfi Bike Park have used the time under lockdown to their advantage and built two red-graded trails – Super Swooper and El Hippo – along with a new cafe and shop. We got the lowdown from Dan Atherton, the man behind the Welsh venue. “When I started building the park it was a place for me, Gee and Rach [see p23] to train for World Cups, so the tracks were harder than they probably should’ve been. People might give it the big talk about how they like gnarly tracks, but doing lap after lap on a difficult track is tiring. I’ve ridden with so many different types of mountain biker in the park and I now have a better understanding of what people want to have fun on. The reds were…

1 min.
ride the divide

British Columbia’s South Chilcotin Mountains rise up from a high inland plateau that abuts the jagged Pacific Coast Range. This vast and wild country is woven together by a patchwork of old trails that have been worn in over centuries. For mountain bikers who seek the pure experience of real wilderness riding, this place is paradise. Michael Fox, from Call of the Wild Photography, got this stunning shot on the Deer Pass trail, perhaps the quintessential South Chilcotins ride. “If you haven’t done so already, put it on your bucket list,” he tells us. “It’s a great challenge to ascend this wild and remote pass, but the view from the top is surreal. To the north is an endless sweep of red- and gold-coloured mountains. To the south are the jagged…

1 min.
stars of the summer

The 2020 Crankworx World Tour may have been cancelled, but that didn’t mean the team behind some of the world’s biggest and best MTB events were going to give themselves a break. Instead, they set up the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series, a tour of three of British Columbia’s wildest bike destinations, inviting 25 Canadian pros (15 men and 10 women) to take part in what might be the most intense MTB competition ever held. The series was run in an all-in format, where each competitor had to compete in all disciplines, including downhill, dual slalom, enduro and air downhill, and points were accumulated to count for the overall title. After events at Kicking Horse, Golden, and SilverStar, Vernon, the tour wrapped up at Sun Peaks, north-east of Kamloops. As we went to…

1 min.
two everests in 24 hours!

What do you do if you’re a former world champion and the current European cross-country marathon champion, when there are no races to attend or titles to defend? Easy. You make your own punishing new event, of course! Portuguese cycling star Tiago Ferreira may just have set a new world record for the number of vertical metres conquered in 24 hours on a mountain bike. Just outside São Pedro do Sul in central Portugal, on a track with approximately 214m of elevation gain, Tiago completed 83 climbs on rough gravel, with a total ascent of 17,753m – more than double the height of Everest. “I’m thrilled to have achieved this goal! Tiago said afterwards. “I thought the night phase would be the most complicated, but dawn ended up bringing the greatest weight…

1 min.
the lost a.r.c. returns!

The original Yeti ARC was created in 1991 and, thanks to its race-inspired design and some handy team riders (Missy Giove and John Tomac to name two), it saw more than its fair share of success. While the new version clearly pays homage to the original, it’s not designed for racing, but to show just how versatile a hardtail made with the latest carbon fibre tech and modern geometry can be. Yeti are only offering the ARC frame in their highest-grade T-Series carbon fibre (rather than the cheaper C-Series carbon, which is just as stiff but slightly heavier). There are six builds to choose from (if you include the T3, which isn’t available in the UK, and the limited edition 35th anniversary edition). The cheapest C1 bike costs £3,799 while the…