In What Mountain Bike October:
The Five Most Important Bikes of 2014!
This issue is packed, not least with the latest, most telling machines unveiled at the biggest show of the year, Eurobike.
We bring you details of the bikes that demonstrate where mountain biking is headed in 2014, and explain why they matter.
As the nights draw in, you need our test of the best lights to keep you biking into autumn and winter.
We also explain all you need to know about choosing, buying, using and maintaining them.
You'll find exhaustive roundups of the best autumn jackets – windproof, showerproof, not too hot for mild days and not too cool for cold nights – and a Trail Tested section of new gear, including TRP's revised four-piston Quadiem brakes, a special titanium cassette from KCNC, the best ceramic lubes and more.
Having looked at how complex suspension units work and how to tune them, the final part of our Suspension Demystified series addresses a big question: how much of power does all that bouncing rob? The results surprised us, and we think they'll surprise you too.
At the other end of the spectrum, our man Ric takes a big challenge: can he survive a month without suspension? See how he got on when removed from his modern comfort zone to live with Kona's fully rigid, one-geared Unit… Just don't expect him to mention the bit where he crashed into a river, because for some reason he glosses over it.
Our Workshop has tips on tracking down (and silencing) hard-to-find noises, the Ride Guide details where, when and what to ride in the Chilterns, New Arrivals has gorgeous photography of new gear from Five Ten, Pearl Izumi, Race Face and more. Our Longtermer bikes continue to gather pace – especially Tom's Kona Hei Hei, which is on a serious diet, and Shim's Scott Genius, the front end of which disgraced itself in the Alps…
We also test some very varied bikes you probably haven't heard of (yet) from Vitus, BH Bikes and Genesis, but which kick ass and which just kind of smell of it? Find out in this packed issue!