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Privateer 4 on sale now

July 20th, 2011

Privateer Issue 4The fourth issue of the rather lovely (and impressively door-stopping) Privateer magazine is about to reach the shops – subscribers have had theirs for a couple of weeks and have been using words like “gorgeous”, “sweet”, “giant peach” and of course “smell” to describe it. Inside you’ll find columns from Charlie Kelly, Thomas Frischknecht and Will Longden alongside an array of expansive features from around the world. There’s the amazing story of Hope, a day with World Downhill Champion Tracy Moseley, the gently unhinged world of 24 hour soloing and more. Nick Larsen looks at the dark art of marketing and concludes that hype is a force for good. There are glorious pictures, interesting words and stickmen. What more could you need?

Privateer 4 goes on sale on 17 July, you can find a list of stockists at

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Privateer Issue Two Out Now

March 14th, 2011

Privateer Issue 2Issue two of Privateer magazine is now available, and looks to have sailed over that “difficult second issue” hurdle with grace and style. Insightful, intelligent and in-depth, this isn’t a mag that you’ll be done with in twenty minutes and then recycle. There’s plenty to appeal to Retrobike members, with features on the history of titanium and of course the Old World Mountain Bike Championships.
You’ll also find a look at the birth of freeride, seven days in Wales, Hermida’s facial hair, what’s already regarded as the definitive story of Orange and a distinctive inky smell. Plus columns from Steve Peat, Rob Penn and Charlie Kelly. And how tectonics makes trails, and exactly what observed trials has (or hasn’t) to do with mountain biking.
“Privateer’s perspective, having been involved with this thing from the beginning, is that mountain biking is about freedom and joy under open skies and that all forms are implicit in all others. We make no distinction. Although that doesn’t stop us being hyper-critical, thunderingly judgmental and bike geeky to the limits of endurance. That comes with the territory.”
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