- best mountain bike magazines
Subscribe to Dirt just now. Used to get Singletrack too, but got bored with it. Very occasionally buy What MTB or MBUK if I’m travelling. Tbf, the last MBUK I bought was a vast improvement over the previous one a year or so before. On the other hand, I hadn’t bought MBR in years, but the one I picked up the other week was really awful.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Dirt for me… I get them all though, Singletrack is usually the best of the rest. MBR went through a patch of quality but is back to being crap, WMB and MBUK have their moments. Usually enough of interest to me that I don’t feel ripped off tbh.
Oh yeah, and Privateer… Might cancel that tbh, it’s sometimes good but it’s kind of hard work.Posted 5 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
None of them. Might pick up whatever looks most interesting in Smiths if I’m desperate/going on a journey etc but they don’t tend to contain anything that I can’t read for free on the internet and a few just seem to contain mindless drivel for the sake of filling pages…Posted 5 years agoqtipSubscriber
Singletrack digital subscription is an amazing deal. For £2 a month you get access to all back issues. Privateer also looks good but I’ve never bought it due to the astronomical price – sure the production quality is better than most magazines, but even the digital subscription option is more expensive than most paper mags. Only other magazine I buy regularly is Dirt. MBR has gone the way of MBUK and I can’t be bothered with it any more.Posted 5 years agobuck53Subscriber
I’m not rad enough to read MBUK.
I find all of them hit and miss, tbh. I have bought quite a few issues of MBR just recently, their current Riding Basics and the regular How To articles are useful for noobs like me.
So many of them are geared really heavily towards ‘what you should buy this month’ I sometimes find it a bit depressing.Posted 5 years agogonzyMember
i used to read MBUK, MBR, Singletrack and What Mountain Bike. i stopped getting WMB when the newsagent stopped getting it in but i was still content on the other 3. occasionally i would buy Dirt as well. problem was that i would collect the magazines and there eventually came a cut off point when i had no room in the house and the wife refused to tolerate the amount of money i was spending on them and the space they were taking up….i had every issue of singletrack and MBR. my MBUK collection went back as far as 1997!!Posted 5 years ago
i ended up getting rid of them all 18 months ago before we moved to the new house which didnt have the space for them… 🙁
i stopped buying magazines for a while but have recently started again but i’m limiting myself to 1 magazine a month…so it depends on which one contains the most interesting articles…tobinMember
Singletrack for me. It seems to cover all bases for my type of riding, i.e. a bit of everything off road.
Having been a Dirt subscriber for years, the magazine appears to have lost its way. Its got very thin on content, and whats in there isn’t great. I’m letting my subscription lapse this year.
MBUK always seem to be targeting the teenage reader (too many G-outs, slamming berms, radness etc.) and MBR always struck me as a bit dull.Posted 5 years agorocketmanMember
Used to really like dirt‘s stream-of-consciousness editorial style esp when they had the reader’s letters and fantastic one-off prototype DH rigs but since about Oct last year I think it’s become far too dull. Basically mbr with a few DH pictures to give it some reflected glory.
Don’t get me started on the othersPosted 5 years agomrmoMember
to be honest i find them all crap, i might read the odd article in Smiths but that is about it.
To much repetition over the years, the focus has shifted to a type of riding i have no interest in, reviews are out of date and of questionable value, relate to the tester but not to another person. etc.etc.Posted 5 years agooldfartSubscriber
I’ve had to force myself to chuck piles of old mags , loft had to be cleared for upgraded insulation . Had to be brutal and now realise how much I’ve wasted over the years . TBF they have been entertaining and informative on the whole and have helped me save money. ,!,! Must get disciplined in the future and cut right down . Singletrack still on sub from day one for some strange reason I can’t bin those ? Also got Mountain Bike World and Maximum Mountain Bike both complete that I’m trying to hang on too !Posted 5 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
They’re all just manufacturers’ press releases presented as product reviews.
I agree on that part, I haven’t looked at a review properly for years.
I’m liking the new singletrack, the articles i really enjoy are ones either about multi-day rides or riding somewhere exotic.Posted 5 years ago
It’s a shame with the digital versions of all these mags you can’t rate articles or add comments to give the writers feedback to steer them more towards the kind of articles we collectively like
At least we’ve got it better than the US or French market though. Our mags seem to have a lot better content/ads ratioPosted 5 years agonoteethMember
I still subscribe to Bike* and Dirt Rag.
Bike has always had the best writing & photography, IMO. Dirt Rag has had some great art work (and beer reviews!) over the years, too.
(*my absolute favourite mags are old issues of Bike circa 1996/97/98 – the Singletrack Special, The Dark Issue, The Joy of Dirt, etc – I regard ’em in pretty much the same way I regard my favourite books, and they get read again and again…).Posted 5 years agojamj1974Subscriber
MTB Pro, Maximum Mountain Bike and Mountain Bike International were the best – although Mountain Biking UK was a really great magazine c1990-1993.
I still buy Singletrack but am drifting away from it somewhat. Not sure that it is better after the revamp either… A few years ago Singletrack really hit the spot.Posted 5 years ago
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