Welcome to our bumper 400th issue! To mark this incredible milestone, there’s a free Mint Sauce comic book with every copy of the mag. We also pay tribute to 50 of our mountain biking heroes with a special cover and huge feature, and you could win your own Jo Burt artwork or a set of grips and pedals courtesy of DMR Bikes.
On top of all that, we’ve got articles on the hottest new kit for 2022 – including an eight-bike test – the Malverns Classic, Isle of Wight MTB Centre and how to jump like a pro, along with a grouptest of trail/enduro wheels and a massive Muc-Off giveaway for subscribers. It’s unmissable!
In this extra-large special feature, we’ve looked back through the history of the sport and selected 50 of the most influential faces who’ve inspired us throughout our lives. These are the people whose poster was on our bedroom wall as a kid, whose tricks we watch with bated breath, and whose attitude and endurance drives us to improve ourselves.
Worcestershire’s Malverns Classic is the original UK mountain bike festival, packed with mates, tunes and the unbeatable atmosphere that can only be obtained by sticking a bunch of brits in a field. We send staff writer Will along to check out the fun of the festival and ride in some events as the Malverns Classic returns from a two-year hiatus.
Fresh out of the madness of the returning Eurobike trade show, we’ve rounded up the hottest new bikes and kit into three key categories that we’ve identified: supersized enduro machines, evolving e-bikes and a new level of diminutive kit for kids. Stay ahead of the curve and check out where the sport is heading.
2022 mega test!
From XC to enduro, downhill to downcountry, for this issue’s biketest we’ve got eight of the hottest new steeds around and given them the full testing treatment. Excited to see how things are shaping up for next year? Read on and find out!
Enduro wheelsets on test
While they can be a pretty pricey upgrade, a good set of wheels is one of the cornerstones of getting your bike set-up just right. Our tech team have taken a dozen sets of carbon fibre and alloy wheels and tested them back-to-back to see which will see you riding dirty, and which will have you rolling and hating.
And that’s not all…
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 rides at the Isle of Wight Mountain Bike Centre and Wales’s Elan Valley, along with pages of product reviews that include Cane Creek’s Helm MKII Coil 29 fork.
To further celebrate 400 issues of MBUK, every print copy comes with the first ever Mint Sauce comic book. As the longest-serving member of our team, it seemed only fitting to give Mint a mini mag of his very own! As if that’s not enough, we’re also throwing in a sticker sheet, so you can embellish your gear with a bit of extra bling.
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