Yes. I think it’s a great read, pricey but fair vfm based on content per pound spent. Low runs will make it a bit pricier anyway. I haven’t got the long-standing road bike interest to appreciate rouleur in the same way, but privateer really does remind me how much I love mountain bikes, like a just-ridden-some-ace-singletrack grin does:) but with added nostalgia.Posted 6 years agoNicknoxxMember
Don’t assume it’ll arrive. I subscribed but never received issue one. I did get issue two but after 13 weeks and nine emails, issue 1 never turned up. They did manage to write to me to say they’d refund my money and cancel my subscription but will take another 28 days to return the money. However good the magazine, their customer service is truly appalling.Posted 6 years agopushbikeriderMember
I picked up the first issue going cheap in the local bike shop as it had some interesting looking ‘retro’ content from back in the day. It does look rather like Tym Manley ringing round some of his old mates to get it going (Brant, John Stevenson, Mike Davis).Posted 6 years ago
It also smacks of wanting to jump on the coffee table mag bandwagon rather than being, err, well, any good.
I’ll agree with nbt – The Ride Journal is by far the best of the ‘posh’ mags, mainly due to the variety and quality of the people they find to write for it.jp-t853Member
Wiggle still had a few of the first issue available at the weekend.
I agree with two comments above The Ride Journal is the only mag that I look forward to and can happily read over a few days.
Wiggle also have a couple of issues of the The Ride Journal at 6 or 7 quid.Posted 6 years agoThe Swedish ChefMember
I’m just not sure that the MTB world can be portrayed in the same editorial light as the road world.
I love Rouluer magazine and look forward to its arrival and regularly re-read back issues.
Both issues of Privateer, whilst being well produced, are lacking in something that makes me want to revisit them.
Rouluer for the road and The Ride Journal for the soul.Posted 6 years agopjt201Member
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I got the first issue. It sent me to sleep. I won’t be buying issue two unfortunately as I think the concept is ok.
Completely agree, I like the idea but I think the reality was that it was a bit rubbish. Not a massive fan of rouleur either both much more style than substance. Otoh the ride seems to achieve both really well.Posted 6 years agothebunkMember
I quite like it – enjoyed the stuff about titanium, and the article about Orange in the current issue. Really liked the piece about the Megavalanche (think it was by Jenn Hopkins) in the first issue.
Downsides? Too much about the retro “scene” in both issues – I quite like reading about the origins of mtb, but not bothered about the geeky anoracky types hanging onto the past.
Also it’s 9 quid….9 quid!Posted 6 years agojohn_lMember
Yeah 9 quid, I mean bloody hell, that’s nearly 2 whole copies of MBR! 🙄
I liked both issues a lot. Really well written, great pics – even the welsh portraits didn’t really offend me, frankly I’d rather have 8 nicely shot photos that ad to the copy, than 8 pages of Wiggle ads.
YMMV etc etc
And it DOES smell great.Posted 6 years agotimburMember
The Ride, The Ride, The Ride. You need no more. It’s published when it’s ready and not to a deadline from what I understand and is written by lots of interesting people who change every issue.
Privateer (just finished reading the second and found it a struggle even though it was given to me) is a MTB coffee table mag based on a roadie format for posh people who wear Rapha IMHO. I know I’m a simpleton but the articles are too long and I kept loosing interest.
(Sorry Biff, it’s very pretty though and beautifully laid out :O)
Saying that, subscribe, bung them on a shelf unread and flog them for mega money in a few years time ?!?!?!?!?
(waves – hello John)Posted 6 years agomonkeyboyjcMember
i like privateer (imo its the *chough* best magazine currently avalible for me)…. the others inc STW have to cover all levels of rider from beginner to experanced so i only tend to read one or two bits that apply to me. Privateer on the other hand caters for riders that have bin there and done that, dont need a review of a 14yr olds jump bike or part(s) in every issue. The stories and reviews are always from a new and exciting angle not just a this 200words on the spec the frame / 200 words on the parts spec and this is how it rides in the remaing 50 words liek some future baised mags.
Its the only mag i look forward to the heavy clunk through the letter box.
and i’m not in my 40’s or have a beard.Posted 6 years ago
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