Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 172

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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Summer in the mountains means climbing high to earn epic descents. The thing about riding in early summer in our alpine areas is snow – how much is left? When hunting out an all-day ride from the top of Falls Creek down to Mt Beauty, Chris Panozzo and Ben McIlroy found plenty of snow patches to play on. The Victorian High Country is a vast playground for mountain bikers in summer. Nothing says alpine like big mountains – and the Swiss Alps are full of them. Zermatt is surrounded by 4000m peaks, and none of them are more recognisable the world over than the Matterhorn. Zermatt will be hosting the Enduro World Series finale in 2019 and 2020, so we visited to see how this iconic alpine town is turning into…

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mountain biking is best with big mountains

Summer is here, and that means it’s time to look up high for our mountain bike adventures. You’ve got our 4th Alpine Issue in your hands. It’s become a bit of a tradition after the first one we put out in early 2015. Some people wonder what the obsession with the high mountains is. I have often said that you don’t need mountains for mountain biking, but it’s always better when you’re in them. Riding in alpine areas gives you the chance to get up high, above the tree line, above the crowds, and away from the worries of work or home. You tend to be more engaged with your surroundings, thinking more about where you are, what the conditions are doing, and how to best use your time. Riding up…

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get high this summer!

FALLS CREEK With 40km of high-quality descending singletrack built by World Trail, near endless backcountry rides and what might be the longest descent in Australia (see our story in this issue) Falls Creek has a lot to offer. The view from the village with a post-ride refreshment cannot be beat! Dates: 17 Nov – 23 April Shuttles: Blue Dirt on weekends and every day 27/12 – 13/1 Accommodation: Lots of options from basic rooms to plush apartments. AMB’s trail pick: Flowtown – 10km of descending is hard to beat! fallscreek.com.au MT BULLER One of the first alpine resorts to truly get it, Mt Buller have a range of trails serving downhillers, all-mountain riders and those looking for epic days on purpose-built trails. The trails feel like they have grown organically – so if you’re looking for buffed…

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the ultimate road trip!

With an itinerary that reads like a bucket list for Victorian Alpine riding, MTB Adventures have started an 8 day trip taking in the bakeries, breweries and trails of the Victorian High Country. Kicking off at the YHA Central in Melbourne, the tour takes you to Bright, Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Beechworth, Mt Buller and back to Melbourne. The trip includes all meals and is fully guided, taking you on a mix of trail, cross-country and all-mountain trails through some of the most spectacular mountain bike terrain in Australia. We’ll be fact checking their claims of awesomeness in the new year, but surf over to their website for more details. mountainbiketoursaustralia.com.au…

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whyte wash for 2019

We got a sneak peek at the 2019 range of Whyte bikes late this year. While the British brand does a broad range of bikes, we cherry picked 5 that we think really suit Australian riding and trails. All bikes are single chainring specific which boosts back end stiffness and helps reduce chainstay length. Most bolt threads are replaceable, bearings have a lifetime warranty and in general the bikes are made to last for years, not just one season of riding. The standout trail bike has to be the T-130 S, we have a review of the $4650 bike in this issue. The alloy T-130 S has the same geometry as the T-130 C-RS carbon model, sporting a slack head angle, steep seat angle, long reach and 37mm fork offset to…

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new products

1 NEW SHIMANO ME SHOES Shimano have overhauled their Mountain Enduro (ME) range of shoes, with 4 new models on Australian trails. The updated range boasts features like a lightweight rubber outsole and offset straps, and Michelin rubber on the top models. The ME shoes will suit trail riders looking for durability, comfort and on and off the bike performance. Check out at the whole range at your local Shimano footwear dealer. RRP: From $159 shimano.com.au 2 YAKIMA FOLDCLICK 2 The new FoldClick 2 brings convenience, safety and security to a new towball mounted rack. With an inbuilt number plate holder and lights, this rack happily takes two bikes upto a total of 60kg and folds down for compact storage at home, leaving valuable garage space available. There is an optional mini ramp for…