Mountain Bike Rider

Mountain Bike Rider Summer 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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in deze editie

1 min.
getting back up to pace

The first time I saw a Pace RC100 in the pages of a magazine it stopped me in my tracks. With its square tubes, machined along each face to save weight, and straight yellow fork legs clamped by a CNC aluminium crown, it looked like a space ship from another planet among all the anorexic steel mountain bikes of 1988. Behind the futuristic visage were some equally cutting-edge ideas — a one-piece stem and fork steerer that was the template for the modern headset, hydraulic direct-mount brakes and two-piece cranks at a time when everything else used terrible square-taper designs that came loose every 10 minutes. When my friend bought one I was intensely envious. Even when it kept going wrong, because the frame was so far in advance of…

1 min.
big picture

Drawn-out summer evenings allow extra hours to be lost to some laps. Hours of hard winter graft finally harvested. Brakes scrub quietly, tyres bite into fresh packed turns, carving out roots which lie buried beneath. As the minutes roll on by, the sun falls from the sky. Rays pinball between the obstacles of the atmosphere; space debris, clouds, mountains, trees and ferns. Finally it falls and dapples the trail beneath our eyes, as time flies by. Zermatt in the Valais region of Switzerland is one of the most photogenic places I have ever ridden my bicycle. With 40 peaks reaching over 4,000 metres, massive glaciers and steep ridges, it is simply astonishing. On top of all this, the trails are incredible and there are mountain huts in the most remote locations.…

5 min.
the gap trails

North Wales does a great job of grabbing the headlines and stealing the limelight on social media — Revolution Bike Park and its now legendary 50to01 line, Redbull’s jaw-dropping Hardline race, the promise of the Atherton Bike Park and its whopping great tabletops. The trail centres are rocky, red and black-only hotspots too, and with the exception of the MinorTaur trail hardly the place to take newbies. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much in the way of fresh riding for trail bikes or beginners in North Wales at all. Think again. From the Gwydir Mawr & Bach trails (the old Marin Trail) in the north, through Coed y Brenin (CyB) and on to Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth, mere mortals are being treated to entire…

3 min.
shimano goes eagle hunting

Scan through the spec sheets of any leading mountain bike brand these days and one thing will be abundantly clear: SRAM’s Eagle drivetrain has sunk its talons deeply into the high-end market, to the point where Shimano has been left picking at the scraps. With its new 12-speed Deore XT and SLX groupsets, however, the Japanese giant is determined to recover lost ground. There’s more at stake than mere territory though. Faced with embarrassing delays to its flagship XTR group along with SRAM’s audacious leap into wireless shifting, these workhorse groupsets are also about restoring reputation and pride. Considering the weight bearing down on the shoulders of Deore XT and SLX, then, it’s almost disappointing to see the two finished products in the metal. There are no shimmering finishes or ingenious gadgets…

2 min.
hot stuff

FEEDBACK SPORTS TEAM EDITION TOOLKIT £300 There are plenty of things you can skimp on in this world, but your bike toolkit is not one of them and we reckon that buying cheap is a clear case of a false economy. Good quality tools will last longer and cost less over your lifetime, they work better and save you grief, and you’re less likely to damage your bike with top-end tools that don’t round off or slip in use. Which brings us to the Feedback Sports Toolkit: 19 sumptuous tools, housed in a durable zippered case designed to hang nicely from your workstand. All the usual suspects are present and correct, from Allen keys to screwdrivers, pedal wrenches to rotor truing tools, cassette pliers to cable cutters. You also get a lifetime…

3 min.
secret wales

CONWY MOUNTAIN, NORTH WALES 26km (16 miles) Sea views, mountain trails and barely a soul around — we love the Conwy Mountains. Start N of the Sychnant Pass (Landranger 115/ SH759768) and follow lanes SE then S then SW to St. Celynin Church. Descend sweetly E then take tarmac S to Rowen, where you climb brutally W past the hostel onto the open hillside. Continue W to a X-roads (SH693722) and drop NW to Nant y Felin. Lanes and the North Wales Path then lead E past Maen Esgob, N over the pass, then E to SH765777, where you drop S to the road to finish. GPS download po.st/Conwy Ride time 4-5 hours Why ride it? Great views, fun trails Where to eat? Drop back to Conwy for fish and chips on the harbour wall IRFON…