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Mountain Bike Rider July 2020

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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United Kingdom
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English
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TI-Media
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free your mind

Exploration is a trait deeply ingrained in our psyche, and one that has led humanity to chart every corner of the globe, set foot on the moon, send probes into the solar system and gaze into the deepest recesses of the universe. While we’ve all been, to a greater or lesser extent, confined to our houses and immediate local areas over the last couple of months, on a micro level many of us have been exploring the streets and countryside where we live; discovering places just around the corner that we never knew existed. And while we haven’t been able to jump on a train, get in a car or book a flight somewhere special, that hasn’t stopped us dreaming about the places we’d really like to ride when this…

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big picture

Lockdown is a blessing. This is a strong opinion, and likely an unpopular one. For me, I will benefit most from these times if I can maintain a positive mental attitude in the face of adversity. While many parts of my life have been stripped away, they have been replaced with time. Time to read, time to develop, time to improve my health, time to spend with my family. Fortunately for us in the UK it has also gifted us time to ride, often solo, on simple trails. Thanks to lockdown many of us have discovered doorstep delights which may have otherwise been overlooked. Tristan Tinn It’s no secret that I take a perverse pleasure in dragging my riding companions to the most inaccessible mountain peaks and passes, often for hours on…

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mtb to ppe

HOPE Hope is loved for its technical innovations and its in-house production, which makes it an ideal candidate to help out in the current crisis. To that end, the Yorkshire brand has been making PPE in the shape of eye screens for its local health trust. “The idea came from the design guys, they figured out they could make them and asked if that was OK with Hope… we said yes, of course you can,” says Alan Weatherill from Hope. “We used an open-source design at first, then we realised we could use our head harness as that is much more comfortable.” Clear polycarbonate sheet is cut on Hope’s carbon cutter, before being mounted to a harness via a specially made 3D printed mount. The printers run 23 hours a day to make…

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the global mtb fight

• Yeti is in the process of making and delivering 10,000 face shields in the US. Smith Optics and sports brand Black Diamond are involved too, dishing out over 6,000 yards of elastic goggle-strap material. Yeti has also sourced 24,000 medical-grade masks from one of its suppliers, all destined for health care workers. • 100% has donated over 2,000 goggles and has partnered with Goggles for Docs, with the brand’s HQ now the official drop-off location in San Diego, California. The brand has also partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US and is donating 20 per cent of its web sales’ proceeds to the fundraising page. • Bell and Giro are both giving out 3,194 goggles to healthcare workers in the US, heading out to hospitals and…

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good things come to those who wait

In just two years, Shimano’s 12-speed technology, first seen on XTR, has dropped right down its drivetrain range to the point where you can now get it on the new Deore groupset. It’s not just an additional sprocket that’s dropped down either, the full gamut of XTR tech has come with it. Good things really do come to those who wait, but who knew the wait would be so short? THE DEORE DEAL Shimano has designed Deore to work with higher-tiered products from SLX, XT and XTR, meaning you can mix and match what’s important to you. The crankset is single-ring only and the chainring uses the same Dynamic Chain Engagement+ with narrow-wide tooth profiles you’ll find on XTR. The crank arms come in 170 or 175mm lengths, and while they’re not hollow…

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smart shifting

Shimano or SRAM. You need a pretty good reason not to choose one when building up a bike or replacing a worn-out drivetrain because they both offer performance and reliability at almost any budget. Now the choice has just got a little harder with the launch of Microshift Advent X, an off-road drivetrain sporting a 10-speed cassette and an 11-48t range. That’s OK but not groundbreaking compared with SRAM’s 12-speed 10-50t and Shimano’s 12-speed 10-51t. It’s the price that really blows us away though, the cassette will cost you just £70 and the rear mech, shifter and cassette is a meagre £166. There’s a whole host of smart tech choices from the Taiwanese brand too that make this more than a wallet-pleaser. There are no new standards and the cassette will mount…