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Australian Mountain Bike Issue 169

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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go north finale ligure

Finale Ligure is on the Italian Riviera, an idyllic setting with trail behind you and the Med at your feet. Finale has become a mainstay on the EWS calendar, thanks to the mix of natural and man-made trails that rivals any bike park in Europe. Take a trail or enduro bike to get the most out of the riding, but bear in mind you won’t be sitting on a lift to get back up the hill. Ride the small lanes and roads or use one of many companies shuttling in vans. Try to avoid the height of summer so accommodation isn’t at a premium, and enjoy a little more elbow room on the trails. Don’t forget to take in the full flavours of a trip to Italy with any local delicacy on…

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go north vancouver island

Add a vast array of trails and make them all easy to access, and put them in a stunningly beautiful location and you have Vancouver Island. Sitting off the coast of British Columbia, Canada ‘the island’, as it is known, has a varied ecosystem, with craggy bluffs, rainforest, beaches and high peaks. It’s temperate in winter compared to much of Canada, and ideal around the northern summer thanks to long hours of daylight for epic adventures. You’ll find trails that are smooth and easy, to ones that are ragged and wild. All you have to do is choose what to ride.…

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why ride?

I’m sitting and writing this editorial piece fresh off a plane from Sri Lanka, feeling pretty raw about an incident where a fellow mountain biker lost their life in a freak accident. In the middle of June I visited Sri Lanka to race Rumble in the Jungle, an adventurous 5-day mountain bike stage race held primarily in the stunning mountainous region of the tropical island. Mixing travel, meeting new friends and old, good food, beautiful scenery, challenging terrain, virgin trails and a glimpse of another nation’s culture and history, this was just the sort of trip I enjoy and one of the reasons I love mountain biking. Mountain bikes are a vehicle to so much more than just riding trails, they are a great way to see the world and meet…

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12 things you need to know about shimano xtr m9100

On 25th May, Shimano released the full details of their latest XTR group set. Each time XTR gets redesigned, we all go wild. So bright! So shiny! So new! But it has been a long time since Shimano’s leading off-road group set was so new – for XTR M9100 Shimano started afresh and designed the group from the ground up. Here’s a look at the pertinent details – head to AMBmag.com.au for more. This is was wide as it gets With a 10-51 12-speed cassette, Shimano have hit back with a 510% gear range with a single chainring system. There is also a 10-45 cassette. Micro Spline To facilitate adding a 10t sprocket, Shimano created a new freehub body. It’s also a lighter body than before, and as of printing only available on Shimano…

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reef to reef

When you float over a gap, rail through a berm or clean a technical climb or rocky chute – who do you want to share that excitement with? Probably one of your riding buddies. Riding with friends is part of what fuels the stoke for mountain biking, and that dynamic is just a small part of what makes paired events a whole different beast to a normal mountain bike event. The same people who have built Cape to Cape and spawned Port to Port are running their third 4-day mountain bike event, Reef to Reef, in the sunny and steamy climes of Tropical North Queensland. Given the popularity of paired races like the Cape Epic, The Pioneer and Swiss Epic, the northern cousin here in Australia has a paired category. The idea…

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sunn, kellys and thok land on australian trails

As 2019 bikes and products are appearing not just on the horizon but on shop floors, we’ve heard news that not one, not two, but three new bike brands are coming in to Australia. And when we say new – well one of them might be familiar if you were riding in the 1990s. Ride Sports, based in Queensland, are importing Sunn Bicycles from France, Kellys Bikes from Slovakia, and Thok bikes from Italy. Sunn bikes have a long history in mountain biking, having been piloted by mountain bike legends like Nicholas Vouilloz, Anne-Caroline Chausson and Miguel Martinez. Even our own Nathan Rennie spent some time aboard the French flyers. The enduro and trail crowd will love the Kern range, with 120-160mm models that share slack 66 degree head angles (67 on…