30 years of MBUK

This is a very special issue of MBUK as we're celebrating 30 years of publication. The magazine was launched way back in 1988 and has been going strong ever since. So we've decided to have a quick flick though our archives (all 357 issues!) and pick out the highlights from those 30 years. How much of the kit, names, events and crazy things we got up to on mountain bikes will you remember?

Loads of images and shots from 1980s MBUK
A lot has happened within the pages of MBUK over three decades - we try to pick out some of the highlights in this issue.

£9,000 bike giveaway

We've teamed up with three of the biggest brands in mountain biking to give you not one but THREE CHANCES TO WIN a brand new bike. DMR, Specialized and YT Industries have all given us the latest models of their most popular bikes – the DMR Sled, Specialized Stumpjumper and our Trail Bike of the Year 2018, the YT Jeffsy. All you have to do is follow the link in the magazine and answer a very simple question and one of them could be yours!

Specialized Stumpjumper Comp 27.5
One of the bikes you could win in our massive £9,000 bike giveaway!

Heritage Heroes

We've gone for a slightly different approach with our biketest this month and picked bikes from the brands that featured in our first ever biketest and are still going strong today. It's a broad selection from those companies' latest rides and we've compared them to their offerings from three decades ago to see what's changed and what still holds true.

Jonny Ashelford riding a Specialized Stumpjumper , James Van Gawler riding a Giant Reign and Luke Marshall riding a Yeti mtb. 417 Bike Park. Witcombe, Gloucestershire. June 2018.
The bikes on test this issue are all from brands that have been around as long as MBUK. Photo: Steve Behr

Quantocks blasting

One of the very first routes we published back in the '80s was a challenging ride across the Quantocks. It was put together by Tim Flooks, who's a longstanding friend of MBUK, helped organise some of the first UK MTB races and has worked in various roles across the industry over the years – more recently as SRAM's race technician. We invited him to revisit the ride with our current routes guru Max Darkins and they had a proper blast picking out some of the classic spots in that original ride. Definitely one to try this summer!

Tim Flooks and Max Darkins on an MBUK Big Ride on a water splash through the Quantocks
SRAM race technician Tim Flooks leads our routes guru Max Darkins through the water on this Quantocks ride we first ran back in the '80s. Photo: Russell Burton

Fort William and the Malverns Classic

Two of the biggest events of the year might have been and gone but we're still buzzing from them. First up, we asked downhill legend Steve Peat to ride the Fort William World Cup track for us as we tried to understand more about what makes it such an iconic race venue and such a brutal course – is it still the best on the circuit? Then we headed to Eastnor Deer Park for the return of the Malverns Classic after 20 years away. Could it recapture the spirit of old and is it now back for good?

Steve Peat riding the Fort William Downhill track in 2018
UK downhill legend Steve Peat gives us his views on the iconic Fort William track and what makes it such a special race on the DH calendar. Photo: Brodie Hood
Dave Hemming and Scott Beaumont. Dual Slalom race. Malverns Classic MTB event . Eastnor Deer Park, nr Ledbury , Malvern Hills . Herefordshire . June 2018.
One of the most anticipated events of the year was back on the calendar after 20 years away. But did the Malverns Classic live up to the hype? Photo: Steve Behr

Minty fresh

One of our most long-standing members of the team is everyone's favourite mountain biking sheep, Mint Sauce. He's been in MBUK nearly as long as we've been around, so we caught up with his creator, Jo Burt, to find out more about how he makes the Minty magic happen and where his inspiration comes from.

Looking at sketches and artwork for Mint Sauce
Ever wondered what actually goes into a Mint Sauce strip in the mag? Creator Jo Burt reveals all in this issue

Special anniversary gift

There's also a very special Mint Sauce keyring/lucky charm on the front of the issue for you to hang on your bike/your keys from/on your ear… it really is up to you.

Mint Sauce keyring free with MBUK
Special collector's Mint Sauce keyring/lucky charm with every issue of MBUK – on sale now!

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