Mountain Bike Rider Summer 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 6.87
USD 55.04
12 Números

en este número

2 min.
women in focus

“This showcases what a regular issue could look like” When I first started riding in my late teens, I was the only girl around who rode. I could count on two hands the number of females that raced. Contrast that with now and it’s plain that the women’s mountain biking scene has progressed so much in the last 10 years. At any given UK riding location it’s now not uncommon to see groups of women riding, but there is still so much more progress to be made. I think we all agree that things are generally moving in the right direction. There are now women’s mountain biking clubs all over the UK with females of all ages riding, more female racers in cross-country, enduro and downhill, and emerging freeriders like Vero Sandler…

7 min.
peruse it or lose it

England and Wales are rich in rideable trails – by some estimates there are over 30,000km of bridleways and close to 10,000km of byways to play on, not to mention 146,000km of footpaths. Scotland’s just as well off, with around 15,000km of public rights of way. But until recently we’d always assumed that was our lot. With the country divided up over millennia and no new land springing up from the sea, we were hardly likely to see more rights of way drawn on our maps. How wrong we were... it turns out there could be some 49,000km of lost paths, potential singletrack heaven, dotted about the countryside. Who knew? Well, it turns out all of us should have known about them, by right. Back in the 1950s and 60s…

1 min.
how to be an mtb advocate

1 “Know your MP” argues Kieran Foster from CyclingUK. They hold the real executive power in the UK and can actually make things happen. “Talk to them about access for mountain bikers, about rights of way and land that could be opened up at very little cost, and not the pipe dream of open access in the UK,” Kieran says. 2 Act well. Be a proper ambassador for the sport, which means following the Be Nice, Say Hi campaign from CyclingUK and the British Horse Society. We need to show people we’re not a bunch of illegal trail builders. 3 Join The Ramblers campaign if you’ve got the time to do the research. There’s a map at to let you see where potential routes might lie unclaimed. We found something around…

3 min.
wild life

Down-country bikes have been one of America’s coolest exports for a few years now, combining short travel with relaxed geometry to create a new sub-niche of XC bikes that rip (or trail bikes that pedal). Joining pocket rockets like the Transition Spur, Specialized Epic Evo and Mondraker F-Podium, is the new Juliana Wilder and Santa Cruz Blur, and both promise to deliver both confidence on the descents and a flagrant disregard for gravity on the climbs. The Wilder is part of a new three-bike line-up from Santa Cruz – including a new Blur – with all models sharing the same frame and rolling on 29in wheels. The Blur is a full-suspension XC bike with 100mm travel front and rear, while the Wilder and Blur TR are more trail-bike orientated – the…

1 min.
down-country or xc?

What is a down-country bike, and do you really want one? Good question. And probably yes, in that order. That’s the short answer. The long answer goes something like this: XC bikes typically have 80-100mm travel and are built to optimise low weight and high speed above all else, meaning they have quick-rolling tyres and don’t usually sport dropper posts. Down-country bikes have perhaps 20mm more travel and more relaxed geometry – a 65-67° head angle is about right. They sacrifice a little of that XC speed for grippier and tougher tyres, like the Maxxis Rekon with 3C compound here on the Wilder, and dropper posts. Do you want one? Likely yes, according to the N+1 formula, where N is the number of bikes you currently own.…

4 min.
hot stuff

MOST WANTED HOPE XCR BRAKE £250 Down-country is hot right now, bikes like the brilliant Transition Spur sum up the genre best by mixing light weight, short travel and aggressive geometry for an exhilarating ride. Lightweight bikes need lightweight brakes then, Hope reckons, and as such it’s just released a new version of the X2 brake. Called the XCR, it promises to be lighter, more powerful, have better ergonomics, and a lighter lever feel than the old stopper. What’s not changed is the old XC caliper, Hope is keeping that the same. What’s new is at the other end, there’s now a carbon-fibre lever blade and you now get a hinged handlebar clamp to make it easier to pop on and off. The lever also has improved bushes that Hope says will reduce…