This issue we salute the humble hardtail with a test of iconic British bikes from Whyte and Ragley plus tips for having maximum fun on a bike with no rear bounce.


We catch up with dirt jump legend Steve Geall, review baselayers and waterproof shorts, bring you our favourite short-but-sweet routes and ride great trails from Wales’s Afan Forest to Austria and Cappadocia.

All this plus tips on buying second-hand, taking care of tyres and sorting sticky brake pistons, along with all the usual great stories and photos.

Hardtail hooning!

Hardtails from UK brands Ragley and Whyte pitted head to head. Photo: Mick Kirkman

This month's biketest is a hardcore hardtail head-to-head as we pit two UK-designed, classic-style rigid machines against one another to see which brings big fun for less cash.

How to have a blast with no rear bounce

Get the most fun from a rigid frame with our essential tips. Photo: Mick Kirkman

A hardtail gives you maximum trail 'bang' for your buck – if you know how to get the most from one. Don't miss our essential set-up and riding tips to increase the fun on your hardtail.

Long-sleeve baselayers on test

The best baselayers money can buy – which deserves your hard-earned? Photo: Katherine Moore

Tester Katherine Moore puts nine of the best baselayers through their paces to see which provide the best warmth, sweat-wicking and versatility.

Turkish delights

A surreal journey through the canyons and caves of Cappadocia. Photo: Steve Thomas

Join MTB adventurer James Vincent on an extraordinary journey through the region of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Turkey – home to some of the world's most surreal landscapes, laced together with old-school singletrack.

The godfather

Steve Geall is still the king of big air! Meet him and learn his fascinating story

Bringing BMX moves to the world of MTB, Steve 'Gilly' Geall inspired a whole generation of UK dirt jump and freeride talent – and he's still shredding today! We meet Gilly and learn the lore behind the legend.

And that's not all…

Pedaling Innovations' Catalist One flat pedals – reviewed in depth this issue

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 Vitus, Rossignol and Nukeproof, along with pages of product reviews that include Pedaling Innovations' Catalyst One flat pedals. Plus, check out three best short-and-sweet riding routes to see off the dark winter days, and six of the best waterproof shorts.

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