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Features Editor Ed takes a trip to Torridon – voted by our readers as UK’s best in ‘Wild Ride’ destination in our guide earlier this year – to see what all the fuss is about. It turns out that the trails in this remote and beautiful corner of Scotland are anything but tame.
From little hell to heaven’s ridge
Thomas Vanderham and Scotty Laughland take on an epic journey to Ecuador’s ancient Inca trails. Down the slopes of volcanoes and shrouded in dense jungle, they discover a wealth of riding potential.
Carrying on with the adventure theme, explorer, photographer and regular MBUK contributor, Dan Milner shares his 30-plus-years of travelling wisdom to tell us how that once in a lifetime trip may be more manageable than you think. Even if you can’t reach the inhospitable ends of the earth like Dan, it doesn’t mean you can’t turn your regular weekend ride into something more unusual and adventurous.
Sub-£700 trail rippers
In this month’s bike test we take four alloy hardtails from Pinnacle, Marin, Voodoo and Vitus and hammer them on the trails to see where they shine, and just how much fun can be had for £700. Which will come out on top?
Top picks for your perch
Having a saddle that’s comfy and fits you well can make or break your ride, or even your whole cycling experience. In this month group test we’ve reviewed 14 saddles across both genders and our testers have put in the miles and endured the saddle sores to tell you which is best for your bum.
Dyfi bike park
With the opening of Dan Atherton’s brand new Dyfi Bike Park, we head there for a guided tour with the man himself. If you like your riding with a healthy dose of gravity, airtime and adrenaline, then the UK’s newest bike park is a must visit. Read our verdict on it and get all the info you need to plan your own visit inside the mag.
Just in time for Autumn (and the bad weather) we’re giving away a free mudguard with every issue to keep your eyes clean and your face grinning on those muddy days.