In this month’s MBUK we hit the Surrey Hills with some famous locals, ride an epic alpine ridgeline and meet the trail-blazing women of the Tweed Valley. We’ve got tests of mudguards, jackets and more, for all budgets. Plus, tips for spotting the best line, staying warm and building up a bike bought online. All this, plus a 28-page guide to the world’s best riding spots. It’s unmissable!


The hills are alive!

Wildboys of MTB Brendog and Odub shred the Surrey Hills. Photo: Steve Behr

MBUK's former staff writer Will Soffe hits up the Surrey Hills – the classic mountain biking destination that's as classic now as it was 20 years ago – with some new-school talent in the shape of Brendan 'Brendog' Fairclough and Olly 'Odub' Wilkins, and legend of the MTB scene since its earliest days, Steve Behr, on photo duty!

How to stay off the main line

Pro coach Alan Milway shows how to get off the easy lines and up the challenge

Coach-to-the-pros Alan Milway shares his invaluable tips and tricks for learning to read the trail, improving your speed and skills, and getting off the 'path of least resistance' to take some more exciting, fun and challenging trail lines.

The second coming

Learn the amazing history of DMR, Whyte and Cotic. Photo: Steve Behr

If Hope, Orange and Pace were the original 'holy trinity' of UK mountain biking, by the early 2000s it was DMR, Whyte and Cotic that were really pushing the boundaries. Steve Thomas blows the lid on these three influential brands and their fascinating histories.

Indecent exposure

The wildest of alpine ridge rides! Photo: James Vincent

MTB snapper James Vincent and a crew of fearless friends tackle a knife-edge ridgeline at a well-guarded secret location in the Alps.

Tweed (trail) blazers

Meet the women at the cutting edge of Scottish MTB in the Tweed Valley. Photo: Aneela McKenna

MBUK regular Aneela McKenna explores why Scotland's Tweed Valley is such a hotbed for female riding talent and meets a bunch of the local ladies who are pushing the sport forward north of the border.

And that's not all…

Leatt's MTB HydraDri 3.0 Mono Suit, reviewed this issue in Wrecked and Rated. Photo: Andy Lloyd

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 Scott, Marin, Canyon and YT, along with pages of product reviews that include Leatt's MTB HydraDri 3.0 Mono Suit. Plus, check out our pick of the three best Great British getaway riding routes, and grouptests of the best mudguards and winter warmer clothing.

Free gift

Photo: James Blackwell

Every print copy of MBUK 416 comes with a 28-page travel guide. With essential information on the 20 best places to ride on the planet – from iconic MTB meccas to wild-card hidden gems, it's sure to get you inspired for your next adventure!

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