This issue, in the mag itself, we shred Southampton with an all-star crew including Ben Deakin, Grant ‘Chopper’ Fielder, Chris Smith and cover star Steve ‘Gilly’ Geall, get challenged to an epic night ride on Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa by Saracen Bikes and bring you our top routes ending with a post-ride pint at a pub.


We’ve got tests of long-travel bikes, hydration packs and multi-tools, and bring you expert tips for beating lower-back pain, conquering your trail nemesis, servicing DMR flat pedals and more.

Plus, we salute the groundbreaking retro tech that led the way (and fell by the wayside).

And don't miss our 2023 Trail Directory – where we show you all the best bike parks and trail centres throughout the UK – free with every print copy!

Southampton shred fest!

For this month's Trail Crew, we hit up Southampton Bike Park with a bunch of the sport's top riders, including Ben Deakin, Grant 'Chopper Fielder', Chris Smith and Steve 'Gilly' Geall. Expect serious steeze!

Throw down the gauntlet

In partnership with Saracen Bikes, senior tech editor Tom Marvin teams up with new Saracen signing Greg Williamson to try and conquer Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) under the cover of night!

Bike park bombers

In biketest we've got three long-travel, mixed wheel-size machines designed to eat up the laps on hand-cut enduro lines and purpose-built bike parks.

Hydration packs on test

In grouptest, we cram nine of the latest medium-sized biking backpacks with kit and water, then hit the trails hard to see what spills out!

How to beat your trail nemesis!

Overcoming a fear of certain types of trail features is a skill in itself, and can not only make riding more fun and progressive, but also keep you safe. Pro coach Olly Morris shares essential tips and tricks to help you overcome trail fear and level up your riding.

And that's not all…

This issue of MBUK is jam-packed with all the latest and greatest bikes, product reviews and news stories from the mountain biking world. We've got new bikes from BMC, Scott, Haibike and Trek, along with pages of product reviews that include RockShox's ZEB Ultimate fork. Plus, check out three of the best pub rides, and six of the best multi-tools.

Free gift

Every print copy of the mag comes with an 82-page Trail Directory – with details of all the best bike parks and trail centres in the UK!

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