No pain no gain

Luke embraces his masochistic streak and heads to France to attempt the Radon Epic Enduro. With a reputation – and statistics – claiming it as the world's toughest, how did he do in his mission to survive one seriously punishing ride?

Radon Epic Enduro
Staff Writer Luke attempts to complete the brutal Radon Epic Enduro. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Dirt Factory Wrecking Crew

Ed is shown around Manchester’s Dirt Factory – the revolutionary city-centre bike park that’s entirely indoors. Accompanied by some of the North’s best riders, Ed’s glad to be investigating this fascinating community venture as, in typical Mancunian fashion, it’s pouring with rain outside.

This month the Wrecking Crew head indoors to visit the Dirt Factory in Manchester. Photo: Mick Kirkman

First Rides

The Lapierre eZesty, Canyon Spectral and Specialized Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon get our first ride impressions. As always, we’ve covered three very different bikes to see how they stand up in their respective fields

The Specialized's Stumpjumper EVO Pro Carbon 27.5 gets put through its paces for our first ride review. Photo: Russ Burton

Dirty Half Dozen

In the fourth part of our Dirty Half Dozen series, JCW and Jimmer head out on a gruelling ride through the Lake District on e-bikes. Ever tried carrying one of those things up a hill? You'd better hope the descent on the other side is worth it!

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Ed and Jimmer take two Scott e-bikes to the Lake District for a wild adventure. On an e-bike, how hard can it be? Photo: Sam Flanagan

MBUK's Great British Hardtail, Part 3: The Ride

The time has finally come. Ed takes our pride and joy, our ultimate Great British Hardtail, out for a spin. Taking his steel steed to the Steel City of Sheffield, Ed’s joined by local MTB royalty Nick Hamilton and hardtail aficionado Dave Camus to put our bike through its paces and see how it stands up to some of the country’s most rough-and-ready trails.

Ed finally gets to test his hard work and to find out if he did create the ideal British hardtail. Photo: Dan Hearn

Steel hardtail shootout

Expert tester Mick Kirkman takes out four of the latest, greatest, shred-ready hardtails from Ragley, Cotic, Chromag and BTR. Which of these new old-school steel beasts outshines the others? As Mick himself says: “The devil’s in the details.”

Four steel hardtails go head-to-head in this month's biketest. Photo: Mick Kirkman

More, you say?

Another month, another MBUK stuffed full of handy tips and detailed tutorials, including how to pack up your bike for foreign travel, how not to stall on steep climbs and how to set up your e-bike for maximum motorised potential. Plus, there's tons of gear tested – from six of the best CO2 tire inflators to a head-to-head grouptest of stems. As if that’s not enough, check out all the latest and most forward-thinking independent creations from Bristol’s own Bespoked bike show.

There's a load more great content stuffed into the pages of our summer issue, including Vlan Yordanov's homemade DH rig. Photo Dave Caudery

Free gift

Your free gift this month is a set of MBUK tyre levers – tools that no rider should go without!


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Luke MarshallTechnical writer

Luke Marshall is a technical writer for BikeRadar and MBUK magazine. He's been working for both titles since 2018 and has over 20 years of mountain biking experience. Luke is a gravity-focused rider with a history of racing downhill, previously competing in the UCI Downhill World Cup. Educated to a degree level in engineering and with a penchant for full-throttle speed, Luke is more than qualified to put every bike and product through its paces to bring you informative and independent reviews. You'll most likely find him on a trail, enduro or downhill bike riding the off-piste tracks around south Wales and the south west of England. He often makes an appearance on BikeRadar's podcast and YouTube channel.