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Mountain Bike Rider November-18

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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swiss you were here

To say I’m fortunate to get the opportunity to ride bikes in the world’s best locations would be an understatement. But occasionally a trip comes along that really forces me to pinch myself. Such was the case recently when Al and I travelled to Davos, in Switzerland, to test the latest enduro bikes from Scott and Yeti at the Enduro2 event. What followed was four days of heaven on some of the best trails in the Alps, riding with a great bunch of friends. We compressed months of rigorous testing and world-class descending into just a few long days in the saddle and brought home enough great memories to help endure the coming winter. Both bikes survived with flying colours, and you can read all about our experiences on page 88.…

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big picture

With their sandstone base, this set of trails, just outside Rothbury in Northumberland’s Coquet Valley, offer a unique alternative to most other trails in England’s most sparsely populated county. Rideable all year round and with vistas that stretch into the Scottish Borders, they offer great flow and unique experiences, while not far out of “Coquetdale’s capital”. Here, “Skinny” Mick Easton rides a small drop feature during a scouting day in mid summer — a trail that eventually didn’t make the cut for the Naughty Northumbrian Enduro event. Tommy Wilkinson Even on the super-touristy Isle of Skye, Scotland’s Right to Roam law makes perfect sense; on this summer evening, we passed just two walkers at the bottom as Juliana riders Rachael Walker and Julia Hobson hiked up this peak to hit the…

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gender play gap

Across the country, women are signing up to race enduro in numbers never before seen, women-only races are flourishing and events like Hopetech’s Women's Enduro are selling out in hours. In fact you’d be hard-pressed to find a decent race without a strong female field. But it’s been a long time coming: so what’s been keeping women away for so long? And why are these gender-specific events and categories needed in the first place when riding a bike should be as appealing to one sex as another? It’s time to ask women and men at the sharp edge of running and racing these events. As the fox at Red Bull Foxhunt, the largest women-only downhill race in the UK, Rachel Atherton reckons it’s been a confidence thing. “If you’ve come to racing…

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love winter

01 ENDURA HUMMVEE WATERPROOF SOCK If waterproof boots don’t float your boat (or please your wallet) Endura has released a new waterproof sock without padding, meaning it’ll slip nicely into your regular shoes just like a summer sock. It’s claimed to be very waterproof, breathable, stretchy and comes in five sizes to get a snug fit. £29.99, endurasport.com 02 ALPINESTARS TAHOE WATERPROOF SHORT Waterproof shorts are ideal for wet but mild weather, and the Tahoe short should shrug off all but the rainiest conditions thanks to a fully seam-sealed main shell. You also get a reinforced seat area to resist chafing, a waterproof pocket and little snap-on connectors designed for an Alpinestars liner short. £90, zyrofisher.co.uk 03 RIDEGUARD BFG Not just another cut-out mudguard, the BFG comes flatpacked but has slits down the side to allow it…

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hot stuff

MOST WANTED CRANK BROTHERS SYNTHESIS E11 WHEELSET £2,150 Until now it’s been easy to group carbon wheelbuilders into two camps: the Stiffies and the Feelies. The former boast about ultimate strength and stiffness, like Enve, while the latter sing the praises of ride feel and trail cushioning, like Stans. Crank Brothers is a little of both now, thanks to the Synthesis wheel programme that features a different tune to its front and rear wheels. The front has more compliance built into its design to improve cornering and damping on the trail, while the rear is stiffer vertically to give you some pop out of corners and because it takes more of a beating as you ride. This makes total sense to us, because it’s the rear wheel that’s more likely to lose…

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alternative classics

IF YOU LIKED THE BRECON BEACONS, TRY… BLACK MOUNTAINS Britain’s southernmost mountain range conceals a fair few top-notch trails but it’s the Gap Road that wins most plaudits and sees the most tyre tracks too. Yet just the other side of the Usk Valley, and visible from most of the way round the accepted classic, the Black Mountains have got their own gem, and this one’s both bigger and tougher. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RIDE? Big. With around 1,200m of ascent in 45km, we’re talking Scotland-style big. It’s also technical in places and absolutely never boring, with three huge, very different, descents and a corresponding number of lung and leg-busting climbs. Throw in some carrying, some sandy singletrack and some really quite sumptuous views and this one will definitely win a place in your…