Skills to rule the hills! This month’s MBUK has tons of tips to improve your riding, including a 28-page ‘how to’ guide for all abilities.


We’ve got tests of XC hardtails, fast tyres and bright lights, plus the lowdown on bikepacking essentials and MTB van life.

Ride-wise, we head to the Lakes, Suffolk, Dartmoor and the Alps, and bring you OS maps and routes for three rides where you can stay overnight in a bothy. Grab your copy now!

How to build confidence on your bike

Don't miss essential tips on riding with conviction, from coach-to-the-pros Olly Morris. Photo: Andy Lloyd

Many riders want to build confidence and ride with conviction. But where does it come from? Pro coach Olly Morris shares his essential tips for trusting in yourself, the trail and your equipment, and how to you find and develop confidence as you ride.

High-pace hardtails

Two race-ready XC hardtails pitted head to head – which comes out in front? Photo: Finlay Anderson

This month's Biketest is a head-to-head battle between two rapid, rigid beasts. Designed to cover big distances at speed, we find out which of these two lightweight cross-country hardtails is quickest out of the blocks.

Front lights on test

Ten of the most powerful front lights around reviewed in depth in this issue's Grouptest. Photo: Ian Linton

As autumn draws closer, the longer nights needn’t mean your bike gets mothballed for the next six months. Instead, embrace the darkness and see it as an opportunity to make tackling familiar routes a fresh and exciting challenge. You'll need illumination, of course, and we've reviewed 10 of the brightest and most powerful front lights on the market to show you which will light the way this winter.

Where the wild things are

Chris gets some lessons in outdoor survival on a bikepacking mission with bushcraft guru Haze Outdoors. Photo: Ian Lean

How off-grid can you go on a bikepacking trip? Do you really need to encumber your bike with every bit of tech and camping comfort you can find? Could you get what you need out in the wild? Chris heads out onto Dartmoor with YouTuber and bushcraft expert Haze Outdoors to find out.

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Van life

Check out the most weird and wonderful MTB motorhomes around. Photo: Andy Lloyd

The aspirational #vanlife scene is everywhere on social media – including the mountain bike scene. Will checks out the ins and outs of seven of the most creative and interesting MTB motorhomes from all corners of the pro riding scene.

Hail to the King

Our Rob battles through the brutal and beautiful Stone King Rally. Photo: Sven Martin

Our tech editor in chief Rob Weaver is pushed to his absolute limit as he takes on the massive, gruelling Stone King Enduro race – and lives to tell the tale!

And that's not all…

CamelBak's Chase 8L Vest, reviewed in this month's Wrecked and Rated. Photo: Andy Lloyd

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 new bikes from Pivot, Evil and Santa Cruz, along with pages of product reviews that include CamelBak's Chase 8L Vest with Fusion Reservoir. Plus, check out our special Trail Crew report from Phoenix Cycleworks in Suffolk, and an epic bothy adventure through the Lake District in Big Ride.

Free gift

Every copy of MBUK 412 comes with a free 28-page how-to guide. Whether you're a beginner looking to improve your fundamental skills, or a seasoned shredder who wants to refine your existing techniques, there are indispensable tips and tricks for everyone inside. Don't miss it!

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