What Mountain Bike August 2014 Issue 164

Whether you've got £500 or £1500 to spend we've got the bike for you in our Budget Bike Test. Plus the latest kit tested, guide to jumping and loads more

What Mountain Bike August 2014 Issue 164

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In What Mountain Bike August Issue 164
 
We’ve got another awesome packed issue for you to enjoy this month, starting with our huge Budget Bike Test. If you’re looking for your first bike or your next one, we’ve tested 24 bikes ranging from £500 to £1500, from hardcore hardtails to fully sorted full sussers. Our six categories provide us with six winners, so there’s bound to be something to suit your riding style and your bank balance, from his ’n’ hers Specializeds – the Camber and Myka respectively – direct-buy deals from Canyon and On-One, plus superstore stars from Halfords and Decathlon. 
 
We’ve got the usual mix of the latest kit on test, including Fox’s new 36 Float fork. Could this be the product that returns Fox to suspension glory? We’re well into summer so check out our pick of the best riding sunglasses, including more casual offerings for on and off the bike. 
 
There’s also more instalments from our longterm fleet, this month catching up with Tom’s Santa Cruz Highball, Jon’s Trail Bike of the Year-winning Mondraker Foxy R and Guy’s Intense Carbine 29. 
We ask whether anyone can learn to jump, with former ed Steve Williams as our test pilot. From watching how the pros do it, to hypnosis and skills coaching, he investigates the techniques to help you get air the next time you hit the trails. 
 
In First Rides this month we’ve been spending time in the saddle of BMC’s Trailfox TF03, distinctly designed Look 927 Carbon, impressive direct-buy deal Bird Zero.3 and Canyon’s Lux CF 7.9 to survive its need for speed. 
We also help you wipe out simple workshop worries with our guide to straightforward maintenance jobs to keep you spinning smoothlyon the trails for longer, plus answer your technical queries.
As a bonus this month, check out our Ultimate Ride Guide supplement offering route inspiration and advice for 20 locations across the country.