The latest issue of MBR is out now, packed full of inspiring ideas and route maps to help you find new places to get out and ride.
What about the magazine itself? Here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside…
MBR August 2018
On the cover: Jony Walker tastes the new Santa Cruz Bronson blend, near the Long Mynd
Photographer: Mick Kirkman
Old school rides
In an era of exceptional bike parks, trail centres and man-made singletrack is there still a place for natural rides? Can a new school rider get just as much pleasure from proper mountains as popping tabletops? Hell yes.
Orange Bikes is 30 years old in 2018, and to celebrate it’s launched a special edition Alpine, built with the ultimate spec or Formula, as Orange calls it: Cane Creek suspension, Race Face carbon rims and SRAM Eagle gold drivetrain.
It’s a biggie – Santa Cruz has a new Bronson out, with 150mm travel, carbon frame, wheels and a pricetag to make you wince. Plus first rides on the Merida 120 800, Shimano’s new 12speed XTR drivetrain and the Marin Alpine Trail 8
Benji’s Lapierre Zesty has a new mech after the last one fought a rock and lost, Dan tries out the high end Saracen Kili Flyer with carbon frame and it’s time to say goodbye to Roo’s Scott Genius 900 Tuned
Tested: tubeless pumps
Tubeless tyres make your life easier on the trails, but setting them up in the first place can be a nightmare. Enter the dedicated tubeless pump and canister inflator, designed to pop your tyres on in a flash. We’ve got six pumps and four inflators on test.
Tested: tubeless sealant
They mostly look and smell the same, but are some sealants better at plugging holes, stopping flats and seating tyres than others? We rode them, froze them, cooked them, stabbed lugs and slashed sidewalls to find out: Orange, Muc-off, Stans and loads more tested.
E-bikes are evolving at such a rapid pace it’s difficult to know which is the best and most innovative bike out there. So we’ve tested our shortlist of big hitters to find out if it’s the Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert, Vitus E-Sommet VR, Focus Sam2 Pro or Canyon Spectral ON:8.
Bikes in this issue
Canyon Spectral Al 6.0
Canyon Spectral ON:8
Focus Sam2 Pro
Lapierre Zesty AM 527 Ultimate
Marin Alpine Trail 8
Merida 120 800
Orange Alpine Formula
Santa Cruz Bronson cc XO1 Reserve
Saracen Kili Flyer
Scott Genius 900 Tuned
Specialized Turbo Kenevo Expert
Trek Remedy 8 27.5 Women’s
Vitus E-Sommet VR
Trails are won and lost in the mind but you can think yourself faster: that might all sound a bit zen, but you really can learn to relax and ride to your potential
Skills: Conquer steeper trails
It’s easy to get freaked out by steep stuff, but remember your basic skills, focus on your body positioning and you’ll stay in control, says Andy Barlow from Dirt School.
- Big pictures
- Buzz: Glasgow’s city limits now has a great riding destination in Cathkin Braes, plus new bikes, where to ride and inspiration.
- Mailbox: Your rants, raves and witty ripostes
- Afterimage: Danny MacAskill talks us through that hay bale shot from Wee Day Out