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Mountain Bike Rider December 2020

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
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
calderdale compromise

What happens when your local trails, ridden and loved by hundreds, or even thousands of riders, come under threat? How do you bring together a disparate band of individuals to form a cohesive group that can be the voice for mountain biking and the force behind positive change? Those are just some of the questions Sim Mainey and the riders of Calderdale faced recently, as tensions began to mount and ‘no bikes’ signs started appearing. With help from other advocacy groups such as Ride Sheffield, they’ve come together and found strength in numbers, engaging with landowners and managers rather than simply going renegade. And the early results seem promising. You can read the full story on page 68. Also this issue we’ve been busy testing the latest e-mtbs, and on…

1 min
big picture

We left the the van in autumn and summited in winter... I knew it would be a long day. A spin along the glen, a river crossing, a lung-busting carry up to 1,000m and then dip down a ridge into a col. Escaping the col seemed to go on for days and required a stiff carry over granite boulder fields. The summit cairn and surroundings were frozen solid; after 15 minutes of crushing snow pack we emerged to enjoy the view. The 22-mile loop of Ben Macdui felt more like 40 – maybe save it until next summer! After a long hiatus, racers made a welcome return between the tapes with the UCI World Championships in Leogang and the UCI World Cup in Nové Mĕsto and Maribor. And what a feast…

5 min
kids go free

“THE THOUGHT THAT THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE WITHOUT BIKES JUST GETS TO PEOPLE” Mike Jones’s garden in Newport looks like a second-hand bike shop. Hundreds of mountain bikes jostle for position alongside swings, peek out from behind shrubs and lean dangerously against the garden furniture. I spot an old Marin Mount Vision, a Raleigh Burner (replica, sadly), and Tim Gould’s old Peugeot from 1991 (yup, another replica). Down at the bottom it’s even stranger – this is where bikes come to die. Hundreds more are clustered between the trees, some with components missing or snapped brake levers, most with a decade’s worth of rust and all in need of some love. There’s an old pump track down here too – the bikes look abandoned mid-lap like the fallout from an industrial…

2 min
less is raw

Who here hasn’t yearned for a totally unique looking bike? Something you’re guaranteed never to see the like of on the trails, a bike that’s unmistakably yours. Probably all of us. Take a close look at this Whyte E-150, acid stripped of all its paint before being polished and anodised, it’s probably the coolest looking raw bike we’ve seen this year. The bespoke look is more than just skin deep though, owner Toby Pantling from Ace Bikes in Guildford has customised every part of the build, from the suspension to the drivetrain. That leaves just the Bosch motor as standard, although even that’s been dropped out and reinstalled to improve the cable routing, Toby says. “We’re famous for the motor now, our mechanic does this to every one of the Whyte’s we…

1 min
hope returns

When Hope launched the HB130 last year we were nervous for the Barnoldswick brand. The HB160, its first bike, was pretty but conservative and it’s fair to say it received a lukewarm reception. The brand’s second bike changed all that with better geometry and suspension, and now for 2021 Hope has added some new spec choices, including this rowdier FR edition. The bike features components run by its race team, hence the ‘Factory Racing’ acronym, so now’s your chance to tap into some of Adam Brayton’s speed. Well, at least look the part, anyway. The Fox 36 is replaced by an Öhlins M2 fork up front and controlling the rear wheel’s terrain behaviour is a TTX coil shock. Hope has also ditched its proprietary 130x17mm rear hub spacing, a decision it says…

4 min
hot stuff

MOST WANTED PUSH ELEVENSIX SHOCK £1,300 What if we were to tell you that you could have two shocks in one? Yes, we know, it sounds like some dodgy late-night infomercial designed to get you to buy something you really don’t need. But the Push ElevenSix shock really is different. Thanks to its dual overhead design, the ElevenSix has two independent compression circuits that you can toggle between at the flick of a lever. So, you really can have one shock with two distinctly different set-ups. The tool-free ability to switch between modes allows you to have one setting fine-tuned for regular trail riding, the other dialled in for, say, technical climbing or the very steepest descents. It’s your call. And unlike most other designs, where the different compression settings are prescribed, the…