MBUK issue 408 is available now, and it's our Bike Of The Year special – with a 44-page mini mag packed with reviews of 2022's hottest trail, enduro and e-bikes.


We explain our 10 ultimate upgrades on any budget, plus bring you women's bike-fit tips, trails by rail, advice on becoming a more powerful rider, emergency repair hacks and much more.

Plus, we meet the latest generation of young rippers to check out the extraordinary talent of tomorrow's pro riders. And as if that's not enough, we're throwing in a pair of exclusive TSG riding socks with every print copy. Don't miss this special bumper issue!

Bike of the year

Find out our team's picks of 2022's best trail, enduro and electric bikes in our Bike of the Year supplement. Photo: Russell Burton

It's Bike of the Year time again! The biggest event in the MBUK calendar is even bigger than ever this year, with three categories on test: trail, enduro and e-MTB. Check out our in-depth reviews of 2022's bleeding-edge machines and see which three bikes come out on top.

Ultimate upgrades

The best upgrades you can get to improve your ride – on any budget. Photo: Andy Lloyd

This month's grouptest is a special one, too – we're showcasing our testing team's personal pick of the very best parts to improve your bike's performance, as well as your own experience on the trail. This isn't all ridiculously expensive bucket-list kit, either; we've also included the best wallet-friendly products to suit any budget.

Smaller, lighter, plusher, faster

How to turn any mountain bike into a machine that's perfect for women riders. Photo: Steve Behr

Our tester Katherine Moore explains how to make any mountain bike work better for women riders (and some men!). With the range of women-specific bikes being somewhat limited, Kat explains some key upgrades you can make – and some vital geometry alterations – that can get a bike sorted for all sorts of body types.

The kids are all rad!

Check out the newest generation of crazy rippers. Photo: Steve Behr

As long as mountain biking has been around, there have always been some young guns who stand out from the crowd and climb the ranks at blinding speed. But the latest generation of youth rippers are crazier than ever before. We head over to 417 Bike Park in Gloucestershire to meet up with some of tomorrow's pro riders who seem way too talented for their tender years.

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How to boost your trail power

Pro coach Ben Plenge reveals the best techniques for increasing your power on the bike. Photo: Andy Lloyd

At any skill level and for any type of riding, there are huge benefits to be had from increased power on the trails. Having the strength to clear a steep climb or obstacle, out-sprint other riders or pump the terrain for extra speed will all increase the fun you can have on your bike. We've enlisted the help of Vitus ambassador and strength coach Ben Plenge to reveal the best ways to train for increased power.

Trails by rail

We discover the best MTB routes you can reach by train. Photo: Russell Burton

What are the best MTB routes you can reach without a car? Our map man Max has toured the UK to find three of the best MTB routes you can reach by train – including a trip across the Solent for a Big Ride on the Isle of Wight.

And that's not all…

The latest MTB products reviewed by our expert test team in Wrecked and Rated. Photo: Russell Burton

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, Cannondale, Orange and YT, along with pages of product reviews that include Öhlins' RXF34 M.2 shock. Plus, check out our Trail Crew report from Wind Hill B1kepark in Wiltshire.

Free gifts

MBUK 408 free gifts

As well as the 44-page Bike of the Year mini-magazine, every print copy of MBUK 408 comes with a pair of exclusive TSG riding socks. Don't miss out on this special bumper issue!

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