Mountain Biking UK Magazine Magazine

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Mountain Biking UK Magazine


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chris Nicholls

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2012

Strengths:    Good overall kit reviews, trial reviews.

Weaknesses:    Has recently sold out too main advertisers and should not be viewed as an unbiased magazine. Pity really

Bottom Line:   
A good idea gone bad

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brian a Downhiller from alaska

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2007

Strengths:    GREAT mag. Great product reviews etc, GREAT DIY (how too's)... I look forward to ever issue...

Weaknesses:    $9.99 ea. for over the sea readers...

Bottom Line:   
GREAT mag. This is for FR/DH/DJ. This magazine is geared to the Freerider; Downhiller; Dirt Jumper. XC rides can get some great tips on how to ride steep trails, how to handle fast, off negative corners, how to setup your bike, etc... How many XC riders do you see getting any kind of air??? Not many. I do a little XC riding myself. But it's not really geared for the up tight, Lycra wearing XC riders... For XC, get What MTB, or???

Can't We All Just Get A Long??? :)

www.myspace.com/brian_404

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Favorite Trail:   just get out and ride...

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $9.99

Purchased At:   Barnes & Nobles, Borders...

Similar Products Used:   Dirt, and Decline magazines...

Bike Setup:   2004 Specialized Big Hit; 2007 Specialized P2 cr-mo; 2002 Specialized Rockhopper...

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jaggi a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2006

Strengths:    Well, the paper is good quality!
Girls are nice to look at.


Weaknesses:    Made by kids for....themselfs?

Bottom Line:   
"Its obvious this mag is aimed at 14 year old kids, with its childish reveiws and bullsh*t letters page!"
I agree 100%! There's nothing to read, just lame bulls..
Zero chili's!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by j p a Downhiller from s

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2005

Strengths:    funny, good content

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
pick up a copy

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Favorite Trail:   kl

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   barnes& nobles


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Ottawa, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2004

Strengths:    Lots of cool product reviews. Lots of advertisements and stuff for sale. Cool pics too. Lots of freeriding stuff, thats always great.

Weaknesses:    Came with a free tool that doesnt perform up to par.The price.

Bottom Line:   
If you like freeriding, this is the mag for you. Other than the price, its great. And their's so much stuff in it, you'll have plenty to read until you get the next issue.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $8.00

Purchased At:   Chapters


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Wils from Bromley, UK

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2004

Strengths:    Workshop section is usually good.


Weaknesses:    Some sections are pure filler (does anyone need to learn how to cook lasagne from a bike mag?).

Bottom Line:   
I'm not sure what happened to MBUK - five or six years ago it used to be great; easily the best mountain biking magazine around at the time. I got back into biking again last year and started reading it again, and it's rubbish.

It quite often reads like a bunch of students writing a magazine for their own amusement.

There are some good articles, but they feel like they've been shoved in to pad out the magazine rather than written as a big feature by one of the editorial staff.

Some issues you can squarely divide the magazine in two and say which bits were written by the same people who also write for What MTB (and are consequently worth reading), and which were written by the MBUK lot pissed down the pub at lunchtime.

Oh, and £3.75? Way too steep, although to be fair it doesn't contain as many ads as MBR.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   WH Smiths

Similar Products Used:   What MTB, MBR, Singletrack magazine

Bike Setup:   Spesh Enduro

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mike from UK

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2003

Strengths:    occassional worthless free "gift"

Weaknesses:    everything.

Bottom Line:   
This mag jumps on every riding bandwagon going. When i first bought this mag about 10 years ago xc was in and when i pick it up 10 years later theres no xc, instead its full of downhill and dirt jumping, its obvious this mag is aimed at 14 year old kids, with its childish reveiws and bullsh*t letters page. go check the web page and youll see the average age of the reader.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Dirt. (though not similar cos this mag rocks.)


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Chunky a Weekend Warrior from Northampton

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2003

Strengths:    Got free grips with it.
You can scrape the mud off your bike with it.


Weaknesses:    Jumping & drop off mag, NOT a mountain biking mag apart from the adverts.
Cost too much.


Bottom Line:   
Obviously not for the mountain bikers I know. What about some trails, where to go for a good ride instead of show us your T*ts pictures!! If I wanted to see that i'd buy Max Power or a proper porno mag. To top it all try getting a reply more than a couple of words from their support team. I mistakingly asked them if their subscription offer was still open and received a mail back saying "No"!! Well thanks for the info chaps, don't you want any subscribers?
I replied asking them what sort of response was that and saying that I was surprised they have any clients. Then I received one back "ok, thanks"...What the hell kind of way to run a business is that?
Anyway, won't be buying anything printed by Future Publishing ever again if I can help it.

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Favorite Trail:   Dalby Forest - Red

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Leisure Lakes


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott from AK

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I kind of agree with the last review. The reason I bought this outragously priced mag ($7.50 USD) was because it came with a pair of free Pro-Grip brand grips. The mag was interesting in that it was from the U.K. The writing took some time to decipher and I dug the nudey pics but otherwise I'd rather read MBA or Mountain Biking. Still I got a pair of grips for half price along with the mag so I really shouldn't complain.

Don't buy for full price or you will be ripped off!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott from AK

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I kind of agree with the last review. The reason I bought this outragously priced mag ($7.50 USD) was because it came with a pair of free Pro-Grip brand grips. The mag was interesting in that it was from the U.K. The writing took some time to decipher and I dug the nudey pics but otherwise I'd rather read MBA or Mountain Biking. Still I got a pair of grips for half price along with the mag so I really shouldn't complain.

Don't buy for full price or you will be ripped off!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Scott from AK

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I kind of agree with the last review. The reason I bought this outragously priced mag ($7.50 USD) was because it came with a pair of free Pro-Grip brand grips. The mag was interesting in that it was from the U.K. The writing took some time to decipher and I dug the nudey pics but otherwise I'd rather read MBA or Mountain Biking. Still I got a pair of grips for half price along with the mag so I really shouldn't complain.

Don't buy for full price or you will be ripped off!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Kayser a Weekend Warrior from Brighton, England

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    Occasionally useful freebies (bottle openers, grips, etc)
Hmmm.....


Weaknesses:    MBUK either aims its magazine at the pre pubescent population or purposely treat its readership like rhesus monkeys.

Bottom Line:   
MBUK are in the privilidges position of being the most well established bike magazine in the uk, meaning that they are able to get the newest products and run tests on them while their competitors are merely commenting on them. Problem is that they are too concerned with the lifestyle attatched to their chosen discipline, namely the 'daanhilla' or the dirt jumper. Its all about biggin up the celebrity biker like Warner and Peat while making sure their products are freely splashed all over the mag. Don't get me wrong though, Peat's efforts are admirable, but everything else to do with the sport suffers. All i ends up doing is hailing these people as heroes or demi gods. This is not just one issue, this happens every issue, and frankly if you are are reader with hair in your nether regions, it does get a bit boring. If you want to read about what Dave Wardell got up to on bonfire night or what Will Longden will be mostly wearing.. then this is your bag, if you want to read unbiased reviews and well written articles buy MBR or MBA and if you want dirt jumping or DH but Dirt. In short, this magazine will cater very well to todays lifestyle and celebrity obsessed readership who are more worried about whats cool and following trends than those few it seems, who simply want to what they love regardless of wether its cool or not.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere in the Pennines

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Corner Shop

Similar Products Used:   MBR, MBA and What Mountain Bike

Bike Setup:   Orange SUB5, Psylos, Hope XC4's, Chris King, Easton, Answer yadi yadi ya

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ian (it's easier on a Ducati) a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2003

Strengths:    lots of adverts if that is what you want?

Weaknesses:    far too many adverts, not very well written, - very childish.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the first ever issue of this mag, - have been away from MTB'ing for about 7 years, - and find the mag still has the same boring faces and attitude it did 7 years ago. This is not imo good journalism. I feel it is written for teenagers, - and was a very disapointing read, - what read? I could not find an article worth finishing.
Ok I am over 30 so perhaps the mag is not aimed at me, - fair enough.
Off to search for US mags aimed at more serious readers.
Pitty you scale of flamin red chillis does not include negative numbers.

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Favorite Trail:   not found it yet

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $4.00

Purchased At:   price in UK pounds

Similar Products Used:   this is the first MTb mag I have bought in a few years, - and the last time I will buy this one.

Bike Setup:   Trek 90 Fuel, specialized S- Works Steel , Specialized M2, have owned Cannondales, Fat Chance Yo Eddy, Kleins.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Weekend Warrior from Hull

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2002

Strengths:    Exellent magazine, informative, has good photos and exellent reviews.There are alot of of product advertisements in the mag but that good because i was looking for a stem and with the help of the mag i found the perfect one!

Weaknesses:    not enough dirt/freestyle!

Bottom Line:   
This is a good magazine and it anoys me when people say its borin, because it aint! i guarante that the people who have said its a boring mag havent actually read it! just looked at the pictures!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Brans Burton Dirt Jumps!!!!!!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $6.00

Purchased At:   Local Newsagents

Similar Products Used:   What mountainbike magazine and DIG.

Bike Setup:   Diamond back.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by David from Singapore

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2002

Strengths:    only thing that's nice is that it covers a bit of trials... that's about it really

Weaknesses:    reviews are UTTER RUBBISH... i feel like i'm reading a lousy porn magazine or something, why do they always group test the stupid budget bikes? hopeless website, expensive where i am... rob warner and steve peat are the only DH riders that exist to them, how many typo errors CAN somebody have?

Bottom Line:   
it's only good if you ride trials or dirt or street... anythin else, avoid like plague

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Favorite Trail:   trials? i ride trials

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $7.00

Similar Products Used:   mba, mtbr, (lots more i can't remember)

Bike Setup:   echo with trials set up

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