This month our cover star Brendan Fairclough shows how to improve your jumping and cornering, we try our hand at enduro racing, get the racers’ perspective on the Fort William World Cup and meet Chris Hall, the man behind the Downtime Podcast. We also test four £1,000 hardtails to see which one rules the trails and throw our legs over American machines from Trek, Intense and Juliana in our First Ride reviews. Rachel Atherton is our pro columnist, plus there’s loads, loads more!
Pro vs privateer
We join UK riders Taylor Vernon and Reece Wilson to find out just what it’s like to compete at one of the year’s biggest downhill races – the Fort William World Cup – and discover just what challenges are involved for the factory-sponsored pro and the self-supported privateer.
Mountain bike superstar Brendan Fairclough passes on his expertise to help you improve your cornering and jumping skills. Plus, we give you our tips for making the most of riding in the Alps, as the summer season there gets into full swing.
The Finale countdown
Nine of the best reasons to visit the riding paradise that is Finale Ligure, Italy.
Wrecked & rated
This month we review six convertible enduro helmets and 14 trail tyres, plus plenty of the latest kit gets the MBUK test treatment, so you can know what’s good, great or comes up short.
Y Tri Mynydd (The Three Mountains)
Our features editor Ed is joined by Scotty Laughland as they try to connect three of Wales’s best bike parks and trail centres, all in one day and under their own pedal power.
We put £1,000 hardtails from Cannondale, Giant, GT and Saracen to the test, to see how much bang you get for your buck, and where these bikes come to life and what holds them back.
Special bumper issue
This month’s mag is a special bumper issue. Inside the box you’ll also find our 2019 Trail Centre Guide, with 88 locations to ride across the UK, plus a Mint Sauce supplement chronicling three decades of mountain biking’s most famous sheep AND an exclusive stem cap, in one of two designs. Which one will you get