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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…


Hardtail of the Year

In association with Sombrio we bring you the Hardtail of the Year test. Our rundown of a whopping 18 bikes and three distinct price points, it’s by far the biggest event in the MBR test calendar.

In association with Sombrio

UNDER £500

Diamondback Sync 4.0 £495
Marin Bolinas Ridge 2 £450
Merida Big Seven 40 £475
Ridgeback X1 £499.99
Specialized Pitch Sport £495
Vitus Nucleus 275 VR £489.99

UNDER £750

Cannondale Trail 4 £699
Canyon Grand Canyon AL 4.9 £747.99
Kona Shred £699
KTM Ultra Fire 29 £745
Nukeproof Scout Sport £750
Whyte 605 £699

UNDER £1,000

Cannondale Cujo 2 + £949.99
Forme Ripley 2 £900
Genesis Core 30 £999.99
Norco Fluid 7.2 £999.99
Ragley Marley 1.0 £999.99
Scott Scale 760 £949

Killer loop, Walna Scar

The Killer Loop is back – starting this month we set you a classic UK trail to tackle, complete with lung-busting climbs, techie descents and a real sense of achievement. There’s a prize to win each month too; this time a SRAM Eagle groupset! honestly!

Bikes and gear

Cannondale Jekyll

Cannondale’s new Jekyll’s got a conventional fork but there’s nothing staid about the ride.

First rides

The Cube Stereo Hybrid 160 HPA SL 500 gets a first thrashing.


Danny’s Nukeproof Mega 290, Dave’s Trek Fuel EX 8 Plus, Jason’s Specialized Enduro Comp 650B, Benji’s Ragley Mmmbop, Roo’s Mojo/Nicolai G13, Charlie’s Commençal Meta TR V4.2 Origin and the final verdict on Jamie’s Transition Smuggler 4.

Product testing

SRAM Eagle XO1 groupset, Burgtec WR Carbon handlebar, Burgtec Enduro MK2 stem, Specialized Atlas kneepads, Stan’s Arch MK3 wheelset, POC Do Half Blade glasses, 2Toms Buttshield and Bontrager Cambion shoes.

High power disc brakes group test

Searching for the ultimate stopper among six of the meatiest disc brakes on the market.


Yorkshire Gold

Cracking singletrack and out-there adventure riding, all within an hour of Leeds.

  • Scar House Reservoir, Yorkshire Dales
  • The Bingley Bash, West Yorkshire
  • Oxenhope Moors, South Pennines
  • Meltham Moor, Peak District
  • Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales

Pull-out routes

  • Walna Scar, Lake District
  • Glen Loin, Scotland
  • Scar House Reservoir, Yorkshire
  • Conwy Mountain, North Wales

Skills and technique

Raise your game

Is your riding stuck in a rut, figuratively speaking? Have you reached a plateau and just can’t seem to progress your game? If so, Dirt School is here to help, with all you need for a comprehensive skills upgrade.

How to use a tubeless track pump

take the tourlbe out of tubeless with a dedicated pump like the Topeak Joe Blow Booster.

Workshop: Brake bleed with SRAM’s Bleeding Edge adaptor tool

Taking the blood, sweat and tears out of the brake-bleeding process.


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

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