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Mountain Bike UK Issue 371

There’s plenty of fantastic content in this month’s MBUK, from a look at the Fort William World Cup through the eyes of a pro and a privateer, and how to jump and corner like Brendan Fairclough, to riding some of the UK’s most fun trails just a stone’s throw from London.


Plus, there’s guide to all of the best trail centres in the UK, a Mint Sauce cartoon supplement and two exclusive stem top caps to collect.

Four £1,000 hardtails are put the test to see which rules the trails, and legs are thrown over three US machines from Trek, Intense and Juliana in the issue’s first ride reviews.

You’ll also find Rachael Atherton as this issue’s pro columnist and an introduction to Remy Morton, a young Aussie pinner to watch out for, as well as much, much more.

Pro vs privateer

MBUK gets up close and personal with Reece Wilson of Trek Factory Racing and privateer Taylor Vernon as they tackle the 2019 Fort William World Cup. It’s one of the wildest and most demanding races of the downhill season, but how different is the race for a pro and a privateer?

Cyclist waving at Fort William World Cup
Reece Wilson waves to the crowd at the legendary Fort William World Cup.
Steve Behr

Pro tips

World Cup star Brendan Fairclough drops his pro tips on how to take your cornering and jumping up a level, plus there’s advice on how to not just survive but thrive when riding in the Alps as the summer season kicks off.

Cyclist riding mountain bike on dirt track
Brendan Fairclough knows how to handle a bike and gives you his tops tips on how to improve your cornering and jumping.
Duncan Philpott

The Downtime Podcast

Find out about Chris Hall, the man behind the Downtime Podcast, as the team chat with him about how it all started, his favourite guest and some of his highlights. You can also listen to MBUK‘s very own edition, so make sure you check it out.

Testing Bikes – Rob Weaver & Seb Stott from the MBUK Test Team

Cyclist riding mountain bike through the woods
We join Chris Hall — the man behind the mic — for a spin and a catch up about his podcast series the Downtime Podcast.
Steve Behr

The Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills is an area packed full of awesome trails, and MBUK brings you its top recommendations for a brilliant weekend of riding there, with maps and all the info you need to have a great time.

male cyclists riding mountain bikes through woods
The Surry Hill might not be mountains, but they sure offer huge fun.
Russell Burton

1k warriors

In this month’s bike test, four £1,000 hardtails from Giant, Cannondale, GT and Saracen are put through their paces to see where each bike shines and falters, and to discover which bike is best suited to the style of riding you prefer.

male cyclist riding red mountain bike through woods
Find out bike you get for £1000, and which might best suit your style of riding.
Steve Behr

What else?

That’s not all, you can read all about the team’s attempts at enduro racing, trying to ride three of Wales’s best trail centres in a day and a trail tyres group test, with recommendations on what’s the best high volume, sticky rubber currently out there.

You’ll also find nine reasons to ride Finale Ligure and there are updates on the team’s long-term bikes, plus a whole heap more besides. So grab a copy to catch up with it all.

Cyclist riding mountain bike on dirt track
Staff writer Luke tried his hand at enduro racing at the Transcend Fest, read about his exploits and plenty more in the mag.
Brodie Hood

Special bumper issue

This issue is a special bumper edition and brings you a comprehensive trail centre guide of 88 locations to ride throughout the UK. There’s also a Mint Sauce supplement that chronicles Jo Burt’s history of mountain biking’s most famous sheep, and two exclusive stem top caps to collect.

MBUK Issue 317
Our special bumper issue brings you these fantastic goodies.