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Published: December 28, 2018 at 9:00 am
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You're in for a treat as we start the new year with a bang! Dan Milner heads to uncharted territory in North Korea, Malcolm Mclaws retraces his hippie days in India and we show you how fun winter riding can be. Plus, we've got a test of British bikes and reviews of all the latest gear. We also receive a warm welcome from the Dudes of Hazzard as we check out the trails around Fort William.

North Korea

Dan Milner and crew go on the riding adventure of a lifetime as they head deep into secretive North Korea and ride trails no other mountain bikers have ever seen.

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Mission Possible North Korea - Dan Milner
Dan Milner and crew deep in the heart of North Korea. Photo: Dan Milner

Mud wrestling

We hit the trails in the wonderful British weather to show you how a little friendly rivalry can make winter riding great, and why it's definitely worth making the effort to get axle deep in the good stuff.

Ed and Luje hit the trails to show you how much fun it can be riding in the mud thiswinter Photo: Andy Lloyd
Ed and Luke hit the trails to show you how much fun it can be riding in the mud. Photo: Andy Lloyd

The Brit parade

We put British trail/enduro bikes from Cotic, Curtis, Hope and Starling to the test, to see if they have the performance to match their patriotic appeal.

four British trail/enduro bikes get the MBUK tested treatment. Photo: Mick Kirkman
Four British trail/enduro bikes get the MBUK Tested treatment. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Nevis Range, Fort William

We visit our Scottish friends the Dudes of Hazzard, who guide us around their local trails at the Nevis Range and show us why there's more to this area than just it being the home of UK World Cup racing.

We join the Dude's of Hazzard to see what trails lie under teh shadow of Ben Nevis. Photo: Brodiw Hood
We join the Dudes of Hazzard to see what trails lie under the shadow of Ben Nevis. Photo: Brodie Hood

YT Tues CF Pro Race MOB Edition

Find out our initial impressions on the machine that the YT MOB have been thrashing on the DH World Cup circuit all season – and whether it's a bike for us mere mortals too.

We take the MOB Edition YT Tues for a test ride. Photo: Steve Behr
We take the MOB Edition YT Tues for a test ride. Photo: Steve Behr

Baselayers

It's that time of year when a baselayer is a necessity, so we test 15 of the best to find out which are going to keep you warm and dry this winter.

Base-Layers - Russ-Burton
Baselayers – essential winter bike wear. Photo Russell Burton

Cover gift

Check out our 2019 Most Wanted Gear Guide, containing what we think are all the hottest products for next year!

MBUK 2019 most wanted gear guide
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Authors

Luke MarshallTechnical writer

Luke Marshall is a technical writer for BikeRadar and MBUK magazine. He's been working for both titles since 2018 and has over 20 years of mountain biking experience. Luke is a gravity-focused rider with a history of racing downhill, previously competing in the UCI Downhill World Cup. Educated to a degree level in engineering and with a penchant for full-throttle speed, Luke is more than qualified to put every bike and product through its paces to bring you informative and independent reviews. You'll most likely find him on a trail, enduro or downhill bike riding the off-piste tracks around south Wales and the south west of England. He often makes an appearance on BikeRadar's podcast and YouTube channel.

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