In this issue we show you how to conquer wet roots, rocks, chutes and off-cambers. We test trail forks and winter gloves, and sling a leg over new bikes from Specialized, Giant, Orbea, Intense and Starling.
Heading over to Wales, we check out how the Athertons make their cutting-edge bikes – and what they’re like to ride – and hit the trails in Dyfi Forest and Margam Park. Plus, we find out why Britain’s XC racers are back on top. All this and more!
Plus, don’t miss our 2022 e-bike guide, with 52 pages of reviews, essential info and how-to advice. Grab your copy now!
How to stay on top in the slop!
We’ve enlisted pro coach and reigning masters DH world champion Emily Horridge to give a comprehensive guide to making the most of winter riding. With tips on wet rocks, steep chutes, slippery roots and more, it’ll prove invaluable as you ride out the colder months and get ready to hit spring fighting fit.
Full speed ahead
Our staff writer Will Soffe heads into the wilds of Mid Wales to get a VIP tour of Atherton HQ. With the legendary racing siblings’ bike brand going into full production, Will discovers how Atherton Bikes are conceived, designed and built, and, of course, takes one out for a test ride!
A second golden age of UK XC
In 2021, UK cross-country rider Tom Pidcock came home from Japan with an Olympic gold medal, and fellow Brit Evie Richards’ subsequent World Championships win and first Elite World Cup victory came soon afterwards. With British riders leading the charge on the world stage, could this be the dawning of a new era of XC?
Trail forks on test
Suspension forks are one of the most important components on any bike, so naturally they’re a popular – and pricey – upgrade. We’ve demystified all the confusing tech and terminology, and, to help you make the right choice, tested six of the very best forks for trail riding on the market.
Supersized first rides!
This month we’ve boosted our first rides section and brought you our impressions of a whopping five new bikes! Check out straight-from-the-trails reports on Specialized’s Stumpjumper EVO, Giant’s Trance X, Orbea’s Rallon, Starling’s Roost and Intense’s Sniper T.
2022 e-bike guide
We’ve got so much e-bike content to share this month we’ve given it its own magazine! Free with every copy of the issue is our 2022 e-bike guide, a massive 52-page guide to the world of motorised mountain bikes, including detailed reviews, essential buying advice, how-to guides and a huge feature on the world of EWS-E racing!
And that’s not all…
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, Canyon, Orbea and Cannondale, along with pages of product reviews that include Hope’s Union TC clipless pedals. Plus, discover incredible riding in Dyfi Forest and Margam Country Park in Wales.
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