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woodenmanwoodenman Posts: 60
edited June 2009 in MTB beginners
looking to start a mountain bike magazine subscription, which is the best mag out there?
opinions welcome...


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    I would say What Mountain Bike - it is more beginner friendly than the rest with some good articles and advice for the budget rider, not just those that have a lot of money.

    MBUK is a great, more 'entertaining' read that covers more disciplines, but still has top quality testing and features.
  • woodenmanwoodenman Posts: 60
    cheers super, i bought this months mbr and as i am relatively new to scene found it a little baffling at times. Will have a look at said mags tx.

    from my previous post about which bike boardman voodoo and fury, i had a feel for fury and sat on it found it ok, ride height seemed good but i dint like handlebars on it felt a little too wide for me. also spoke to assistant and he said go for fury if not looking for top speed and good all rounder, which has best fork too.

    Also tried a different store and after a good chat the other assistant said go for the boardman as it was a better frame and parts were all round better quality, asked about the fork he said i would be ok with rock shox dart 3. Also the boardman has 3 year warranty too!

    Still unsure which to go for now, although i am leaning to boardman as assistant said they sell really well too and they hardly ever come back with problems. help!!!
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Whatever feels best! You can get narrower bars.

    The fork on the fury is quite a bit better.

    PS you may see me writing for WMB from time to time lol, so I am a bit biased!
  • woodenmanwoodenman Posts: 60
    Oh right, ok cheers supersonic will try what mountain bike out see how it reads!
  • nonnac85nonnac85 Posts: 1,608
    i bought mbr and mbuk when i started mtbing. Have stuck with mbuk for the wide range of areas covered and i found it easier as a beginner to understand.
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  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    Singletrack ;) Though MBUK and WMB are decent too. For me, MBUK is about bikes, Singletrack is about riding.
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  • WMB for me every time, I get a few of the others but not as regularly as WMB. Its got the best balance of bits for me.
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  • EranuEranu Posts: 712
    WMB for me too, then MBR. MBUK is too...I don't know, I just don't get on with it.
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    woodenman wrote:
    looking to start a mountain bike magazine subscription, which is the best mag out there?
    I wouldn't subscribe to any of them. Maybe flick through them when they come out and then decide but subscribe? No way.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Some good offers on subs - big reductions, free gifts.
  • WMB is best for newer riders and regular trail riders and bikes below £1000

    MBUK is more jumping, competitive stuff and bikes above £1000

    MBR is a mix and the best looking and has the best trail stuff

    Singletrack is lovely to look at but somewhat unachievable

    I still think there is a gap for another mag - like MTB+ perhaps?
  • CycloRosCycloRos Posts: 579
    I prefer WMB and that's what I subscribe too, but that's probably cos I'm gettin on a bit :wink:

    WMB tends to focus more on bikes and kit and has lots of good reviews and advice for the majorty of trail mountain bikers from beginners to experienced riders.

    MBUK for me is more about the "cool" scene and the latest things that are up and coming. They also have good kit features too. It does a good job of bigging up the scene and keeping things interesting

    MBR is just pants, I just don't find it an enjoyable read and I find their reviews to be a bit dodgy

    Singletrack is a slick publication and an enjoyable read
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  • llamafarmerllamafarmer Posts: 1,893
    I tend to chop and change, bought MBUK for a while, then MBR, then got WMB a month or so ago. Don't really have a favourite as they're all good for different reasons.

    Maybe try them all and then pick the one you like for a subscription.
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    Nobody likes Dirt? I don't understand some of it and the font is really small but it has the edge. Last month's DH report from PMB was a great read.

    And MBA is really good for insomniacs.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Depends what you want to read - about riding, or kit (or both, or other things).
    Different mags for different people.
  • ExeterSimonExeterSimon Posts: 830
    MBR for me.

    I don't read reviews of anything in any's just one person's opinion. What's good for them may be cack for me.

    MBR has the best routes and maps. And that's all I need from a bike mag.
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  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Singletrack is lovely to look at but somewhat unachievable


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  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    MBR and Dirt

    MBR for the routes and news, Dirt for its artistic merits and less than mainstream approach.
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  • Chaz.HardingChaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    Dirt, Singletrack, and MBUK, but I only just got a subscrition to dirt (£3 = 3 issues!! :D ). Don't have a subscription with any others.

    I like MBUK for shiny bits, fashion (and laughing when they just look like dicks :lol: ). Dirt for the (mostly...) well written articles and fine photography, and Singletrack, cause yeah, it's a bit hippy-like - mountain-bike-lifestyle etc, but I like it. So there!

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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Tis the WMB 100th anniversary issue in a couple of months!

    I'd buy it. It's a good one ;-)
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    i tried to like singletrack as it suits the general bike riding which i do but it is so hippyish and i find it a bit fruity, also i like my reviews to come with a mark out of 10 (not out of five either bikeradar) so i avoid it at all costs.

    i openly admit to be interested in kit which is why i like wmb and mbuk.

    it is also because i like kit that i dont like mbr, how can any bike or product get a 10/10 with a caveat about changing spec straight after purchase?

    mind you, i do look at all of the front pages and see if there is anything which i fancy reading about so might well end up with any of the mags except for ingletrack and dirt (i like my blocks of text to be in an orderly fashion)
  • woodywmbwoodywmb Posts: 669
    Think we get the message Supersonic. WMB's the best. The reader's champion is the best there is too! You'll be doing their PR next. :lol:
  • hoochylalahoochylala Posts: 987
    Been reading both MBR and Singletrack for a while now, but find myself enjoying Singletrack a lot more, it just seems to have a more personal feel to it?

    Don't get me wrong though, MBR has been great for route guides and made me learn quite a good bit about biking when I first started off.

    Looks like I should give WMB a try though! :)
  • elPedro666elPedro666 Posts: 1,060
    Subscribe to WMB as I like the kit too. Like to feel I know what's happening in the industry and the testers seem a fairly consistent bunch, although they do seem to test against an imagined ideal of their own. So long as you're aware of that then I think they're mostly very good.

    I did subscribe to MBUK for years, but they just seem to have lost the plot for all-round riding, in my humble. If you're into DH & jumping then you should like it.

    Singletrack is just gorgeous - some of the photography is breathetaking, buy it as a treat!

    MBR's route guides are bloody awful to try and follow; you'd be better off just buying an OS map and winging it!
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  • joshtpjoshtp Posts: 3,966
    nonnac85 wrote:
    i bought mbr and mbuk when i started mtbing. Have stuck with mbuk for the wide range of areas covered and i found it easier as a beginner to understand.
    mbuk gets my vote
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  • ads4ads4 Posts: 698
    MBUK, WMB & MBR. :)

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  • GHillGHill Posts: 2,402
    I currently have subscriptions to Dirt, Decline and Bike.

    Back in the UK I used to read WMB on the regular, but they're having a laugh with the subscription cost out here.
  • NorthwindNorthwind Posts: 14,675
    I like Dirt, it doesn't have much relevance to my riding mind but it's a well made mag, lots of reading in it, some great articles... Doesn't matter that I don't do DH, it's still worth the read (I buy Practical Performance Car and I can't drive for the same reason ;) )
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  • woodenmanwoodenman Posts: 60
    Thanks for the feedback guys, sounds from all the posts the 'general' opinion seems to be WMB seems to be the most popular. Although MBUK and singletrack seem popular, i have looked at mbr and didnt enjoy the read found it a bit 'flat'. have flicked through MBUK seems a bit glossy and aimed at the extreme high end of mountain biking.

    Looks like its WMB for me as i am still a beginner and gettin to grips with it all, seems more accessible to beginners and sub £1000 riders.

    cheers guys.
  • edberwickedberwick Posts: 8
    .blitz wrote:
    Nobody likes Dirt? I don't understand some of it and the font is really small but it has the edge. Last month's DH report from PMB was a great read.

    And MBA is really good for insomniacs.

    I've bought DIRT sonce issue 1 and it's awesome... MBUK is the FHM of MTB mags, the biggest and most colourful but the best ? not sure.. Singletrack is a more adult magazine, the GQ to the MBUK's Nuts.
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