Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK September 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

1 min.
editor’s letter

Poor old Ben endured a torrid time as first the weather and then his hastily-constructed bike rack conspired against him A mountain bike opens up the possibility of so many new adventures. But sometimes our dreams and ambitions can get a little beyond us. As Ben Winder found out when he tried to fulfil his teenage dream of motorbiking across Europe with a bike strapped to his back (page 65), in the hope of sleeping wild and riding new trails every day. Yes, sounds lovely doesn’t it? But reality struck and poor old Ben endured a torrid time as first the weather and then his hastily-constructed bike rack conspired against him. Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any worse, the misery kept piling on. And on. Admittedly, most of his…

1 min.
another level

Crankworx 2017 has been one for the record books, expanding to four festivals spread over three continents and wrapping up with a nine-day extravaganza in the epicentre of mountain biking that is Whistler, BC. Every year we think slopestyle can’t get any crazier, but then it does! We’re talking Nicholi Rogatkin throwing 1,080-degree cash-roll spins and the likes of Brett Rheeder and Emil Johansson casually chucking 720 opposite tailwhips. This summer, though, we saw the return of the king – Brandon Semenuk – to the top step of the podium. After being absent from Crankworx Les Gets and Crankworx Innsbruck, the five-time Red Bull Joyride winner rocked up in Whistler, dropped in first and set the bar at an unbeatably high level with a half cab off the first drop (a first…

1 min.
making the leap

It’s not often you get the chance to ride and race on a fresh downhill track in the UK (read more about the state of domestic racing on p25), let alone one that offers a step up in difficulty and variety. So our team rider Al Bond jumped at the chance to point his GT Fury down the new trail at One Giant Leap Llangollen in North Wales. “Built by Ride Portugal’s Brian Mundy, I can happily say it’s one of the best tracks around,” says Al. “I’m really lucky to have it just on my doorstep, and the trail really suits my sort of riding. It’s got a combination of mega-steep sections, berms, jumps and gnarly rock features, which makes for an awesome ride! If you love downhill, I’d recommend…

1 min.
rolling out the yellow carpet

There isn’t a wheelset with a more prestigious history in downhill racing than the Mavic Deemax. The iconic yellow hoops have been ridden to victory by many of the sport’s top names, including Troy Brosnan, who this year won his second World Cup on a set of the 2018 wheels. These have undergone a few changes, starting with an increase in internal rim width from 21mm to 28mm. This is still quite conservative, but Mavic aren’t believers in the ‘wider is better’ trend and reckons this width gives the best balance of ride quality and tyre choice. The new asymmetric rim profile gives more even spoke tension on the rear wheel, increasing lateral stiffness and, Mavic say, delivering more predictable handling. Following the lead of the Deemax Pro enduro wheelset released…

1 min.
in it for the long haul

“I take pride in not quitting,” Neil Beltchenko tells us. The 29-year-old specialises in taking part in some of the gnarliest, longest, coldest and hottest races on the planet. His latest challenge was the Highland Trail 550, a 550-mile fatbike race across the Scottish Highlands (which you may recall our Matt taking part in last year). Not only did Neil win the event but he set a new course record of three days, 10 hours, 22 minutes. “The race was pretty crazy,” he says. “It started off hot and humid, and turned cold and wet. I was with some fast folks on the first day, but eventually it was just Chris Hope and myself. I couldn’t sleep because of the jet lag from travelling from the USA – I had only…

1 min.
chainsaw lives on

When Canadian DH legend Stevie Smith died in a motorbike accident last May, it shook the MTB community to the core. It must have been a devastating blow for his mum, Tiann, but instead of turning away from the sport, she set up a legacy fund in her son’s name, to help get kids riding and nurture the next generation of racers. The fund has already provided bikes for foster kids and given up-and-coming racer Magnus Manson the chance to race a full World Cup season. But its biggest project has been the creation of a memorial bike park in Stevie’s hometown, Nanaimo, next to the track where he first BMX learned to ride. Designed by Alpine Bike Parks and built by Canadian freeride icons Jordie Lunn (pictured) and Darren Berrecloth, the park…