MBUK 397

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Pick up your copy of MBUK 397 to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews – plus two free gifts!

MBUK’s July issue is in the shops now – with a free 84-page Trail Guide containing details of 114 top UK riding spots!

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This issue is all about good times and going fast – both things our cover star Wyn Masters is known for. We find out how the Kiwi racer gets serious results without ever taking things too seriously, and get a masterclass in the ‘lanual’.

On test, we’ve got four World Cup-ready downhill bikes and 12 pairs of flat-pedal shoes, along with some clipless XC options. We reveal our favourite Scottish blue trail, try our hands at a retro bike build, show how to calculate chain length and get race-prep tips from the Athertons’ coach. All this plus we ride Exeter Bike Park and the Wye Valley. Don’t miss it!

In it to Wyn it

Wyn everything: we spend a day in the life of Wyn Masters. Photo: Steve Behr
Wyn everything: we spend a day in the life of Wyn Masters. Photo: Steve Behr

Wyn Masters is a mountain biker’s mountain biker: his racing gets serious results without ever losing the fun factor. This adventurous Kiwi is now based in southern England, and we head over to his neck of the woods to spend a day in the life of one of the scene’s brightest stars.

Speed demons

Four top-end downhill rigs are pitted head-to-head in this month's biketest. Photo: Steve Behr
Four top-end downhill rigs are pitted head-to-head in this month’s biketest. Photo: Steve Behr

The ultimate ‘one-trick-pony’, the downhill bike is built to descend – and descend fast. They might lack the versatility of modern trail bikes, but they’ve got it where it counts. In this month’s biketest we’re putting four of the very best DH machines money can buy through their paces, to see which World Cup-worthy warrior would end up on the podium.

Flat-pedal shoes on test

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12 pairs of flat-pedal shoes are given the grouptest treatment. Photo: Mick Kirkman

To complement the ‘foot out, flat-out’ style of downhill racers, our grouptest this issue focuses on flat-pedal shoes. We’ve taken 12 the greatest and grippiest flats on the market and tested them head-to-head, to find your sole mate – the pair that will serve you best both on and off the bike.

Reviving the Rockhopper

Art editor Jimmer takes a trip on the nostalgia train to rebuild a classic. Photo: Georgina Hinton
Art editor Jimmer takes a trip on the nostalgia train to rebuild a classic. Photo: Georgina Hinton

Our beloved art editor Jimmer takes a trip down memory lane and, with all the will in the world but little of the knowhow to back it up, attempts the holy grail of retro bike builds – a 1993 Specialized Rockhopper. The story of his project should stand testament to the old adage that if you’ve got the motivation, the rest will follow.

Blues Cruise

The pinner and the beginner head north to find Scotland's best blue. Photo: Ian Linton
The pinner and the beginner head north to find Scotland’s best blue. Photo: Ian Linton

In the third and final part of our series to find and ride the UK’s best blue-graded trails, we’re heading north of the wall to the MTB mecca of Scotland. With such a wealth of brilliant blues over its awe-inspiring mountains and glens, will our pick scotch the competition?

And that’s not all…

Pembree's new R1V flat pedals, tested in Wrecked and Rated this issue. Photo: Ian Linton
Pembree’s new R1V flat pedals, tested in Wrecked and Rated this issue. Photo: Ian Linton

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 new bikes from Scott, Santa Cruz and Cannondale, along with pages of product reviews that include Pembree’s R1V flat pedals.

Free gifts

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We’re packing in not one, but two free gifts with this issue. First off is the latest edition of our ever-popular and invaluable Trail Guide. This 84-page mini-mag is packed to the rafters with details of every must-ride trail in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. And for when you get home again, we’re also giving every reader a set of exclusive beer mats, so you and your mates can enjoy a well-earned cold one in true MBUK style.

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