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Not What It Used To Be.
Mountain Bike Rider
Member Name: Municipal_Waste
Mountain Bike Rider
Advantages: I struggle to think of any.
Disadvantages: Weak reviews, Not cheap considering lack of content.
Firstly some information about me to give this review some context:
I am 27 years old and I have been cycling actively since I was 12. In fact, mountain biking has always played a huge part in my life. As I grew up most of my friends were more into dirt jumping, downhill and free-ride, where as I was more into XC (cross country) type riding.
I am now a full-time cycle mechanic in a local bike shop in Eastbourne and I love to ride XC, road, fixed gear and I commute about 40% of the time by bike.
Back to when I was starting out riding, MBR was the magazine that I would buy. While my friends all obsessed over the MBUK magazine I preferred MBR because it was basically about UK based XC/trail riding. The routes were excellent and on pull-out guides, they were one of the main features. They also had a pull out workshop guide usually with a scantly clad model half wearing a cycling jersey on the reverse. Reviews were concise and there were great articles about riding, in the peaks or dales for example.
Fast forward to 2012 and MBR is all together a different magazine. I put it down to the change in riding styles I guess but these days they don't really care about XC riding. They now only care about long travel bikes with big wide handlebars and short stems, basically because it suits the riding that the authors do, which is no longer XC but instead just down hill orientated trail riding, preferably on man made trails. In a way, I can't really mark them down for this because it's just progress and unfortunately for me I don't like their opinions.
What I do mark down though is the actual content of the mag. The reviews are written in a half-arsed manner and regularly contradict what me and my customers feel and they're also seriously brief compared to what they used to be. Essentially I just feel like they're not trying very hard.
At work we now all joke that MBR, MBUK, What MTB and others are just comics and we prefer to read the American "Mountain Bike Action" magazine as it's less biased as well as "Privateer" for the good stories.
Summary: Save your money and buy Privateer or put it towards buying a new bike.