Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK July 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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

“Richie’s a thoroughly pleasant (and properly-built) lad, who lets his riding do all the intimidating chat” What do you do when you hear that a brute of a world champ is coming to town, especially to visit you? Throw down the gauntlet, of course, and challenge the wimp to prove his worth! Oh yeah, the ‘big man’ talk flows easily when you’re the one giving the orders from the safe distance of the MBUK office. But it’s maybe not so good for the one who’s been nominated to take him on. So big up to our very own powerhouse Ed for stepping up so graciously and agreeing to put Enduro World Series star Richie Rude in his place. Not that he needs putting in his place, by the way. Richie’s a…

1 min.
yeah baby, we like it raw

One rider, 100 seconds, no music and no slow-mo. These are the rules of Red Bull’s Raw 100 video series. The idea is that this bare bones approach challenges filmmakers to be creative and makes them focus on showcasing the harmony of bike, rider and location with no distractions. A number of big names have been featured so far, including Canadian World Cup DH racer Finn Iles and freeriders Mike Hopkins and Anthony Messere. But it’s arguably the most stylish rider on the planet, Brandon Semenuk, who’s really made his mark on the series. Brandon’s already completed two Raw 100 videos with filmmaker Rupert Walker and they’ve just wrapped up filming for a third. Photographer Ian Collins, who snapped this shot of Semenuk during filming on a specially-built trail in Savona,…

1 min.
mountain highs

When it comes to enduro racing, there aren’t many events more deserving of the adjective ‘epic’ than the Trans-Provence. Over the course of six days and 24 timed stages, riders cover 269km, climb 9,111m and descend a massive 18,281m. It’s the kind of event that’s on every racer’s bucket list. Ticking it off for the first time this year was Martha Gill, from the Marin/Stan’s team. “I’d heard so many stories about this race that I wanted to see what the hype was about,” she said. “I love challenging myself and, having never done a multi-day stage race before, I thought ‘why not?’ “Day three, Villars-Colmars to Valberg, had to be my favourite. It started off with a hike-a-bike through beautiful alpine meadows, and the stages ranged from loamy woods and tight…

1 min.
big gears, small budget

When SRAM released their 12-speed XX1 and X01 Eagle drivetrains last year, they made it possible to have a huge gear range with no front mech. The only inhibiting factor was the equally huge price tag. Now, with GX Eagle, SRAM have brought 1x12 within reach of the masses. GX Eagle has the same 500 per cent gear range as its more expensive counterparts, but varies in terms of materials and construction. The 10-50t cassette is made up of separate sprockets pinned together, as opposed to a single piece of machined steel, and the plastic-bodied shifter uses a bushing rather than a bearing. A cheaper grade of aluminium is used for the rear mech and the titanium spring is downgraded to steel, but all the same features remain, from the oversize…

1 min.
scandi flips

If you’re a keen follower of the slopestyle scene, you’ll be familiar with the name Emil Johansson. If not, then let us tell you now, you’re going to be hearing a lot more about him in the next few years! Aged just 17 and not even out of school yet, the young Swede is already making waves, standing on two Crankworx podiums this year alone. What makes these achievements even more impressive is that Emil has only been riding for seven years and this is just his second year competing at world level, after breaking onto the scene at the Austrian 26TRIX event last year. As a young dirt jumper in Trollhättan, near Gothenburg, Emil looked up to and tried to emulate the likes of Brandon Semenuk and fellow countryman Martin Söderström,…

2 min.
speed, style & schnitzel

STAND ASIDE GLASTONBURY – if you want a real party atmosphere plus some of the biggest names in downhill and slopestyle performing for your pleasure, it's hard to beat the Crankworx bike festivals. The latest addition to the calendar, Innsbruck in Austria, was a slow starter, but come the weekend people were out in force. Things really got going with Friday night’s Pump Track Challenge, with Mitch Ropelato’s lederhosen winning the crowd over, if not the event – France’s Chaney Guennet pipped the American to first place. Australia’s Caroline Buchanan and America’s Jill Kintner put on a battle royale in the women’s event, riding literally neck-and-neck until Buchanan accelerated uphill on the final straight to snatch victory. Most come to Crankworx for the slopestyle, and the riders didn’t disappoint, delivering all…