Mountain Bike Rider

Mountain Bike Rider August 2019

Published by TI Media Limited mbr is the UK's leading magazine for trail riding, mountain bike enthusiasts. Published since 1997, mbr aims to inspire readers to just get out and ride! with every issue, by providing the very best expert advice about where, what and how to ride. Every edition delivers the ultimate mix of inspirational riding features, with extensive bike and product reviews, along with superb advice and reader involvement - plus free pull-out route guides.

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12 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
escape to the country

It seems that cycling is constantly in the headlines these days, but rarely in a positive way. As I write this, the fallout continues from Channel Five’s inflammatory ‘documentary’ that asked — in what felt like a rhetorical way — the question: ‘Cyclists: scourge of the Streets?’ As someone who, until recently, regularly commuted 20 miles a day on London streets, and has walked on Britain’s pavements since I was one, it has always been motorists that have put me in dangerous situations, not cyclists. Even if some riders flaunt the rules and ride recklessly, they’re almost always a greater danger to themselves than others. As a car driver I’m also acutely aware of how poor the general standard of driving is nowadays, and with fewer police on the roads, it…

1 min.
big picture

The Lake District’s beauty is sometimes only matched by its post-industrial brutality — an abundance of huge slate spoil heaps and open quarries litter the countryside, offering a technical challenge for both bike and rider. Against an ominous sky, Neil Hamblin picks up the gauntlet and surfs his way down this loose, barely defined and constantly changing sea of slate. Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough... The spotlight has been shining brighter than ever on Loïc Bruni this year. With an unbelievable ability to make the world’s toughest tracks look like flow trails, he’s also been making the best riders on the planet seem like they’re standing still. At the latest round of the UCI World Cup in Vallnord, Andorra, he took the lead in the…

4 min.
great expectations

Four years in the making, four black-grade trails, and nearly 400 metres of vertical drop: at long last the Dyfi Bike Park (DBP) is finished, and open to ride… if you dare. It’s been built by Dan Atherton, so as you can imagine it’s a venue that celebrates gravity, with three downhill tracks to ride, and a jump line featuring an array of tabletops from large to preposterous. “Don’t be too put off by the fact it’s black though,” Dan told us cheerily. “It’s more like Revs than Red Bull Hardline.” Revs, or Revolution Bike Park, to give the place its proper name, is a gravity venue too with black and red grade trails, roots, tech and a mandatory full-face helmet rule. Dyfi has been built in the same style, meaning…

1 min.
dyfi details

The uplift is via Land Rover, something that’s essential, not because of the quality of the uplift, but because it gets snowy at the top in winter, Dan says. “We wanted to be open all year round.” The uplift takes 12 minutes, while the jump line takes around 10 minutes to get back down on. The downhill trails take the Athertons four and a half minutes… so expect to get down them in double that. Book onto the uplift at dyfibikepark.co.uk. It costs £36 and Dan says it’ll run on similar hours to Revs and BPW — we figure that’s 10am-4pm. Dyfi Bike Park is based in the Esgair Forest three miles north of Machynlleth, just off the A487 towards Dolgellau. It’s clearly signposted from the main road at Pantperthog. Address: Dyfi Bike…

4 min.
motor matters

The government has just announced the removal of the £1,000 limit for its tax-free Cycle to Work scheme, bringing e-bikes into the equation for the first time. Is this the tipping point that makes e-bikes the norm, rather than the minority, on Britain’s trails? With the potential to save 30 per cent off the price of a new bike, the UK could be poised to see a similar growth spurt in new e-bike sales to that witnessed across the channel in countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. And it’s here that e-bikes are attracting a completely different customer, one brought up on brand names from the household and automotive sectors. E-bike buyers on the Continent are walking into stores asking for a Bosch bike or Brose bike, rather than a Specialized…

3 min.
hot stuff

WHYTE E-150 RS £5,250 This is the new Whyte E-150 RS, a 150mm alloy-framed trail bike with SRAM Eagle drivetrain and RockShox suspension. So far, so familiar. It also happens to have the latest Bosch fourth-generation motor and internal battery hidden in the down tube, and it marks Whyte’s first foray into e-bikes. It’s not the only bike in the new e-range either, there’s a E-180 behemoth complete with coil shock and the same attitude as the brand’s award-winning G170 enduro bike. Whyte is late to the e-bike party then, as with a few notable exceptions (Santa Cruz) most other mtb brands already have pedal-assist models in their ranges, and some — like Cube and Specialized — switched on to e-bikes years ago. So what’s taken the British brand so long? “We didn’t…