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
Daniel Schaefer and Julia Hoffman drop in on the smoky mountain layers of British Columbia, Canada.
Photographer: Mattias Fredriksson
Best of British
Pace Cycles brought a radically fresh approach to design when it launched its first mountain bike in 1989. Now, 30 years later, it has a new full-suspension bike in the pipeline, inspired by motocycles and driven by owner/designer Adrian Carter’s singular attitude.
With the chance to ride from the summit to the sea, nothing quite beats the Pyrenees for sheer trail diversity. And it’s all run by an expat couple from their old mill in the fiercely independent Catalan region.
We find out whether Transition’s fancy carbon Sentinel has got your back, check out 29er specialists Niner’s unlikely foray into small wheels and Pivot’s modestly made-over Shuttle e-bike.
With the Megavalanche looming, Ben tries to lose his inhibitions and get to grips with flat pedals. Benji gets deflated at the continuing run of punctures suffered by his Vitus, Roo laments the weight of his GT and Laura is forced to chuck her Rocky Mountain’s wheels in the bin. Finally, Jamie delivers his verdict on the YT Capra.
Troy Lee has created some iconic full-face helmets over the years. Will the lightweight Stage join the hallowed status of the D2 and D3? We’ve also got knee pads on test from Seven IDP and 100%, a minimal pack from Camelbak, eyewear from Smith and Joystick’s burly cockpit offering.
For a couple of rails, a bit of plastic and some padding, a saddle can sure make or break your ride. To ensure you’re sitting comfortably, we’ve ridden eight of the latest models, from old faves to fresh contenders.
The other half of the comfort equation, grips are cheap and easily replaced, but play a huge part in providing control, confidence and shock absorption.
Normally a no-go zone for anything except Calibre’s superlative Bossnut, this year two modified contenders have come out swinging, along with a completely new model from Merida. Can Giant, Jamis or Merida knock Calibre off its perch?
Bikes in this Issue
Calibre Bossnut Evo
Giant Stance 2
GT Sensor Carbon Elite
Jamis Dakar A2
Merida One Twenty 400
Niner RIP 9 RDO 27.5
Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro
Pivot Shuttle Team
Rocky Mountain Altitude Alloy 50
Transition Sentinel Carbon GX
Vitus Sentier 27 VRS
YT Capra 29 CF Pro Race
Fit and Fast
Get the most from a coaching session and really see your skills reach the next level.
Skills: Ride Faster
How to set-up your mind, body and bike to be able to ride faster with more control.
Andy Barlow from Dirt School, with the help of willing reformed roadie assistant, James, shows you the secrets.
North Wales has no shortage of DH and freeride hotspots, all vying to offer the biggest thrills. But a raft new trails and improvements aim to take the area back to its trail-riding roots, with the kind of singletrack mere mortals can savour.
As gifted with bike handling skills as he is creative with applying them, Chris Akrigg chooses the photo that best sums up his unique style.