MBUK March 2019

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This month's MBUK brings a adventures in the Dientes de Navarino – the world's southernmost trail. We talk bike media, philosophy and fun with the 50to01 crew, and get our hands dirty with MBUK's Great British Bike – building our vision of the ultimate UK hardtail. Four high-end American 29er trail bikes go head-to-head in this month's bike test, and we test 10 pairs of brakes. Plus, our top tips on how to make female-friendly bike tweaks and how to hold the high-line while riding. Grab a copy for all of this and much, much more.

MBUK’s Great British Bike

We teamed up with The Bicycle Academy, pooling our collective experience under their expert guidance to realise our vision of the ultimate UK hardtail. Find out about the design and construction process of our ‘Great British Bike’ as Ed goes hands-on at TBA HQ.

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Photo: Ben Ripley
Features editor Ed designing and building MBUK’s take on the ultimate UK hardtail. Photo: Ben Ripley

Big in Japan

We caught up with the 50to01 lads in Japan to find out about how they got started, why laughs mean more to them than racing results and the what’s wrong with modern bike media.

The 50to01 crew taking in the sights fo Japan Photo: Gary Perkin
The 50to01 crew taking in the sights of Japan Photo: Gary Perkin

Made in America

We test four high-end American 29in trail bikes from Transition, Evil, Pivot and Ibis – to see what they’re capable of, and which one gives you the biggest bang for your buck. Plus, we group test 10 pairs of brakes, finding the stoppers to fit every rider’s budget.

Born in the USA
We test four hard-hitting American 29er trail bikes. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Long Mynd Wrecking Crew

Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills brings the good stuff for this month’s Wrecking Crew, as we get treated to a guided tour of this natural playground. With tough climbs, natural singletrack and plenty of rocks, check out our verdict of one of the UK’s most scenic riding spots.

Find out what we thought of Long Mynd's natural and demanding trail riding. Photo: Tom Roberts
Discover what we thought of Long Mynd’s natural and demanding trail riding. Photo: Tom Roberts

First Rides

We take Specialized’s Epic Expert EVO, Focus’s SAM 9.9 and Bird’s Zero 29 out of their boxes and straight onto the trails for a good thrashing. Find out our first impressions of these three very different bikes.

The Focus SAM 9.9 gets a thrashing straight from the box. Photo: Andy Lloyd
The Focus SAM 9.9 gets a thrashing straight out of the box. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Delve deeper

Inside this issue, you’ll also find tons of other great content, including MBUK’s vision of the ‘bike of the future’, Euan Murray – the young lad with a truly inspiring attitude, industry talk with Sam Richards from OneUp Components, a roundup of the biggest team changes of 2019 and product launches from SRAM and Canyon. Grab your copy today for all this great content and more!

Staff Writer Luke gets to grips with the new Canyon Strive in Malaga. Photo: Boris Beyer
Staff Writer Luke gets to grips with the new Canyon Strive in Malaga. Photo: Boris Beyer
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