What Mountain Bike March 14 Issue 158

What Mountain Bike March 14 Issue 158

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In What Mountain Bike March Issue 158
 
This issue is special – it’s our Tech Issue. First we take two cutting-edge bikes with electronically-controlled suspension and put them head to head. Which is best? And are either actually better than a ‘regular’ bike? Whatever you think of our verdict, electronics are only getting more common – and our exclusive feature reveals the amazing technologies that will soon be changing mountain biking. Elsewhere we test Scott’s new motorised E-Spark (it’s not a cigarette, it’s a bike…) and round up the best GPS devices for riding off road. And all this for a very reasonable charge… Thanks, we’re here all week.
 
It’s also time for our big fork test roundup. We’ve got the top 10 greatest cross-country and trail forks or 2014, from every major manufacturer, and we’ve been putting them through the grinder for many, many miles. Thinking of upgrading? Then don’t miss our verdict, and don’t miss our four-page guide to choosing the right fork for you, your bike and your riding, either – it could save you a lot of money. It could even be the fork you have. Find out why inside!
 
We’ve also gone big on our longterm test fleet – it’s time for them to go back to their makers (so to speak), so we look back over a whole year of ‘ownership’ and deliver our final verdicts on bikes – some whose passing is lamented, some who’re not – from Lapierre, Cotic, Orange, Cube, Kona and more. 
 
There is, of course, still plenty more besides, including our report on once-dominant suspension builder Fox Shox – has it lost its way? – our pocket guide to riding in Snowdonia, our Workshop secrets to perfect cables, and a Trail Tested section bursting, as always, with the best new gear, parts and accessories. Don’t miss out!