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Mountain Biking UK Summer 2021

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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3 min
send it! your mail, photos, ideas and rants

STAR LETTER IN AT THE DEEP END Back in 2019, I was a 45-year-old road biker whose last time out on an MTB was bunny-hopping curbs while delivering newspapers after school. At the start of the year, my work pal offered me the opportunity to borrow his hardtail and ride the 10 Under the Ben endurance event [in Fort William] as a pair. I was talked into it and given the bike to do some off-road riding in preparation. After about 20km on a gravel track, I declared myself ‘ready’. The event was one of the hardest and most humbling days of my life. Rob rode the first lap while I waited in anticipation, with very little idea of the level of terrain I was about to encounter. I completed my first lap…

1 min
the enduro goes electric

1 Specialized have squeezed a svelte motor and battery system into their new big-hit-capable e-bike, giving it a silhouette that almost identically mirrors its non-powered Enduro stablemate. The power pack has a 320Wh capacity, while the smooth drive unit supplies 35Nm of torque. Want a little more juice? There’s a Range Extender available that sits in the bottle cage. With this attached, Spesh claim you’ll get nearly seven hours of assisted ride time – not bad considering the 20kg-ish weight of the S-Works version we have to test. 2 There’s 170mm of rear wheel travel on tap, courtesy of a six-bar suspension linkage. It’s a six-bar because Specialized use a regular four-bar linkage with an extra two to drive the shock, isolating it further from friction-inducing side loads. 3 The Kenevo SL…

1 min
the mountain goat’s back

When the YT Capra debuted in 2014 it blew us away, earning an almost unheard-of full five stars from our test team and cementing the German direct-sales brand’s reputation for high performance and top value. Now they’re releasing a third iteration of this hard-charging platform, hoping it can keep them current in a market that’s as fast-paced as the bikes it produces. Ensuring they cover all bases, YT are releasing two versions. The Capra 29 is a 29in-wheeled enduro race machine with 165mm of rear wheel travel. Then there’s the Capra MX, which runs a mullet wheel set-up (29in front, 650b), has slightly more progressive suspension kinematics and 170mm of travel, and is aimed at park shredders and those looking for bigger hits. They share the same front triangle but get…

10 min
long-term rides mbuk

TOM’S MARIN EL ROY £2,375 Dry, dusty trails have our tech editor emerging blinking into the sunlight While I’m sure that by the time you read this things will have changed, recently the weather has been prime for riding. It hasn’t rained properly for weeks and the sun has been shining. Much like how winter slop makes it a battle to keep your tyres pointing in the right direction, so do the current super-dry and dusty trail conditions. There’s no hero dirt to speak of, just a fine sprinkling of dust over hardpack. The result is a delicious mix of fast rolling and instant-breakaway traction that means bike handling has to be absolutely on-point to get close to top speed. I love it! With summer nearly here and travel restrictions on the wane,…

8 min
hound tor, dartmoor

With an overwhelming desire to do some technical and remote riding, combined with finally being allowed to travel a bit further, we decided to indulge ourselves with a trip to Dartmoor. For at least 12,000 years, man has hunted, farmed, mined, quarried and lived here. The place is dripping in history, with folklore, legends and stories of murders, wild hounds and ghosts. This is the largest area of open country in the south of England, providing some welcome rough, rugged and wild moorland for our over-sanitised minds (and hands!). The centre and east of Dartmoor is home to arguably the best riding, so that’s exactly where we’re headed, starting near the pleasant little town of Bovey Tracey. Geography lesson A LOVELY STRETCH OF SINGLETRACK WENDS ITS WAY ALONG THE RIDGE AND THEN…

10 min
dropper posts

Above a certain price (roughly £1,500 for full-sussers and £1,000 for hardtails), dropper seatposts are now a staple on most mountain bikes. Over the past decade, they’ve not only become easier to set up and more reliable, but the range of good options out there has ballooned to include posts for every application, from the lightweight short-travel models that are creeping into XC racing up to those with a stroke of 200mm or more. These long-drop posts have given frame designers scope to use shorter seat tubes and lower standover heights, for even better descending performance with no compromise of pedalling comfort. These days nearly all posts have ‘stealth’ routing, meaning that the cable (or hydraulic hose, in the case of the RockShox Reverb C1) attaches to the bottom of the…