The latest issue of MBR is out now, packed full of inspiring ideas and routes 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…
On the cover
Editor Danny goes loam hunting on the new Yeti SB115 Photographer: Roo Fowler
There’s a rubbish epidemic breakout out on our trails, as more and more people escape to the countryside. The solution to the problem is right in front of us though – outdoor users need a sea change to reconnect with the countryside, and Trash Free Trails knows how to make it happen.
This month’s hottest new e-bike is the Whyte E-160RS, with more travel than the E-150, some subtle geometry tweaks and the addition of the Fox 38 it’s now even more capable. Plus we ride the Spur, Transition’s short-travel, lightweight speed machine and the rare and stunning Antidote Carbonjack 29 made with something called Vectran in its carbon fibre.
The Cannondale Habit develops some teething issues with its shock, but gains an extra 5mm travel under the tape measure: Laura moves to the FoD with the express intention of packing in more riding on the Contessa Ransom: PB gets friendly with his Radon Render e-bike: Ben sums up the strengths and weaknesses of his NS Synonym: Benji converts the Nukeproof Reactor back to 29 from mullet: and Ben Smith gets his Strive back from Canyon… fixed at last?
Enve’s AM30 wheels are on test this month, not cheap at £1,800 but a whole new pricepoint for the king of carbon. Plus we review the new Burgtec Enduro stem, Ride Concepts’ Transition clipless shoe, the Spank Oozy saddle, SDG Thrice grips, Race Face Atlas handlebar and Vapour Blackline Vapour Nukeproof gloves.
Tested: Trail forks
Simple question, what’s the best fork for your trail bike? We puzzle it out, testing the RockShox Lyrik, Fox 36, Cane Creek Helm, DT Swiss F535 One, Manitou Mezza, and Formula Selva R.
Bike test: short travel rippers
Full-suspension bikes with short travel and aggressive geometry have taken over 2020: We pit the NS Synonym against the Giant Trance and the Marin Rift Zone to see which is the quickest whippet in the pack.
Bikes in this Issue
Antidote Carbonjack 29
Cannondale Habit Carbon 3
Canyon Strive CF 8.0
Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 2
Marin Rift Zone Carbon 2
NS Synonym TR2
Nukeproof Reactor 290C Elite
Radon Render 10.0
Scott Contessa Ransom 910
Whyte E-160RS V1
Whyte T-130 SR Youth V2
Yeti Arc T2
YT Jeffsy Primus JP 26
Get fit for riding
This month’s going to hurt, but it’ll be worth it – we’ve got the latest Ride Replacement Workout from Fit4Racing, targeting cardio it’s designed to put you in the best possible shape for riding, so you’ll hit the trails fitter and faster than ever.
Skills: Coach your mates Part 2
Now we can ride with our friends again, there’s a great opportunity to learn from each other and boost our skills. Dirt School’s Andy Barlow shows us how to construct the perfect environment for nurturing skills and experience while learning from one another… all without losing friends by the end of the day.
When lockdown lifts
We headed to BikePark Wales for the opening day after lockdown, to find out how riders had coped without their usual haunts. Would they come flooding back? How much did they miss riding with friends? And is BPW’s first green trail the beginning of a new era?