This month’s MBUK is all about adventure. We check out a Highlands epic and a classic Welsh loop, mix tasty trails with even tastier grub in Yorkshire, go enduro racing in Turkey, find out how 24-hour champ Cory Wallace coped when he was stranded in Nepal and then southern Africa, and get the lowdown on the infamous Megavalanche.


We’ve also got essential tips for staying safe in the mountains and getting your bike Alps-ready. Plus, tests of dropper seatposts, summer gloves and more. All this and a look at the ‘holy trinity’ of UK bike brands, Hope, Orange and Pace. Grab your copy now!

High & dry

Now this is how you make the most of a global pandemic! Photo: Cory Wallace

Cory Wallace, 24-hour World Champion, found himself stranded in foreign lands multiple times during the COVID lockdowns. This is the story of how Cory turned a catastrophic global event into a deep personal adventure.


An epic wintry adventure north of the border. Photo: Nils Amelinckx

Living on the fringes of the Lake District is a perfect mecca for mountain biking, right? Well, for Nils Amelinckx, the sanitised bridleways and limited number of legally rideable trails are wearing thin. So, Nils and his crew point north and cross the border for a serious, snowy challenge in the Scottish Highlands.

Sky to sea

Every type of terrain you can think of – and more – in one race. Andy Lloyd takes on Turkey's Sky to Sea enduro event. Photo: Andy Lloyd

A random Google search for MTB trails in Turkey leads photographer Andy Lloyd on an eye-opening adventure, taking on the craziest enduro race you've never heard of!

The holy trinity

Don't miss this special tech feature on the 'big three' of MTB. Photo: Russell Burton

We take a deep dive into the big three bike brands – Hope, Orange and Pace – to see how they have endured throughout the entire history of the sport.

How to stay safe in the mountains

Plan appropriately and you can take on any challenge the big mountains could throw at you. Photo: Nils Amelinckx

A casual spin round the local woods is one thing, but if you want to go big, and hit up some seriously steep trails and massive altitudes, you'll need to prep. This essential guide will show you all the things you need to pack and plan for, and what to do if things go wrong.

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Laps of luxury

All mid-ride lunch breaks should look like this! Photo: Russell Burton

This month our route maker Max heads deep into the Yorkshire Dales for a gourmet treat. Accompanied by lauded chef Michaela Hanna, this Big Ride comes with all the trimmings!

And that's not all…

RockShox's 2023 Lyrik Ultimate fork, reviewed this issue in Wrecked & Rated. Photo: Mick Kirman

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 Trek, Whyte and Atherton Bikes, along with pages of product reviews that include RockShox's brand new 2023 Lyrik Ultimate fork. Plus, check out our special Trail Crew report from the famous 'Gap' ride in the Brecon Beacons.

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Every print copy of MBUK 412 comes with a free drink-cooling koozie. Whether it's a well-earned beer or an ice-cold OJ, you can be sure that your post-ride refresher will stay as chilled as you are!

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