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October 2020 issue on sale now!

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

This month in MBUK magazine, we show you the best ways to get the stoke high and keep riding through autumn, reveal unmissable tips for servicing your bike at home and bring you globe-trotting MTB adventures in Canada, Spain and the Alps.

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We also test the best tool kits, front lights and all the latest kit in Wrecked and Rated.

High-end cross-country race bikes

Four race-ready XC full-sussers put through their paces in this month's biketest. Photo: Russell Burton
Four race-ready XC full-sussers put through their paces in this month’s biketest. Photo: Russell Burton

While the Olympics has been postponed this year, that hasn’t stopped bike brands introducing a bunch of new XC machines onto the market. Our marathon man, Tom Marvin, takes four of the top full-suspension racing bikes out for a spin and find which can go the distance over the increasingly gnarly technical challenges of modern XC courses.

Living the dream

Whistler is the holy grail of MTB destinations, and we bring you a whole-summer travel journal from the MTB mecca. Photo: Alistair Chalmers
Whistler is the holy grail of MTB destinations, and we bring you a whole-summer travel journal from the MTB mecca. Photo: Alistair Chalmers

It’s getting to that time of year when we Brits wake up in the dark with freezing toes and the sound of rain on the window, and we start to get the itch to travel. Have you ever dreamed of just ditching it all and hopping on a plane to Canada to live as a bike bum? That’s exactly what young rider Harry Griffiths did, and he tells us the whole tale in a compelling travel diary.

Rail Madrid!

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Hitting the dusty trail: we explore the sun-baked bliss of riding near Madrid. Photo: Dan Milner

Spain is, of course, an enduringly popular travel destination for UK holidaymakers, with its beautiful beaches and reliable climate. But what if you want to throw yourself down some prime trails on two wheels? We did just that, and bring you five reasons why the dusty hillsides near Madrid are a little-known treasure trove for MTB holidaymakers.

Trail lights on test

12 of the brightest and best high-power front lights tested in-depth in this month's grouptest.
12 of the brightest and best high-power front lights tested in-depth in this month’s grouptest.

Night riding is the ideal way to breathe new life and challenge into well-ridden trails. It’s also a very good thing to get into as the days get shorter. When summer’s done, you’ll need a good set of lights on your steed for that soul-restoring post-work ride and we’ve got you covered. We’ve tested 12 high-power front lights head-to-head to discover which is the best choice for leading you into a new world of riding.

Let’s make autumn awesome!

Bikepacking is a truly adventurous activity that's a great thing to try this autumn.
Bikepacking is a truly adventurous activity that’s a great thing to try this autumn.

Maybe you’ve got a bunch of annual leave banked up and you’re under pressure to use it up. Or perhaps you just need some new ideas for things to do on your bike now that summer’s drawn to a close. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty to be excited about in autumn and we’ve put together nine amazing ideas for ways to keep your stoke levels at critical mass in the run up to the festive season.

Grenoside Woods Trail Crew

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Peaty shows us how it’s done! The man himself takes us on a tour of his local trails. Photo: Mick Kirkman

Located just outside Sheffield city centre, Greno is an integral part in the Steel City’s MTB history, not least because it’s Steve Peat’s local woods! Peaty himself takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the area’s best riding spots and talks us through his history at Grenoside while he’s at it.

And that’s not all…

SRAM's new GX Eagle 1x12 drivetrain, one of the products reviewed in this month's Wrecked and Rated. Photo: Russell Burton
SRAM’s new GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, one of the products reviewed in this month’s Wrecked and 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. There are brand new bikes from Evil and YT, along with pages of product reviews that include SRAM’s GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain.

Free gift – 2020 Trail Centre Guide

The MBUK 82-page 2020 Trail Centre Guide – your free gift this month. Photo: James Blackwell
The MBUK 82-page 2020 Trail Centre Guide – your free gift this month. Photo: James Blackwell

MBUK‘s comprehensive Trail Centre Guide is back! Newly expanded and updated, this handy little supplement contains 82 jam-packed pages of unmissable info on the UK’s top riding locations. Now with 99 riding spots, you’ll want this in your glove box at all times!

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