MBUK July 2018

July 2019 issue on sale now!

Grab your bumper copy of the mag to get all the best reviews, features and top tips from the team at MBUK – plus an exclusive stem cap, a 100-page guide to the country's best trail centres and bike parks, and a mini mag featuring 20 of Mint Sauce's best ever adventures...

This month our cover star Brendan Fairclough shows how to improve your jumping and cornering, we try our hand at enduro racing, get the racers’ perspective on the Fort William World Cup and meet Chris Hall, the man behind the Downtime Podcast. We also test four £1,000 hardtails to see which one rules the trails and throw our legs over American machines from Trek, Intense and Juliana in our First Ride reviews. Rachel Atherton is our pro columnist, plus there’s loads, loads more!

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Pro vs privateer

We join UK riders Taylor Vernon and Reece Wilson to find out just what it’s like to compete at one of the year’s biggest downhill races – the Fort William World Cup – and discover just what challenges are involved for the factory-sponsored pro and the self-supported privateer.

Pro vs Privateer - Steve Behr
Reece Wilson waves to the crowd at the legendary Fort William World Cup. Photo: Steve Behr

How To

Mountain bike superstar Brendan Fairclough passes on his expertise to help you improve your cornering and jumping skills. Plus, we give you our tips for making the most of riding in the Alps, as the summer season there gets into full swing.

: Brendan Fairclough knows how to handle a bike and gives you his tops tips on how to improve your cornering and jumping. Photo: Duncan Philpott
Brendan Fairclough knows how to handle a bike and gives you his tops tips on how to improve your cornering and jumping. Photo: Duncan Philpott

The Finale countdown

Nine of the best reasons to visit the riding paradise that is Finale Ligure, Italy.

Finale not only has amazing trails, but also fantastic scenery too. Photo: Dan Milner
Finale not only has amazing trails but fantastic scenery too. Photo: Dan Milner

Wrecked & rated

This month we review six convertible enduro helmets and 14 trail tyres, plus plenty of the latest kit gets the MBUK test treatment, so you can know what’s good, great or comes up short.

This months group test reviews the best trail tyres currently available. Photo: Will Poole
This month’s grouptest reveals the best trail tyres currently available. Photo: Will Poole

Y Tri Mynydd (The Three Mountains)

Our features editor Ed is joined by Scotty Laughland as they try to connect three of Wales’s best bike parks and trail centres, all in one day and under their own pedal power.

Ed and Scott challenge themselves to plot a route between three of Wales premior riding destinations,so they can tackle them all in one day. Photo: Andy Lloyd
Ed and Scotty see if they can link up and tackle three top Welsh riding spots all in one day, plus have some fun along the way. Photo: Andy Lloyd

One-grand warriors

We put £1,000 hardtails from Cannondale, Giant, GT and Saracen to the test, to see how much bang you get for your buck, and where these bikes come to life and what holds them back.

Find out bike you get for £1000, and which might best suit your style of riding. Photo: Steve Behr
Find out how much bike you get for £1,000, and which might best suit your style of riding. Photo: Steve Behr

Special bumper issue

This month’s mag is a special bumper issue. Inside the box you’ll also find our 2019 Trail Centre Guide, with 88 locations to ride across the UK, plus a Mint Sauce supplement chronicling three decades of mountain biking’s most famous sheep AND an exclusive stem cap, in one of two designs. Which one will you get

Our special bumper issue brings you all these fantastic free goodies. Photo: MBUK
Our special bumper issue brings you all these fantastic free goodies. Photo: MBUK
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