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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…


Bike of the Year: We’ve tested over 50 bikes in 2015, from short travel hardtails to 170mm enduro bikes… but which is the ultimate bike of the year? We pull our favourite six together and figure out which is the must have bike. Expect some big names, little guys and a surprise winner!


Trail Centre Focus: Not every trail centre has a World Cup XC course built into it, but Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire isn’t your average venue, featuring green red and black trails too. The big question though, does and XC loop make good riding for a trail rider? We find out


Trail forks: The quality of your suspension fork is key to how well your bike rides — a bad fork can wreck the best of bikes while a good one can reward you with a smooth ride and oodles of grip. We test the five best forks on the market


Slovenia: We’re always in search of new places to ride — this month Krvavec in Slovenia treats us to a 20-minute flow trail descent, an underground trail centre and natural Alpine hairpins.


Enduro skills for trail riders: Racing against the clock gives you great descending prowess and legs of steel… but you don’t need to race to get fast, we show you how to rip off the skills

Tested: Praxis Works Wide Range cassette, TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio watchGore Bike Wear Countdown 2.0 shorts, Crank Brothers Mallet DH Race pedal, Alpkit MyTiPot 900 stove, Ritchey WCS Trail Rizer 35 stem, Ritchey WCS Trail Rizer 35 bar, Vittoria Deamion Pro wheelset, Fabric Cell saddle, Loaded Flat AMX Signatre Flat Pedal V2, Sugoi RPM X Short and RC.100 Liner, 661 Recon glove


Top Gun bikes: the best of the best from a season’s testing, discover our favourite rides of 2015

1st ride

First rides: Norco Range Carbon 7.1, Kona Hei Hei DL Trail, Scott Scale 710 Plus, BMC Teamelite TE02 X01


Dalby in North Yorkshire features the usual trail-centre mix of red trails, plus something rather special: an XC World Cup loop that’s just as fun on a trail bike as it is on cross country machine


In search of hidden singletrack, Slovenia treats us to an epic range of riding


The five best trail forks go head to head