Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 170

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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in this issue

1 min.

Sometimes you find nothing, sometimes you find gold. During a bro-weekend (bachelors of the 2nd rider) away to a very small town somewhere in South Africa, we stayed in an old farm house surrounded by nothing but wide open spaces, rolling hills and rumours of potentially rideable trails. With our expectations low, we set out on an exploratory sunset session and struck gold in the form of killer landscapes and some amazing unmanicured rocky singletrack. The bustling crowds of Whistler, endless braking bumps, and long lift lines never cease to die down. Take one rainy day in late June, the first week of Northern Hemisphere Summer to be greeted with perfection. There won’t be a lift line in sight, the trail crews have just refreshed all of the trails, and the…

2 min.
escape the ordinary

Each issue of Australian Mountain Bike that we produce, we have to sit and think – what are we trying to convey to you, our readers? What’s the value in the stories we are putting on the pages you hold? Like SBS say, there are 6 billion stories and counting out there, so we’re all mindful that the ones that land in these pages relate to a broad spectrum of Australian mountain bikers. And this issue, there was a theme that linked our major stories. I think all of us have gravitated towards mountain biking for a sense of escape. And it’s completely personal what that means to each one of us. Your sense of escape might be blasting local trails after work. Someone else’s sense of escape might be leaving…

3 min.
2019 is electrifying

Through every winter we always get tempted with pictures and videos of new bikes and gear. And this winter has been no different, with big brands like Trek, Giant, Specialized, Canyon and more teasing out details of their new bikes. One of the big changes is just how many of these bikes are pedal-assist. We’re not going to say that 2019 will be the year of the eMTB, as that was probably 2016 in some countries, and Australian riders’ adoption of eMTBs has been quite progressive over the past 18 months. Bikes like the Shimano STEPS E8000 equipped Merida eOne-Sixty 900e really helped get a lot of people onto the benefits of pedal-assisted riding. To us, pedal-assist on a 140-160mm bike makes for a pretty fun trail rig. Here at AMB we…

3 min.
cannondale up-size the jekyll

Cannondale have let the Jekyll continue to transform with the new Jekyll 29. Aimed squarely at aggressive enduro riding, the Jekyll 29 brings many of the attributes from the 27.5” wheeled model up to bigger wheels. There will be two models coming into Australia, the SRAM X01 Eagle equipped model as shown, with Fox Factory suspension and dropper. There will also be the Jekyll 29 3, with SRAM GX/NX Eagle, Fox Performance suspension and a TranzX dropper. Here are 4 things we love about the new design. THERE’S 150MM OUT BACK This sounds basic, but we like that the Jekyll doesn’t come up short, and that Cannondale have created a 29er enduro platform with a true 150mm of travel in the back end. There are bikes with more, and bikes with less,…

1 min.
giant bring big wheels to the trance party

What might be the most anticipated bike for 2019 was announced on 7th August, as Giant released the Trance 29, a bike they’re calling the trail boss. Giant’s engineers and test riders spent their time making sure the Trance 29 would be a bike that deserved to wear the Trance name. The Giant Trance has been one of the most popular trail bikes in Australia, and the new Trance 29 doesn’t look set to change that. Giant wanted to make a bike that could tackle some enduro lines as comfortably as an all-day epic, with true all-round trail performance. The 29er wheeled bike has Boost spacing, and pits 130mm of front travel with 115mm of Maestro suspension in the back. Four sizes are available, from S-XL, and they all sport steep 74.5…

1 min.
four days in wa

The 2018 Cape to Cape is approaching, and after last years huge turnout we are expecting another cracking four days on the trails around Margaret River, with close to 2000 other mountain bikers. The whole course for 2018 has had a bit of a rejig, and Cape to Cape heads back to Cape Leeuwin for Stage 1, although the new route ties in plenty of new trails and ditches the point to point headache. Stage 2 is a tick list of favourites in Boranup Forest, and best of all with a start and finish at Leewin Estate hanging out after the race will never have been so comfortable. Stage 3 might just be the best of the event, with 45km of trails at Margaret River to blast around. Compartment 10 and The…