MBR February 2012 cover

MBR February 2012 cover

What’s in the latest issue of MBR?

  • Trailhead: From the ashes of the summer riots, Tottenham’s new pump track rises pheonix-like; building hope and community spirit.
  • First Ride: Rocky Mountain Element 50 £2,250
  • First Look: Van Nicholas Tuareg titanium hardtail £1,173
  • Tested: Geigerrig Rig 700 hydration pack, Gusset Nitro pedals, Hope Custom wheelset, Giro vs 661 gloves head2head.
  • 2012 Longtermers: New riders, new bikes all chomping at the bit. The new fleet consists of: Scott Scale Elite 29er, Orange Alpine 160, Specialized Safire Comp, Trek Lush, Devinci Dixon XP, Lapierre X-Flow 412, YT Industries Wicked 150 and Giant Trance X4.
  • Eye candy: Black and white. Is that clear enough?
  • Soapbox: Matt Hampton’s only friends are milkmen and he’s constantly harrassed by sparrow’s farting.
  • The best places in the UK to live and ride: we play virtual location, location, location, exploring the best places in British to obtain the perfect work/life balance.
  • Andorra: much more than a tacky tax haven for chain smokers and alcoholics.
  • Potential: scribing lines across the landscape like brush strokes on canvas, trails are beautiful things in their own right. Renowned photographer John Gibson gives them the stage in this stunning photo essay.
  • Best British trail centre: Llandegla
  • Bike test: 29er trail bikes you can’t ignore. They even jump. Specialized Camber Comp 29 (£2,400) vs Trek Rumblefish Elite (£2,400)
  • Grouptest: helmets. Nine helmets from Giro, BBB, Bontrager, Scott, Met, Specialized, Cratoni and Poc.
  • Minitest: three knee/shin pads from Race Face, Fox and Troy Lee.
  • Technique: how to corner in snow like a toboggan and drop offs mastered
  • Shop smart: winter clobber
  • Q&A: body issues
  • Q&A: going tubeless
  • Workshop: puncture repair
  • PLUS – Four free route maps: rides in Dorset, Scottish Highlands, Peak District and Bristol
Tottenham: now known for more than football and riots

Tottenham: now known for more than football and riots


Van Nicholas

Remember Airborne? Well Van Nicholas is the new Airborne


29er full suspension bike test

Specialized Camber vs Trek Rumblefish in our 29er test