Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK December 2017

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

The guys hadn’t factored in flooded singletrack, swarms of vicious midges and angry, overprotective farm dogs… Our resident routes expert Max Darkins has come up with some fantastic rides over the years (see the pull-out maps and Big Ride on page 132 for his latest). And perhaps one of the finest is his Welsh Coast to Coast. An epic ride that starts from Conwy in the north and finishes at Port Talbot in the south, taking in some of Wales’s most dramatic changes in landscape, plus a few of its best trail centres along the way. When Max devised the route, it was intended to be a four or five-day adventure, giving riders a chance to take in the scenery and beauty of the Welsh hillsides. Perhaps a factor lost on…

1 min.
the great wide open

‘Epic’ is a much-overused adjective these days, but we reckon that Red Bull’s recent big-mountain freeride adventure down the remote Tatshenshini River in Canada is fully deserving of that term. The energy drink giant assembled a crew of old- and new-school heavy-hitters for the trip. Freeride legends Wade Simmons and Darren Berrecloth joined slopestylers Tyler McCaul and Carson Storch for a two-week mission to put tyre marks where no two wheels have been before. Beginning in the Yukon Territories, the crew travelled by boat through British Columbia all the way to Alaska and the shores of the Pacific, camping, fishing and hunting for new lines in a vast landscape of glaciers, river deltas and endless virgin forests. The riding ranged from blasting high-speed rocky ridgelines and slashing turns into untouched scree…

1 min.
feel the love

The latest film by the Coastal Crew, in collaboration with Mind Spark Cinema, showcases the talents of Matt Hunter (pictured), Finn Iles, Garret Mechem and Matt Miles along with the Coastal Crew’s Curtis Robinson and Dylan Dunkerton. MOTIVE is the theme and title of the film, and it explores why the riders devote their lives to shredding bikes. As you’d expect from the Coastal Crew, it’s beautifully shot and atmospheric, and includes footage of the guys building their lines. Rather than getting sucked in by the infinite exotic riding locations across the globe, the movie is shot across North America, and includes some of the guys’ local riding spots. Hunter shares his segment with Matty Miles, and it’s all filmed around his home town of Kamloops, BC. When your energy is focused…

1 min.
dirtlej dirtsuit classic

OK, so you’re not going to win any fashion contests wearing this waterproof onesie, but if you’re still dry and warm at the end of a wet winter ride, does that really matter? The ‘dirtsuit’ may look like a Kermit the Frog outfit, but it’s much more functional than that, with reported waterproofing and breathability ratings of 10,000mm and 10,000g, respectively. In combination with a full-length front zip and multiple mesh-backed zipped vents, hopefully the suit won’t feel like a boil in the bag on the climbs, and the fabric feels tough enough that it should shrug off a few crashes. Features include four pockets with waterproof zips, a packable hood and Velcro tabs on the waist and cuffs to let you adjust the snugness of the fit. If you get caught…

1 min.
cwm on over

Cwmcarn used to be one of the UK’s most popular trail centres, but in the last couple of years things have gone a bit quiet over in the Welsh valleys, due to larch tree disease and subsequent felling operations. Happily the classic South Wales spot seems to be over the worst of that and a big revamp of the trails is underway. At the helm is local trail-building firm Back on Track, and so far they’ve reshaped the whole bottom section of the Y Mynydd downhill track, adding jumps of various sizes plus some monster high-speed berms. Next on the list is rumoured to be a resurrection of the old Dragon DH track, but nothing is confirmed so stay tuned for more info. Alongside this, some tweaks to the red-graded Twrch and…

1 min.
run for cover!

At this time of year it’s easy to lose motivation for riding, when the nights are long and the weather generally sucks. So why not dust off the old hardtail and head to the skate park? Not only is skate park riding loads of fun, it’s also great for developing skills that you can take to the trails come spring. The predictable nature of riding ramps makes them an ideal place to master techniques you’ve been struggling with. Turning up for the first time, it’s easy to be intimidated by the steep wooden transitions, but once you find your flow you’ll have a great time. Bike-friendly parks include RampWorldCardiff (run by Manon Carpenter’s dad, Jason), R-Kade in Redcar (Danny Hart’s local park) and RAMP1 in Warrington (one of the largest indoor parks…