Summer may officially be over but that doesn’t mean it’s time to get out the mud tyres and put away any jerseys with the slightest hint of white just yet. The shortest day is a long time off, the trails are still dry-ish and there are plenty more good times to come!
This issue’s all about extending that summer vibe, so we’ve been checking out the sun, sea and singletrack in Punta Ala, Italy. Our guide James McKnight, showed us an incredible variety of flowing rocky trails which got pretty gnarly in places.
On the theme of making the most of the good (and bad) weather, Traharn Chidley shows us just how much you can cram into a few short months, in her ‘Supersize Summer’ diary.
Heading further north and making use of an unusually sunny day in Scotland, we explore The Highlands in search of a long-lost Lancaster bomber and find some amazing natural trails along the way.
In preparation for the days getting shorter, it’s time to think about buying your winter lights so you can extend your riding right into the night! We test a range of ultimate high-power trail lights. There’s something for all budgets, from £50 to £345.
While we’re on the subject of reviews, it’s rare that one of our tests rewrites the rulebook, but that’s just what happened with this issue’s Biketest. Comparing four bikes built around three different wheel/tyre ‘standards’ revealed a clear winner when it came to carrying speed on rough trails, and in the process forced our testers to rethink just what modern hardtails are capable of.
We also talk to some prominent industry figures on p.34 about what they think the hottest new trends will be to come out of Eurobike.
On top of this, our Manual section of the magazine is packed with info on how to get more from your bike and ride like the pros. Learn to link up dirt jumps like Andrew Neethling, pedal more efficiently, conquer roots and more.
If that’s not enough to convince you, then maybe the free pair of Renthal socks we’re giving away will convince you. Get your feet on a set, or buy 10 copies and fully stock up your sock drawer.