MBUK May 2019

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Our latest issue takes you behind the brand at Atherton Bikes - the UK's newest gravity bike manufacturers. Plus, we kit out our very own Great British Hardtail, our team are sent between the tapes at the first Pearce Cycles downhill race, and we e-bike our way around three of Southern France's most famous trails. Our testers put four sub-£1,500 trail bikes and 15 trail helmets through their paces, to see if you can tear up the trails without breaking the bank. Plus, all the usual tips, tricks, products and knowledge you could wish for.

The Athertons

We discover how and why Dan, Gee and Rachel – downhill mountain biking’s fastest family – have started their own brand, their plans for the future. Discover what it takes to build a race bike from scratch, and when you might be able to get your hands on an Atherton Bike of your own.

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Atherton Bikes
Rachael Atherton ripping on the new Atherton Bikes. Photo: Moonhead

Orange Alpine 6

All the updates and refinements to Orange’s newest Alpine 6, and the lowdown on how this new model has addressed some of its predecessor’s flaws in our First Ride review.

Orange Alpine 6 first ride
The new Orange Alpine 6. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Power trip

One battery, one day and three famous trails – Just how far can you push an e-bike? We test both their downhill capacity and pedal assist capability in the south of France to find out.

Power Trip
Can you ride three of southern France’s trails most famous trails all in one day? We find out. Photo: Russ Burton

Full attack for less cash

How much trail bike does £1,500 buy you? We tested bikes from Marin, Giant, Jamis and GT within this price range, to see if these bikes can tame the trail and where they might come up short.

Full attact for less cash
We test four trail bike around the £1,500 mark. Find out if these can handle the abuse. Photo: Steve Behr

Brechfa Wrecking Crew

MBUK took some of South Wales’ finest riders for a shred around the secluded-yet-classic venue to sample the delights of this rough-and-ready trail centre. Find out why it’s worth making the trip to visit this wild location and what you’ll find there.

Brecfa Wrecking Crew
We check out the quiet and somewhat forgotten Brechfa trail centre, to find out why you should make the trip over there. Photo: Russ Burton

And the rest…

Don’t miss out on our five easy hacks to improve your riding, our group test of 15 trail helmets and essential fork maintenance advice. Check out our epic big ride from the beautiful Lake District, our first impressions of the GT Fury Carbon Pro 29 and Yeti SB130 X01 Turq, plus loads more great features, products and recommendations.

Trail helmet group test
15 trail helmets rated in this months group test. Photo: Steve Behr

Free Gift

Keep your feet fresh on the trails with our official MBUK socks – your free gift this month.

Free gift
MBUK socks are this month’s free cover gift. Photo: MBUK
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