The October issue of MBUK is out now!

The latest issue of MBUK is hot off the press and here's what's in store for you

This month's MBUK is jam-packed with loads of great content including a massive feature on 2018's hottest products and trends, a test of 15 waterproof jackets, plus we put four light-weight carbon fibre trail bikes through their paces to see if it's worth shelling out the extra cash for some of that black gold!

Not only that, features editor Al pushed his body and bike to the limit in an attempt to scale the equivalent height of Mount Everest in 12 hours. And, if that wasn't hard enough, he also descended over 9,000 metres down an arm-pump-inducing black run in the French Alps.

We also head to India with Dan Milner to explore the country's Southern tea plantations by bike, and find out why it's absolutely awesome to be a pro rider!

Features ed Alex rides the famous Pleney black track in Morzine, France
Features ed Alex rides the famous Pleney black track in Morzine, France

In this issue's bike test we've pitted four mid-range carbon fibre trail bikes against each other to find out whether it is worth shelling out the extra for carbon construction over alloy bikes.

We test four carbon trail bikes to within inches of destruction!
We test four carbon trail bikes to within inches of destruction!

If steel is more your thing then we've put a Swarf Cycles Contour prototype 29er through its paces in the first rides section. The MBUK crack team of testers has also ridden Vitus' Sommet CRX and DMR's Sled to see if they're bikes that should be on your radar.

The Swarf Contour is a hand built, steel 29er that rips!
The Swarf Contour is a hand built, steel 29er that rips!

And if you really want a bike that'll blow you away we've got an in-depth look at the Arber Saker, a UK and hand-made carbon fibre beast that costs £8,750 for the build pictured below. Wowzers!

The Arbr Saker's looks have divided opinion, but they're certainly striking!
The Arbr Saker's looks have divided opinion, but they're certainly striking!

If you're in the market for a new multi-tool we've put six of the best to work while out riding and testing. With offerings from Fabric, Crankbrothers, Pedros and more be sure to check out page 88 to find out which tool won.

And now that winter is pretty much here, we've put 15 of the best riding jackets through their paces, so if you're looking for a new jacket you know what to buy and what to avoid.

We test them so you don't have to
We test them so you don't have to

If you're looking for expert riding advice then we've got you covered. Find out how to scandi flick, ride without using your brakes and 360 your way down the trail in this month's issue.

Oli Carter shows you how to scandi flick like a pro!
Oli Carter shows you how to scandi flick like a pro!

Issue 348 of MBUK is on sale now and is available in all good newsagents, Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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