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Mountain Bike Rider June 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
face-up time

It’s always easier to turn away from difficult situations and decisions than get involved. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Especially when the subjects are issues as emotive as diversity and climate change. We all ride bikes for many reasons: fun; escape; excitement; social interaction; fitness; mental health. The list goes on. We also do it to get away from all the negativity and stress that seems to pervade modern life. But that doesn’t mean what we do is immune from these topics. We do not exist in a hermetically sealed bubble when we ride our bikes. We have an impact on the environment and an influence on how people from minority groups are accepted in the sport. We all have good intentions, but changing our behaviours and making…

1 min
big picture

What do you do when the forecast promises bluebird skies, and local restrictions lift enough to allow your eyes to wander further from home on the map? You go Munro-hunting. There’s no easy way up Ben More and Stob Binnein – steep doesn’t even come close – but in between the sheer-sided monoliths, bogs and unrideable rock chutes, come some slithers of 24-carat gold. Here my mate Scott looks tiny among the giants on a cloudless evening. Exciting news emerged recently with the announcement that Red Bull’s women’s freeride event, called Formation, would once again take place in Southern Utah this year. Cancelled in 2020 owing to Covid-19, the women’s Rampage will see eight of the most progressive riders from around the globe designing, building and riding their own lines in…

6 min
the end of trash

TFT NOW HAS A GLOBAL REACH WITH MORE THAN 1,250 VOLUNTEERS The last 12 months have been a boom time for our sport – new riders rushed into mountain biking, old hands returned, quality bike shops killed it thanks to the increase in bike sales, and it seemed everyone was heading to the local woods to go riding. This is great news – more riders means more people having fun, leading healthier lives and, in the long run, more trails, better access and greater recognition for our sport. But it also means more rubbish in the natural environment – where there are people, there is litter. And now, after a year in which wild places saved plenty of us from going stir crazy, our trails are looking dirtier than ever. Couple that…

2 min
more for less

In 2020, the suspension fork market was all about the number 38, as both Fox and RockShox launched big and burly single-crown models. Equipped with 38mm stanchions, these beefcake forks aimed to boost the stiffness of hard-charging e-bikes and enduro bikes. But they came at a price, with Fox’s top-of-the-range 38 coming in at an equally chunky £1,300, and the RockShox Zeb Ultimate not far behind at £969. So what if you quite fancy the extra precision of a stiffer fork on the front of your bike, but can’t stretch to those kinds of prices? Well, boasting a 38mm chassis and up to 180mm of travel, RockShox may just have the answer in the shape of its new £530 Domain – that’s almost half the price of the entry-level Fox 38…

1 min
speed dial

Affordable hardtails are rare as rocking horse poop this year, so the announcement of any new model is cause for celebration. And this new bike from outdoor retailer Alpkit’s in-house brand, Sonder, is designed as a pure racing thoroughbred, so we don’t expect it will hang around on the trails or the shop floor. Forming the foundation of the new Dial is a lightweight 6061 alloy frame and 29in wheels. The frame gets internal cable routing and race-derived geometry, with a low front end, 69° head angle and snappy, 430mm chainstays. There are four sizes available, with a reach range from 408mm to 475mm, combined with a steep seat angle for improved climbing, and slender seatstays with the aim of introducing some compliance. Choose from three different specs, all from the…

3 min
hot stuff

MOST WANTED VEE TYRE ATTACK HPL TYRE £60 Tyres designed for dry and dusty trails haven’t been very useful for most UK riders, who are more used to that sticky, wet dust we call mud. But if last summer’s weather is anything to go by, dry tyres could well become a thing, and the new Attack HPL from Vee Tire Co has been designed to excel when the only moisture around is dripping off your nose. Aimed at DH and enduro racers it’s got some seriously aggressive tread going on, the idea being it can bite through dust and keep traction. Incidentally, HPL stands for Hard, Pack, Loose – we always thought hard and pack were mutually inclusive – and uses a tread pattern that Vee Tire claims ‘excels in dust, loam and…