mbr feb16

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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…


Trail centre focus: Penmachno, North Wales

Snowdonia’s wildest trail centre, community run Penmachno shows us its rugged singletrack in the wake of Storm Desmond

A trail a day, Hebden Bridge

Can we find — and ride — five new local trails in just five days? Not quite, it turns out, but the hunt reveals there’s secret singletrack just waiting to be discovered near all of us


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Forget backpacking, pack your mountain bike instead and head to South-East Asia’s premier new riding hotspot, Chiang Mai in Thailand



Shimano di2

Di2 is Shimano’s latest and greatest groupset, with electric shifting that proves fast, slick but very expensive

First rides

Onza’s Payoff steel hardtail, Scott’s Genius big-tyre Plus bike and Rocky Mountain’s carbon Thunderbolt

Product testing

Fox Factory Float 36 FIT4 reviewed and rated, alongside the new Turn Girder crankset, Sam Hill Nukeproof pedals, Smith goggles and more


Will Whyte’s new carbon T-130 prove fun, fast and reliable? Time will tell. Meanwhile, the verdict’s in on Jim’s Transition TransAm hard tail

Stealth droppers

Must-have upgrade, stealth dropper posts are now solid, dependable and yours for £170. We put six to the test


£1,500 trail bikes

The battle of the big brands; short-travel bikes from Giant, Marin, Scott and Trek battle it out with chunky tyres



Unessential skills

Riding backwards, donuts and handbrake turns: not staple skills, but they’ll grow your confidence and make you look awesome

Balance and stability

Proper skills now, taught by Dirt School’s Andy Barlow who shows us how to use weight and balance to rail berms


Workshop: Shimano BB

How to replace a Shimano bottom bracket, and keep pedalling smooth and friction free


Big Pictures


Real-world riding

Born-again rider


Reader photos

Ride guide


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