MBUK aims to bring you the best possible mix of mountain biking in each issue, and this month is no different. From interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport, to accounts of adventure in the Scottish Highlands, and even some inspiration for how to get your family out riding at the local trail centre, there's something for everyone.
Tahnée Seagrave is one of the biggest names in downhill right now and recently we met up with her at her home in Mid-Wales to discover more about what makes this rapid 22-year-old tick.
Someone who isn’t such a household name is Californian Brad Benedict, but he’s a man who’s influence on the industry is behind the scenes. Heading up R&D for Specialized’s Enduro range, we caught up with him during a UK visit to find out how his work affects what we see in the shops.
On the subject of bikes you can’t buy in the shops, we’re showcasing a completely unique whip in our Superbike section. Swedish XCer Gustav Gulhollm has gone to town on his Scott Scale RC in a quest to build the lightest ever MTB. Custom parts and carbon everything make this one drool-worthy steed.
If racing and shiny bikes aren’t really your bag, then maybe you’ll be more interested in our UK based travel features. Climb aboard with the Flanagan brothers as they hunt out Britain’s ‘Last Great Wilderness’ in the Scottish Highlands and then find out how you can get a piece of the action with a Big Ride report and mapped ride near Torridon from Ben Damph.
Further south we assemble a crew of top World Cup racers for our Wrecking Crew trip to Coed y Brenin. Britain’s first trail centre may have opened 22 years ago, but there’s no shortage of fun to be had or rocks to be hucked off, as we find out.
But trail centres aren’t just for pros and in our It’s a Family Affair feature, we show that there’s two-wheeled fun to be had no matter how old (or young) you are.
In this month’s bike test we’ve hammered four affordable downhill bikes back-to-back to see which is fastest, most fun and most deserving of your hard earned.
There’s also a grouptest on 15 trail riding backpacks, a mini-test on aggressive clipless pedals, long-term reports on the MBUK staff bikes and more…
And to keep your prized steed looking spotless, we’re giving away a bike cleaning sponge on the front of every issue.