The March issue of MBUK is in the shops today!

March’s MBUK has hit the shelves and here’s what you’ll find inside

This month we’re bringing you a European travel special and exploring three exciting and lesser-pedalled destinations, so you can re-examine the contents of your trail bucket list.

First up we head for the Austrian Tirol where we sample two resorts with two very different trail styles: Sölden, with its berm and jump-littered bike park and Lermoos, with its old-school natural trails. Both guarantee big grins.

We ride manmade flow and natural gnarl in Austria's Tirol region
We ride manmade flow and natural gnarl in Austria's Tirol region

Ever dreamed of a Scandinavian trail adventure? We do, often, and make the dream a reality by visiting the Norwegian resort of Hafjell where we follow local legends around the World Cup downhill course and its endless supply of surrounding natural trails.

We discover the Nordic flow of Hafjell Bike Park with Trond Hansen
We discover the Nordic flow of Hafjell Bike Park with Trond Hansen

Back in the Alps, Morzine may be a familiar trail-hunting ground, but we go beyond the braking bumps and sculpted trails of the Portes du Soleil to explore the off-piste potential of this spectacular region in the hunt for adventure. We find it — and much more.

A bunch of ol' British pals return to The Alps to hunt out some inter-resort hidden gems
A bunch of ol' British pals return to The Alps to hunt out some inter-resort hidden gems

Our testing focus in this issue has been halfway house hardtails and trail forks, with MBUK head tester Guy Kesteven pitting four £750-800 hardtails from Norco, Calibre, Marin and Canyon head-to-head.

While the MBUK Wrecking Crew has gathered together the latest and greatest 140–170mm forks available to help you pick the right front-end upgrade for you, your bike and your wallet.

One £750 hardtail shines above all the rest in our bike test
One £750 hardtail shines above all the rest in our bike test

Tested elsewhere in the issue you’ll find six of the best bib liners with storage, Praxis’ latest crankset, a Camelbak back-protecting hydration pack, clothing from Castelli, Gore, dhb, and Fox, saddles from Deity and Gusset, tools from DMR and Leatherman, plus helmets, storage and more.

Also, don’t miss the latest updates from the team on MBUK's long-term rides, such as Ric’s Mondraker Dune, Ed’s Canyon Sender CF 8.0, JCW’s Scott genius 940, Rob’s Whyte G-170 and Ben C’s Nukeproof Mega 275 Pro.

Staff Writer Ed tests his Canyon Sender CF 8.0 longtermer at The Forest of Dean
Staff Writer Ed tests his Canyon Sender CF 8.0 longtermer at The Forest of Dean

On the tips and advice front this month we bring you how tos on spring cleaning your bike now the worst of winter is behind us, advice on on-the-bike posture from Pro Ride MTB coach Olly Morris, tips on how to back flip into a foam pit with ex-DH champ Manon Carpenter, plus a guide to how to look after waterproofs and fit rear shock volume spacers in Grime Time.

Posture on the bike is the basis of all technique as Pro Ride MTB's Olly Morris explains
Posture on the bike is the basis of all technique as Pro Ride MTB's Olly Morris explains

And we've got two free gifts for you this month. Our Charged e-bike supplement tells you everything you need to know about the fastest growing craze in mountain biking and we've got a full-page of stickers for you to pimp out your ride too!

Our free e-bike supplement is 'Charged' with everything you need to know
Our free e-bike supplement is 'Charged' with everything you need to know

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