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H3 Publications shutters Decline and Road magazines

VALENCIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — H3 Publications owner Dave House has closed down industry titles Decline and Road after a 13-year run. The staff of six employees at H3’s headquarters in Southern California were let go Tuesday morning, sources said.

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About Mountain Biking UK

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 in summer 2016 means it’s even more informative, fun and engaging than ever.

In each 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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Rob Warner’s top 11 moments

In the latest issue of Mountain Biking UK, which is out now, we caught up with the legendary Rob Warner two decades after his first (and only) DH MTB World Cup win. We asked Rob what his top 11 moments were over the last 20 years.

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1. Getting fired from his first and only ‘proper’ job, working for Rover cars, after just six months. The rest is history…

2. Racing Man vs. Horse vs. Bike in the early ’90s. “I was caught up in the epicness of mountain biking then.”

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3. Finishing one place ahead of John Tomac at the DH World Championships in 1993. “My chain came off on the first turn, I rolled down and got 19th, one place ahead of Tomac. MBUK loved that and signed me for ’94.”

4. Getting off to a flying start in World Cup racing in 1994. Rob qualified in the top 10 at his first race in Cap-d’Ail, France, but punctured in the final. His second race was in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada where he finished third.

5. Winning the Kaprun World Cup in 1996.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Rob Warner’s top 11 moments

In the latest issue of Mountain Biking UK, which is out now, we caught up with the legendary Rob Warner two decades after his first (and only) DH MTB World Cup win. We asked Rob what his top 11 moments were over the last 20 years.

  • Best winter mountain bike tyres
  • Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you

1. Getting fired from his first and only ‘proper’ job, working for Rover cars, after just six months. The rest is history…

2. Racing Man vs. Horse vs. Bike in the early ’90s. “I was caught up in the epicness of mountain biking then.”

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3. Finishing one place ahead of John Tomac at the DH World Championships in 1993. “My chain came off on the first turn, I rolled down and got 19th, one place ahead of Tomac. MBUK loved that and signed me for ’94.”

4. Getting off to a flying start in World Cup racing in 1994. Rob qualified in the top 10 at his first race in Cap-d’Ail, France, but punctured in the final. His second race was in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada where he finished third.

5. Winning the Kaprun World Cup in 1996.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Our 10 most anticipated mountain bike products of 2017

As 2016 winds down, it’s time to look forward to new advancements in mountain biking. Here are some of the model year 2017 products and general trends that our team of mountain bikers is most looking forward to riding in the year ahead. 

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Liv Hail – Aoife Glass, women’s cycling editor

The brand new Liv Hail is one of my most hotly anticipated products for 2017. 

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This 160mm-travel aggressive trail bike is designed for the rigours of enduro racing, with some pretty bling kit at the high end of the range. It’s also one of an increasingly rare number of bikes with a geometry specifically designed for women. Liv bases its bike geometry on data gleaned from a global body dimension index, refined with comprehensive testing from riders and racers. I’m very interested to see how this bike feels in action on big terrain!

More affordable 1×12 drivetrains – Josh Patterson US technical editor

Many of our test team, myself included, have been impressed with the shifting and range of SRAM’s new XX1 and XO1 Eagle drivetrains. While they’re impressive, they are also extremely expensive for the average rider. 
What I’m looking forward to in 2017 is the introduction of 1×12 groups at more affordable price-points. I don’t know for certain that this is in the cards for the new year, but given the high level of aftermarket competition for 11-speed cassettes and add-on cogs that outgear SRAM’s own 11-speed mountain groups, it seems very likely that SRAM will push forward with an X1 level 12-speed group to maintain a competitive advantage. Once this happens, the front derailleur will become as outdated as bar ends. 

Focus Vice – Reuben Bakker-Dyos, videographer

Coming from a road and cyclocross background, I naturally gravitated toward hardtail 29er mountain bikes, but I found fear was a major barrier in progressing. So with the assistance of a Focus Vice, I’m hoping to gain confidence when the trails get steeper and the terrain gets gnarlier. With the 120mm travel shock, 130mm travel fork, burlier-than-I’m-used-to tyres and a SRAM NX groupset, the Vice is a middle-of-the-range trail bike perfect for building skills.

More aggressive 27.5+ tyres – Seb Stott, technical writer 

Shimano Steps – Tom Marvin, technical editor, What Mountain Bike magazine

Nicolai Gemetron – Rob Weaver, technical editor-in-chief 

Fox Live Valve – Jon Woodhouse, technical editor 

Cannondale Scalpel – Joe Norledge, videographer 

Giro Privateer – Jack Luke, staff writer 

Long-travel 29ers – Ed Thomsett, staff writer, Mountain Biking UK magazine

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Step back in time with these 5 retro bike games

Over the years there have been a few attempts at bringing cycling into video games, and although it’s fair to say that some were a lot more popular than others, that didn’t stop them from eating into plenty of our free time. In this article we take a look back at five memorable titles that kept us clocking the miles even while our bikes were tucked away in the shed. 

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1. Downhill Domination

Launching exclusively onto the Playstation 2 back in 2003 (we know, right?!), Downhill Domination was a strangely satisfying mashup of reality and fantasy where a player would race downhill head-to-head against multiple opponents on ludicrously steep, obstacle-ridden terrain. 

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Unusually, a player could choose a number of real world bikes from Specialized, Foes, GT, and Karpiel and even upgrade individual components with real world parts from the likes of Mavic, Marzocchi, Manitou and Maxxis. Stranger still, if you did well enough at the game then you were rewarded with the opportunity to play as mountain bike legends Eric Carter or Tara Llanes.

Playing it was an odd experience that combined the racing element of many driving games with the ability to freestyle like many skate games. Weirder still was the in-game combat which — similar to that of the Sega Mega Drive classic Road Rash — allowed players to comically punt one and other out of the running.

It was a pretty good game too, and achieved high praise among many of the gaming industry’s most respected review titles.

2. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX

3. No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking

4. Paperboy

5. Pro Cycling Manager/Cycling Manager

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

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About Mountain Biking UK

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 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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Mountain Biking UK takes on the Megavalanche

It’s a race that tops the bucket list for many riders out there, but just what is it like to compete in the Megavalanche? Mountain Biking UK’s Alex Evans and Ed Thomsett took on this year’s event and share their experiences in the clip below.

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For those who aren’t aware, the Megavalanche is a mass start mountain bike race that sees 2,000 riders traverse some of the most challenging, varied and downright savage terrain at Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps.

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Alex Evans, a Megavalanche virgin, turned to experienced Megavalancher Ed Thomsett as a partner for this year’s event. Having both qualified for the main race, both lads go on to experience a race they’ll never forget.

From geeky bike chat to elbows-out racing and POV crash carnage, there’s something for every Mega appreciator.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Trek pledges $1M to NICA at annual dealer event

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — At Trek’s annual dealer event, held last week, the company pledged to donate a dollar from every Bontrager mountain bike tire sold to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, and the company challenged retailers to match its contribution