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Mountain Bike Rider

April 2019

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Time Inc. (UK) Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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mtb goes to town

Painting the town shred With hindsight, mountain biking was probably not the ideal choice of hobby for someone growing up in London. Too young to drive, for my dirt fix I had to make do with laps of Hampstead Heath, with one eye out for police patrols, and the other focused on trying to spot dog eggs. At weekends I’d head further afield, taking the tube to the Chilterns, or the train to the Surrey Hills, riding from sun up to sun down on nothing more than a couple of Tracker bars, before struggling home covered in mud across Waterloo Bridge into a headwind. Frankly, being an urban mountain biker sucked.I’m pleased to say that things have changed. Towns and cities across the country are slowly waking…

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big picture

A few years ago Madeira became the hottest mountain bike destination in Europe, hosting an EWS, a segment of Brendog’s Deathgrip movie and countless other media appearances. But Cintra, Portugal, may well be set to usurp the island paradise thanks to its abundant trails, efficient shuttling and shorter flying time. The fact that YT (for its recent Jeffsy launch — pictured here) and Canyon, among others, have chosen Cintra to showcase new products, speaks volumes about its schralp factor.…

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fork wars

RockShox and Fox dominate the suspension fork market just as Apple and Android do with phones, taking the lion’s share of sales, both OEM and aftermarket. Or so it’s been in the last decade, but things could now be changing as the competition gets hotter in terms of both performance and price. There are now an astonishing 10 alternative brands vying for a slice of the market, so here’s a quick look at their features and functionality and what makes them worth considering. MRP RIBBONLike the Cane Creek Helm and Öhlins RXF, the Ribbon (£849.99) is now available in a coil-sprung version. You get three springs in the box and there are a further two (extra soft and extra firm) available aftermarket. Travel is internally adjustable in 10mm jumps…

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shift change

Wireless technology is everywhere. Simple things like Bluetooth headphones or a wireless mouse can provide small freedoms, while the smartphone in your pocket is both liberating and enslaving in equal measure.Now imagine a bike without gear cables or wires. No sticky or frozen shifting. No frayed housing. No cable rub and none of the frustration that comes with internal routing. Factor in accurate, effortless shifting at the push of a button and the extra security of an encrypted wireless system and it sounds like a bike from the future.DRIVETRAIN AND POSTWell, as of April this year it will become a reality as SRAM introduces Eagle AXS, the first wireless mountain bike drivetrain. There’s even a wireless electronic RockShox Reverb AXS post to accompany it.Pronounced ‘access’, the cutting-edge wireless drivetrain…

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hot stuff

MOST WANTEDLAPIERRE EZESTYE-bikes that ride like normal bikes. That’s the holy grail for many of us — Specialized came pretty close with its amazing Turbo Levo that proved light enough and lively enough to almost fool you into thinking it was the real thing. Now Lapierre could be one step closer with its new Fazua motor range, bikes designed to be ridden as e-bikes but with a removable battery and... wait for it... motor too.The eZesty AM has a completely redeveloped frame where the shock passes through an interupted seat tube, driven by a rocker link and the chainstay. Plenty of e-bikes look like bikes with electric motors slung underneath them, but the eZesty is built around the motor and battery which sits inside the down tube and above…

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mountain passes

NAN BIELD, LAKE DISTRICT 16km (10 miles)There’s no shortage of high passes in the Lakes but this remains our favourite due to the amazing singletrack descent. From Sadgill (Landranger 97/NY483056) climb N up the rideable Gatesgarth Pass and drop to the S tip of Haweswater. Singletrack leads SW from here, steepening radically to become a carry at Small Water. It’s then a scramble with your bike to the top. Drop S all the way to the road and then follow a good track E to hurdle a final hill to the finish. GPS download po.st/NanBield Ride time 3-4 hours Why ride it? Steep, techy singletrack, big mountain pass Where to eat? Wilf’s, Staveley BEALACH AN SGAIRNE, SCOTLAND 32km (20 miles)You’ve got to work hard for this one, first with…

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