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The latest issue of MBR is out now, and as ever it’s packed full of inspiring ideas and routes to help you find new places to get out and ride. Here’s what you’ll find inside MBR May 2023.

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E-bike Special Edition

mbr e-bike electric mountain bike of the year test

This month we’re going big on e-bikes. We’ve crammed the issue full of information and advice on how to pick out the best e-bike, the skills you’ll need to ride them, the FAQs that always crop up, and there’s a run-down on motors and tech. You’ll be fully charged with knowledge and ready to press Turbo

How to

eBike fitness Jonny Thompson

Fit to ride e-bikes

Fit4Racing’s Jonny Thompson reveals how to get fit and strong to maximise your time on the e-bike

electric mountain bike skills

Skills: e-bike essentials

How to let the weight do the work, push for grip and dominate your braking zones, with expert advice from Dirt School

Bikes and gear

First Rides

Forbidden Druid V2 X0, Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL Gen 2, Greyp G6.6

Biketest: E-bike of the Year

What’s the best e-bike out there? Find out with our biggest e-bike test ever, with models from Trek, Specialized, YT, Cannondale, Whyte and loads more


The Scott Genius ST 900 Tuned enters our longtermer fleet, plus updates on the Pivot Firebird Pro, Sonder Signal and Specialized Kenevo SL

Industry Nine 1/1 Enduro wheels tested, plus reviews of Madison’s new Crypto glasses, Fox Union Flat shoe, 7Mesg Slab short, Silca Ultimate brake and drivetrain cleaner, and more

Mountain bike tyre group test

Tested: Tyres

The best rubber reviewed and rated, including Conti’s long-awaited Kryptotal

Bikes in this issue:

  • Cannondale Moterra Neo Carbon LT 2
  • Forbidden Druid V2 X0
  • Giant Trance X Advanced E+ 1
  • Greyp G6.6
  • Mondraker Crafty Carbon R
  • Nukeproof Megawatt 297 Factory
  • Pivot Firebird Pro
  • Scott Genius ST 900 Tuned
  • Sonder Signal ST GX
  • Specialized Epic World Cup
  • Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL Gen 2
  • Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL Comp
  • Specialized Turbo Levo Comp
  • Trek Rail 9.7
  • Whyte E-160 RSX
  • Yeti SB135 27.5in


Lachlan Blair riding the new Tarland mountain bike trails

The Buzz: Tarland 2 Trails

Aberdeenshire’s hottest new trail centre ridden

Column: Guy Kesteven