This month MBUK embraces the dark evenings to bring you a 15-strong lights group test. With outputs ranging from 1,600 lumens to a massive 6,500, you’ll discover what will keep you gleaming and what’s a little dull.
The team also hit up Bike Park Wales at night to see how wild one of the UK’s best riding spots can be once the sun’s gone down.
That’s not all, the mag also brings you a lesson in bike geometry, so you can learn how frame angles and tube lengths effect just how a bike handles, and there’s adventures and characters galore from riding in Iraq and the ultra-endurance Silk Road race.
Plus, there are all the usual pages and columns, as well as an environmental message from Rachel Atherton, how to warm-up like Tahnée Seagrave, and shredding in Gwydir Forest and Cheddar.
Charge of the lights brigade
Get the low down from the lights-out ride at Bike Park Wales, where MBUK see if riding one of the UK’s most fun venue’s gets even more exciting after hours.
What’s more fun than riding a bike park at night with your mates? Not much.
Seb Stott, the mag’s resident tech guru, gives us a run-down of how bike geometry works, what all the angles and lengths mean and their effects on bike handling, as well as advice on how to make sure your next bike fits you perfectly.
Bike geometry is constantly evolving. Find out all the ins and outs and how to find your perfect fitting bike.
Trail lights grouptest
Whether you’re getting set for your first night ride or another season of sundown adventures, having a high-power light is essential to help you ride fast and safe. MBUK tests 15 front lights across a range of budgets and lumens to help you pick the best for you.
Having a powerful trail light is essential for night riding.
A world apart
Mountain biking in Iraq might not be first on your list as a destination, but the Kurdish region is full of wild backcountry and formidable peaks, and a world away from the stereotype we’ve become accustomed.
There’s more to Iraq than you might imagine.
Mile-munching trail bikes
What happens when you blend cross-country speed with trail bike security? This month’s bike test finds out as MBUK puts four short-travel trail bikes from Scott, Cannondale, Intense and Specialized to the test.
Just how capable, and fun, are short travel trail bikes?
This trail at the gateway to Snowdonia is a classic. Formally the Marin Trail, and also known as Betws-y-Coed, it’s been a Welsh cycling hotspot for 15+ years, and it’s easy to see why. It features action-packed trails over its 25km with tons of variability. Find all the details you need for a great day out in the mag.
Gywdir Forest is one on the oldest and best trail centres in the UK.
This month’s cover gift is an MBUK beanie. A great after riding essential to keep off the winter chill and your helmet hair covered up.
Look sharp, stay warm and hide the helmet hair.