MBUK August 2019

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Pick up your copy of the latest MBUK to see if a ‘mullet’ bike can keep up with its 29in counterpart, whether Whistler is the world's most inclusive mountain bike destination, and just how Chris Akrigg is so smooth on a bike. The mag also includes a Superbike shoot-out with four ultimate trail bikes from Scott, Specialized, Mondraker and Yeti. Plus, 15 trail shorts tested, riding the Trans-Cambrian Way, hitting up Foel Gasnach downhill park, insights from pro photographer Geoff Waugh, Hope’s brand manager Rachael Walker, and much, much more.

Chris Akrigg

There are few riders with the talent and skill of Chris Akrigg. We meet up with the Yorkshireman to see how he makes the impossible possible and what motivates him to perfect his craft.

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Chris Akrigg
Chris demonstrates his ability to ride what most people wouldn’t even consider. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Wheel science

After the UCI abandoned the rules that bikes need the same-sized wheels for gravity events (downhill and enduro), we sent suspension expert, British Cycling mechanic and professional coach Will Soffe to test whether ‘mullet’ bikes are as fast a 29er and if they offer smaller riders an equal chance of speed.

Wheel science
Will Soffe takes to the hills to see if there’s any advantage to the new ‘mullet’ bike concept seen on the race track. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Foel Gasnach

Features editor Ed takes a trip to the North Wales downhill venue of Foel Gasnach to get a taste of the steep, loose and wild tracks this raw spot offers. Don’t expect to find any flowing trails here – not yet, at least!

Foel Gasnach wrecking crew
Joe Breeden, Charlie Hatton and Robin Arthur, some of the UK’s top downhill racers, show us around North Wales’s Foel Gasnach bike park. Photo: Laurence Crossman-Emms

Carbon superbikes

Just how good can ‘money-no-object’ bikes get? We put four ultimate trail bikes from Yeti, Specialized, Mondraker and Scott head to head, to see which perform outstandingly and are worth their mammoth price tags.

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Four top-of-the-range carbon trail bikes get put head to head for this month’s bike test. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Ahead of the curve

The rider’s paradise of Whistler, Canada is a bucket-list destination for many mountain bikers and has always been at the forefront of bike tourism. It also has an exceptionally high percentage of female riders. Writer Aoife Glass took a trip to this MTB hotspot to see just what they’re getting so right.

Ahead of the curve
Whistler isn’t just a brilliant riding destination, it’s also one of the most inclusive. Photo: Mark Mackay

Wrecked and Rated

This month we put 15 pairs of trail shorts to the test, to discover which are a cut above the rest and which come up, well, short! Also, we review six of the best multi-tools, and our testing team get their hands on the latest products to bring you the best buying advice out there.

Wrecked and rated
We’ve tested tons of great products this month, not least our 15-strong trail shorts group test. Photo: Russell Burton

Bikepacking the Trans-Cambrian Way

On the final instalment of our Dirty Half Dozen series, features editor Ed and MBUK pal Ben take on a bikepacking journey along 175km of the Trans-Cambrian Way. Dodging sheep s*#t, grumpy livestock and the odd gate or twelve. Find out why this is one type of riding that everyone needs to try.

Dirty half dozen
Ed and Ben take on the 175km Trans-Cambrian Way for a wonderful summer bikepacking adventure. Photo: Anthony Pease

Free gift

This month MBUK blings up your bike with some rainbow anodised valve caps. Retro!

Free gift
Bling up your bike this month with our rainbow anodised valve caps.
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