This month in MBUK magazine, join the Santa Cruz team on a Chilean MTB adventure with a difference, take a look back over the last 10 years of the World Cup with our retrospective feature and catch up with the pros to discover how they’ve been making the most of lockdown.
Plus, more of the past decade’s best bikes in part two of our Raddest Rides re-reviews, along with first-ride reports of BMC’s agonist and the French-made Moustache Samedi e-bike. On top of this, we talk to Olly Wilkins and Casey Brown, and bring you the lowdown on all the latest kit in Wrecked and Rated.
10 years of triumph & tragedy
Take a longing look back over the last whirlwind of a decade in the downhill World Cup with our retrospective feature
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. And to compensate for the lack of racing this year, we’ve put together a retrospective feature looking back over the past 10 years of downhill World Cup action.
With timelines for men’s and women’s racing, it’s the perfect way to swat up on your pro-racing history before the gates open again.
Josh ‘Loosedog’ Lewis gets up close and personal with Chile’s unique ‘moon candy’ dust. Photo: Adrian Marcoux
Writer and videographer Sam Needham is joined by the Santa Cruz team’s finest and fiercest riders for an MTB trip to the volcanic landscape of Chile. In this unusual South American landscape they discover moon-candy dust, all-night parties and an experience unlike anything they’ve seen on two wheels. Masks up, boys!
Don’t try this at home
Back yard a bit flat? Take a leaf out of Brendog’s book and use your house! Photo: Aspect Media
Backyard tracks: every MTB kid’s dream! We caught up with Matt Jones and Brendan Fairclough during lockdown to see how they’ve been taking homemade playgrounds to a whole new level of extreme. Their slopestyle-heavy creations include massive jumps, technical challenges galore and, in Brendan’s case, even his own house.
Riding shorts on test
The best MTB shorts around, pulled on and ridden hard in to find the best baggies for your bum. Photo: Andy McCandlish
We’ve pulled on 15 pairs of baggy riding shorts and tested them head to head, in a bid to find the ultimate choice for comfort, durability, tool/snack storage and unrestricted movement on the trails.
Salisbury Plain Big Ride
Salisbury Plain’s usual summer crowds and roar of tank tracks are absent this year. All that’s left is sunlit, ethereal beauty. Photo: Russell Burton
Our resident man of maps Max Darkins and photographer Russell Burton head out for a scorching early-summer ride around Russ’s local trails on the unspoiled rolling hills of Wiltshire’s Salisbury Plain.
From winding medieval streets to serpentine singletrack trails via the odd megalithic monument, the inimitable atmosphere of this beautiful area makes for an MTB day out like no other.
The best push-up bike parks
The infamously gnarly Wind Hill, one of our picks of the country’s top push-up bike parks
For this month’s Trail Crew, we’ve compiled our picks of the UK’s very best bike parks without an uplift service. Visit any of these places for some pedal-powered MTB action without the need to bring cash for the van.
And that’s not all…
Don’t miss our First Ride report of French brand Moustache’s Samedi e-bike
This issue of MBUK is jam-packed with all the latest and greatest bikes, product reviews and news stories from the mountain biking world.
There are first rides of BMC’s Agonist and Moustache’s Samedi, along with pages of product reviews that include Burgtec’s Penthouse Flat MK5 pedals.
Free gift: Skills supplement
Don’t miss out on our 26-page how-to guide, jam-packed with essential pro-level tips, tricks and hacks to level up your riding. Your free gift this month!
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