This months MBUK mag
Its got betta features then Singletrack and more of them -doesn’t make the STW happy as no mondeo’s(sorry trek and cube’s).Plus the gifts are excellent ,ive had a hat,socks,gloves,karrabina,and a dodgy plastic wallet ,Singletrack gave me a STEM CAP COMPASS wtf,i also buy MBR which is my current favourite as they keep printing me in the big Q section.Posted 4 years agoratherbeintobagoSubscriber
Its got betta features then Singletrack and more of them -doesn’t make the STW happy as no mondeo’s(sorry trek and cube’s).Plus the gifts are excellent ,ive had a hat,socks,gloves,karrabina,and a dodgy plastic wallet ,Singletrack gave me a STEM CAP COMPASS wtf,i also buy MBR which is my current favourite as they keep printing me in the big Q section.
Reading MBUK makes your spelling and grammar “Rad to the power of Gnar” too, then 😛Posted 4 years agoLaddersSubscriber
Good bit about the Olympic Park though.
I still like it as it was one of the original mags around when I was a kid. Also good for new kit reviews. And doesn’t cost ten quid like some other mags!
Would be better if they did ‘proper rides’ and not just about getting 60ft of air while doing 6 back flips! Back flips seem to be the new Downhilling nowadays!Posted 4 years agoDufferMember
You say that like it’s a mag for kids. You could be 13½ for all we know.
It is a mag for kids… MBUK is very much the “Max Power” of cycling literature. But they’ve all got their place in the market; Future Publishing also do WMB for the older audience.
I’m nearly 14, by the way 😉Posted 4 years agomatther01Member
To be fair, I subscribe to pretty much all of them, but wait until there are some decent gifts making the subscription worthwhile.
Subscribed to MBR last month for £38 and got a 2013 Camelbak Mule worth at least £57.
WMB came with Endura MT 500 pads the last time I subscribed.Posted 4 years agoiain1775Subscriber
Mbuk has improved drastically in the last couple yearsPosted 4 years ago
I often get those 3 issues for £1 trail subscriptions and find it a decent read these days, more varied content than
Mbr – specialised marketing brochure, wmb – endless kit tests for beginners, I find singletrack a bit samey each issue these days and dirt is just hard to read due to presentation style (fonts and colours)
Recent mbuk’s offer a depth of small and different stories. If you dont like a ‘out there living it’ story in stw youve basically wasted content thats available to you. Every bloody month its wilderness bivvy ffs.
Plus mbuk isnt yoof’ ffs is it. Haters tend to say that.Posted 4 years agomunrobikerMember
Matther01- do you just keep re-subscribing under the same details? My MBR sub is about to end and I’m not paying the full subs price for a year- I’d like to end my current one then resubscribe and get it either half price or with a gift.
I don’t really like the Future mags- I find MBUK a bit all over the place and WMB bores the pants off me. I don’t do ST these days, it’s lost the home made charm it had and I’m not its target audience these days. I do like Dirt and MBR though.Posted 4 years agoSuggseyMember
I am with you on this I tend to buy MBUK at the moment as its a real mix of riding and I am afraid to say that STW has bored me with the same old same old content and wild trails bivy bag war stories. If I wanted to buy a bike mag full of fat bikes and CX bikes then STW would be the one to buy.Posted 4 years ago
Bit of a shame as STW used to be full of great photos (now matched by some of MBR’s) and a good mix of MOUNTAIN bike kit and bikes and was aimed at a wider audience of MOUNTAIN bikers. Yes I am shouting, I am disappointed……….wreckerMember
The only sub I’ve reupped on is the dirt one. ST sometimes has brilliant articles, but by and large it’s too northern/niche-centric for my taste. I can’t say that I miss it following not resubscribing. mBUK can also have interesting stuff, but its very repetitive and GNARRR. WMB is utter turd, I can’t believe its still going. MBR ain’t bad, but their reviews are crap.Posted 4 years agondthorntonMember
It is a mag for kids.
Hooning around on bikes with ya mates…
causing agro to grown ups out for a walk….
Coming home covered in mud with bloody knees and a big grin….
Getting scolded for traipsing mud around the house when you get home – before raiding the fridge….
Its hardly an adult passtime is it guys??
..and the better for it in my opinion 🙂Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
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Is good. Worth the money IMO.
It’s back on form again.
Mint is always worth reading, the bike tests are more relevant to me than 99% of the ones in Singletrack and the quality of the photography is consistantly good.
Yes, the mag is aimed at kids of all ages, but what’s wrong with that?
We need new blood in our pastime – I don’t see enough kids getting into MTB these days – someone needs to point out that you don’t need so spend £2500 plus on a bike to have a good time.
If all MTB’ers were like the grumpy, bitter and twisted (myself included) inhabitants of this place life would be very sad indeed.Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
I stopped reading MBUK about 20 years ago when they were running photo-comic strips with Rob Warner etc in, it was basically a lads version of what 13 year old girls were buying at the time. For children.
But 3 quid’s not a big punt for the digital version. Is it the edition saying “find your flow” on the cover?Posted 4 years agoandyrmMember
Think MBUK has really done well reinventing itself under the new editor. I’d say it’s the most relevant mag to the majority of riders out there, with a good mix of stuff and “on trend” content around AM/trail riding and the skills sections are always good.
Singletrack is in danger (IMO) of becoming a bit too niche and excluding a lot of people – seems to be going too far in the direction of “getting away for days in the wild” type riding and I’m not sure how big the appeal is for that kind of thing, I know I totally switch off to that kind of content.
Dirt’s getting there and really seems to be right on the money with Enduro and the whole bikes and technology side of it.
I reckon plenty of the STW crowd should look past their prejudices and check MBUK out. And what’s wrong with wanting to tear it up at the jump spot with your mates anyway? 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I reckon plenty of the STW crowd should look past their prejudices and check MBUK out. And what’s wrong with wanting to tear it up at the jump spot with your mates anyway?
I’m not into jumps and double-blackflips however the piece on the chap who broke his back and his thoughts on coming back were nice. I enjoyed reading that. Doesn’t mean I’ll grab a jump back and shred jumps – sometimes its nice to read about other parts of riding. Absolutely no offence meant but alot of the bike reviews (there aren’t enough!) are for bloody niche bikes. Whats wrong with std 26’er bikes? They are the backbone of mountain biking, regardless of the influx of 650 or 29’er. Nowt wrong with them- 26’er’s shouldn’t be pushed out (seeing as these bikes ARE the vast majority in mtb).Posted 4 years agomattjgSubscriber
I mostly read the kit/bike tests in STW nowadays.
I realise that in 15 years of reading bike mags I never once actually went out and followed one of the written up routes.
The other columns basically are either “we went riding somewhere foreign and it was fun” and “I like riding and it makes me feel good”.
OK got that.
There’s only so much to be written about bikes, they do well to keep it going IMO. Chipps must really scratch his head to come up with a fresh editorial every month.
The forum can be useful and fun, I mostly subscribe just to put a few quid in the STW hat. & I recently switched to digital to kill the guilt of putting those beautiful, mostly unread, mags in the recycler.Posted 4 years ago
There’s only so much to be written about bikes
So true, which is why the quality of the writing is as important if not more important than the content. Very few writers in the mags are able to truly inspire when writing about “just another ride”. Jenn Hopkins does a good job tho’.
I’ve said it before, but someone like Tom Ford – who writes for Top Gear mag amongst others – could write about paint drying and make it a good read. It’s a skill that few of the writers in the MTB mags possess. MBUK’s short attention span style of writing doesn’t even try. Good for dipping into tho’Posted 4 years ago
MBUK’s short attention span style of writing don’t even try. Good for dipping into tho’
This is what keeps me flicking/reading etc.
Styles like DJ- if it was a 4/5page full read I’d skip and never touch. Their style has me reading all of the mag though (and I feel better for understanding my brethren more- and not being a grumpy/dont want to know about ‘them’ type).
Its all good- its all bikes. Love it. I’d even like to see a road section. Every so often cycle (road mags) have tested a hardtail or two haven’t they? (or am I dreaming this!?!!)Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
I like to read reviews of kit, see race results and otherwise be inspired to go out and ride my bike. I pickup a mag for a short 10minutes or less entertainment. If I want something more involving I’ll read a book. The attempt to turn a simple bike ride story into some sort of high art just makes me yawn.
MBUK is generally quite good in my opinion. All mags struggle when there isn’t much news and MBUK tends to resort to daft stories, but it’s been many years since it was for pre-teens only.Posted 4 years ago
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