MBR February 2013

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February 2013’s MBR is in the shops now — and here’s what you can find inside…

  • Nail every corner! MBR’s new skills series focuses on the fundamentals to help old hands and newbies alike
  • This month’s bike test pits three of our favourite bikes into pitched battle — but will the Lapierre Zesty 314, Norco Sight 2 or Orange 5 be the one that claims the 140mm-travel, £2.5k crown?
  • Cathkin Braes, the XC course for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, opens to the public next month. See how we got on when we took an exclusive first ride.
  • Want to try a tubeless setup without spending a fortune? Check out our workshop guide
  • Getting cold (and wet) feet? We’ve put the best winter shoes, waterproof socks and overshoes to the test.
  • Multiple DH world champ Fabien Barel takes on the Forest of Dean — and MBR tries to keep up.
  • Plus loads more, including some amazing riding around Cardiff, the UK’s best climbs, a beginner’s guide to fork setup, and loads more products and bikes on test.
Lapierre Zesty, Orange 5, Norco Sight on test

New incarnations of three of our favourite bikes — Lapierre's Zesty 314, Norco's Sight 2 and Orange's Five S — tested head to head

This month's Buzz covers everything from helmets and new bikes to power breakfasts and setup tips

Fabien Barel Forest of Dean

Fabien Barel shows us how it's done as our Samurai of Singletrack hits the Forest of Dean

Cardiff routes

Don't overlook the Welsh capital if you're looking for fine riding — here's our guide to the pick of the bunch

Nukeproof Mega test

When we wanted to put Nukeproof's Mega through its paces there was only one way to do it: a five-week, all-action Alpine roadtrip. Find out how we got in after the ultimate shakedown

Mtb in Yorkshire Dales

Local rider Sam Needham had a downer on the Yorkshire Dales... and then he realised what he was missing

Cube Stereo, Trek X-Caliber, Specialized Epic

Cube Stereo Super HPC 140 Race, Trek X-Caliber and Specialized Epic Comp join the MBR longtermer fleet