This month we unveil our Gear of the Year awards – the crème de la crème, the top 20 must-have products of 2013 – all beautifully shot and accompanied by exactly why any mountain biker would be more than pleased to have them in their life.
There’s plenty more besides, not least a full slew of our industry-leading testing, including RockShox’ fantastic new Pike and Fox’s high-performance Float X rear shock, plus tyres, brake rotors, recovery drinks and more. We also check in for some updates to our longterm test fleet, and this month we’ve expanded our Buyer’s Guide to include more of the key bikes on sale today.
Our big bike test is a whopper – we take a fistful of dollars, a trans-Atlantic flight and five beautiful American frames from the likes of Intense, Ibis and Santa Cruz, and smash them into the Nevada desert. Well, we didn’t smash the plane, but we did send the bikes in (and some hit it harder than others). Does the conservatism found under so much of the USA’s flashy excess lie at the heart of their mountain bikes too? Or are the Americans building machines to rival the Europeans? Read our test to find out!
Back in the UK we explain how to build a trail centre (in 10 easy steps), take you through everything you need to know about riding in the Malvern Hills, answer your technical questions, explain how to update your bike’s geometry, bring you some exciting First Rides from Ibis, Silverback and Commencal… and much, much more!