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Pick up your copy of issue 399 to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews – plus a free official MBUK mudgaurd!

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In this month’s action-packed MBUK, discover how many jumps can be hit in one day, experience a packrafting adventure through France’s Grand Canyon in search of singletrack and check out rides at Gloucestershire’s 417 Bike Park and a lesser-known part of the Lakes.

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There are tests of UK hardtails, men’s and women’s saddles, and mini pumps. Plus the team explain how to avoid injury, and heal quicker if it does happen.

Read about what life’s like for a female XC racer in Iran, take a peek at new bikes from Santa Cruz, Nukeproof and Bombtrack, and learn how to service pedals. Plus, don’t miss your free MBUK mudguard – free with every print copy of the mag. Grab yours now!

Air miles

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How much airtime can you rack up in a single day? Andy Lloyd

Armed with a selection of bikes, a camper van, a GPS and an insatiable appetite for airtime, our staff writer Will Soffe and freerider Joel Anderson set out on a mission through South Wales to find out how many jumps it’s possible to hit in a single day.

Flow trail

Join Dan Milner on a bikerafting adventure through France’s Grand Canyon. Dan Milner
Join Dan Milner on a bikerafting adventure through France’s Grand Canyon. Dan Milner

MTB adventurer and photographer Dan Milner heads out on a packrafting mission deep into Les Gorges du Tarn, France’s own Grand Canyon, to discover a hair-raising mix of white-knuckle singletrack and whitewater rapids.

Lifting the veil

Faranak Partoazar reveals her struggle to become the first Iranian woman to podium at an XC World Cup. Steve Thomas
Faranak Partoazar reveals her struggle to become the first Iranian woman to podium at an XC World Cup. Steve Thomas

The secretive country of Iran isn’t the first place you’d think of as a mountain bike destination, but it’s home for Faranak Partoazar, the country’s first female XC racer to emerge onto the global scene. Faranak reveals her podium dreams and explains the struggles she’s faced to get this far.

Hard-hitting hardtails

Can hardtails still tame the wildest trails? Andy Lloyd
Can hardtails still tame the wildest trails? Andy Lloyd

Full-suspension bikes may rule the roost when it comes to comfort and control, but for the sheer grin factor you can’t beat a hardtail. For this issue’s biketest the team have selected four hardtail frames in the £500-600 range and built them into complete machines for a total cost of around two grand per bike. Which of these rigid beasts are modern classics, and which are has-beens?

Saddles on test

The best men’s, women’s and unisex saddles on test this month. Russell Burton
The best men’s, women’s and unisex saddles on test this month. Russell Burton

A good perch is an absolute essential. MBUK’s testers put a selection of the best men’s, women’s and unisex saddles through the wringer to see which will leave you sitting comfortably. Check it out – your bum will thank you!

And that’s not all…

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Hope’s new XCR Pro X2 brakes, reviewed this issue in Wrecked & Rated. Russell Burton

This issue of MBUK is jam-packed with all the latest and greatest bikes, product reviews and news stories from the mountain biking world. There are new bikes from Norco, Orange and Pivot, along with pages of product reviews that include Hope’s XCR Pro X2 brakes.

Free gift

Don’t miss your free MBUK mudguard! James Blackwell
Don’t miss your free MBUK mudguard! James Blackwell

Every copy of the print mag comes with a free MBUK mudguard. With summer sadly drawing to a close, the trails will start getting sloppier and you can mitigate the worst of the splashback with this handy gift!

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