Sim Mainey

Sim Mainey

Regular freelance contributor to MBR magazine and website. Features, route guides, interviews, photo essays and all sorts of everything to do with riding mountain bikes and the people who ride, design and make mountain bikes.

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The Athertons are mountain biking royalty so their eponymous bike brand comes with the ultimate seal of approval; we head to their Dyfi Bike Park testing ground.

sonder bikes

Sonder Bikes has quietly been developing a range of bikes raised on South Yorkshire's post-industrial scraps. We head to the formative trails.

The Hope HB.130 is the realisation of a dream for Hope's founders. We head to Lancashire in order to find out the story behind this ambitious project.

btr fabrications

Quintessentially British, the hardcore hardtail is a singletrack institution. We head to Frome in Somerset, the birthplace of a Belter or two.

calibre bikes

Calibre Bikes and the Bossnut redefined the entry-level full-susser category and now they hope to have the same impact with its Sentry enduro bike.

identiti bikes

Based in Cambridgeshire and tested in Cumbria, there's nothing split about Identiti's, er... identity. We hit Helvellyn to put its Mettle to the pedal.

Orange's Five is a true home-grown classic and one of the nation's favourite trail bikes; we head to West Yorkshire to sample its Calder Valley test ground.

Pace has played a role in history of British mountain bike design for over 30 years - we visit founder Adrian Carter at their North York Moors base.

Whyte's bikes have been honed to perfection on some of mbr's very own trails; we head to the Surrey Hills to pick the brains of designer Ian Alexander.