Mountain Biking UK Magazine Magazine

Mountain Biking UK Magazine Magazine 

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Mountain Biking UK Magazine

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[Jul 31, 2012]
Chris Nicholls

Strength:

Good overall kit reviews, trial reviews.

Weakness:

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

A good idea gone bad

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 21, 2003]
Chunky
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Dec 04, 2001]
Me
Downhiller

Strength:

Price lists in the adverts.

Weakness:

writing style. Reviews. Articles. Race coverage. Blatant corporatisim. Etc Etc

what a peice of S&%T. I thought the writing style was cool when i was about 12, now, it's just gay. The reviews are occasionaly reasonable, but you can't help but notice that their team sponsors products ALWAYS seem to be the best on test (surprising, that!) (i'm sure that the scott DH bike will be "the best you can buy" this year, just as the Jamis and specialised have been). I must have read this rag for a few years and i have seen about 4 DH bikes tested, and NEVER a DH group test. EVERY month the group test is on budget bikes !BORING! who gives a s*&t if they are the most sold type of bikes? the average person reading MBUK is not going to be buying a £200 bike!! they realise you need to spend a bit more than that to go off road seriously.

The articles are totaly crap, either clearly sponsored, or just crap, like underwater bike riding?!? the wheels were zip tied to the frame for christs sake!! how is that riding?? The race coverage is non existent, the stuff that is there is packed into a page spread of s%*t race coverage or reports. The Worlds race coverage only covers Steve Peat and Will longden.

All the articles should have a 'SPONSORED BY...' thing at the bottom, just so there is no confusion.

Bottom line....
This mag doesn't make me want to go out and ride, it makes riding look cheap, cheesy, juvenile and up-for-sale. You could argue that its just a laugh, but all it does is make riding feel cheap, i don't want such a big part of my life to portrayed like that.

Buy DIRT!!!!! www.4130.com This mag is written by people who live the life, are actually at the races and seem to have a real passion for riding. It just makes me want to quit work and ride ride ride!!! Pure inspiration.

Similar Products Used:

Dirt
MBR
Austrailian one
Mountain Biker

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Nov 14, 2001]
Graeme
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Reveiws articals pics evrything

Weakness:

uuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm cr*p website

Brillent witty imformative. but £3.90 is a bit much. This mag covers evrything about mountain bikeing xc dh dual dirt and trials, somthing for evryone.

Similar Products Used:

what mountain bike. mbr. ride bmx. sidewalk skate mag.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 15, 2001]
Gareth
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Mail order shops, occasionally a nice advert to look at.

Weakness:

Over simplistic journalism, relentless brown-nosing of certain racers, rarely any articles interesting enough to read, the apparent target audience of sad, small dicked teenagers, the list could go on for quite a while...

I've bought MBUK on and off since the early 90s, when it used to be a decent magazine containing interesting and useful articles and reviews. I never buy it now, as the magazine has taken a sad turn for the worse. The magazine, as so many people in this review have said, is more like a badly produced porn magazine for thick and ignorant British teenagers, who ride around the streets posing, whilst claiming to be "mountain bikers". I would imagine that most current readers have never ventured off road, and certainly never got their expensive, from rich "mummy and daddy", bikes dirty. To me, the magazine now opitomises the sorry state of "cool" Britain; foul mouthed, arrogant teenagers pretending to be bikers, whilst slagging off real cyclists, such as cross-country riders and roadies (just for the record, I am not a roadie, and I don't wear lycra).
Furthermore, the journalists for this pathetic excuse of a "mountain bike" magazine are constantly sucking up to the likes of Peat and Warner. Whilst both have produced amazing World Cup victories, please stop treating them as though they are Gods. They are both illiterate simpletons, and I certainly don't think they are worthy of role-model status. There is also a long standing, and somewhat unhealthy obsession with Jamie Tomkins. OK, so he might be good, but I for one, would rather see some other kids featured from time to time, instead of the constant, "isn't he wonderful, girls love him, etc" lines that we are fed. If girls think he's that desirable, then it doesn't say much for their standards.
Reading the magazine makes me depressed that I live in this sorry excuse of a country, Britain. There is nothing remotely cool about MBUK, the people featured in it, or even those it tries to appeal to. MBUK should reconsider it's name and loose the "MB", as there's no longer any "mountian biking" featured in this magazine. Call it DJUK (Dirt Jumping UK) or something. Oh, and one last thing; please get rid of those half naked, dog ugly, butch women like promoting so much.

Bottom line: DO NOT BUY, unless you are a sad, no-brained British teenager, under the false impression that you and your friends are "cool".

Similar Products Used:

Most other moutain bike magazines.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Nov 16, 2001]
andy bliss
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

It's thick so you can prop tables up with it. Technical tips, bike reviews.

Weakness:

too much jumping, not enough xc coverage

I used to rate this mag when I first got into the sport, then discovered Maximum Mountain Bike and saw how it really should be done. MBUK now seems to be shifting its target market to kids jumping off car parks and bus shelters in baggy trousers. I am an adult and I ride cross country so that's what I want to read. I can read MBUK stood in the newsagents, and never need to buy it, (so why the hell am I complaining?)

Similar Products Used:

mbr, Total Mountain Bike (as was) and the long lamented and fondly remembered Maximum Mountain Bike

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 16, 2001]
Brian
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Useful as toliet paper if I've run out.

Weakness:

Pretty much everything else.

Well, like the reviewer below (Gareth), I have read this magazine on and off since the early 90s. Ive also noticed the sad demise in this magazine's quality.

It used to contain useful and informative articles, and was a genuinely interesting read.

Then it began to take a severe nose dive, and a brown nose at that! (linked to Gareth's review below).

Gone were most of the decent articles, and more and more pictures of Rob Warner's arse began appearing, as well as pictures of Britain's "finest" riders lounging around in trashed hotel rooms brinking as much beer as they could get their hands on. Quite why Rob Warner needs to do this is beyond me, but maybe he likes exposing his arse when other males are around him?! I dont know...

Anyway, I agree with the cheap porn mag image that a few other reviewers have commented about. I think the editorial team are aiming this "magazine" at teenage kids who couldnt legally buy a proper porn mag.

The magazine seems determined to promote riders to adopt a hooligan attitude. The magazine used to promote readers to take care of the places they ride (try to avoid trail abuse, such as skidding etc...), but now it seems to promote loutish behaviour, and a lack of respect for other land users. Well, either that or they feature some kids jumping, hardly what should be called mountain biking. Maybe they should call it DJUK. Seems a more appropriate title for it.

I dont find the reviews helpful anymore, and the writing style is often very childish.

I hardly ever buy this magazine any more, and when I do, it is only for the shop adverts.

Bottom Line? Used to be a good magazine; sadly not any more.

Similar Products Used:

Most other magazines

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Oct 16, 2001]
Jumpa
Downhiller

Strength:

Everything!!

Weakness:

Nothing.

This mag is a great read, it has heaps of reading and great pics, it also comes with free stuff all the time like allen keys and grips etc. They have sections writen by Steve Peat (#2 in the world of downhill) and sections writen by other stars as well. Theres heaps of different sections and the writers all joke around in that good old british sence of humor. Overall its a great magazine well worth a read.

Similar Products Used:

Dirt, Mountain Bike Action, Australian Mountain Bike, Mountain Bike.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 18, 2001]
Steve Coldicott
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Still a good read...just, you feel like the writers know what they are talking about, covers a whole range of aspects within mountain biking, sponsors up and coming riders, good race reviews, seems to have a good relationship with the 'stars', gets to see a lot of new products beefore other mags, the reviews are good.

Weakness:

But despite the above it's still not as good as it used to be!. To much emphasis on trials and duel etc and not enough on xc - i have an old issue with Barrie Clarke on the front, you wouldn't get that now!. Rob Warner - was a great downhiller, but now it's time to hang up your etnies!. Aimed at 14 year olds, but still manages to put the odd bit in for us 'more mature' readers!

I'll still buy it, butit's not as good as it used to be

Similar Products Used:

Dirt - good for DH, MBR - very dull, MTB Pro - the Daddy, sadly missed!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 13, 1998]
kbr
cross-country rider

This mag has gone DH! mad more like.. it was once the topdog, but now not enough real riding articles/issues. Too much fad/fashion crap.. no more technique lessons? when are they gonna review something new.. or when are they gonna do a tech shop of sommit they aint done before!? ie, marzocchi fork rebuilds? The US mags rule 4 all dat sh#t!

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RATING
1
VALUE
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