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MBUK February 2021

In this month’s issue of MBUK, learn how downhill world champion Reece Wilson’s mastery of the Scottish mud pushed him to the podium, follow Scotty Laughland on his quest for singletrack gold in the Cairngorms and get top tips from EWS racer Joe Barnes to make the most of a wet winter.


The team also bring you the lowdown on three of Britain’s blingest boutique beasts in the bike test, review the best baselayers and goggles on the market, and round-up all the latest gear in Wrecked and Rated.

Roots to success

Flying Scotsman: Reece Wilson doing what he does best.
Flying Scotsman: Reece Wilson doing what he does best.

In just three short years, Scottish welder Reece Wilson rose through the ranks to grab the gold at the Downhill World Champs. Reece tells Ed Thomsett the whole story – and how familiarity with the British slop helped get him there.

Cairngorms gold

Scotty Laughland
Scotty Laughland scours the Scottish Cairngorms for the finest trails in Britain.

Scotty Laughland takes you on a truly epic ride – an overnight adventure through Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, on the hunt for some of the greatest singletrack trails in the British Isles. Even the weather was alright!

How to love riding in the wet

Joe Barnes
EWS racer Joe Barnes explains how to embrace the worst weather Britain has to offer.

We’ve all looked out of the window, seen the weather outside and thought, “not today.” But EWS racer and Fort William local Joe Barnes disagrees. Some of the best times he’s ever had on a bike have been surfing the soaking slop, and he shares essential tips on bike setup and riding technique to make a wintry mission one to embrace.

Boutique trail bikes

Cotic Jeht Gold GX
Cotic’s Jeht Gold GX – one of three boutique beauts reviewed in this month’s bike test.

Boutique bike brands can often develop machines that are ahead of the curve. With smaller production runs and a more experimental approach to design, if you look to the little guy you can sometimes find a truly special steed. MBUK’s testers take three such independent trail bikes for a head-to-head spin to see whether they can stand up to their big brothers.

The best tech trails

Slab Track at Dyfi Bike Park
Dan Atherton’s Dyfi Bike Park – a pin on the tech-riding map.

For a very special Trail Crew this issue, the MBUK crew takes you to not one, but five venues. In this whistle-stop tour, discover some of the UK’s best manmade (and legal) trails that are purpose-built to test you and your bike to their limits.

And that’s not all…

MBUK baselayers group test

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 brand new bikes from Canyon, Nukeproof, Marin and Pivot, along with pages of product reviews that include the baselayers grouptest.

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