Mountain Bike Rider October 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

1 min.

Having grown up lusting after Yeti Arcs and Fat Chance Yo Eddys, Sim’s retro bike feature on p48 brought back mixed emotions. The sheer old skool cool, association with legendary racers such as Tomac and Tinker, and impeccable attention to detail got me all misty-eyed, but the memories of actually riding and living with those bikes sent a shiver down my spine. I owned a ‘92 Klein back in the day, working Saturdays at a local bike shop to save up the £600 or so that the frame cost, and I must admit it looked magnificent in its black/red fade paintwork. But the rear-facing dropouts made getting the wheel out a long and oily chore, the Cook Bros cranks kept falling off and getting the sealed bottom bracket bearings out…

1 min.
big picture

The Signal trail is one of the most picturesque in the whole of the Davos/Klosters region, and with glistening lakes and snow-capped peaks in every direction, that’s no mean feat. It starts at the Gotschnagrat peak, at 2,300m elevation, with a perfect ribbon of dirt weaving between an Easter Island of jutting rocks. After teasing you with speed and flow, it then starts to get steep, rough and wild, with loose rocky turns and chutes. At the bottom, pick up one of the bike park trails to spit you out down the valley from Klosters. Here, Ralph and Silvan use it to rack up 417m of their total 21,000m record-breaking day of descending.…

8 min.
rock faces

By golly, we’ve missed this. Racing by day before partying by night; the mountain bike festival format is as old as the sport itself and taps into what most of us truly love about mtb – great riding and a sense of community. For 18 months we’ve been denied the hedonism, but now the calendar is waking up, with events like the Enduro World Series in the Tweed Valley, the Malverns Classic, the Ex Enduro and loads more rounding out the summer season. We went along to the biggest of them all, the Ard Rock Enduro, to find out how riders felt, returning after three long years (2019 was a washout for the Dales event). Relief? Sheer bloody abandonment to hedonism? Or a more sober look at what events like this…

3 min.
the next phase

Orange’s latest bike isn’t one most of us are ever likely to ride, but it’s one we all need to sit up and take notice of. Called the Phase AD3, it’s an adaptive mountain bike with an electric motor that promises to let disabled riders take on exactly the same terrain as everyone else. At a time when we’re all pushing harder than ever for diversity and inclusion, Orange has designed and built something that can really change things for the better for disabled riders. The brainchild of Orange engineer Alex Desmond, the Phase AD3 is like no other mountain bike in the world. You’ve probably noticed already that it has two front wheels, and two Fox Factory 38 forks. It’s not the reverse tricycle look that makes it so special…

5 min.
hot stuff what we’re excited about this month

MOST WANTED HOPE UNION CLIP PEDAL TC £150 Pretty much everything your bike wants, Hope can supply. From the headset to the bottom bracket, via lights and even the frame itself, the Barnoldswick brand has you covered. Now it’s added something else to the line up, clipless pedals to run alongside its trusty F20 flats – machined in house from aluminium and with Hope’s in-house mechanism, there are three models to choose from, six colours, and a titanium spindle upgrade too. It’s the new clip-in technology where things get really interesting, Hope calls it Dual Mechanism and it means both the front and back sections move to make way for the cleat. Hope says this requires less effort, lets you clip in from a wider angle than the competition and it seats your…

2 min.
seaside rides

THE LIZARD, CORNWALL 18.9km (11.8 miles) Home of England’s most westerly point, where the land stops and the sea begins, Cornwall is suspiciously devoid of bridleways. What it’s not short on is ruggedly beautiful coastline and this ride gives you a small sample of what’s on offer. With smuggler’s coves and sandy bays come a series of steep ups and downs – riding at just above sea level is not as easy as it sounds – but it makes for some dramatic scenery. GPS download LYNTON, EXMOOR 24.8km (15.4 miles) Exmoor is England in miniature – a mix of landscapes from craggy shoreline to sweeping moorland and everything in between. With so much variety packed into such a small area, it almost goes without saying how great the riding is, taking in steep-sided valleys, open…