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Our Two Categories
With 150mm to 180mm of travel, enduro bikes are designed to be hurled down the roughest downhill tracks but still be pedalled back to the top. The best ones are fun on less full-on terrain, too. With plenty of international racing experience, Rob kn
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Best Eating
The Pantry Cafe & Kitchen in Yattendon may be small but it has outside seating, some amazing cakes and also serves a fabulous full English breakfast. On the route, in Chapel Row, The Blackbird Cafe is well worth a visit. Try The Bladebone inn next do
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FORESTAL & PRODUCTION PRIVÉE
Based in Andorra la Vella, Forestal and Production Privée are two relatively small bike brands that have teamed up to pool resources and broaden their scope for innovation. Their backgrounds are very different, with Production Privée born out of a lo
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Fairer Specs?
Many years have passed since bikes were simply sprayed pink, adorned with glitter, bestowed with an oversize saddle and labelled as women’s models. Most of society, including the bike industry, has moved on from such stark stereotypes. However, brand
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Welcome
There was a point where our big Bike of the Year test looked like it wasn’t going to happen. Unprecedented demand for new bikes meant we had to pull all kinds of strings to get hold of the trail and enduro contenders we wanted, without too big a vari
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Intense Primer 29 Expert
Smooth lines and striking graphics, combined with Intense’s undeniable racing heritage, make the Primer Expert 29 turn heads in the car park. This is one of the tidiest frames around, with the carbon fibre front and rear triangles joined by a pair of
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Exposure
Russell has been riding mountain bikes for almost as long as there have been mountain bikes to ride. Committed to the suffering of the long-distance XC rider, he’s never happier than when the fuel needle drops below zero and there’s one more big hill
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Spec
Frame ALUXX SL aluminium alloy, 160mm (6.2in) travel Fork RockShox Yari RC, 180mm (7in) travel Shock RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select Drivetrain Shimano Deore with Praxis Cadet cranks and MRP chain guide (1x10) Wheels Giant DH rims on Giant Trac
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Details
Mechs have a high and a low limit screw, marked H and L. These stop the derailleur moving too far across at either end of its range, to prevent the chain dropping off the top of the cassette into the spokes, or off the smallest sprocket and becoming
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Shimano Deore Xt
Few products have stood the test of time like Shimano’s Deore XT groupset. The winner of this issue’s drivetrain test (p94) has its origins way back in 1982, when the Japanese brand developed a range of “superior off-road and touring components to pr
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Rest Of The Line-up
Saracen have two new trail bikes, the Ariel 30 at £2,199.99 and the Ariel 30 Pro at £2,999.99. You can also pick up a frameset for £1,199.99, with a Fox DPS Factory shock. Check out our Bike of the Year supplement for a review of the Ariel 30 Pro. Sa
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Ed' S Design Process
”Developing a new bike takes a huge amount of hard work and commitment, so we need to be fully behind the idea from the start. If the desire is there, we sketch out a brief to get started. Then we move onto kinematics and geometry, to translate that
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#106 Rudy Cabirou’s Production Privée Dh Prototype
Squeezed between France and Spain, Andorra may be small but it has some decent-sized mountains, riddled with trails that demand a healthy amount of commitment. The principality is also home to larger-than-life French downhill and four-cross legend Cé
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Jargon
The part of the rear hub that the cassette slides onto. It contains the drive mechanism that allows you to freewheel without the cranks spinning, as well as to backpedal. Pronounced ‘one-by’, this describes a drivetrain with a single front chainring
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Fighting The Tide
NE OF THE BIGGEST SWELLS I’VE SEEN IN YEARS IS PUMMELING BAWDEN ROCKS,  a mile off the coast of St Agnes in Cornwall. Waves are bursting over the tallest of the two, known as the Cow (the other being the Calf) and stretching up 80ft – and the spray i
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Mbuk’s Month
Some good news from Rachel Atherton, who’s announced she’s pregnant. Will there be a second generation of Athertons dominating mountain biking in the future? Congratulations to Shimano, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Here’s
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Yattendon, Berkshire
Spring is finally starting to show us some signs of how glorious this country and its riding can be when we have a bit of warmer, drier weather. At the time of writing we’re still under lockdown restrictions, so we’ve decided to explore some nearby t
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Zoom With A View!
Nestled on the northern edge of the Lake District, England’s most mountainous National Park, and sandwiched between the towering Grisedale Pike and Skiddaw massif, Whinlatter trail centre is in a prime spot for some exceptional views. Even in poor we
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Sister Sleds
Bars tend to be narrower than on equivalent men’s/unisex models – usually around 760mm wide. They can be cut down even shorter if required. Some brands fit skinnier grips to cater for female riders with smaller hands. Pretty much all women’s bikes
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Vitus Sommet 29 Crx
The Sommet was always a great-value bike but lacked a little in performance. A full geometry and suspension overhaul means the latest model punches well above its price. The new carbon front triangle (mated to an alloy back end) gives this latest ver
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Airdrop Bikes
Founded 2015 Key personnel Ed Brazier, James Crossland, Andy Donnachie Location Sheffield First product The Edit, a 150mm-travel 650b bike New products We currently have the Fade DJ bike and the fourth-generation Edit. We’re also developing the S
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GRIME TIME Your Questions Answered
Q I want to film myself riding. Do I need to spend all that money on a GoPro or are the cheaper alternatives good enough? If I do go for a GoPro, which is the cheapest you’d recommend? Max Fowler, Dartmouth A It depends on your budget and what you
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Spec
Frame X9 series 6066 aluminium alloy, 145mm (5.7in) travel Fork RockShox Pike Select, 150mm (5.9in) travel Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ Drivetrain Shimano SLX (1x12) Wheelset WTB i30 TCS rims on Shimano hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II EXO TR 29x2
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Drivetrains
Two brands dominate the drivetrain market – Shimano and SRAM. Both offer an impressively wide range of MTB-specific options, from budget 10 and 11-speed set-ups to mega-money, electronically-shifting 12-speed systems. That’s assuming you want to run
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Sam Pilgrim
Sam Pilgrim is one of the UK’s biggest mountain bike stars. Not because he’s winning races or freeride competitions (although he was the 2013 FMB World Tour champion), but because he brings his riding to the masses through his YouTube and social medi
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Hope, Peak District
Route summary A big, tough, rocky delight of a ride. Steep and challenging throughout, but never too remote and has bail-out options if they’re required. Start/finish Hope car park (postcode S33 6RS, grid ref SK 171/835) 1 Turn right out of the car
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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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Spec
Frame X9 series 6066 aluminium alloy, 145mm (5.7in) travel Fork RockShox Pike Select, 150mm (5.9in) travel Shock RockShox Deluxe Select+ Drivetrain Shimano SLX (1x12) Wheelset WTB i30 TCS rims on Shimano hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II EXO TR 29x2
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Where Are We?
The Chilterns is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, famous for undulating chalk hills and beautiful beech woodland. Less than 30 miles from London, it covers 833km2 and is home to lots of great singletrack, beautiful countryside, country pubs and
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Saracen Ariel 30 Pro
With a geometry chart that could have been pulled from one of the more radical enduro bikes in this test – including a 65-degree head angle and 505mm reach (large) – it’s no surprise that if you point the 130mm-travel Ariel 30 in a straight line down
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