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This month's MBUK is an electrifying ride, with four long-travel e-bikes tested, bucketloads of gear given the Wrecked & Rated treatment and travel inspiration from the Canadian Kootenays, the Italian Alps and the coffee plantations of Colombia
E-bike power players
We test four big-travel e-bikes from Haibike, Cannondale, Mondraker and Specialized – all designed to amplify your riding and let you rip the descents as hard as you can hammer the climbs. Find out inside which one made our hair stand on end.
Riding the Trans BC Enduro
Features Editor Ed takes on the epic six-day race across the wild Kootenay mountains in British Columbia, taking on hairy chutes, wet skinnies, scary steeps and vengeful wasps.
Keeping it clean
We broach the tricky subject of doping in MTB racing. Are there really drug cheats in our sport – and if so, what's being done to catch them? Ed investigates.
Back to nature in La Thuile
There may not be bucketloads of berms and jumps in Italy's La Thuile – but what you will find is a natural alpine riding landscape laced with loamy singletrack, rocky trails and switchbacks that dreams are made of.
Grouptest: Clipless trail shoes
The MBUK team put 15 pairs of clipless trail shoes through their paces, from waterproof wilderness footwear to armoured enduro daps.
Colombian caffeine buzz
Bikes and coffee go so well together that we just had to check out the trails in the caffeinated heartland of Colombia – it's time to head to the hacienda...
This month, we've included a tool roll with every issue of the magazine – the perfect place to stash your multi-tool, tyre levers, mini pump, puncture kit, lucky riding charm and more...
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Former Mountain Biking UK features editor Ed Thomsett is a downhiller at heart but has been riding bikes of all types since a young age. He's raced both nationally and internationally in downhill and enduro, and has spent several summers living in the Alps and Canada, riding, roadtripping and living the dirtbag lifestyle. Now Ed calls upon his years of experience riding bikes to the limit as a writer and reviewer for MBUK and BikeRadar. He's also an avid trail builder and has scraped out numerous steep and technical lines in the woodlands of his native North Yorkshire. These days Ed will happily turn his hand to any discipline and believes the sign of a good week is when every bike in his shed ends up muddy by the end of it.
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