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Interviews with Tahnée Seagrave and Brad Benedict, adventures from the Scottish Highlands and Snowdonia, the world's lightest 29er, a test of affordable DH bikes and more in this month's MBUK
Roots to success – Tahnée Seagrave
From cutting her teeth in the French Alps to living in rural Wales and now topping World Cup downhill podiums, we ride and hang out on the sofa with the UK's hottest new female talent. Tahnée lets us in on what pushes her to win and how the trails she trains on have contributed to her success.
There & back again
Armed with inflatable packrafts, camping kit and bikes, our regular contributors the Trippin' Fellas go on a hunt for Britain's 'Last Great Wilderness'. Immersed in the Scottish Highlands and surrounded by deep lochs and high peaks, the boys find a remote paradise of flowing singletrack and teeth-chattering rock gardens.
Californian Brad Benedict is one of the main men responsible for the design of the Specialized Enduro. He visits MBUK and reveals to us how he went from mopping floors to commanding respect at one of the world's biggest bike brands. We discuss his R&D work and discover how his work influences what finally ends up in the shops.
Gustav Gullholm's Scott Scale RC
XC and punk aren't two words you'd expect to hear used together, but that's how we'd describe Gustav Gullholm, the mad Swede who's gone on a quest to build the world's lightest 29er. We check in with him and discover how numerous custom parts and hours of elbow grease have created this 6.22kg featherweight whip.
Coed y Brenin
The Snowdonian trail centre was created way back in 1996, but old-school doesn't necessarily mean boring, as we revisit its classic trails with a crew of new-school rippers who are at the top of their game – Adam Brayton, Joe Smith and Matt Walker.
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Downhill on a budget
Can a rig costing less than half the price of most top race bikes still cut it when it comes to the task of taking on gnarly trails at high speeds? We test four sub-£3,600 contenders from Commencal, Nukeproof, Specialized and Trek.
And there's more...
We've got grouptests of 15 trail-riding packs and six clipless pedals, loads of individual product reviews and long-term reports on our MBUK staff rides. We also teach you how to whip, trick in the skatepark and fix four common cornering mistakes to get your skills on point for the summer.
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Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.