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Atherton Bikes, Orange Alpine 6 and round two of the Great British Hardtail

MBUK May 2019

This month’s edition of MBUK brings you an in-depth look at Atherton Bikes and its surprise conception, the new and updated Orange Alpine 6, and the second instalment of the team’s Great British Hardtail — the bike build.

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There’s hut-to-hut adventures from Switzerland, outstanding UK riding from Brechfa and the Lake District, and we share our tales from getting back between the race tapes.

Plus, 15 trail helmets get rated, and we find out just how capable £1,500 full-suspension trail bikes are in this month’s bike test.

We’ve packed the latest issue to the brim with great content, pick up your copy where you can to discover all this and much much more!

Atherton Bikes

Racheal Atherton charging on her new Atherton Bikes downhill rig
Racheal Atherton charging on her new Atherton Bikes downhill rig
Moonhead Media

The UK’s fastest mountain-bike family has taken the plunge to start its very own bike brand. We take a look at how it went from conception to reality and ask when you might be able to get your hands on your very own Atherton Bikes ride.

MBUK’s Great British Hardtail

After the initial frame construction, MBUK compile the ultimate build kit for their Great British hardtail
After the initial frame construction, MBUK compile the ultimate build kit for their Great British Hardtail
Ben Ripley

We finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together and build up our ultimate UK hardtail. Grab a copy to see what we’ve chosen to deck out our handmade, one-of-a-kind trail-slaying hardtail.

Full attack for less cash

Full-suspension bikes on test
We test four full-suspension trail bikes around the £1,500 mark to see how these machines handle the trails
Steve Behr

We put bikes from Marin, Jamis, Giant and GT to the test to see if you can get full-suspension trail-taming capability for around £1,500. See which bike comes away with our best-in-test trophy!

We also rate 15 of the best trail helmets, to tell you which ones should make your noggin-protecting wish-list.

Power Trip

Electric bikes on test in the South of France
Just how far can you push an electronic bike and its battery? We head to the South of France to find out
Russell Burton

Just what can be achieved with an e-bike, one battery and one day? We travelled down to the South of France to find out. Discover what happened when we tried to link together three of the regions most renowned trails, and ride all of them — twice — in an all-day epic.

First rides

Check out our initial impression of these new hard-charging bikes
Check out our initial impression of these new hard-charging bikes
Andy Lloyd
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This month the new Orange Alpine 6, Yeti SB130 X01 Turq and GT Fury Carbon Pro 29 receive a thrashing and our first ride impression. Find out more about the frames, kit and how they handle the trails.