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May 2021 issue on sale now!

Pick up your copy of MBUK's May issue to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews. Available now!

This month’s MBUK is our big Bike of the Year special, complete with bonus 36-page mini magazine. We’ve tested 16 of the latest, greatest machines in two categories – trail and enduro – to find the bike that puts the biggest smile on your face and helps you ride at your best.

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Sticking with the tech theme, we’ve got reviews of nine 1x drivetrains, six multi-tools and loads of fresh kit, along with top advice on truing wheels, fixing brakes, transporting your bike and more. It’s not all about gear, though – we’ve also got a guide to trail loops with great views, plus ride reports from the Cairngorms, Berkshire and Cornwall. With tons more besides, don’t miss it!

Bike of the Year 2021

2021's best bikes reviewed in-depth by our testing team. Photo: Andy Lloyd
2021’s best bikes reviewed in-depth by our testing team. Photo: Andy Lloyd

It’s Bike of the Year time again. Don’t miss your 36-page supplement with 16 of the latest and greatest mountain bikes – split into trail and enduro categories – ridden and rated in-depth.

1x Drivetrains on test

We gear up and test nine 1x drivetrains. Photo: Ian Linton
We gear up and test nine 1x drivetrains. Photo: Ian Linton

Our testing team put nine 1x shifting systems through their paces for shifting, range and reliability. Which are the cutting-edge gears, and which are lacking in good ideas?

Fairer specs?

Can women's bikes help female riders race to the top? Photo: Andy Lloyd
Can women’s bikes help female riders race to the top? Photo: Andy Lloyd

Can the gender-focused components and features on women’s bikes really help to put female riders on an equal footing with men on the trails? Keen mountain bike racer and MBUK tester Sarah finds the answers.

Fighting the tide

Trash Free Trails clean up Cornwall. Photo: Ian Lean
Trash Free Trails clean up Cornwall. Photo: Ian Lean

Trash Free Trails is the organisation dedicated to combating trailside litter. In this fascinating feature, TFT founder Dom Ferris takes a ride along the spectacular Cornish coast and cleans the beach as he goes.

Zoom with a view!

We list the UK's best MTB trails with an epic view. Photo: Andy Lloyd
We list the UK’s best MTB trails with an epic view. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Lift your eyes from the trail ahead from time to time and you might well be blessed with one of the UK’s myriad of epic landscapes – it’s one of the greatest things about our sport. In this special Trail Crew, we share our comprehensive guide to Britain’s best trails that also provide an eye-popping vista to savour while you shred.

And that’s not all…

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Specialized’s 2FO Roost Flat shoes, reviewed in this month’s Wrecked and 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. There are brand new bikes from Saracen, along with pages of product reviews that include Specialized’s 2FO Roost Flat shoes.

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