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MBUK October 2019

This month, catch a glimpse of next year’s hottest products in MBUK’s round-up of Eurobike, read about Ben Cathro and his move from racer to YouTube favourite, and discover wild riding in the Scottish Highlands and South Downs.


Four flat-out downhill bikes that light up the trails but won’t burn holes in your pockets feature in this month’s bike test, and there’s advice on how to give downhill racing a go.

First rides on a Ragley hardtail, Intense trail bike and Evil park bike grace the pages too, along with 14 pairs of enduro wheels in this month’s group test.

Plus, there are loads more product reviews, how-to advice and awesome stories.


From the vast halls of the Eurobike show in Germany, MBUK shows off 20 of the hottest products to look forward to in 2020.

From new bikes with mixed wheel sizes to a revolutionary new way to change gear, there’s kit, tech and bikes galore.

Orange Switch 6. One of the first production mixed-wheel-size bikes outside the e-MTB category.

Game changer

Ex-England rugby star, Sophie Halhead, swapped rugby cleats for MTB cleats following her retirement from the international game. Follow her story as she tackles Italy’s epic stage race the Appenninica.

Game changer
Sophie Halhead takes on Italy’s tough Appenninca stage race after swapping her rugby cleats for SPDs.

Laggan ‘wild wolf’

MBUK’s Big Ride takes in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands on the western edge of the Cairngorms national park.

Mixing Laggan Wolftrax trail centre with some remote and natural paths, there’s a real sense of adventure not far from the trodden path.

Laggan 'wild wolf'
There are not many places in the UK as beautiful as the Cairngorms, nor are there as many places as good for riding.

Sending it on a shoestring

This month’s bike test includes four downhill bikes with podium potential that won’t break the bank.

It’s brilliant to know you don’t need the most expensive DH rig to go fast, but which bike from Canyon, Nukeproof, Saracen and Vitus takes top honours?

Sending it on a shoestring
Four flat-out downhill bikes from Saracen, Vitus, Nukeproof and Canyon are this month’s bike test.

Enduro wheels

This month MBUK tests the myth that more expensive wheels will transform your bike by putting 14 pairs of enduro wheels through their paces.

Both alloy and carbon sets get hammered, with prices ranging from £345 to £2,150. Grab a copy of the mag to see how well the budget options stack up against their expensive counterparts.

Enduro wheels group test
14 sets of enduro wheels from low priced aluminium to expensive carbon offerings get tested in this month’s group test.
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Cathro’s vision

Get an insight into the person who brings you some of the best race insights from the downhill World Cup.

Former downhill racer Ben Cathro speaks to us about how he started making videos, his coaching and how he still has an itch to race.

Cathro's vision
Racer, coach, YouTube extraordinaire. We catch up with Ben Cathro, the Scotsman with many talents who brings you some of the best insights from the World Cup downhill scene.

Free gift

This month you’ll find a comprehensive electric bike guide, providing you with all the essentials on how to give your riding a boost.


Find advice on which e-bike to buy, how to get the most from it, and learn about the latest tech.

MBUK 2019 e-bike guide
Get all the latest information, plus how-tos and reviews about e-bikes. It may be the advice you need to give your riding a little boost.