Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 171

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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1 min.

As you climb into the mountains from Vancouver to Whistler on Canada’s West Coast, it becomes more and more evident that this place is straight out of a mountain biker’s dream. The tall, still snow-capped mountains line the Sea to Sky Highway as we approach the small town of Whistler, where summer turns every single peak in the town to a must-ride destination. Danni Beecroft and I escaped the hustle and bustle of Crankworx Whistler to the Garbanzo zone of Whistler Bike Park, on a hunt for insane views and near-vertical rock slabs high above the village. The options for mountain biking in Whistler are abundant. Between the thick, green shrubbery of Whistler Bike Park lie ribbons of A-grade mountain bike trail, launching you further and higher than ever before. There’s…

2 min.
what story can a photo tell?

With the advent of smart phones, digital cameras and action cameras, there has never been a better time to capture a moment in time. We have ready access to high quality cameras, with easy to use devices right at our finger tips. But anyone who knows how easily you can get the timing wrong, the framing, the light or even the subject knows that it’s not just about the right equipment. It is about being able to capture the moment and have that single, still image pour out a story of emotion, inspiration, speed, adventure or bravery. The right photo can do all that, without ever uttering a word or playing a soundtrack. There is plenty of truth in the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Choosing photos for…

4 min.
fast track

SMART SUSPENSION FROM FOX In late August Fox released LiveValve. It’s electronic, it’s automatic, and it’s cripplingly expensive. The overall concept isn’t brand new, Fox have wanted to simplify suspension for years. Terralogic was one way they went about it, as was the IRD electronic lock out system, as a way to make suspension lockout faster and easier. After putting racers on IRD, Fox found out that they would use the lockout more than twice as much. But Fox could do more. LiveValve can make adjustments 480 times an hour, with feedback from the sensors on the fork and swingarm 1000 times a second, with adjustments taking 3 milliseconds. So no, you can’t do the same thing. The controller knows if you’re going uphill, on the flat or downhill, so it’s not…

2 min.
10 things i learnt photographing the world championships

We enlisted the help of Matt Rousu to cover the World Championships in Lenzerheide. Here’s what he learnt: 1 Always have a back up lens and camera. Because even your 6 month old $4k lens will decide to die halfway through the event. 2 Anticipate the crowd to be twice as big as you think, which will allow you to get to the finish line to photograph Nino Schurter winning at home. (As it turned out, 15min wasn’t enough to wiggle through the 25000 people to even see him cross the line) 3 Realise that the specific B-zones set aside for official photographers will be jampacked of media all trying to get the same ‘hero shot’ as you. Therefore think outside the box a little. 4 Learn a few words of the local lingo,…

1 min.
new bikes!

SPECIALIZED TURBO LEVO Specialized went for a ground up redesign of their popular Turbo Levo eMTB. They’ve brought new geometry, a much lighter weight, and a smarter motor and battery that will truly let you ride more trails. The rate of eMTB development is astonishing, but Specialized have really shifted the goal posts. NORCO FLUID FS The Fluid FS range has always represented value for the Norco range, but the new 2019 modelsopack some punch with Boost spaced frames giving 120mm travel matched to 130mm forks, wide rims running 2.6” tyres, balanced modern geometry and 1x group sets and droppers as stock. There are five models including two women’s models, and pricing starts at $2399!…

1 min.
insta drop

Who we are following on Instagram. A cruise through Instagram is an easy way to stay informed, or get inspired. Here are some profiles we are really digging right now. @matt_wragg It seems obvious, but this talented photographer (and writer) is worth following for the variety of images posted that will no doubt inspire you to get out and ride. @cammackenziephotos Cam is from across the ditch and shoots for NZ mags, but his variety of images come from around the world, including our shores. @nickwaygoodphoto Nick is one of the young photographers we are lucky to work with. We barely touch the surface of using what he shoots. Worth a follow!…