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#105 Paul Aston’s Nicolai Geometron G1
To claim you’ve “built the ultimate mountain bike” is a pretty bold statement, but that’s what ex-Nicolai rep Paul Aston says about his aluminium GeoMetron G1. Even though Paul no longer has any ties to the German brand, he maintains that his bike is
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Scotty’s Tips For Riding This Route
Take a full-suspension bike with a minimum of 120mm of travel Add at least a couple of hours to the expected ride time each day for breaks, photo stops and unexpected circumstances – this isn’t a route you want to rush Remember to let someone know
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GRIME TIME Your Questions Answered
Q Can you recommend some knee pads that don’t have that thin mesh on the back of the knee? When I’m pushing my bike up hills, my flat pedals keep catching and tearing the mesh – I need something more hardwearing! Brian Topham, Dorset A We’ve got a
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SEND IT! & WIN ALL OF THIS!
I got back into MTBing after a 12-year break, which included starting a family, moving to Switzerland and picking up a few unhealthy habits along the way. After a diagnosis of high blood pressure due to booze ’n’ cigs and being a bit overweight, I de
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WRECKED & Rated MBUK
It starts with a detailed product check in the workshop. Next we hit the trails… hard! We test in real riding conditions, incorporating feedback from multiple testers, and don’t stop until we have the complete picture. Our test team is made up of so
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HOW TO Replace Your Brake Pads
1 Pop the bike in a workstand and remove the wheel. If the old pads are worn out, the brake’s pistons will be extended, making them easy to clean. This can boost braking power and lever feel. If you wish to skip this stage, jump ahead to step 5. 2
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Winner! That’s Gotta Hurt
When things go wrong, you can always rely on your friends to make the best of a bad situation and keep things light-hearted! “This is me (left), after getting the landing badly wrong on a jump in Wales,” explains Gary Ebeling. “The photo was taken wh
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Meet The Mbuk Test Team
With two decades of riding experience, Rob knows nows what works and what doesn’t Riding anything up to five days a week means Tom has plenty of time to hammer test kit MBUK’s editor has 27 years of riding experience and an eye for the details that
Mountain Biking UK1 min lettiChemistry
Bluffer’s -GUIDE-
Made of a mixture of metallic particles pressed together, these offer a longer lifespan and better performance in wet, gritty conditions then organic pads. They also conduct heat away from the braking surface more readily and so tend to fade less on
Mountain Biking UK1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Next Month On Sale 16 | 02 | 2021
Alpe d’Huez is known for the bonkers Megavalanche, but there’s plenty more to explore We give 4 heavy-hitting bikes a hammering, plus test 15 packs, 6 handlebars and more Who’s still out on the trails in the wet and cold, and what are they riding? ■
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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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Dunster, Exmoor
We’re keen to stretch our legs with a challenging ride in an inspiring landscape, as a break from slogging around the local trails. I’ve always enjoyed riding in the Quantock Hills, which are just east of here and closer to the M5, but Exmoor is like
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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
Mountain Biking UK3 min lettiScience & Mathematics
Goggles
SO GOOD… These use foam that’s particularly comfy, even once saturated. The cutout in the nose piece and the fairly flat and malleable frame ensure breathing isn’t constricted. There’s a good field of vision and fantastic optics on the clear and tint
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Where Are We?
Exmoor National Park in South West England covers nearly 700km› of west Somerset and north Devon, with nearly 500km of bridleways over the steep, hilly moorland. The underlying sedimentary rock means many trails drain well, except for on some parts o
Mountain Biking UK6 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
FIRST Rides MBUK
£3,999 Legendary UK brand’s first full-suspension bike for a decade Forever remembered for the iconic, square-tubed RC200 – one of the most lusted-after bikes of the ’90s – Pace have kept a low profile in recent years, focusing on building hardtails
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LONG-TERM Rides MBUK
After spending last year on the Giant Reign 29 with its modest 146mm of rear wheel travel, I’m excited to be riding the Cube Stereo 170 for 2021, which pumps out a more enduro-friendly 170mm. It’s a burly bike built for hard thrashing on rough descen
Mountain Biking UK1 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Best Eating
In Dunster, Castle Coffee House have a broad menu to suit all tastes and hot meals made with Exmoor beef on Sundays. They’ve also got a garden and patio, and an alcohol license. For a hearty post-ride meal and local ale, the 14th-century Luttrell Arm
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Out FRONT MBUK
Torridon, in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, was voted MBUK readers’ best wild ride back in 2019, and it’s an especially magical place in late winter. Snapper Duncan Philpott bagged this epic shot on the Achnashellach descent, on a trip with Sco
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Spec
Frame Carbon fibre, 135mm (5.3in) travel Fork RockShox Pike Ultimate, 150mm (5.9in) travel Shock RockShox Deluxe RT3 DenbonAir Drivetrain SRAM GX Eagle (1x12) Wheelset Hunt Trail Wide wheels, Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 29x2.5in WT (f) and Maxxis Di
Mountain Biking UK14 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Boutique Trail Bikes
Small companies have often been at the forefront of innovation in the bike industry. With limited batches, rapid production schedules and rider-rich management, they’re able to ‘think outside the box’ more than the bigger brands. So if you stray from
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Dunster, Exmoor
Route summary This ride takes in some big climbs but repays your efforts with fast, rocky descents and stunning views Start/finish Dunster car park (postcode TA24 6SE, grid ref SS 993/439) 1 Head left into Dunster. After the traffic lights, turn ri
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Keep Off The Grass!
Filmed not far from MBUK’s Bristol HQ and featuring a trio of top UK riders, the fourth episode of Brendan Fairclough’s A Dog’s Life series is an impressive showcase of skill and style – check it out on YouTube if you haven’t already. However, things
Mountain Biking UK1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Spec
Frame Carbon fibre, 165mm (6.5in) travel Fork Fox 38 Float Factory GRIP2 E-Bike, 170mm (6.7in) travel Shock Fox Float X2 Factory Drivetrain Shimano E8000 motor with custom 540Wh battery, Shimano Deore XT gearing with e*thirteen chain guide (1x12)
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The Testers
With six years of experience testing bikes at MBUK and BikeRadar, Seb knows how to expose a bike’s strengths and weaknesses. Before that he studied physics at university while daydreaming of bikes. He’s been mountain biking for over half his life and
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WIMBLEDON COMMON & RICHMOND PARK, LONDON
Route summary A great escape from the urban hustle and bustle, without leaving London. This route may not offer technical riding, but the all-weather trails, open land, woodland and freely-wandering deer provide a brilliant break from the metropolis
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Brendan’s Take On Take-two
“The goal was to have perfect jumps and berms through an idyllic grass field, but that’s just not how it turned out. It was a huge mess, where we struggled to build in bad weather and had all sorts of other problems. In the end, we left a fun trail t
Mountain Biking UK2 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
First LOOK MBUK
£6,299 Future king of e-nduro? Scott have taken their big-hitting enduro rig, the Ransom, and developed a pedal-assist version – the Ransom eRIDE – to compete in the growing long-travel e-bike category. With a monstrous 180mm of squish front and rea
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Details
A flip chip lets you choose between ‘Low’ or ‘X-Low’ geometry settings, but we’d rather have the ‘X-Low’ head angle and ‘Low’ seat tube angle simultaneously Evil’s DELTA suspension system makes the beginning stroke nice and supple for better traction
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Church Stretton, Shropshire
Route summary This ride has a couple of big climbs and some hard tracks to keep you warm and moving. There’s also a nice cafe at the end to reward yourself for getting out Start/finish Carding Mill Valley car park (postcode SY6 6JG, grid ref SO 448/
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