MBUK September 2019

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This month is about getting out there, with wild rides from Scotland and Ecuador, plus advice on how to make your own bucket-list adventure attainable. Bike price doesn't need to stop you, with 4 sub-£700 hardtails reviewed in our bike test + as well as loads more product news, opinions and How-To advice

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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.

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Ed discovers first hand why Torridon, on the West coast of Scotland, was voted Britain’s best wild ride. Photo: Andy Lloyd

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.

From Little Hell to Heaven's Ridge
The definition of ‘big’ mountain freeride – Thomas Vanderham searches for trail gold in Ecuador. Photo: Ross Bell

Adventure unpacked

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.

Adventure unpacked
Dan Milner shares his years of knowledge from expedition planning to demonstrate how your adventure wish list may be easier to complete than you might think. Photo: Dan Milner

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?

Sub-£700 trail rippers
What can £700 get you these days and who out of Marin, Pinnacle, Voodoo and Vitus spent their budget best? Photo: Steve Behr

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.

Saddles group test
A good saddle can make the all difference between riding pleasure or riding pain. Photo: Georgina Hinton

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.

Dyfi bike park
Dan Atherton lives and breaths trail building. And in this month’s mag he gives us a guided tour of his masterpiece that’s been 4-years in the making. Photo: Steve Behr

Free gift

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.

MBUK Ride More mudguard
Just in time for Autumn, our free Ride More mudguard.

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