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MBUK September 2019

Pick up this month’s mag and relax as MBUK brings you pages of awesome mountain biking content.

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Legendary photographer Dan Milner reveals how that adventure you’ve been dreaming about may be simpler to tackle than you first imagined, while Thomas Vanderham and Scott Laughland explore Ecuador’s best riding spots and Ed earns his turns in the remote west-coast of Scotland at Torridon.

Plus, you’ll discover MBUK’s top picks for your perch with a saddle group test; four sub-£700 hardtails get tested; and find out everything you need to know about Dyfi bike park from a guided tour around Dan Atherton’s masterpiece.

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MBUK’s features editor Ed explores the mag’s top-voted UK mountain bike destination – Torridon – to discover what all the excitement is about in this remote and unspoilt Scottish wilderness.

As a bonus, he takes in the Isle of Skye too. Fortunately, the famous Scottish midges are there to keep him from gloating too much.

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Features editor Ed takes a trip up the west coast of Scotland to see why Torridon became MBUK’s top-voted UK bike destination.
Andy Lloyd

Adventure unpacked

With three decades of travelling the world to some of the most isolated places, photographer Dan Milner busts some myths about adventuring.

He passes on his wisdom which shows it’s perhaps more straightforward than you believe and even reveals how to turn a regular ride into a beautiful adventure.

Adventure unpacked
Dan Milner knows how to pull off a great adventure, and he reveals it may not be as daunting as you believe.
Dan Milner

Sub-£700 trail rippers

Four hardtail trail bikes from Marin, Voodoo, Vitus and Pinnacle get put through their paces to see just how much bike you get for less than £700, and, which is likely to put the biggest smile on your face for the riding you prefer.

Sub-£700 trail rippers
You can get a lot of bike for £700 these days. Four bikes from Vitus, Marin, Pinnacle and Voodoo get tested in this month’s bike test to find out just how much.
Steve Behr

Dyfi bike park

Find out everything you need to know about the UK’s newest bike park, built by none other than Dan Atherton and his digging crew.

This mid-Wales spot certainly reflects Dan’s vision of mountain biking and is a potential paradise for those looking to get loose.

Dyfi bike park
Dan Atherton lives and breaths Dyfi. He also shreds it harder than anyone.
Steve Behr

Wrecked and rated

14 saddles, unisex and female, go head to head in this month’s group test, providing you with the best advice for your backside.

Wrecked and rated
Having the right saddle can make a world of difference to your riding comfort. Check out 14 saddles in September’s group test.
Georgina Hintern

Six of the best lightweight full-finger gloves also get reviewed, along with heaps of the latest gear and kit to offer you the most reliable buying advice.

First rides

Santa Cruz’s downhill smashing v10 29, NS’s new enduro beast the Define 150, and Devinci’s latest Django Carbon get the first ride treatment where their initial flaws and highlights are revealed.

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The new Santa Cruz v10 29, NS Define 150 and Devinci Django Carbon receive the first ride treatment. Find out what the MBUK testing team thought of these new rides.
Steve Behr

Free gift

Just in time for the new season, this free mudguard will help keep any fresh trail gloop out of your eyes.

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Just in time for autumn, pick up a copy of the mag to get the free MBUK Ride More mudguard.