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Mountain Biking UK

Mountain Biking UK

July 2021

Mountain Biking UK has got all the latest news, kit and exclusive info on the newest and best bikes. The MBUK Wrecking Crew testing team are out there right now, riding new bikes and products to destruction, to give you expert reviews you can count on to be brutally honest. We live to ride - and that's what makes MBUK Britain’s best-selling bike magazine.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
kielder forest

Adjacent to the Scottish border, Kielder is one of the biggest and most remote trail centres in the UK, with over 100 miles of trails on a mix of singletrack and forest paths. There’s something for everyone, from short family rides to all-day epics, but it can feel bleak in bad weather. Everything is on a grand scale – it lies next to Britain’s largest artificial lake and within one of Europe’s biggest manmade forests. It hosts some iconic events too, such as the Dirty Reiver and Chiller 24-hour race. The trails are built and maintained by the volunteer Kielder Trail Reavers. TOP TRAILS Borderline 6km Lakeside Way 40km Cross Border 40km (from Lewisburn) Osprey 13km This easy blue is perfect for beginners, with open and flowing terrain and no technical features. Lonesome Pine 21km An…

2 min
grizedale forest

Unquestionably, the Lake District boasts some of the best natural riding in the UK, but its two trail centres – Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter Forest (p36) – are a safer bet when the weather’s dodgy or you’re not in the mood for rocky gnar. Grizedale, which lies west of Windermere in the southern Lakes, is aimed mostly at novices and families, with six of its seven routes following forest roads, but the red-graded The North Face loop is perfect for intermediate riders who want an enjoyable but not overly technical ride. There’s also a short black section with a double-black-diamond option. If you fancy a more natural alternative to the trail centre loops, the bridleways through the forest offer some challenging terrain – ask for directions at the on-site bike…

2 min
gawton gravity hub

Southern certainly doesn’t mean soft at this Devon downhill venue! The tracks are steep, rocky and unforgiving, making it a must-visit spot for DH addicts. There’s a pump track and some easier, more flowing red runs, too – just don’t let names like High Speed Death (HSD) put you off! Seven of the nine tracks have been revamped this year, with plans for further improvements. An uplift service and events run by Woodland Riders Racing make Gawton one of the South West’s prime DH spots. The club do a great job of maintaining the tracks and are always coming up with new features to test you. TOP TRAILS Pump track HSD 1.1km Less brake-burning than Gawton’s other tracks, what HSD lacks in steep chutes it makes up for in speed. While it’s not too…

2 min
forest of dean

Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean is a popular and busy riding spot, with a real buzz at the main trailhead, Cannop Cycle Centre. It has a great family trail and two superb XC routes, alongside the slippery, rooty DH tracks the FOD is known for. Plus, there’s a skills area with a jump line and a drop line, and a pump track too – so good that riders come just to session them! The downhill runs are easily accessed via FlyUp’s slick uplift service or a fireroad climb/push-up, and they host regular mini DH and enduro events, too. Go for an explore and you might even stumble across some off-piste tracks (please don’t add to them, though). The Dean Trail Volunteers maintain all the trails, so do support them. TOP TRAILS Skills area Pump…

1 min
dalby forest

Dalby Forest boasts an extensive trail network, from green family routes to a black-graded XC loop, plus a bike park, and it’s on the edge of the scenic North York Moors National Park. The trails are maintained by SingletrAction, a volunteer group who work with Forestry England. If you fancy making a weekend of it, there’s some excellent singletrack on the North York Moors, including the Sutton Bank trails (see p76). TOP TRAILS Ellerburn family route 4km Ellerburn skills area 300m Adderstone trail 12.4km Taking in amazing views across the moors, this trail has long and short options, mainly on traffic-free forest roads. Jubilee Blue 11km This easy route combines flowing singletrack with open terrain and some steep sections. There’s a brilliant descent filled with berms and rollers. Red trail 34.3km The red trail can be started from the…

1 min
bluffer’s guide on-bike storage

Frame bag These come in all shapes and sizes. Some are just big enough for a tube and multi-tool, and nestle into a corner of the frame. Others fill the entire front triangle and have space for all your camping kit. They keep items clean, and dry too, if the bag is waterproof. There are various off-the-peg options, or you can order bespoke bags to fit your frame and storage requirements. Tube plugs For items you may not use frequently but definitely don’t want to forget, there are numerous tools that’ll slip into the end(s) of your bike’s handlebar, steerer tube (replacing a star nut) or even the crank spindle. Generally, these are secured with magnets or expanding wedges. Available options cover everything from multi-tools to chain breakers and tubeless repair plug systems. Straps The…