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The latest MBUK takes you to the edge of the world in South America, greets the 50to01 crew in Japan, and takes on the challenge to build the ultimate UK hardtail

This month MBUK tells tales from the world's southernmost trails, the Dientes de Navarino in Patagonia, has a laugh with the 50to01 crew, and puts its collective experience and knowledge together, along with The Bicycle Academy, to create the ultimate UK hardtail.

Plus, four top-tier US trail bikes go head to head to see which gives the biggest bang for your buck, while 10 brakes from budget to bling get tested.

As well as all of that, MBUK checks out the riding from Long Mynd, one of the UK most picturesque trail spots, has some female-friendly bike tweaks, and the latest on SRAM's new Eagle AXS wireless groupset and dropper post.

MBUK's Great British hardtail

MBUK's puts its money where its mouths is and takes the opportunity to build the ultimate UK hardtail
MBUK's puts its money where its mouths is and takes the opportunity to build the ultimate UK hardtail

MBUK heads down to The Bicycle Academy to start its ambitious project to design and build the ultimate UK hardtail. Find out how Ed gets on as he turns the mag team's ideas in to reality.

Born in the USA

Born in the USA. Four American 29er trail bikes get tested head to head
Born in the USA. Four American 29er trail bikes get tested head to head

Four of America's top 29er trail bikes from Transition, Ibis, Pivot and Evil are put to the test to see if they can deliver the goods and provide maximum bike riding fun on this side of the pond.

Postcards from the edge

Dan Milner heads to the Dientes de Navarino — the world's southernmost trail
Dan Milner heads to the Dientes de Navarino — the world's southernmost trail

Dan Milner sets out to ride the world's southernmost trails in the unpredictable and untamed Navarino Island. Greeted by the island's only mountain biker and hostile weather, Dan finds out what riding lies south of tourism's reach.

Long Mynd, Shropshire

MBUK gets the guided tour around Long Mynd where the natural trails are as stunning as the landscape.
MBUK gets the guided tour around Long Mynd where the natural trails are as stunning as the landscape.

Find out how the natural trails of Long Mynd make for a great day out; rocky paths, tough climbs and sociable riding make the trails as good as the views. 

Personalities

We catch up with Sam Richards of OneUp Components for this month's Industry Insider
We catch up with Sam Richards of OneUp Components for this month's Industry Insider

We get the low down from Sam Richards of OneUp Components, as well as host of the Downtime Podcast Chris Hall and Hazzard Racing's head honcho Joe Barnes, to find out what's going on inside the industry.

First rides

MBUK's first ride on the Focus Sam 9.9. Check out the mag for the initial impressions
MBUK's first ride on the Focus Sam 9.9. Check out the mag for the initial impressions

The team take the Specialized Epic Expert Evo, Focus Sam 9.9 and Bird Zero 29 out on the trials to bring you their initial impressions on the bikes out-the-box performance.

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  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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