This month in MBUK magazine, we go behind the scenes at RockShox’s Colorado headquarters, come face to face with ibex in the mountains of Italy and re-review some of the finest rides of the last 10 years. We’ve also got first-ride reviews of new bikes from Santa Cruz and Carrera, and the lowdown on all the latest kit in Wrecked and Rated. Plus, check out our comprehensive guide to nailing drop-offs from the folks at BikePark Wales.
20 years at the top
For over two decades, Australian Sam Hill has been the rider to beat in the realms of both downhill and enduro. We get the lowdown on his career and the secrets of his success from the man himself.
Bushwhacking: Aussie Sam Hill in his natural habitat
Pencil sketch to production
In this exclusive feature, we’re allowed behind the always-closed doors of RockShox’s Colorado headquarters. Join us for a unique tour of the factory floor and discover how a trail-trouncing component comes to be – from the minds of the designers to the body of your bike.
Where the magic happens: behind the scenes at RockShox HQ in Colorado, USA. Photo: Johannes Herden
The trail hunter and the ibex
Can’t get out on a globe-trotting mission right now? Let your imagination roam farther than your wheels can with mountain biking’s main man of adventure, Dan Milner, as he takes a ride in the high mountains of Italy and meets a fearsome pair of horns…
Adventurer Dan Milner and his crew exploring the high Alps of Italy. Photo: Dan Milner
MBUK’s raddest rides
We’re unable to get out and test our usual selection of mountain biking’s bleeding edge at the moment, so we’ve decided to re-review our favourite bikes from the past 10 years. A selection of the team’s staff and contributors, past and present, muscle in with the last decade’s finest rides, and explain why they’re still so special.
We look back at our favourite bikes from the past decade. Photo: Andy Lloyd
Hebden Bridge Big Ride
Our route finder, Max Darkins, heads to one of the jewels in West Yorkshire’s shining crown – Hebden Bridge. From quirky cafes, through charming canal paths to steep, winding singletrack-adorned valleys, this pretty corner of the North West is a real MTB treat.
A blissful pre-lockdown amble through picturesque Yorkshire for this month’s Big Ride. Photo: Russell Burton
The best natural flow trails
With our normal Trail Crew reports temporarily paused, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the UK’s very best spots for natural flow. Point your bike down any of these amazing trails for a natural, technical challenge.
Glentress, one of our destination picks for the best natural flow in the UK
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. There are first rides of Carrera’s budget Titan X and Santa Cruz’s definitely-not-budget Heckler X01 RSV, along with pages of product reviews that include e*thirteen’s TRS Plus 12-speed cassette.
Free gift – Renthal socks
Make sure your feet are ready to put the power down with this pair of dedicated mountain bike socks – your free gift this issue!
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