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Britain’s Best-selling MOUNTAIN
july 2013 issue 292
“A labyrinth of unimaginably vast holes in the mountainside, linked by a network of tunnels and rusty ladders” – p69
5 great dirty weekends in Wales slate mine stunt ride why wales is as good as whistler! help build the trails you love to ride
OU R Y R MASTE N S I O N SUSPE p tips for Mojo’s to r set-up best-eve
Perfect positions Get your body in the right
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PRINTED IN THE UK
Tough as nails hardtails for better blasts this summer
Being extra vigilant will help beat the bike thieves and let you do more of this
Free pull-out maps
Four great routes from Alton in Hampshire, Dartmoor, Clumber Park near Nottingham and the Yorkshire Dales
* Pull-out maps not available to overseas readers
INS TAN T INDE X and how you can get the most from your set-up.
You may never have heard of this but it’s one of the most physically tough, technically insane events on the calendar!
You want to look cool out on the trails but need to be comfortable too. These short-sleeved jerseys give the best of all worlds! Rider Blake Samson Bike Saracen Zen 650 Photo Robin Kitchin
SCOTT FIRST RIDE
Why we think the Scott’s Scale 710 is the fastest, most fun race or singletrack hardtail we’ve ever ridden!
The experts at Mojo HQ give us some insight into suspension
Getting your body position right on your bike will put you in more control. Here’s how it works…
THE STUFF YOU HAVE TO GO TO FIRST!
Your bike is highly desirable - not just to you… What’s your most treasured posession? Silly question really, we know it’s your mountain bike. It’s not hard to see why. It lets you go pretty much anywhere, do pretty much anything, get away from everything and have a load of fun into the bargain. And they look so good these days! Beautifully crafted framework – every angle, twist and turn elegantly constructed for performance, strength and aesthestics. All finished off with the most technically advanced, shiny, components. We are indeed a lucky bunch. There is inevitabley a downside to this, of course. Those very things that we love about our bikes makes them all the more desirable to the bike thieves too. That’s nothing new. But we’re hearing increasing reports of riders being followed home from popular trails and thieves then targetting bikes that aren’t properly secured in garages, sheds, or outside peoples’ homes. So be extra vigilant, invest in a good lock, always secure it to a fixed position at home, use multiple locks, register your bike (www.immobilise.com) and take pictures of any unique parts. It might all seem like extra hassle but it will help deter those thieves and hopefully ensure you can continue to enjoy your pride and joy on the trails all summer long.
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july 2013 Issue 292
12 the brit pack
Gee and Rachel Atherton lead the UK domintation at Fort William!
14 margam park aims high Does the S Wales race venue have international events in its sights?
15 ringing the changes
Stepped chainrings – blast from the past becomes the next big thing
16 the in-betweeners
Hope add a 650B option to their impressive wheelset line-up
18 a star is born
Martin Maes steps out of the gravity enduro shadows
slate mine stunt ride 68
Llanberis quarry offers a wealth of trials opportunity
FMB world tour update
22 Pilgrim’s top of the tree again, but will the US comps spell heartbreak?
ride here, ride now
24 Rostrevor, County Down: the finest manmade trails in Northern Ireland
uplift day essentials
27 Everything you need for an awesome day of gravity-assisted riding
32 We were the first to try out the new Spicy 650B. Here’s what we thought
new gear from fox
36 Close-up look at the latest TALAS fork and the new Float X shock 23 brook macdonald 23 sam reynolds 28 renthal handlebars 28 back in the day 30 My Ride: Steve Peat 34 sam hill signature TLD D3
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Features slates and ladders
68 Hops and drops off crazy obstacles in an old quarry
Regulars Send it!
39 Made by you – letters, comments and your best riding photos
77 Where to base yourself for the best routes and rides
82 Brand new bike park and the people making it happen
whistler or wales?
88 Can’t afford Whistler? Wales is just as good, trust us! 96
suspension for dummies
Fork and shock set-up made simple. Or at least simpler
102 This is no ordinary cross-country race…
46 Cannondale Trigger 2, Morewood Jabula and Scott Scale 710
52 The hottest new bikes and gear hitting the shelves soon
59 Blake Samson’s Saracen Slopestyle prototype 44 mint sauce 62 subscribe 189 next month
suspension sorted 96 Let Mojo make set-up simple
lending a hand
How volunteers are helping create the trails you love
Hardest race ever?
Even the toughest riders we know said ‘Never again’!
weekend warriors Five great dirty weekends in Wales
whistler vs wales Think Wales can’t hold a torch to Whistler? Think again…
107 new tests
Our test team report back on the latest batch of new products
116 six of the best
Lock-on grips tested for comfort, security and durability
118 mbuk machines
Team bikes: where we’ve ridden, what we’ve changed and broken!
124 bike test
Can today’s breed of aggro hardtails still cut it on the trails?
Short-sleeve jerseys are ideal for summer – which one gets it right?
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154 Perfect your position on the bike. Essential set-up tips and how to use your bodyweight effectively 164 Step by step guide to removing and replacing your chainset
166 Got a mechanical problem that needs solving? We’re here to help!
the big ride
172 We get the Yorkshire Dales all to ourselves, and enjoy a rugged ride around Reeth. Plus free pull-out maps for three classic routes!
180 Doddy, Jake and Jimmer hit Leigh Woods and 50 Acre Woods, Bristol
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Front The five stories leading the way this month
The Brit pack
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UK racers blast Fort Bill
his year, it feels as though we were waiting ages for the opening round of the 2013 UCI World Cup. But, after a dust-filled weekend of action on Aonach Mor, that wait felt totally worth it. Gee and Rachel Atherton took a brace of downhill wins for GT Factory Racing in front of the capacity crowd, while Manon Carpenter came second in the downhill, and 4X charger Katy Curd took to the top step of her podium too. The biggest smiles were definitely found in the GT pit though, after their brand new Fury garnered a clean sweep. Hereâ€™s hoping this UK domination continues! c
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Photo: Steve Behr
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