Voting opens for 2017 inductees to Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

FAIRFAX, Calif. (BRIAN) — The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame nominating committee has made its selections for the MBHOF ballot for this year’s inductees

Showers Pass becomes exclusive apparel sponsor of IMBA in multi-year agreement

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Showers Pass has reached a multi-year partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association and its Trail Solutions team.

Showers Pass becomes exclusive apparel sponsor of IMBA in multi-year agreement

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Showers Pass has reached a multi-year partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association and its Trail Solutions team

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.

IMBA sponsors enduro race series

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association is the new title sponsor of the IMBA National Enduro Series. It’s the first time the organization has sponsored a race, and IMBA said the sponsorship “is intended to highlight the trail stewardship that results in the ability to host events on trails.” The series will include six rounds across the U.S.

Where does World Champs medal winner Laurie Greenland go riding?

Laurie Greenland is currently one of the fastest downhill racers in the world. His second-place run at this year’s World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, was nothing short of mind-blowing. We sat down with the 19-year-old Bristolian to ask him about how he got into the sport and where he goes riding.

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Growing up Laurie lived in a house overlooking St George’s Skatepark, and its cracked and crumbling 1980s concrete bowls were where his love of skateboarding and BMX began. He might never have discovered mountain biking if it hadn’t been for his dad. “He got into mountain biking because he was bored watching me at the skate park,” laughs Laurie. “He got himself a bike, and we’ve always done everything together, so I just tagged along with him and his mates when they went riding. They’d go to the Mendips, the Forest of Dean and Wales.”


Laurie has no shortage of great riding locations on his doorstep, but it’s the riding in South Wales that he loves the most and where he spends much of his off-season.

We asked him why this is the case: “The hills are big and there’s just so many steep loamy trails. If you know the right spots, there are new tracks popping up everywhere. It’s as if the trail fairies have been out overnight! I love it when I haven’t been home all summer and when I come back there’s so much new stuff to ride. In the right conditions the tracks here are some of my favourites in the world.”

Welsh Downhill Mountain Bike Association


Black Mountains Cycle Centre

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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.”


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.

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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. 


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

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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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Over to you: Should you learn the hardtail way?

In the past, those who wanted to get started in mountain biking were steered towards buying a hardtail bike — and seemingly for good reason. After all, it wasn’t long ago that cheap full-suspension bikes were an absolute horror show. Heavy, slow and nasty, they were superior only when it came to bragging rights.

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Then there was the skills side of the argument and the way, almost universally, it was accepted that hardtails were the better choice for the beginner to build their skills upon.

The thing is, bikes have moved forward and in recent years various manufacturers have been driving budgets hard to offer better budget full suspension bikes. It’s working too, and should you be lucky enough to have £1,000 / $1,000 to spend on your first mountain bike then bargain bikes like the Calibre Bossnut or Boardman Team FS are a genuinely great alternative to a huge list of hardtails.


It begs the question though, with several budget full-suspension mountain bikes being incredibly capable should the hardtail still be the first choice for the beginner rider?

So, do you think the days of beginner riders not having a rear shock are over? Or do you believe that starting out on a hardtail is still the best way to go? Tell us what you think below…

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