This issue is our annual Trail Guide special, with 84 pages of great UK riding venues. We hang out with Kiwi pinner Brook Macdonald to see what we can learn from his 'Bulldog spirit', check out the women showing the boys a thing or two down at the dirt jumps and bring you some great tips for finding that elusive flow on the trails.


Reviews-wise, we've got tests of e-hardtails, knee pads, new bikes from SCOR and Cotic, and more.

We also ride from summit to sea on Exmoor with Trash Free Trails and revisit Chicksands Bike Park. Grab your copy now!

Bulldog unleashed!

Top dog of downhill Brook Macdonald lets us into his wild world. Photo: Steve Behr

We hang out with downhill top dog, Brook Macdonald, to get the lowdown on the Kiwi racer's aggressive style, racing pedigree and what it's like to live life on the bleeding edge of the sport.

Electric hardtails

Classic frame, new-school tech. How well do they work together on the trails? Photo: Mick Kirkman

In this month's biketest, three rigid frames with motor assistance are put through the wringer. Does the addition of new tech on classic bike design help when riding proper trails?

Ladies who launch

Don't miss the wildest homegrown freeride action as we check out the snowballing women's scene here in the UK. Photo: Steve Behr

Champion rider Emily Horridge checks out the homegrown female talent rocking the freeride scene. With women's freeride taking off around the world, we discover what it's like on home turf.

Braking points

Learn the ins and outs of the industry's best brakes with a tour of the Galfer HQ.

Our Will takes a tour of Galfer Bike's Barcelona factory to find out what goes into making their pads and rotors. Find out how these masters of stopping power design, test and manufacture their kit.

How to find your flow

Unmissable tips for getting into the zone and finding that perfect flow state when you ride. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Whatever level of rider you are, there comes a point when you enter the zone and everything becomes easier. That feeling is called flow, and we've coach-to-the-pros Olly Morris to give his essential tips for attaining that elusive state on the trail.

Summit to sea

Max heads out with Trash Free Trails on a mindful mission across Exmoor. Photo: Russell Burton

Our map man Max Darkins explores the wild coastline of Exmoor National Park. Accompanied by the expert litter-pickers at Trash Free Trails, he embarks on a purposeful mission from the moorland hills to the Atlantic cliffs.

And that's not all…

Cane Creek's Kitsuma DB Air shock, reviewed this month in Wrecked & 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 Canyon and Santa Cruz, along with pages of product reviews that include Cane Creek's DB Kitsuma air shock. Plus, check out our Trail Crew report from Chicksands Bike Park in Bedfordshire.

Free gifts

Every print copy of MBUK 410 comes with not one, but two incredible extras. First up is our annual Trail Guide, newly expanded and updated for 2022 with all of the best riding spots in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. And as if that's not enough, we're also chucking in an exclusive stem top cap for your beloved bike – with two designs to collect. Don't miss out!

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