Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK October 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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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

He would be ascending the equivalent height of the world’s highest mountain in one go – and then descending too, just for the hell of it! At the risk of losing your attention before I’ve even started, I want to mention e-bikes. No, don’t go! It’s nothing heavy – for that you can go and look at any of this year’s Eurobike coverage online. No, this is just a gentle, relax-among-friends type of mention. Because we decided to use one recently for one of their more appealing purposes – helping us to complete a particularly demanding challenge. Namely, ‘Everesting’. Briefly, this is the act of ascending the equivalent height of the world’s highest mountain in one go, in an altogether less hostile location. We tweaked it up a bit and decided…

1 min.
close, but no cigar

Defeat is something every racer must come to terms with at some point, but it must have been a bitter pill to swallow for Tracey and Mick Hannah at this year’s Downhill World Championships in Australia. For the brother and sister duo, who grew up within sight of the race track in Cairns, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take the coveted rainbow stripes on home soil, but it wasn’t meant to be. After a blisteringly fast top section, Tracey washed out in an off-camber turn, ending her dreams in a similar way to British medal hope Tahnée Seagrave, who also fell foul of the loose conditions. Canada’s Miranda Miller took the win, with World Cup champ Myriam Nicole, of France, beating Tracey to second. In the men’s race, ‘Sik’ Mick did…

1 min.
back on the streets

After a three-year hiatus, the crème de la crème of slopestyle returned to the German city of Nuremberg for the Red Bull District Ride. The course started with a drop out of the old castle. From there, riders made their way through four distinct ‘districts’ before hitting the final mega ramp, designed by Martin Söderström. “Blasting through a super-old town over cobblestones was awesome,” says UK rider (and previous event winner) Sam Pilgrim. “The last jump was the standout feature, because it was probably the biggest ever seen at a contest. The landing was huge and the feeling of flying was sick!” After landing the world’s first tsunami flip at the 2014 event, Polish rider Szymon Godziek stepped it up again with another contest first, stomping a backflip Superman one-handed seatgrab, before…

1 min.
a shropshire lad

The UK downhill scene is renowned for breeding some of the world’s top racers, and that’s a reputation that looks set to continue, with Matt Walker proving himself to be the fastest Junior in the world this year. Not only did the 18-year-old pinner take home a gold medal from Cairns, but he also finished third overall in the Junior World Cup series, despite missing one round due to a crash, after a season-long battle with arch rival Finn Iles, of Canada. As someone with a truly dedicated approach to training and racing, we were keen to find out what makes this lad from rural Shropshire tick. “I’m only happy when know ’ve done the best I can do,” he says. “I live to win races, and when I say I want it,…

1 min.
back and bos-ing it

Things have been a little quiet from French suspension wizards BOS over the past year or so, but that looks set to change, thanks in part to this beast of a fork, which was on display at this autumn’s huge Eurobike show (see p61). The Obsys is BOS’s new air-sprung downhill fork. It’s inverted, uses 42mm-diameter stanchions to ensure torsional stiffness and steering accuracy, and delivers a massive 220mm of travel – or 200mm if you want to use it with 29in wheels, in which case you may want BOS’s adjustable-offset steerer (59 or 53mm vs 56mm). Damping comes courtesy of their revised sealed-cartridge ‘FCV’ unit, which allows for rebound and low-speed compression to be adjusted externally. The twin valve heads sticking out of the top of the left-hand leg are used…

1 min.
mind the g.a.p.

Seeing a gap in the market, Welsh trail builders Back on Track made the jump across the Irish Sea to Dublin to dig some fresh lines. The result is a new bike park that’s located just 15 minutes from the Irish capital. ‘GAP’ (Glencullen Adventure Park) boasts 12 trails of varying difficulty, from blue runs to pro lines. It’s got an uplift service, costing €45 for a full day, and there’s a pedal-up option too. 140 to 160mm-travel bike is A recommended to get the most from the trails on offer. Back on Track head honcho Rowan Sorrell, who’s also the man behind the trails at BikePark Wales, tells us: “The forest is packed with runs, ranging from smooth and flowing all-weather blue trails, which are accessible yet still loads of fun for…