We may be heading into the gloomier months of the year, but that’s not getting us down here at MBUK because all the 2017 gear is beginning to pour in, ready for testing.
We get a load of marketing gumpf from the companies about how good these new products are, but really what matters is how they stand up to The MBUK Wrecked and Rated treatment over the course of a wet, grimey UK winter. We’ve just completed our first big 2017 bike test on some of the most interesting bikes to hit the shop floors across a number of disciplines.
Maybe you’re not in the market for something quite as big as a bike, but you need some ideas on kit to buy or gift ideas. (Christmas is only a month or so away you know!) If that’s the case then we’ve got you covered with our Ultimate Gear Guide 2016, which we’re giving away with this month’s mag.
Don’t worry, we’re not fully settled in for winter just yet. This month our features celebrate the best of the summer and show some of the amazing moments you can have when you go off the grid in the mountains with your bike. Dan Milner takes us exploring in Sweden and Hannah Barnes goes on a three-day epic through the Italian and Swiss Alps.
On home soil we sample the incredible riding in Dunoon, Scotland with some of the country’s fastest racers — so you know that rowdy riding is going to ensue.
Further south, The MBUK staff check out the UK’s newest Bike Park — The 417 Project in Gloucestershire. With uplift accessed trails, dirt jumps, 4X, dual slalom and an indoor pump track, there’s something to put a smile on everyone’s face here.
If you're after something with more of a trail riding focus, then we’ve got a Big Ride report from Shropshire and pull-out route maps from The Peak District, Dartmoor and Epsom as well.
Of course, this is all in addition to a load of other product testing, how-to techniques and mechanical advice — and who can forget our favourite bike riding sheep Mint Sauce.