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We delve into the wilds this month, hitting up Vancouver's infamous North Shore, discovering Slovakia as a riding destination and meeting Scottish shredder Louise Ferguson. On test are four sub-£500 hardtails, 15 flat pedals and more

Woodwork Lessons

Features editor Ed gets an education in MTB history and bike handling from freeride legends Wade Simmons, Geoff Gulevich and Todd 'Digger' Fiander as he hits up Vancouver's famous North Shore trails.

Vancouver's famous North Shore trails
Ed rides one of the world's most iconic MTB destinations, Vancouver's North Shore. Photo: Reuben Krabbe

Louise Ferguson

Meet the polite Scottish pinner who's a biking badass. From storming DH runs and winning enduros to sending backflips, this Scottish lass can do it all.

Louise Ferguson
We learn about Scottish shredder Louise Ferguson. Photo: Tommy Wilkinson

Deals on Wheels

Investing in a first mountain bike can be a 'make or break' deal. We test four sub-£500 hardtails to find the best budget bikes to turn you into a mountain bike addict.

MBUK sub £500 hardtail bike test
Getting into MTB doesn't have to break the bank. We put four sub-£500 hardtails through their paces. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Slovak Attack

We take a trip to this mountainous central European country to see if it can deliver the goods for gravity adventures on a budget.

We get a taste of what Slovakia has to offer the mountain biker looking to get away from the common MTB holiday destination. Photo: Anyy Lloyd
Staff writer Luke gets a taste of what Slovakia has to offer the mountain biker looking to get away from the common MTB holiday destinations. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Rampage's wildest moments

Check out our favourite moments from the world's craziest mountain bike event, Red Bull Rampage, as we throw our judging hat into the ring to tell you what impressed us the most.

We shoe you our favorite highlights of the 2018 Red Bull Rampage. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool
We bring you our highlights from Red Bull Rampage 2018. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Cover gift

Keep inspiration high and your essential riding dates in order for 2019 with our fantastic calendar.

Keep your importnat dates on us. Photo: MBUK
Keep your important dates safe. Photo: MBUK

Merry Christmas!

It may seem a little early, but this is our last issue before Christmas, so check out our special festive photoshoot by Laurence Crossman-Emms (look out for more on this on soon) and our staff wishlists. 'Tis the season to be jolly!

Merry Christmas from all of us at MBUK. Photo: Laurence Crossman-Emms
Merry Christmas from all of us at MBUK. Photo: Laurence Crossman-Emms

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Luke MarshallTechnical writer

Luke Marshall is a technical writer for BikeRadar and MBUK magazine. He's been working for both titles since 2018 and has over 20 years of mountain biking experience. Luke is a gravity-focused rider with a history of racing downhill, previously competing in the UCI Downhill World Cup. Educated to a degree level in engineering and with a penchant for full-throttle speed, Luke is more than qualified to put every bike and product through its paces to bring you informative and independent reviews. You'll most likely find him on a trail, enduro or downhill bike riding the off-piste tracks around south Wales and the south west of England. He often makes an appearance on BikeRadar's podcast and YouTube channel.


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