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The latest issue of MBR is out now, packed full of inspiring ideas and route maps to help you find new places to get out and ride.

What about the magazine itself? Here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside…


French Connection

Italy and France rub shoulders along the Roya valley, a narrow canyon slicing through the imposing Alpes Maritimes. With a labyrinth of trails formed over centuries of fighting and farming, a border crossing by bike is a journey back in time.

Killer Loop, North York Moors

The fickle British climate loves to mock our sun-dappled dreams but if you can drag yourself from the warmth of the café and soak it all up, a deluged North York Moors make for a spectacular consolation prize.

Bikes and gear

First rides

Intense Carbine Factory, B’Twin Rockrider 560, Pivot Mach 5.5 Pro, Santa Cruz Nomad CC XO1 Reserve.


Ragley Mmmbop, Specialized Enduro Comp 650b, Mojo/Nicolai G13, Commençal Meta TR V4.2 Origin, Nukeproof Mega 290 Pro, Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus.

Product testing

Shimano SLX drivetrain, RockShox Reverb 1x Remote Lever, Race Face Stage Short, Giant Rail MIPS helmet, 661 Filter Flat Shoe, Ride Air Tubeless Tyre Seater, 7IDP Transition Glove, Birzman E-Version 20 multi-tool, Ritchey CPR12+ multi-tool.

Group test: Lightweight kneepads

Keep your patellas pristine with our choice of the best knee protectors.

Bike test: Best value trail bikes

Calibre’s Bossnut redefined the £1k full-susser but what if you nudge up the price just a little? We put three budget beauties to the test: Calibre Beastnut, Marin Hawk Hill and Norco Fluid 7.3 FS.


Around Edinburgh

There’s more to the Scottish Borders than the mighty 7Stanes; try our five fab natural routes close to the capital.

  • Gypsy Glen, Peebles
  • Conic Hill
  • Dempster Road
  • Pentland Hills
  • The Three Brethren

Pull out routes

  • Cleveland Hills, North York Moors
  • Saunton Sands, Exmoor
  • Coire Láir From The Coulin Pass, Torridon
  • Helvellyn, Lake District

Skills and technique

Position of power

Strong and stable is a great mantra, but if you don’t want to end up like Theresa May, you’ve got the dial your posture.

Seasonal skills

Britain’s trails are subjected to a wide climatic range, which, let’s face it, usually equates to lots of mud. Here’s how to make the most of every season and the weather that comes with it.

Ride with the kids

Summer hols are almost upon us, so here’s our pick of the best kids’ events.

Never too old

How to retire, collect your pension and take up mountain biking.

Get set for your first enduro

First time at a race? Here are the best tips and tricks for setting up your mind, body, bike and soul.

15 minute fix: Fox air can service

How to get slick, reliable suspension in just 15 minutes.

Workshop: Fit a Race Face Cinch chainset

Faff-free guidance on installing the most versatile of mtb chainsets.


  • Big Pictures
  • Buzz
  • Real-world riding
  • Born-again rider
  • Mailbox
  • Reader photos
  • Ride guide
  • Afterimage

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