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Mountain Biking UK November 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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

We’ve carefully selected six very different bikes that we think best represent the new trends for 2018 The year may only just be drawing to a close but we’ve been thinking about 2018’s bikes for quite a while now. Through the various launches and trade shows that happen throughout the year, our test team have gradually been putting together a picture of where we think we’re heading in 2018 and what’s happening to the bikes we ride. Which is why we’ve carefully selected six very different bikes that we think best represent these new trends and the different styles of riding that you as mountain bikers are into – see page 96. It makes for interesting reading and shows just how capable modern mountain bikes are becoming across all disciplines. As we…

1 min.
taking a gamble

Web edits and Insta vids may be all the rage, but there are still some filmmakers who are prepared to go out on a limb and invest the time, money and sheer hard work required to create a full-length masterpiece – and we always get excited when we hear of a new one on the horizon. If you were a fan of Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough’s Deathgrip, then we reckon that Gamble, a new collaboration between Steel City Media and Creative Concept, will be right up your street. Director Joe Bowman says he’s “rounded up a collection of the most charismatic and rowdy DH racers on the planet and given them free rein to run wild outside the tape.” The rider roster reads like a Who’s Who of mountain biking,…

1 min.
outfoxed

The Red Bull Fox Hunt concept is simple – the roles are reversed, and the ‘fox’, a pro rider, must chase down the ‘hunters’. Over 200 riders descended on a muddy hillside in Machynlleth, Wales, for this year’s women’s edition, which featured a new ‘fox’ – Katy Winton, standing in for an injured Rachel Atherton. “I didn’t know what to expect,” said Katy. “But, I knew it’d be a fun weekend with a bunch of rad women who ride bikes!” Despite a valiant effort, 20 riders beat Katy down the hill. First to finish was Atherton Academy racer Mille Johnset. Fox Hunt first-timer Clare Mitchell told us: “I was terrified about the mass start but having someone up your bum yelling, ‘get out the way!’ does make you go faster! It was…

1 min.
inverting ideas

If you look closely enough, you may spot something a little out of the ordinary in this picture. Seen it yet? Yep – that’s an e-bike. Even our resident e-sceptic had to admit that this shot of French freerider William Robert getting wild on his Commencal Meta Power is pretty rad. Will this clicked tabletop, shot in Fontainebleau, near Paris, persuade the haters that e-bikes aren’t all that bad? Almost certainly not. But it does prove that their weight and length are no obstacle to getting rad.…

1 min.
changes under the hood

Although there are a fair few contenders in the wearable camera market these days, GoPro are still the undisputed leaders, and with the release of their sixth-generation camera, things look set to continue that way. The HERO6 Black may not look any different to the previous model, but inside it’s been given a serious boost, in the shape of a new ‘GP1’ processor that’s twice as fast as before. This means you can record 4K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per second, and shoot 1,080p Full HD footage at 240fps, for incredible slow-mo results. GoPro say the faster processor also improves image stabilisation and performance in low light and at night. The new camera is also claimed to interact faster with their phone app, making it easier to upload footage and…

1 min.
flat pedals win medals

Sam Hill is back on top! At the final round of the EWS in Finale Ligure, Italy, the iconic Aussie did what no one had thought possible and bagged the overall title on flat pedals. When Sam began his transition to enduro back in 2016, it was after a season of disappointing DH World Cup results, and many questioned whether the former world champ still had the speed or fitness. Well, he’s certainly silenced the doubters! All season long, it was a tightly-contested battle between Sam and France’s Adrien Dailly. But in Finale, the Flat Pedal Thunder from Down Under held his nerve and put 20 seconds into his rival over seven stages of brutally technical racing. The French domination of women’s enduro remained unchallenged, as Cécile Ravanel took her second title, with…