Mountain Bike Rider (UK Magazine) Magazine

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonathan Anderson a Cross Country Rider from Greatham, United Kindom

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2004

Strengths:    Serous and fun at the same time

Bottom Line:   
A very good magazine which is aimed at a rider who takes riding serously and enjoys going on rides not trying to show off. The magazine is good for a rider who is just starting out or a rider who has been riding for a long time.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   Tescos

Bike Setup:   Soft tail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by paul no a Downhiller from Wales, UK

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2004

Strengths:    honesty

Weaknesses:    er.... too many ads in the mag

Bottom Line:   
The mag in question is, imo, the best on offer in the UK. The biggest selling mag in UK-mbuk is, imo, cr*p- it's aimed at teens. Mbr on the other hand has a more grown up feel to it, for example, they will, if they feel inclined to do so, use the odd swear word. For me mbr is a mag for bikers by bikers.

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Favorite Trail:   Brecon/Black Mtns

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   anywhere in UK

Similar Products Used:   mbuk, mba, what mtb.

Bike Setup:   big heavy full susser

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonathan 'jonowee' Wee a Cross Country Rider from Perth, WA, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2004

Strengths:    - Detailed
- Critical, unbiased info
- broad spectrum of MTBikes from budget competant to high end ones, very useful for anyone
- much better in every sense than MBA(Mountian Bike Action)
- Great price for this quality piece of work


Weaknesses:    - localised around the UK but articles still make sense in other countries
- prices are in pounds, trickier to convert to aussie dollars


Bottom Line:   
The most indepth, broad spectrum and unbiased mountian bike magazine I have ever discovered.
At A$8.85 and the quality of this mag owes it to the great employees of MBR.
Top-notch hard to be.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   A$8.85 at local newsagent

Similar Products Used:   Bicycling Australia, Australian Mountian Bike, freewheel

Bike Setup:   AVANTI hardtail XC bike with 2002 ROCK SHOX Judy XC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Cross Country Rider from Bloomfield Hills, Mi, USA

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2003

Strengths:    Hey, sweet, if you read this you'll know that hardtails are still around and XC riding is still very popular.

Weaknesses:    Its better then any american publication with exception to dirt rag on some ocasions.

Bottom Line:   
I like most of the UK mags a lot better then the mountain bike mags in the states. The american ones just talk about DH and FR, and trash XC riding. I really like the ride reviews, climbing tips, product reviews on the hardtails and most other content. Its very well written.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiac Lake Rec. Area Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500 frame, marzzocchi z4(air), bontrager seat, bar, seatpost, titec riser, LX comps.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by karl from England

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2003

Strengths:    Great pictures, trail details, news coverage.

Weaknesses:    Product and manufacturer bias.

Bottom Line:   
Overall happy with the mag, but they really have it in for certain manufacturers.

Example: p.121 of Jan 2003 (Turner O2 bike review) "...Cane Creek AD12. This shock didn't cut it so we swapped it for a spare [Fox] Float RL... what a difference- no more stiction and uncontrolled rebound".

-All 3 pictures of the bike showed the Cane Creek in action and no Fox in sight.
- read the reviews on this site for the AD12; stictionless performance and adjustments that work (e.g. rebound)... whilst a criticism levelled at the Float is stiction!! The AD12 outperforms the Fox in consumer scoring too.
-Oh yeah, and Fox provides loads of advertising revenue to the mag...

In tests, 8 out of 10 MBR staff said they prefer Marin and Specialized over other bikes cos of the ad. revenues they receive.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mountain bike action, Mountain biking UK.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dunko a Racer from OZ

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002

Strengths:    Always a big mag. Lots of reveiws on new products. Ride guides are without peer (check em out if u are going to the uk). Great techie articles and maintence stuff. Cool dudes in general, as are all mountainbikers. Lots of ads and prices to compare them to Oz and US.

Weaknesses:    Bit exxy when you buy it in Oz..

Bottom Line:   
Go get this mag, and if you are not happy, I'm sure the MBR dudes will buy you a new bike to make up for it..

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Favorite Trail:   Pipeline and Porcupine Rim Moab

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Newsagent

Similar Products Used:   Ive read all the MTB mags going around over the last couple of years..

Bike Setup:   M4 S Works hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by a cool guy a Cross Country Rider from Sheffield uk

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002

Strengths:    good product reviews, cover issues todo with mtbiking, makes you want to get out and ride very good maps, no silly messing around

Weaknesses:    I'm only 16 so can't go to these fantastic places they tell you about which is fustrating and i still pay for the laminated maps (these weren't included last month)they repeat all the buyers guide each month which takes up alot of the mag

Bottom Line:   
this mag costs a lot and i think a lot of that goes on th buyers guide and maps which i don't need or can't use other than that it is a good mag but i can't believe there are no better mags for you lot in the US still us brits are the best e.g. orange, hope

P.S who wants the weather too hot i like the mix of dry (not ver often) and wet (very often) conditions for riding in

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere fun

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Subscribed

Similar Products Used:   MBUK (my brother buys that cos he's a downhiller)

Bike Setup:   wheels Nice saddle worn out transmission (deore)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by carlos silva from natal rn, brazil

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2002

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    all

Bottom Line:   
this magazine is so funny, specially bike tests section.
those guys arent racers, doesnt have any riding skils and to finish, they even shave theyr legs ! are they real mtbikers???

as i said before they arent racers but they only tests race bikes, race stuf, race shoes.....what a hell is this? they have the courage to put a riser bar on a cannondale f4000!!! this is not a trail bike, this is a race bike!!

you can only tests race products at race courses ! ( if you have the legs and lungs to do it).

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Favorite Trail:   uphill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   friends

Similar Products Used:   mba, mbi....

Bike Setup:   stump jumper m2 full xtr, king hubset and headset, sid sl...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Malcolm Stonebridge from Durham, County Durham, Great Britain

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2002

Strengths:    Aimed at adults mainly, that's not meant in a pervy way, just that there's little drivel about jumping off park benches etc.

Weaknesses:    A trivial thing but would prefer it to be USA letter sized rather than it's thin but large pages.

Bottom Line:   
Very good and stop knocking our climate, we know it's crap but it's just not nice.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   WH Smiths

Similar Products Used:   MBUK (a while ago, i.e. over 10 years ago, it's to adolescent really).

Bike Setup:   Pace RC200, Pace forks, race face cranks, XTR mix.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by John Gould a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2002

Strengths:    OK, not the best. I have read the reviews you guys have written and I can only assume we are talking about the same mag. Product reviews are OK however they do stray into subjectivity occasionally. Some reviews are of products well outside the purchasing power of many readers. Ironically, some of the best reviews are of the cheaper machines. If you are reviwing a bike dripping with Race Face, XTR, Chris King etc it is invariably going to be good. If you have a lower priced steed with plenty of OEM stuff on, that is when you need to know if it is any good.

Weaknesses:    Corny, editorial staff look like a bunch of miserable sods. The mag has lost the plot, it used to be good but now it is merely average. Sometimes it is hard to work out who the trail guides are written for. "Hard" routes are too easy and "easy" routes are almost family routes. Technique sections are of questionable merit.

Bottom Line:   
Better magazines in the UK have gone to the wall and although MBR fills a niche, I am seldom motivated enough to buy it any more. If MBR is better than the American mags I feel really sorry for you!

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Favorite Trail:   Everywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   W H Smiths

Similar Products Used:   Too many to mention!

Bike Setup:   Massi Z7, Z2 Bombers, XT, Race Face, Formula Discs etc etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by edouble a Cross Country Rider from wheatley heights,ny

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2002

Strengths:    writing, reviews, pictures why they even have trail maps!. they absolutely positively kick the crap out of every u.s. mag around!

Weaknesses:    so you fancy yourself a comedian?

Bottom Line:   
thie mag makes me wish i had never broken up with my ex-girlfriend from england. at the time i did not mountainbike so i did not realize all the fun i could have had every time i went to england. all the maps and article on places to ride plus the intelligent,thorough reviews have me drooling every month. makes u.s. mags look extremely amateurish. the air jordan of mountainbike mags!

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Favorite Trail:   westwoods in ct.

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   borders books

Similar Products Used:   all of the u.s. rags uh, i mean mags.

Bike Setup:   voodoo bizango, z2bam, all xt except sunrace juju shifters and avid arch rival 50's. salsa,raceface mavic 225's, conti vertical pro's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EsHan13 a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles, CA, USA!!!!!

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2001

Strengths:    By far the best mountain biking magazine you can purchase here in the good ole' U.S of A. It has great photographs, great tips and very extensive reviews of products and trails. All other magazines seem mediocre compared to MBR. If you get a chance, pick one up, you won't be disappointed. It's a real joy to read and look at.

Weaknesses:    It's rather expensive due to the conversion from the UK pound to the US dollar. Also, I noticed it is only sold at certain Borders stores,(i.e not all Borders carry it so shop around and find a Borders that does). Plus, some of the British slang is hard to understand (man, they really speak a different form of english over there:) and a lot of the products they review are European so it may not pertain to the US mountain biker at times, but that's understandable. I mean, it is a "European" magazine.

Bottom Line:   
Geez, what is the deal with UK magazines all being so good? I mean, they really know how to make a magazine. It's not just sporting magazines like this one, but magazines of all genres tend to be really great (if you're also into Home Entertainment systems, check out "What Hi-Fi," another Brit magazine). I really wish I could subscribe to MBR but even their subscription fee is high however, so it really makes no difference if you just buy off the shelf. If you're an avid mountain biker, I really recommend you check out MBR so you can have some fun off the bike as well. Great pictures, great articles plus some humor makes this magazine a pleasure to read. It's also interesting to see what people on the other side of the world like to ride. Bottom line, it's the best magazine you can buy in the US for mountain biking and well worth every penny.

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Favorite Trail:   Palos Verdes, Brentwood

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $7.00

Purchased At:   Borders Book Store

Similar Products Used:   All the domestic US mountain biking magazines such as Mountain Bike Action, Bicycling, Mountain Bike, etc. They're all adequate by themselves I guess, but compared to MBR, they're not even in the same league.

Bike Setup:   2000 Litespeed Owl Hollow hand made here in the GREAT USA.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Graham Mitchell a Weekend Warrior from Perth, Western Australia

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is simply the best MB magazine on the planet.
It always cheers me up to know there's an even more miserable b*****d mountain-biker out there than me...
KITCH!!!
Why, he makes an undertaker look like an 'E'd up party animal in Ibiza!
Perhaps the editor of Australian Mountainbike would like to take note- he produces the worst magazine in the world... a complete load of arse.
































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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   MBA, MB - the Yank mags and Australian MB


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ivan T a Weekend Warrior from Asia Pacific

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2001

Strengths:    Awesome pics and great info on products reviews in a colorful and bigger format. Makes you feel more likely to collect each and everyone of the issue. I like their Workshop Index in case you forgot where you read. Many and various bikes test on each issue. Even the ads. are colorful enough ! The Bike Routes section is just wonderful. The Brits are very good at it.

Weaknesses:    Pay a little more, but hey, it's a great magazine really !

Bottom Line:   
MBR has great info and makes you want to go out and ride. Your mind is out there riding even when you are reading it.
Folks in the US should rethink their mountain bike mag contents and format.

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Favorite Trail:   Singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by UberClyde a Weekend Warrior from Manila

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2001

Strengths:    Centerfold, topo maps, reviews

Weaknesses:    Poor Brits, their trails suck

Bottom Line:   
Great large-format magazine. Great topographical pull-out maps of rides, all of which indicate the location of pubs. The only mountain bike magazine with centerfold girls. No pretentious politically correct bullsh!t. Well done reviews. The only problem with the ride shots is they are all dreary wet gray days, hard pack double track, on windy exposed ridges, of pale dudes wearing tons of rain gear - poor sods!

I wrote to the guys at Bike magazine and suggested they have a look at the competition from the UK, but got no response.

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Favorite Trail:   Bushy Aeta Bonecrusher

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   MBA, Bike, etc.

Bike Setup:   Does it matter?

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