MBUK 404

February 2022 issue on sale now!

Pick up your copy of MBUK 404 to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews – plus a free Mint Sauce neck tube!

Rail it! This issue we show you how to corner with confidence, plus we’ve got tips on enduro bike set-up, beating the winter blues and – erm – avoiding being eaten by African wildlife…

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We’ve ridden and rated the latest trail pants, winter tyres and XC bikes, plus there’s all the usual great routes, features – including a look at some amazing custom bikes – and new kit. Grab your copy now!

How to corner with confidence

Essential tips for railing turns like a pro. Photo: Steve Behr
Essential tips for railing turns like a pro. Photo: Steve Behr

Cornering is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of mountain biking. From grassy off-camber turns, through narrow rocky gullies and root-infested gnar, to perfectly sculpted berms, being able to rail corners with ease is an essential skill. We’ve got top slopestyler Tom Isted to share his tips and tricks and have you turning like a pro.

Beat the winter blues

Surf the slop and make the most of the winter. Photo: Boris Bayer
Surf the slop and make the most of the winter. Photo: Boris Bayer

Just because it’s cold, dark and soggy doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking hour huddled up against the radiator reading MBUK! We’ve enlisted the help of a bunch of the most upbeat characters in the mountain biking world to show you how to keep the stoke high throughout the winter months.

Meals on wheels

An unforgettable MTB safari through the wilds of South Africa. Photo: Martin Bissig
An unforgettable MTB safari through the wilds of South Africa. Photo: Martin Bissig

Swiss mountain bike adventurer Martin Bissig heads east on a one-in-a-lifetime MTB safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Accompanied by local riders (and heavily-armed park rangers!) he discovers an incredible landscape of vast plains, beautiful sunsets and plenty of teeth and horns.

The full fat

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Check out some of the best custom paintjobs around, courtesy of Fatcreations. Photo: Geoff Waugh

The professional pigment pushers at UK-based Fatcreations have been creating some of the flashiest custom bike paintjobs around for years. In this showcase feature we get the lowdown on a selection of their best works, and how and why they came to be.

Trail trousers on test

Eleven pairs of the best trousers for trail riding on test this issue. Photo: Russell Burton
Eleven pairs of the best trousers for trail riding on test this issue. Photo: Russell Burton

Mountain biking trousers have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years (pun intended). Long gone are the days of restrictive pants that overheat your legs instantly. We’ve tested 11 pairs of market-leading trousers for trail riding, measuring them for comfort, fit, breathability and more.

XC race rigs

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We get the verdict on three contemporary XC race machines. Photo: Russell Burton

The world of cross-country racing is changing, with tracks becoming more technical and bikes evolving to meet the increasing challenges demanded of them. We’ve taken three modern XC race machines out on a variety of trails and pushed them to their limit to find out which one finishes in first.

And that’s not all…

Specialized's Gambit full-face lid, reviewed this month. Photo: Russell Burton
Specialized’s Gambit full-face lid, reviewed this month. Photo: Russell Burton

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 Giant and Specialized, along with pages of product reviews that include Specialized’s Gambit full-face helmet. Plus, discover our pick of the best winter rides in the UK and our Trail Crew report from Woody’s Bike Park in Cornwall.

Free gift

Don't miss your Mint Sauce neck tube, free with every print copy of the mag! Photo: Georgina Hinton
Don’t miss your Mint Sauce neck tube, free with every print copy of the mag! Photo: Georgina Hinton

Every print copy of this issue comes with a free Mint Sauce neck tube! This handy bit of clobber has many useful functions and is the perfect way to show off your love of everyone’s favourite mountain biking sheep.

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