This month MBUK brings you rides from the Kazakhstan desert, the volcanoes of Iceland and the ancient trails of Morocco, as well as a look at ten rising stars in the mountain bike world who are sure to light up the result sheets and your social media posts.
Plus, with cross-country's continuing re-emergence, four sub-£1,500 XC hardtail rockets are put to the test. There's all the usual goodness you've come to expect too, including columns from the Athertons, MBUK's new long-term bikes, and riding at Leeds' urban bike park.
The UK riding scene is stacked full of amazing talent. Check out the mag's picks from across the MTB disciplines for the hottest riders to watch in 2019.
Off the map
Riding off the map and onto ancient trails. Read about Eric Porter's trip of a lifetime to the interior of Morocco to explore the Atlas Mountains, where nomadic paths provide him with some of the best trails he's ever come across.
Starling Cycles Sturn
MBUK catches up and getw in-depth with Joe McEwan, the founder, designer and builder of Starling Cycles, to find out more about his unique steel-tubed, single-speed downhill bike the Sturn. Check out all the key facts about this Bristol-built beast.
Hard and fast XC bikes
Cross-country is making a successful comeback thanks to some great racing, and the bikes becoming more versatile than ever. The team thrash four sub-£1,500 XC bikes from Specialized, Trek, Bianchi and Cube to see just how fun and fast they can be.
Gear gear gear
The group test this month covers 15 sets of 29in trail wheels to see which hoops are worth riding. The MBUK crew introduces its new long-term bikes, and there's a round-up of six of the best 'butterfly' multi-tools. Plus, there's plenty more kit put through its paces.
Grab the mag to find out what gear gets recommended.
Leeds Urban Bike Park
Just a stone's throw from Leeds city centre, there's a track for everyone that proves you don't need to head out to the back of beyond to find fun on your bike. Check out what the team thought of this urban bike park after spending a day with the locals.