MBUK 401

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Pick up your copy of MBUK 401 to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews – available now!

In this month’s MBUK we show you how to get fitter, faster and all-round better on a bike for free!

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We’ve got tests of entry-level trail bikes, waterproof shorts and powerful lights for night riding.

Plus, we check out the latest electronic suspension tech, show you how to ‘upcycle’ an old frame into a super commuter (and then ‘electrify’ it) and bring you ride reports from Iceland, Exmoor and South Wales’s new beginner-friendly Dare Valley Gravity Bike Park.

On top of all that, we dig deep with freeride pioneer Brett Tippie and find out about his descent into addiction and subsequent redemption thanks to bikes. It’s a must-read!

How to get faster for free

Don't miss our essential guide to no-cost progression. Photo: Andy Lloyd
Don’t miss our essential guide to no-cost progression. Photo: Andy Lloyd

In this issue’s how-to guide, we’re showing you a ton of different ways to boost your skills, increase your fitness and have more fun – all without spending a single penny of your precious moolah. With tips on line choice, sessioning, bike set-up, exercise and more, you’ll be hitting the trails fitter and faster in no time.

Electrical storm

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Is the future bright for tech-laden bikes? Photo: Mick Kirkman

Wireless bike components seem to be everywhere these days, and their popularity is increasing across the board. Our technical editor-in-chief Rob sets out on a rig decked out in a full house of futuristic tech – will it blow him away or leave him cold?

Just the Tip

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Join us on a wild ride through the life of an MTB icon. Photo: Ale Di Lullo

Brett Tippie has certainly lived an eventful life – a pioneer of freeriding, an energetic interviewer and a vivacious event host – but there have been some crushing lows between the lofty highs. In this epic feature, we get the full story – and it’s quite the ride!

Full send for less spend

What calibre of trail bike does two grand get you? Photo: Andy Lloyd
What calibre of trail bike does two grand get you? Photo: Andy Lloyd

How much bike can you buy for under two grand? Spending less is always going to bring spec compromises, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t find a winning trail-slayer without re-mortgaging your house. For this month’s biketest we’ve investigated three affordable full-sus trail bikes to see which is the most deserving of your cash.

Trail lights on test

A good set of lights will show you the way in winter. Photo: Ian Linton
A good set of lights will show you the way in winter. Photo: Ian Linton

The icy claws of winter are creeping ever closer, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack up and bail earlier. A good set of lights not only makes it safer to hit the trails in the dark, but can also spruce them up with a fresh challenge. We’ve taken a dozen of the best trail lights around and found out which is the brightest and best – so you don’t have to!

And that’s not all…

Roval's new Control 29 Carbon wheelset, reviewed in this month's Wrecked & Rated. Photo: Russell Burton
Roval’s new Control 29 Carbon wheelset, reviewed in this month’s Wrecked & Rated. Photo: Russell Burton

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 Rocky Mountain, Giant and Trek, along with pages of product reviews that include Roval’s Control 29 Carbon wheelset. Learn how to transform an old frame into a super commuter, and discover incredible riding in Exmoor, South Wales and Iceland.

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