This issue we head out for a ride and a chat with the Greatest Of All Time, Greg Minnaar. He gives us some insights into his strengths and weaknesses, how he feels about the current race scene and the precision needed to stay at the top of the game for nearly two decades.
Greg Minnaar at home in South Africa, during filming for the bike movie Gamble. Photo: Duncan Philpott
Pole Bicycle Co have a unique take on bike design and manufacturing. We find out more about the man behind the brand and check out the development of their new, CNC-machined Machine enduro bike.
Pole have eschewed carbon fibre construction for the new Machine, instead opting for CNC-machined aluminium.
Olly and Ben’s Excellent Adventure
Olly Wilkins and Ben Deakin take a whirlwind trip to the Philippines to ride, race and take in all the craziness that happens when visiting such a unique destination for the first time. Volcanos, donkeys, local delicacies and a buzzing riding scene deliver the experience of a lifetime.
Olly Wilkins and Ben Deakin get up to some high-jinks in the Philippines. Photo: Roo Fowler
There’s gold in them thar hills
Jackson Goldstone, a talented kid from the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, show’s why he’s got a bright future in mountain biking, impressing us with his down-to-earth attitude. The sky’s the limit for this 14-year-old.
Jackson Goldstone, the Canadian native looking to take on the world. Photo: Piotr Staron
In it to Whinlatter it
This month, the Wrecking Crew head up to the Lake District and check out Whinlatter trail centre. Following local riders, we discover if the trails are as dramatic as the landscape.
Whinlatter offers up stunning scenery and awesome trails. Photo: Mick Kirkman
The latest products are put through their paces, including 15 pairs of trail shorts. We see how much control you can buy for less than £1,500 with our budget full-suspension bike test and put tools, pads, clothing and much more through the wringer.
New kit tested this month includes 7iDP’s Sam Hill knee pads. Photo: Russell Burton
Our gift to you
We’ve compiled a mountain biker’s bucket list of 25 of the most amazing places to ride on the planet. Stop dreaming and get out there!
Our free guide includes some justifiably well-known spots, but some more out-there suggestions too. Ethiopia, anyone?
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