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Australian Mountain Bike Issue 174

Australian Mountain Bike magazine is Australia's leading off road cycling publication, and features extensive and industry-leading mountain bike and product reviews. It tracks down the greatest trails to ride, offers columns dedicated to both the first time rider and pro racer, plus some of the best mountain bike imagery in the world. Exclusive and inclusive - covering the full spectrum of the sport, trust AMB to give you the best advice from the sport's best journalists.

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
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pumped

The sun disappears but Pete Miller lofts into the light for Jason Beacham over in Wanaka, New Zealand. Darker days are here but that doesn’t mean you can’t ride, and photographers can’t be creative! Just because summer is over doesn’t mean our alpine playgrounds stop growing. Lake Mountain opened the Cascades Trail in late February. It’s 25km of descending (mostly) through a variety of terrain. Andy White lets his Tonka Truck Surly eFat deal with the late summer dusty berms. Are you ready for the apocalypse? Sam Fraser lets it go at the Queensland State Champs last year. As summer dips away down south – the local scene in Queensland now picks up for the year!…

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in search of trails

It is hard to escape the excitement of riding new trails. Whether I am lucky enough to be at the trailhead of a new mountain bike destination, or just about to point down a scrub lined chute off the side of rough double-track, the excitable anticipation of riding new trails is hard to ignore. Trail development continues to explode in Australia and around the world we have endless trails to explore by two wheels. When I visit somewhere new, or just have more time in one of my favourite riding destinations, I tend to run on one rule: singletrack is never wrong*. Lots of places I have been to have official trail maps and signage, but also plenty of other trails. Funding doesn’t always spread to trail signs and mapping for…

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pirelli’s scorpion attacks the dirt

At the start of March, Pirelli announced that they would bring their marquee Scorpion brand to the world of mountain biking. The Scorpion name has won 70 world titles in motorsport, and it’s clear that Pirelli have high aspirations for their first venture into mountain bike tyres. During the launch at the base of Mt Etna, Sicily, we were shown four tread patterns that would be used across 2.2”, 2.4” and 2.6” tyres. Pirelli are using their own single compound rubber in the tyres to maximise tread life and grip. While tyres will be available in 27.5” (2.4” and 2.6” widths) and 29” (all widths) and a lighter casing option for 2.2” and 2.4” tyres, the restriction to four tread patterns is aims to simplify decision making. Pirelli studied the competition, and…

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harris and johnston rule the otway odyssey

Celebrating its 13th year on the Australian calendar, Rapid Ascent’s Otway Odyssey attracted one of the most competitive fields to an Australian marathon race in years. On the morning of 23rd February, the nation’s best lined up to tackle the 100km mountain bike marathon, with hundreds of other riders arriving in Forrest, Victoria to race the shorter distances. Known for delivering a mix of fast and open doubletrack and twisty singletrack, the demanding course in the Otway Ranges delivered. The elite women’s start saw a talented bunch leave Forrest at 7am, and soon enough the race was whittled down to a handful of women thanks to the pressure applied by Renata Bucher, Samara Sheppard, Holly Harris, Imogen Smith, Peta Mullens and Jess Douglas. While Mullens succumbed to a mechanical, the rest…

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the amb 100 lands in september!

In 2019 the AMB 100, run by Rocky Trail Entertainment, will be held on 29th September at Mt Stromlo Forest Park. You can expect all of the same great things, like lots of options on distances to race, great trails and amenities, and a friendly atmosphere. The race date also coincides with Floriade – why not make a weekend out of a visit to Canberra? This is the third event for 2019 that Rocky Trail will be hosting in the ACT, with the Shimano MTB GP in April and the Fox Superflow in June. rockytrailentertainment.com…

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alpine racing at the snowies mtb festival

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa played host to the 2019 Snowies MTB Festival, and it attracted a wide variety of riders. Some came for the trails, some came for time on their bike in the beautiful NSW Snowy Mountains, and others came for the racing. With the Trek-Shimano Australia Team in high numbers, it was clear they were looking for victory. Not just in the men’s with Champion rider Cam Ivory, but in the women’s too with defending champ Zoe Cuthbert ready to take on the trails up and down the Thredbo Valley. Across three days of racing, two things were clear. One was Ivory’s dominance in the men’s field. The other was the range of talent in the elite women’s field, as stages were won by different riders. But by the…

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