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I’m watching Chris Akrigg ride a bike through his local Yorkshire woods, and there’s something different about him. It’s nothing to do with his riding style – which is a mix of aggression, pinpoint accuracy and uncontrolled wildness as ever… No, there’s something about his bike. It’s not a Mongoose.

Chris Akrigg is riding a bright blue GT. For a dozen years, we’ve become accustomed to seeing Chris appearing in his self-made videos to alternately finesse and bully his way through trail features and up and over obstacles on assorted Mongoose bikes. That era has come to an end as one sponsorship finishes and another begins. Today is Chris’s first day of riding on a GT.

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Editorial: Echo Chambers International Adventure: Folgefonna Sunrise UK Riding: Guiding Light Column: Jason Miles International Adventure: You Should Never Go Back… Or Should You? Interview: Chris Akrigg Column: Finding The Lines Classic Ride: Cornish Classic Column: Ode To Climbs Bike Test: Staff Rides Interview: Cedric Gracia International Adventure: What’s Zermatt’er With You? Column: One Last Run International Adventure: The Frigid Secrets Of Ukraine Last Word: Game Plan

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