mbr october 2017

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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…


The Long Way Home

Luke Bradley and his mate Tom, set out to drive a ‘classic’ Porsche to its birthplace in Stuttgart via a string of Europe’s best hidden riding spots.

mbr october 2017

Killer Loop, South Downs

Don’t be fooled by the quaint rolling hills of the South Downs; this chalk spine is no pushover when it comes to racking up the miles. WIN: a SRAM GX Eagle groupset and a RockShox Pike RC fork!

mbr october 2017

Bikes and gear

First rides

We ride Antidote’s stunning new Carbonjack, the Kona Process gets a carbon makeover, Saracen’s Ariel goes long travel and the Calibre Line 10 impresses.

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The Nicolai Geometron gets its final write-up. Plus updates on the Commençal Meta, Calibre Bossnut, Nukeproof Mega and Ragley Mmmbop.

Product testing

We test Mavic’s latest Crossmax Elite wheelset, there’s a helmet head-to-=head between the MET Parachute and the Fox Proframe, Scott’s lightweight trail jersey and shorts, and loads more.

Group test: trail tyres

Your only connection with the ground, we’ve got a dozen trail tyres on test from Maxxis, Schwalbe and the rest.

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Bike test: boutique trail bikes

Fancy a bike that’s out of the ordinary? Try our three bike American boutique bikes, all primed for the kind of aggressive trail riding that’s really popular here in the UK. Doing it for the Stars and Stripes is the Pivot Mach 5.5, the Evil The Calling and the Transition Scout.

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Indian Summer hits

Our five favourite rides you definitely don’t want to leave too late.

  • High Street, Lake District
  • Cut Gate, Peak District
  • Purbeck Hills, Dorset
  • Bolt’s Law, Northumberland
  • Black Mountains, South Wales

Pull-out routes

  • South Downs (KILLER LOOP)
  • Culbone Hills, Exmoor
  • Grizedale Mix and Match, Lake District
  • Ben Damph, Scotland

Skills and technique

Get ready for winter

Your favourite summer trails will soon dissolve into soggy stretches of singletrack so follow our guide to maximise fun in the murk of winter.

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How to link tight turns

Master impossible corners with the king of slapping turns, Joe Barnes.

Fifteen minute fix: fit a  cable-activated dropper remote

Whether you want better ergonomics or you’ve just smashed your old one in crash, here’s how to fit a better dropper remote.

Workshop: trailside fixes

How to bodge your way out of a hole when you’re in the middle of nowhere.


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

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