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MBUK issue 387

This month in MBUK magazine, read the best ways to get the stoke high and keep riding through autumn, learn unmissable tips for servicing your bike at home, and discover globe-trotting mountain bike adventures in Canada, Spain and the Alps.


The testing team also gets to grips with the best tool kits, front lights and all the latest kit in Wrecked and Rated.

High-end cross-country race bikes

Four race-ready XC full-sussers are put through their paces in this month’s bike test.

While the Olympic Games may have been postponed this year, that hasn’t stopped bike brands introducing a bunch of new XC machines onto the market.

Marathon man Tom Marvin takes four of the top full-suspension racing bikes out for a spin to find out which can go the distance over the increasingly gnarly technical challenges of modern XC courses.

Living the dream

Whistler is the holy grail of MTB destinations, and the team brings you a whole-summer travel journal from the mountain bike mecca.

It’s getting to that time of year when we Brits wake up in the dark with freezing toes and the sound of rain on the window, and begin to get the itch to travel.

Have you ever dreamed of just ditching it all and hopping on a plane to Canada to live as a bike bum? That’s exactly what young rider Harry Griffiths did, and he tells the whole tale in a compelling travel diary.

Rail Madrid!

Hitting the dusty trail: the team explores the sun-baked bliss of riding near Madrid.

Spain is, of course, an enduringly popular travel destination for UK holidaymakers, with its beautiful beaches and reliable climate. But what if you want to throw yourself down some prime trails on two wheels?

Accompanied by adventure-biker Dan Milner, MBUK did just that, and has gives five reasons why the dusty hillsides near Madrid are a little-known treasure trove for mountain bike holidaymakers.

Trail lights on test

The brightest and best high-power front lights tested in-depth in this month’s group test.

Night riding is the ideal way to breathe new life and challenge into well-ridden trails. It’s also a very good thing to get into as the days get shorter. When summer’s done, you’ll need a good set of lights on your steed for that soul-restoring post-work ride and MBUK has got you covered.

The team has reviewed 12 high-power front lights in a head-to-head test, to discover which is the best choice for leading you into a new world of riding.

Let’s make autumn awesome!

Bikepacking is a truly adventurous activity that’s a great thing to try this autumn.

Maybe you’ve got a bunch of annual leave banked up and you’re under pressure to use it up. Or perhaps you just need some new ideas for things to do on your bike now that summer’s drawn to a close.

Whatever the reason, there’s plenty to be excited about in autumn and the team has put together nine amazing ideas to keep your stoke levels at critical mass in the run up to the festive season.

Grenoside Woods Trail Crew

Peaty shows us how it’s done! The man himself takes us on a tour of his local trails.

Located just outside Sheffield city centre, Greno is an integral part in the Steel City’s MTB history, not least because it’s Steve Peat’s local woods!

Peaty himself takes the Trail Crew on a whistle-stop tour of the area’s best riding spots and talks them through his history at Grenoside while he’s at it.

And that’s not all…

SRAM’s new GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain gets the Wrecked and Rated treatment this month.

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 Evil and YT, along with pages of product reviews that include SRAM’s GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain.

2020 Trail Centre Guide

The MBUK 82-page 2020 Trail Centre Guide is your free gift this month.

MBUK’s comprehensive Trail Centre Guide is back!

Newly expanded and updated, this handy little supplement contains 82 jam-packed pages of unmissable info on the UK’s top riding locations. Now with 99 riding spots, you’ll want this in your glove box at all times!

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