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  • Altura ErgoFit™ 3D patterning engineered for a more comfortable riding position
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  • Relaxed Fit

Mountain Biking UK celebrates everything that is great about mountain biking, inspiring and enabling riders of all abilities and ages to get out and have a better time on their bike — and a refresh for summer 2016 means it’s even more informative, fun and engaging than ever.

In every issue of MBUK you’ll find the very best features showcasing the most exciting and stunning places to ride in the world; easy-to-follow technique guides, step-by-step maintenance tips, reviews of the latest must-have kit, plus exclusive info on the newest and best bikes that you can buy. It’s the ultimate mountain bike hit, all in one place!

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The proper order of mountain bike upgrades

If you’ve just bought your first mountain bike, or are looking to upgrade an ageing model, you should keep in mind that not all upgrades are equal. Some will give you a significant benefit for very little investment, while some expensive upgrades will yield very small returns.

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In my opinion, there’s a hierarchy of mountain bike upgrades that will give you the most bang for your buck, smiles per mile, or however else you choose to quantify your riding experience.

If you’re not quite ready to give up on your existing kit, I’ve also included a bit of advice on how to make the most of the parts you already own.


1. Fit comes first

Before diving into any mechanical upgrades, you need to make sure you have your contact points dialed. Find a comfortable saddle, along with a handlebar width and stem length that suit your riding style.

No amount of money invested anywhere else on you bike will make a difference if you don’t feel comfortable and confident.

2. Tires

3. Dropper seatpost

4. Wheels

5. Brakes

6. Suspension

7. Drivetrain

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Industry vet Steve Cuomo launches e-commerce tube business


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Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned review

Scott’s longstanding Spark range saw a radical overhaul for the 2017 model year, primarily with the aim of giving cross-country team riders Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds a solid crack at gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

As history proved, that turned out extremely well, with both of them ending up on top of the podium and showering Scott’s new bike in instant glory. However, cross-country racing isn’t the sole focus of the new Spark. For anyone that gets their pleasure from laps with friends rather than lactic acid you’d do well to look beyond the 29er wheeled race bikes in the range and take a good hard look at this 27 Plus tyred model instead.

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While it shares the same frame layout and suspension design of the rest of the Spark range, this bike is built from the ground up to use mid-fat rubber. It also sports 130mm of travel up front paired to 120mm at the back.

The frame itself is a masterpiece of design, with the new trunnion mount shock mount now repositioned from the downtube to the bottom bracket area and a pivotless back end which, when combined with some other extremely neat frame features, manages to shave a serious amount of weight from a bike that was already seriously lean.

As you might have guessed from the pictures and price tag, this 700 Tuned is the top-end model of the Plus range and thanks to a bit of help from a kit list that would impress an oligarch, it tips the scales at just 11.4kg. In case that number doesn’t speak for itself and your jaw hasn’t dropped, that’s seriously light for a full suspension bike, nevermind a trail focused Plus one.

Plus and minus 

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Unior USA launches website and online store


San Francisco’s American Cyclery closes ’appendage’ location

??SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — When American Cyclery Too’s lease expired earlier this year, owner Bradley Woehl decided not to renew.

Liv Pique Advanced 0 first ride review

The brand new Liv Pique Advanced 0 is a top-of-the-range XC trail bike. Designed for female riders based on body geometry data, it’s a 120mm travel full-suspension steed with a carbon frame and 27.5 wheels. 

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The Pique is an aggressive cross-country bike, part of an increasing trend within XC riding and racing. Stemming from an increase in the technicality of cross-country race courses — which not only combine strenuous technical climbs, but now increasingly feature rock garden descents, drops, and even rhythm sections and drops — these bikes are the result of a drive to create race-worthy bikes that are still efficient climbers and can handle such terrain. 

While 29in wheels and hardtails are still popular, there is an increasing number of 27.5″ wheeled full-suspension bikes in the cross-country race circuit, and you need to look no further than the winning bike at the Rio Olympics cross-country event to see that the wheel size and suspension are not in themselves a barrier to success in this discipline. 


The Pique Advanced 0 is the pinnacle of the Pique range. With more blinging XC kit than you can shake a stick at, it’s got top of the range pretty-much everything.

I was pretty excited to get a go on the long anticipated and extremely shiny SRAM Eagle drivetrain, and initial impressions are good

The bike occupies the same cycling niche, as it were, to the Giant Anthem, as Liv and Giant are sibling companies and Giant produces the frames. However, it is very much its own bike, designed from scratch for female riders. Despite a general trend right now for ‘women’s specific’ mountain bikes to be based around a unisex frame and women’s specific finishing kit  — such as the Specialized Camber Women’s and the Juliana bike range’s Santa Cruz frames — Liv has taken a completely different approach. 

Top whack parts

  • SRAM 12-speed: XX1 and X01 Eagle first impressions

High-end finishing kit

Bucking the trend for lower bottom brackets, Liv has opted for raising the BB on the Pique

Raising the bottom bracket

Liv Pique Advanced 0 availability and pricing

Liv Pique Advanced 0 early verdict

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Engineers dive into the nitty-gritty at Cyclitech conference

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — With a sharp focus on the use of composites in bicycles and cycling accessories — from materials selection and optimization to manufacturing processes, safety testing, repair and, ultimately, recycling — the second annual Cyclitech bike technology conference drew 145 industry engineers, presenters and sponsors to Southern California on Tuesday and Wednesday. Co-organized by JEC Group, a composites trade organization, and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Cyclitech was held for the first time last year in Belgium, featuring speakers from several bike brands as well as the UCI, the conference’s official partner.

E-bike conference examines the future and sets priorities for growth next year

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Some 60 industry executives, most affiliated with the e-bike industry, took time at a conference Thursday to review its recent successes and to set new goals for 2017. But influencing legislation, building a sound research base, developing policy, securing grants, mapping routes and a dozen other goals takes money.