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Clipless Pedals
Developments in pedal and shoe technology mean that, as well as being a must for XC racing, clipless pedals have almost completely displaced flats in Elite-level DH, and – with the notable exception of Sam Hill and Morgane Charre – it’s rare to find
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Meet The Crew
Our ex-features editor is always up for checking out somewhere new, especially when there are jumps involved A speed-and-style racing machine who has the ability to throw his bike into the most ludicrous shapes Dirt jumper turned YouTube vlogger To
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Other Riding
Sutton Bank Cycle Centre is perched up high on the south-western edge of the North York Moors plateau. This stunning escarpment has excellent facilities, with a pump track, skills area and waymarked trails for families and beginners up to more advanc
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Winner! That's Gotta Hurt
Jen De Vries suffered one of the nastiest injuries we’ve seen in a while. We hope you’re healing well, Jen! “It was the first day of a holiday last year, heading up to Dyfi and Revs, so we stopped outside Shrewsbury to stretch our legs and go for a q
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Bluffer’s -GUIDE-
Mountain bike cleats attach to the shoe via a pair of countersunk M5 bolts, which screw through slots in the shoe’s outsole and into a plate positioned between the outsole and insole. This can move forward and back, and twist a little. The cleat itse
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WRECKED & Rated MBUK
Starts with a detailed product check in the workshop. We strip and rebuild, checking for any problems. Next we hit the trails… hard! We test in real riding conditions for the complete picture. And finally we re-test with another tester. Our test tea
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The Lowdown
North York Moors National Park in north-east Yorkshire is one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK, covering 1,436km². It includes an extensive coastline, with the pretty seaside settlements of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby sitting wit
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Jargon
The amount the fork compresses under the rider’s weight while the bike is stationary. A bit of sag (we’d suggest 20 to 25 per cent) is essential so that some travel is left in reserve to extend into dips and holes. This is the vertical distance from
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Jargon
The horizontal distance from the centre of the bottom bracket to the centre of the top of the head tube. This affects how long a bike feels when you’re standing on the pedals. This is the internal system that controls how fast and consistently a fork
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Out FRONT MBUK
Scottish BMX sensation Kriss Kyle has made a big splash with his debut MTB edit, Out of Season. Produced by Red Bull, the video shows him riding a bonkers custom-built line in the woods incorporating some big tricks, including the Wall of Death-esque
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Luke’s Take
“For advanced riders, the Verderers is a great fitness tool. It’ll give you a brilliant workout and keep you entertained as you smash out a lap. The new sections are mega regardless of your skill level, with the berms being some of the best I’ve ridd
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Cycle To Work Scheme
This government-backed initiative lets you buy a bike through your employer (as long as they’ve signed up with one of the scheme providers), via deductions from your pre-tax pay. This reduces your taxable income, which can save you money. Traditional
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FIRST Rides MBUK
£5,599 Will the Dreadnought make you totally fearless? Forbidden were one of the first to shake up the established order with the launch of a high-pivot trail bike – the 130mm-travel Druid, introduced in 2019. Two years later, and still not ready to
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BEDGEBURY FOREST & THE BULL TRACK
We’re pretty lucky these days, aren’t we? Go back even just 10 years and, if you weren’t fortunate to live in the hills, then mountain biking would invariably mean missioning over boggy local bridleways or driving miles to the nearest trail centre. T
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The Knowledge
The Yorkshire Cycle Hub, located just south of Danby in Great Fryup Dale, has everything you need and is where we started all our rides. Perched up on the hillside, it offers stunning views, too. Accommodation comes in the form of holiday cottages or
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Fox’s Trail Forks Play Catch-up
With Fox having overhauled their 36 and 40 fork ranges last year, plus introduced the 38, it was only a matter of time before their do-it-all trail and ‘aggro XC’ forks – the 34 and the lighter-weight 34 Step-Cast – received the same treatment. Featu
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Dirty Weekender NORTH YORK MOORS
The North York Moors, up on the north-east coast of England, are a bit of a trek for many, but that’s what makes this National Park a wonderful area to visit, most of it far from the madding crowd. There’s plenty of wild, rough and rugged riding on t
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The Mbuk Directory
Bedgebury’s trails are at the National Pinetum. It’s well signed and the postcode TN17 2SJ will take you straight there. The Bull Track can be found on the outskirts of Crowborough at TN6 3HF. From the town take the B2100, turn left onto Palesgate La
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Master Of Its Domain?
The Domain has been in RockShox’s lineup since 2007 (with a brief hiatus since 2018) and it’s back with a bang for 2021. It’s always been a long-travel, hard-hitting fork – starting off back in ’07 as a 180mm, 2.8kg monster – and that theme continues
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Build It And They Will Come
AS I PULL INTO CAERSWS, THE CONDITIONS ARE A CRISP -1°C WITH BRIGHT SUN. IT LOOKS LIKE I’VE LUCKED OUT FOR TODAY’S PHOTOSHOOT WITH MATT SIMMONDS, AMID A WINTER FILLED WITH DARK, DAMP DAYS. But I’m not just here to take photos of Matt – even though,
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Details
Wide 27.5x2.6in Schwalbe tyres help make the Sentier 27 feel smooth on rough trails and offer plenty of grip While the 46t biggest cassette sprocket and 32t chainring provide an adequate lowest gear for most ascents, when it gets really steep or you’
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HOW TO service Shimano SPD pedals
1 Before working on the pedal, make sure the cleat bolts on your shoes are securely fastened. Play in the cleats can be mistaken for problems with the pedals. Clean dirt from the cleat bolts and tighten, using a 4mm Allen key. 2 Check the pedal plat
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Details
Don’t be put off by the own-brand kit – the Specialized saddle, grips and other parts work great on the trail, giving a refined feel Plus-size 2.8in tyres that can be run at lower pressures help improve the Fuse’s comfort and low-speed traction The R
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The Best Of Fort Bill
Fort William is one of the highlights of the World Cup race season. It’s a rider favourite, too, thanks to the enthusiasm of the thousands of fans who pack out the venue every year. We were gutted to hear that our annual pilgrimage to the Highlands w
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Mountain Biking UK
Editor James Costley-White james.costley-white@immediate.co.uk Production Editor Chris Barnard chris.barnard@immediate.co.uk Staff Writer Luke Marshall luke.marshall@immediate.co.uk Art Editor James Blackwell james.blackwell@immediate.co.uk Designer
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Our Ratings
A genuine class leader One of the best you can buy It’ll do the job and do it well Flawed in some way Simply put, don’t bother! The best product on test, in terms of performance, quality and price An exceptional product for the money – you’re
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Trail Crew Wisdom
”These contrasting venues made for a really fun and varied day out. If you’re in a mixed-ability group and wondering where to go then Bedgebury is a great shout – the red trail isn’t intimidating, but can still challenge if attacked at full tilt. The
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Power Brokers
PCJ is a former Elite-level 4X and enduro racer, hailing from the south of the UK but now emigrated to the Lake District. He’s the European sales and marketing guy for CushCore, while also flexing his muscles for Fit4Racing. Also based in the Lakes,
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Jargon
Pedals with a clip-in mechanism – a set of sprung jaws that engage with a cleat attached to your shoe. The seemingly contradictory name dates to their introduction in the ’80s, when it differentiated them from traditional toe-clips and straps. Metal
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E-bike Levo-lution
For their third-generation Turbo Levo e-bike, Specialized have taken a lot of inspiration from their Stumpjumper EVO aggro trail bike, meaning it’s longer and slacker – but not lower. In fact, Spesh have raised the bottom bracket, to help prevent ped
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