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Pick up your copy of issue 409 to get the latest from the world of mountain biking, including features, news and reviews – plus a free air freshener

MBUK 409

In the new issue of our sister magazine MBUK, catch up with the golden girl of UK cross-country racing, Evie Richards, to find out about her shock world championship win, “bizarre” Olympics experience and what you can learn from her success.


The team test similarly priced hardtail and full-suspension bikes head-to-head to find out if rear suspension is worth it on a limited budget, along with 12 mountain bike tyres and six pairs of women’s shorts.

There’s expert advice on controlling your electric mountain bike, replacing bearings and boosting your braking, plus a ‘build it and ride it’ challenge in the Brecon Beacons, a bikepacking adventure on Dartmoor and a Trail Crew visit to Mountain View Bike Park in Wales. Grab your copy now!

All about Evie

We catch up with XC world champion Evie Richards. Red Bull

Last year, Evie Richards became the first British Elite XC world champion. But how did the rider from Worcestershire in the UK end up topping the podium, aged just 24? Get the full lowdown on Evie’s life and road to victory.

Hardtail versus full-suspension

Two affordable rigs from Boardman – which comes out on top? Mick Kirkman

In this month’s biketest, the MBUK team take two £1,000 bikes from Boardman – one a hardtail, the other with full-suspension – and see how they stand up to one another on the trails. Does a rear shock outgun the hardtail’s superior kit spec for the price?

Scouting for parts

Can Will build up a trail-slaying Nukeproof machine? Laurence Crossman-Emms

MBUK’s staff writer Will attends a bike launch with a difference. Riders testing the new Nukeproof Scout have to fit their own parts, building up the frame their way to see what it can do. How does Will’s build fare on some seriously technical trails?

Evolve to fly

There were some wild skills on display at the UK’s first women’s gravity jam. Samantha Saskia Dugon

Check out the best things the team saw at the Project Evolve women’s gravity jam – an awesome showcase of homegrown female riding talent.

How to build upper-body strength for e-biking

Learn some invaluable techniques to tame your e-bike. Andy Lloyd

Electric mountain bikes may make light work of punishing climbs, but all that extra weight can really do a number on your upper body. With the help of Vitus ambassador and strength coach Ben Plenge, discover some simple routines to help you make the most of your motor-assisted machine.

Tour of the tors

Max sets out on a bikepacking overnighter over the desolate landscape of Dartmoor. Russell Burton

Map man Max Darkins heads down to Dartmoor National Park in Devon for a bigger-than-usual Big Ride. With the help of his trusty bivvy bag, Max sets out on an epic overnighter through this rugged and beautiful landscape. Plus, don’t miss two more bikepacking routes in the Maps section.

And that’s not all…

Roval’s Traverse 29 Alloy wheelset – reviewed in depth in this month’s Wrecked and Rated

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 and kit from RockShox and Cotic, along with pages of product reviews that include Roval’s Traverse Alloy 29 wheelset. Plus, check out the Trail Crew report from Mountain View Bike Park in South Wales.

Free gift

Don’t miss your free Mint Sauce air freshener! Julia Broussier

Every print copy of MBUK 409 comes with a Mint Sauce air freshener, with an exclusive design of everyone’s favourite sheep. Don’t worry – it’s not mint sauce flavoured! With a refreshing sandalwood scent, you won’t have to worry about that post-ride pong.

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