What Mountain Bike September 13

Con or Icon? Legendary Classics remade, put to the test!

What Mountain Bike September 13

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In What Mountain Bike Issue 152:

We pit a £500 hardtail against a £5000 full suss carbon wonderbike, ride them clear across the UK in the three-day Rat Race event and ask: does more money beat lesser fitness? We also delve into the problems of buying used carbon bikes. Are buyers right to be wary? The answer from a host of experts will please you…

Part two of our three-part Suspension Demystified series takes you through setup, from how to get a solid baseline setting to the right way to dial it in (in less than an hour), and what to do if your bike still isn’t doing what you want.

There’s no skimping on our usual testing, which this month includes Fox’s 32mm-legged Float for 29ers, some innovative (and cheaper) ways of competing with SRAM’s 1x11 drivetrains and a ton of great wheels, helmets, packs, and tyres  – plus group tests of easy-pedalling softshell knee pads and the best shifters you can buy.

For our Ride Guide we’re looking at the Brecon Beacons, and our pocket guide has all you need to know to find the best riding the area has to offer. Fittingly, given all its rocks, this month’s Workshop explains hub servicing, and covers everything about replacing and maintaining your bearings, no matter what wheel you have.

Been riding a while? Get excited by legendary bikes like the Zaskar, Burner or Superlight? We do too, but are today’s versions really still worthy of the name? We test five brand new bikes to see if you’re getting anything more than a nostalgic name…

We’ve also got some pretty special machinery in First Rides too, plus an international flavour – Italian flair from Scapin, German efficiency from Cube and grand American bravado from Niner. All this, plus top new gear just-in, insightful opinion, the best tests available and basically everything you need to know about the world of mountain biking this month. It really is the bike buyer’s bible!