Mountain Biking UK (MBUK) is in my opinion the better out of all the other mountain biking mags. I have been reding mbuk for atleast 3 years now and every issuse is fantastic. The mag is set out on a particular way , the news and cover freature are at the front , the product tests in the middle ( they always have so much good kit to test and the testing is always a good bit to read as you can get opionins on new bits of kit before you go uot and buy them) The back is split into 3 sections Dirt , Trials ,dh and freeride this means you can really look at a one aspect you love. Their is also a workshop section and it shows you haw to fix diffrent parts of the bike . The mag also has many other features like "air for the Scared " and First time freeride" where the mag gives you tips and skills .
If your thinking about buying a biking mag this has to be the one to pick.
Mountain Biking UK is a must for everyone who is serious about their mountain biking. It contains up to the minute reviews on new parts, accessories, bikes and even the trails themselves. You also get a free gift okay so sometimes it's just a load of tat but it is regularly a useful item. I have got posters, stickers, a multi tool, valve caps, even a cereal bar and a beer mat! It is very varied, accomodating riders from all disciplines including cross country, freeride, downhill, dirt jump, trials and slopestyle.
This magazine just makes me want to get out and ride, the quality of the content is superb with stunning photography and interesting articles. It is definitely aimed at the more serious mountain biker rather than just a casual rider as they review all the mid to high end equipment, which is not cheap. I'm on a tight budget when it comes to mountain biking but I am still able to enjoy MBUK whether drooling over that £3000 bike or picking up riding techniques.
There is a good section showing upcomeing events but the news and results from previous events is often a little out of date. This is probably due to the publishing process. I like to keep right up to date with news on a site like bikeradar.com. The magazine is lacking a classified section which would be just great. Others that can afford all the new shiny stuff may disagree though!
MBUK is a long standing mountain biking magazine for people who are prepared to spend a lot on their bike. IOt is edited by Tym Manley, and has a number of in house writers and riders who work for the magazine full time.
The magazine layout usually follows a certain template, although this is sometimes relaxed.
SECTION 1 is usually a short article on a certain event that is happening on or near the time of publishing. THis could be anyhting from a bike race down a ski run to the Red bull x-fighters competition.
SECTION 2 is HYPE!, which gives a general overview of what has happened in the world of mountain biking since the last issue and of any new kit that has come out.
SECTION 3 is WRECKED AND RATED, which is the kit and bikes that the team have rated that month. This features veryb extensive test, and I personally trus everything they say.
SECTION 4 is THE TRAIL MASTER, in which Russell Burton rides a trail and then reviews it. This can be very useful if you are looking for somewhere to go mountain biking near you.
there can be any number of articles in between these.
Mountain biking UK features all forms of mountain biking and I have found it to be a reliable source of sound Mountain biking knowledge. It also shows you how to do specific stunts and tricks, and how to cycle faster.
I get every months copy of MBUK, and reccomend it to anybody interested in mountain biking.
Mountain Biking is a religion. MBUK is its bible (a bible that comes out 13 times a year - I'd like to see God top that...). No seriously though, if you want to know the latest gossip from the biking circuit, check out the latest breakthroughs in biking technology, sound advice on what to buy as well as the witty (and often insane) feature pages, this is where you get your fix. Other bike mags have their main article featuring lycra-clad xc jeyboys, mbuk shows you how the sport is expanding. It features more rider profiles, more product testing and just generally more of everything. Also, it is probably the only bike mag in the UK to have its own (successful) biking team. The motley crew of writers aren't just part time hacks - they are a finely tuned, hard riding, knowledgeable, "blokes next door" kind of team. Basically if you're into bikes, I can see little reason why you wouldn't want to buy this. ---------- STOP PRESS ---------- OK, by popular demand (that means you, simon, and everyone else who wrote those evil comments) I have been told to stick in some more about the content of this beloved mag. I have, for simplicities sake, decided to add these extra points in bullet form: * A new issue of the magazine is brought forth every 4 weeks, and therefore the content changes regularly.(natch) * Letters News Sections for each discipline (dirt, xc, trials etc) Tested stuff (loads of shiny stuff rated - better than any other bike mag, in my humble opinion) Stuff (Random cool stuff parts of which are bike related and parts of which are non-bike related) MINT SAUCE (the ultimate in cartoon mountain biking sheep) The articley bits (change every issue, see above) Competitions Grime Time & Grime Time Clinic (All those little niggling mechanical quandries sorted for you) * If you have any other problems with the above views, please don't hesitate to leave me a com
ment. Thank you, please come again...
MBUK is the an excellent magazine but is really only good for those thinking of buying a new bike, frame or component. The reviews and group tests are second to none and have helped me decide what components to upgrade and which manufacture to choose on many occaisions. They test everything and give a mark out of five. However for those who already have a bike that they are happy with the rest of the magazine is not as good. There are sections on dirt jumping, cross country, downhill and freeride. These sections are generally good but really could be longer and much better. They have introduced new section to teach you new tricks and techniqques and this is also good. However I would like to see the dirt jumping and downhill sections lengthened as these are the most popular. They also seem to have got into making rubbish little cartoons and things including 'Barbie' tht make no sense and are completely pointless and just take up vital dirt jumping space. The magazine has hundreds of advertisement too for those considering buying a new bike, but otherwise this fills up more space, of course the mag. needs to make more money some how but they could limit these pages.
MBUK may be the most popular mountain bike magazine in the UK (ABC figures 57,663 Jan-Dec 2000) but it isn't the "best". I've been reading it since the first issue, all those years ago. Since then, it may have become glossy, fat and full of content, but it still follows the same formula. The only reason I now buy it, is if I want to buy some components and want adverts that I can use to get local retailers in London to price-match. MBUK attracts tons of advertisers, being the biggest selling mag. This includes all the on-line retailers, who have cut-throat prices. I can take the mag to someone like Evans in London, and get them to slash £20 off the price of a helmet, or £70 off the price of some suspension forks. This is the only thing that makes the £3.30 cover price worth paying! MBUK seems to revolve around the same people every month, and this gets really stale. These may be the UK's "top" racers, like Steve Peat, Rob Warner, Will Longden and co, but there are tons of really good riders who don't want to suck corporate dick, and will never appear in MBUK's pages. From reading the mag, you would think that there's only about 10 riders in the whole UK! The magazine is like a cycling soap opera, every issue has 5 page articles about what Rob Warner or Steve Peat has done this month, or really daft articles about "scuba diving on your mountain bike". but if you look carefully you'll see lead weights pinning the bike wheels to the sea bed, making a mockery of the whole article. Like they could ride bikes underwater? you can't, I've tried in a swimming pool with a bmx(I'm a BSAC dive leader) as the tires try to float the bike back up! MBUK has always done daft articles, like jumping out of planes and stuff, stuff that isn't accessible to your average rider. It's all meant as fun, and it it funny, but a bit pointless. The thing that bu
gs me is the self-congratulation and self-promotion of anyone who is part of the MBUK crew. Like Jamie Tomkins (son of Pete Tomkins "mr. crud") who decided to make Base Bikes frames for dirt and bsx jumping. MBUK shamelessly promoted this "brand" , which consisted of nothing more than Taiwan re-badged frames, wacky geometry and no innovation. But from reading MBUK you would think that Base bikes frames were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Funny how I now see them being sold off cheap by on-line retailers, no one wanted them! Their product testing is very suspect too, they don't get the goods dirty but have a "scoring system" (out of 5 points). A recent Aheadset test featured about 30 products, obvious they didn't even use them, no mention anywhere of having fitted them to a bike, no photos of bikes being ridden using them. However, they gave these products scores based on what must be their all-knowing "expert" knowledge. I used to work in product development for some of mountain biking's biggest international companies, and you can't test product without getting it dirty!! It's funny how they seem to highly rate product that is often connected to their biggest advertisers, or their friends who run small companies. A recent handlebar test was the same, no mention of having actually ridden the products, but scores and comments. Some of the comments were so far off the mark that it was laughable, and they didn't include major brands like "Easton". They made comments about strength based on looking at the handlebars!! Their recent tire test completely missed out on Nokian's Gazzolodi and IRC's Kujo tires, the two hottest downhill tires on the market! Sometimes they'll make a note that the products weren't available at the time of the test, and that they'll follow this next issue, this never appears so you don't get a balanced vi
ew of the market. The main problem with their testing is that young riders are really impressionable. These young guys read their "bible" (MBUK) and then go round waffling s**t that they have read in the mag. I meet loads of riders like this, that don't have a clue about products, and you can that they got it from MBUK as they recite the information almost verbatim. They also waffle on about "Steve peat" this and that, how Rob Warner does this and that, etc. Loads of misinformation and bullshit. MBUK seems to promote the "pop star" side of mountain bike, not about having fun and developing yourself, but about having the "right" gear, speaking the right lingo and knowing the right people. The bike tests are equally daft, they often contradict themselves. A recent jump bike test made little sense, again Base bikes scored well. They'll say something like "the bike had a poor component specification" and give that bike 3/5, whilst giving a more poorly specced bike 4/5 or 5/5? Apart from the adverts, it's a waste of space. Future publishing's mission statement ramble on about "providing expert knowledge" this should be changed to "promoting self-serving interests". Magazines have the ability to start trends as many young riders lap up the info, MBUK plays on this and often starts trends (like riser bars) to keep their mag / products /advertisers selling by appearing to be "cutting edge". like the whole dirt jumping scene, which they have wormed their way into.... I would change the name to "Mountain Bike Soap Opera UK" or "Blatant commercial mountain biking UK".
If you are into mountain biking such as duel trails downhill and others then i deffinatly reccommend this magazine to you. For only £3:30 a month this a great deal. In the magazine there is everything you need to know about anything.There is reviews on new bikes and bits for bikes. If you badly need a new bike then look in the back of MBUK where you can find great deals such as second hand bikes from £400 - £2500 or brand new for a bit more, there is also second hand components. I get MBUK every month and i never stop reading it and some weeks theres a free gift with it.So go on keep £3:30 a side a month and enjoy the magazine like i do. If your selling your bike or components then tell MBUK about it and they will sell it for you and get you a great deal!!!!! The magazine is a great read and very hard to put down once you've started. So i reccommend this to anyone who is into biking!!!
Mountain Biking UK is my favourite magasine. every month i get "the bible" (MBUK) we read it through lessons through the night + sometimes you get something free. you can read anything for just £ 3:30 a month like you can find out about events going on and the best in trials, downhill, jump, duel. Right now im going to talk about the trials aspect of biking and what mbuk has talked about overall this year. the year kicked off with the notorious search for a trials star, which was basically 4 people monthly looking for a chance to get into the m.a.d trials team, there was hardwork, adrenaline, lots of sweat and energy, drop-offs, gap jumps, backhops and so on. but now dun dun dun i will tell you the winners every month from april : first was :michael second in may was :matt then on the day of bike live came the six finalists overall battled it out. and then came in junes mbuk they anounced the winner and he was ( drum roll Please ) the winner was : MATT REESON If youre looking for a new bike or some new stuff eg.forks handle bars brakes ect. don't go to a shop buy MBUK in there there are some major deals. like some dh/trials Qranc gloves. My mate bought some for £20 at the bike show. in MBUK they are £12.99! AMAZING! every month you can read the low down on a few bike some times they are DH bikes maybe trials or xc. the other main thing is every month is there is the "the front cover storie". for example in june it was the first underwater dual. "Helen Mortimer tries to play down the fact that you have to be as hard as nails before you can become a big wet girlie... that is the end of my opinion i hope you like it and buy the magazine monthly!!!
MBUK is the best magazine in britian and i think that to . If you love mountain biking like me then this is the magazine for you its great it offers you the chance to buy second hand bikes or brand new bikes for £190-£4000. The magazine has pages of different types of biking and the best thing is if you are stuck of how to fit something on your bike then it has a few pages every month of how to fit stuff on your bike. So go on and do what i did buy the magazine and soon you will know alot more about bikes so i reccommend this magazize for bike fanatics.
MBUK is for sure the best moutain biking magazine in the UK if not the World. It is great value for money at only £3.30 it has over 200 pages which is great compared to a mere 96 in some episodes of weekly biking and that costs £3.50!! Even if you haven't read it (if your into mountain biking I highly recommend it) it already sounds great, doesn't it!? It has so many features some being reviews, a different section for each type of biking and tests on a differnt type of bike each week. It is also jam packed with help and information. And if your looking to buy a bike then defintely choose MBUK to help you. It's got about 2000 bikes at prices from £190 to £4000. An excellent magazine and an excellent read. I defintely recommend it! 10/10
MBUK has got to be the best selling and most informative Mountain Biking Magazine. Although it is more costly than others it offers you the most up to date cycle information on what ever type of biking you do, whether it be Trials, Dual Slalom, Down Hill, XC and various other Styles. They offer product information on certain new releases from the biking industry; each product is stripped down by a professional mechanic and tested by qualified specialist in that field. They rate the items out of five. They will test various items from clothing to bottom brackets every possible thing, which is possible to buy, will be tested and rated. They also have pages dedicated to mail order so you can find parts you want at a much cheaper price. Were you can buy accessories for your every possible biking need. They also indulge you with many competitions were you can win top of the range accessories for you bike and you in person. There competitions are based on various aspects of biking, Tricks, Tips etc They also give you various tips from top professionals each issue on how to do certain tricks or how to tweak up your bike. They also have various feature stories on cycling stories from around the world. They also keep up with their trials stars the Martin’s while also keeping up with various other stars from all aspects of cycling.
MBUK has to be one of the best mountain biking mags ever it covers a wide range af all the diffrent attitudes of biking i love its hip hop sectioni becouse im a trials rider but theres still loads of D,H and X,C. its at a good price and if you get it on subscription then you get loads of free stuff. it does come with a whole load of damn leflates but it still rules. loads of shops in there so you can get really cheap stuffi price matched stuff in halfords and got 400 quid of my bike so over all it rules BUY IT.
This mag has its good and bad points but over all is a good buy. It may seem expensive but it is only monthly and is well worth the money. Most of the articles are good and they cover all aspects of riding. Some of the tips can be usefull especially the bike maintanence section but the help pages do get slightly repetative and boring. The reviews are also helpfull but again they have a flaw. They can sometimes be months late when the mag claims it is a first look at the product. The flaws in the mag don't let it down a great deal plus you are sometimes given a free gift to compensate. I'd say it is an essential buy for any keen rider.
This is quite a good magasine but it is let down because every month there is a letter saying how do i put grips on and every month they give the same answer and its just boring me its like theyve got nothing better to put in, also in this latest edition theyve got a crappy article of some one riding a bike under water i mean what is that about oh yeah also they reveiw a pair of deore disc hubs and say that it the first look but theyve been in my local bike shop fo about four months and my mates had a pair for three months. It is quite a good mag though and i always get it mainly because theres hardly any other mags to get. thats my moan over now
Mountain biking UK is the best mountain bike mag out. It features all types of riding from down hill to trials. it containd skills and tricks, and also bike hints and tips. Also has up to date reviews on the best products out today. Most weeks you recieve a free video or sticker pack (plus other free give aways). There are up to date race and event reports in detail and well pictured. Id give this mag a 10/10