February‘s issue in the shops now, and it’s the packed with advice and inspiration to make sure your 2014 gets off to a muddy start. Take a sneak peek at what’s inside…
- Lots of our favourite trail bikes have been reconfigured with 650b wheels for 2014. We swing a leg over Giant’s Trance 27.5 1, Kona’s Process 134, Lapierre’s Zesty AM 327 and Norco’s Sight Alloy 7.1 to find out whether (slightly) bigger wheels equal more fun.
- Aviemore may be better known for it’s wild backcountry terrain, but it’s also home to amazing singletrack that’s well sheltered from worst of the elements. A worthy candidate for Britain’s Best Singletrack indeed
- Afan has been treated to an overhaul recently. We take you on a ride around the revamped Penhydd trail and all new Blue Scar
- Imagine riding from London to Edinburgh on the best singletrack you’ve ever seen. Well, the Colorado Trail is exactly that. 400 miles of perfection
- Ever winced at the price of a light set? Tempted by those cheap imports on ebay? We put three £50 light sets to the test and see whether you can save money without sacrificing quality
- Committing to steep drops takes guts, but with the right technique anyone can do it. Skills maestro Chris Ball shows you how
- Warm, dry feet is not an impossible dream. Find out which winter boots are worth splashing out on in our grouptest.
- The latest batch of new bikes get the first ride treatment — get the lowdown on the electric-assist Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 SL 27.5, Pyga Oneten 29, Transition Klunker and Genesis High Latitude LT
- Not enough? There’s a whole load more, including homemade hydration drinks, bike racks on scooters, where to pedal and where to pump, how to make a great mudguard for your fork, refresh your frame with a new sticker set. Plus we’ve got four great pull-out route guides in the Lakes, Cairngorms, Chilterns and Quantocks.