So trying to put aside my love for the 90's and being objective, I have to say this was a really poor celebration of 25 years of mountain biking. As others have hinted on here, a lot of what's in the edition is either new or fairly modern with a big chunk of material from 2000+ on.
I appreciate you can download the first edition which is good - I don't bother with that malarky - and there are some highlights like Steve's Hei Hei (although the article is incredibly short) and interviews with some of the stalwarts of the UK scene.
But there's hardly anything meaty in substance. The articles are minimal, the interviews bite-size and there's hardly anything of substance from the late 80's or early 90's.
Of course, this is the modern way and very much the style of this magazine. I just thought that for once, they'd take the opportunity to go in-depth a bit more.
Absolutely agree - very disappointed. I think they've missed a good opportunity to properly show how mountain bikes - and the sport - evolved from those early years. I sometimes think these things are written by people who aren't old enough to have been there and therefore very much look at it from a modern point of view. So they think most stuff must have been crap because it's now looked on as old and therefore not very good. Tut.
Shame they didn't come to Retrobike for some info.
1993 Cannondale Killer V - ancient & battered like its rider.
A newish Dawes road bike called Jim and a 2004 Claud Butler Cape Wrath.