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

This month in MBUK magazine, the focus is fun! We share six easy ways to give even the most mundane ride some winter spice, spend a weekend with Bernard Kerr at his MTB compound and learn how the king of the grin himself, Olly Wilkins, turns every trail into a playground .

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We also bring you detailed reviews of the latest burly e-bikes, gloves, waterproof jackets and all the latest kit.

Play time

Olly Wilkins is the crown prince of fun. Photo: Steve Behr
Olly Wilkins is the crown prince of fun. Photo: Steve Behr

With his Cheshire-Cat grin, high-intensity charm and, of course, mad skills on a mountain bike, there aren’t many people who can make a ride as hilarious as Olly Wilkins can. But what’s this pro dirt jumper turned all-round shredder’s formula for fun? We head to the Surrey Hills to find out.

Weekend at Bernie’s

Big boy's toys: Bernard Kerr takes one of his many machines out for a spin. Photo: Steve Behr
Big boy’s toys: Bernard Kerr takes one of his many machines out for a spin. Photo: Steve Behr

Bernard Kerr is a boy at heart. He’s a downhill demon who’s surrounded himself with a seriously impressive collection of big boy’s toys – from sports cars through MX bikes to MTBs. We sent Steve Behr to spend the weekend at Bernard’s compound and he found himself exhausted after a single day…

California dreamin’

Franziska Gobeli surfs the sand in California
Qloom’s Franziska Gobeli surfs the sand in California. Photo: Martin Bissig

The USA may have been the birthplace of mountain biking, but it’s still absolutely teeming with little-known trails and hidden riding gems. Adventurer, photographer and mountain biker Martin Bissig and his team at Qloom hit up California and found sun, sea, sand and singletrack to rival the best in the world.

Waterproof jackets on test

A decent waterproof is page-one stuff at this time of year! Photo: Russell Burton
A decent waterproof is page-one stuff at this time of year! Photo: Russell Burton

Like it or loathe it, winter is closing in and the trails are getting slimier by the week. As we all know, a day’s riding at this time of year very often brings showers from above and splatters from below, so a good waterproof jacket is essential. We test the best offerings on the market for fit, functionality and suitability for MTB manoeuvres.

Mid-range e-MTBs

Three five-grand burly e-bikes are run through the mill for this month's biketest. Photo: Andy Lloyd
Three five-grand burly e-bikes are run through the mill for this month’s biketest. Photo: Andy Lloyd

E-bikes are getting more powerful and competitively priced by the year. But can they hit the elusive sweet spot of riding performance? We test three five-grand burly e-MTBs head to head, to see which can balance weight, power and geometry to give a ride to rival their ‘analogue’ cousins.

Hopton Woods Trail Crew

The crew take a break from all the Shropshire shredding at Hopton Woods
The crew take a break from all the Shropshire shredding at Hopton Woods

Hopton Woods in Shropshire, near the England-Wales border, is a pin on the downhill racing map. But this long-established riding spot is becoming more of a worthy destination for riders of all kinds. The crew heads over there to see how advances in bike tech and trail building have contributed to its renaissance.

And that’s not all…

TRP's new TR12 rear mech and shifter, reviewed in our Wreckled and Rated section this issue
TRP’s new TR12 rear mech and shifter, reviewed in our Wreckled and Rated section 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. There are brand new bikes from Specialized and Nukeproof, along with pages of product reviews that include TRP’s TR12 rear mech and shifter.

Free gift – official Mint Sauce mudguard

Don't miss your free Mint Sauce mudguard with this issue! Photo: Georgina Hinton
Don’t miss your free Mint Sauce mudguard with this issue! Photo: Georgina Hinton

We’re getting deep into slop season, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up the helmet and lock the bike in the garage. Minimise the muck by fitting your official Mint Sauce mudguard – your free gift this issue!

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