The new issue of MBR is in the shops from Wednesday 22 August — and here’s what we’ve got for you this month…

  • The full lowdown on 29ers — what they do, what they can’t do, and why the converts can’t stop waxing lyrical. Plus, four of the new breed from Commencal, Kona, Norco and Specialized get the head-to-head test treatment.
  • Improve your riding… today! Skills you can practise anywhere, how to transform your bike and your technique from just £20, plus a full guide to the art of sessioning, as used by the pros to get better, fast.
  • Is electronic suspension the future? We report on Lapierre’s e:i revolution.
  • New for 2013 — Vitus Escarpe 1, Scott Genius 700 and 900, Kinesis MaxLight FF29, Whyte M-109, KHS Alite 2000SL, Cannondale Trigger and lots more…
  • Adjustable-travel forks ease the bumps downhill while offering flexibility on climbs. We put three of the best on test to help you choose the right upgrade.
  • Al Vines’ DIY guide to going tubeless can help you get better grip and fewer flats — what’s not to love?
  • PLUS all the usual MBR goodness, including loads of new products, skills advice, fitness tips, pull-out route maps for your riding pleasure and a guide to the perfect whiskey, sorry, singletrack on the Isle of Arran.

In search of the perfect trail on the Isle of Arran


Thinking about a 29er, or convinced it's all a fad? Either way, our big-wheeled bike test will tell you everything you need to know


Improve your riding... today — including how the professionals session a trail for maximum skills gain


All the best routes in and around the city of Leeds


Amazing photos from the world's most rewarding singletrack adventure, the BC Bike Race


Bike technology hits the next level with electronic suspension — but what's it like to ride?