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Our Bike of the Year special comes with a 36-page guide to 2019's top trail bikes – grab your copy today to find out the winner! We've got plenty more gear geekery inside the mag too, where we test 10 of the latest hardcore forks and pit four women's-specific bikes head-to-head. Our features editor Ed braves Scotland's gruelling Strathpuffer 24-hour race, and we've got reports on a bikepacking trip to Spain, hand-built trails in Israel's Holy Land and some dangerous urban escapades in Italy. Plus, all the usual top tips, new kit from Hope, Marin and Formula, initial impressions of Calibre's top-value Sentry enduro bike, and much more!

Bike of the Year 2019

It’s that time of year again! We’ve taken a bunch of the world’s very best trail bikes (and bike testers) and produced a mammoth, 36-page supplement to accompany the mag. It’s taken months and months of planning, debating, analysis, arguments and, of course, shredding bikes in all weathers, but we’re stoked to finally be bringing you the fruits of our labour. Whether you’re in the market for a new ride or just interested to see how far mountain bikes have come in recent years, be sure not to miss this one!

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Tester Sarah at our final-stage analysis in Finale Ligure, Italy. Photo: Dan Milner

Surviving the Strathpuffer

Features editor Ed Thomsett and his mate Ben Cannell push themselves to their limits, fighting through sub-zero temperatures, enduring serious fatigue and begging for snacks, at Scotland’s infamous winter 24-hour race.

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Ed braves the intense permafrost at Strathpuffer. Photo: Andy McCandish

Women’s trail bikes tested

Aoife Glass puts four top women’s trail bikes through our ‘wrecked and rated’ treatment, to find out whether female-specific bikes are really the best option for riders like herself.

Rebecca Smith riding a Liv Intrigue mtb . Cannop , Forest of Dean , Gloucestershire. February 2019.
Rebecca Smith testing the Liv Intrigue in the Forest of Dean. Photo: Steve Behr

Trails and tribulations on the TransAndalus

Snapper Duncan Philpott and his girlfriend Megan get more than they bargained for during a bikepacking holiday in Spain. Riding over 1,000km through Andalusia and the Sierra Nevada mountains, there’s rain, snow, vultures and sweet singletrack – not your average Spanish holiday!

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The epic Sierra Nevada mountains bring some serious sights. Photo: Duncan Philpott

Swinley Forest Wrecking Crew

We head to the closest official riding spot to London to meet the faces behind the Swinley Bike Hub and see if you can really find proper mountain biking this close to the Big Smoke.

Swinley Bike Hub. Swinley Forest. Bracknell, Berkshire . January 2019.
Swinley Bike Hub, Swinley Forest, Bracknell, Berkshire. Photo: Steve Behr

And more besides…

There’s so much crammed into this issue that we’re not even sure how we manage it sometimes! We’ve got travel tales from Italy and Israel; tips on how to shoot incredible footage with your GoPro, keep up with your mates, nail flat turns and commute your way fit; reviews of the latest kit and updates on our long-term rides; a Big Ride in Scotland’s spectacular Cairngorms; our first impressions of Calibre’s amazing-value Sentry enduro bike; a look at the stunning photography of JB Liautard; and much, much more…

Rob Weaver riding a Calibre MTB . Cannop, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. January 2019.
Tech chief Rob tests Calibre’s weighty enduro bike, the Sentry. Photo: Steve Behr
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