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Mountain Biking Australia August - September - October 2017

Mountain Biking Australia is 'the' magazine for enduro, trail-riding and cross-country mountain bikers. Written by experienced riders who know what they’re on about, Mountain Biking Australia features detailed, critical analysis of new bikes, parts, clothing and nutrition. The five in-depth bike tests in each issue give great insight beyond the manufacturers’ marketing spin. Brilliant photography gets you up close and personal with the all new gear. There are mechanical ‘how-to’ tips to help you maintain your gear, and technical riding pointers to help you ride better. A great read for MTBers the world over. Download your copy now!

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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In this issue

2 min.
city trails

It won’t be long and winter will be a distant memory. I don’t know about you but I’m seriously keen for some spring riding. Yes, I know that the Aussie summer isn’t all that bad; most of us can hit the trails all year round and at worst you may need to throw on an extra layer of clothing. While we can’t really feel hard done by, the longer daylight hours of spring will be appreciated. Even the idea of getting up early becomes more appealing, as the magnetism of a warm bed isn’t as strong during spring and summer. While it’s all good to dream of mid-week MTB rides to kick off the day, it’s likely to remain an aspiration unless you’re lucky enough to have trails close to home. And…

2 min.
mud clearance

Speak out and win! Voice your opinions and you could win a Finish Line Care Bucket valued at $99.99. It contains a range of essential bike care products. There’s a one-litre spray bottle of Super Bike Wash, Multi- Degreaser and a Grunge Brush. Once your bike is sparkling, you can refresh the drivetrain with your choice of Finish Line lube; either Dry Lube to minimise dirt build-up or the long-lasting Wet Lube. The kit even includes a handy Finish Line maintenance guide and the container is perfect for bike washing. So write in and you could win this great bike-care prize! E-mail your letters to john@bicyclingaustralia.com New Look Mag The new look magazine has been worth the effort. Your article on frame geometry is a highlight of your recent issue. I like the term…

7 min.
winning letter

Don’t Ride Alone All week I had been looking forward to a ride. A longer, more adventurous ride. Something to challenge me and to clear my head. I climbed up to Brokers Nose above Wollongong and planned to ride the whole length of the Lower Escarpment Trail. More than this, I decided to ride from my place to the trailhead. I’ve always admired riders who had the legs and fitness to leave the car at home, ride to the trailhead, ride with a group for a few hours and then pedal back home. Now I finally felt like I could do it. A couple of days before, I posted my intent on a local MTB Facebook page but nobody was able join me. I left home about 3pm; the wife and kids…

3 min.
quick releases

Eagle GX When SRAM launched their Eagle 1X12, they pretty much silenced anyone who said that 1X drivetrains don’t offer a wide enough gear range. The main issue lay with the price. With the release of Eagle GX, SRAM extends the same features down to a far more attainable price-point. It shares the same 12-speed 10-50 gear range, just with cheaper materials and simplified manufacturing techniques. Where an Eagle X01 cassette costs around $600, the GX equivalent will be $319. The derailleur is $179 versus $300 for X01. Buy it piece by piece and you’ll spend $850 for the whole GX group—that's less than half the price of Eagle X01. GX will also be offered in a complete groupset package for $799. It’s certainly going to make 1X12 a whole lot more accessible—look…

10 min.
latest dirt

CRANK BROTHERS MALLET There have been some big changes at Crank Brothers in recent years and it’s really starting to show through in their products—read our review on the latest Candy pedal to find out more (page 36). While the Candy is a good compact trail pedal, some prefer to have a larger platform for riding unclipped and just to have a larger target to land on if your riding gets a little ragged from time to time. That’s where the Mallet series comes in. The Mallet E incorporates all of the features that we highlighted on the Candy, including the replaceable ‘traction pads’ to compensate for differing shoe tread depths. They have a much larger pedal body with six adjustable/replaceable pins on each platform. You can also choose between the…

16 min.
singletrack city

Adelaide has been steadily chipping out its place in the global cycling scene—it all started with the first Tour Down Under in 1999. The success of this road race, which joined the ranks of UCI ProTour in 2008, ensures that international attention is directed towards Adelaide at the start of each year. The fact that the race is held at the hottest time of the year is unfortunate but Adelaide is dry and averages 29 degrees in summer and 16 degrees in winter, making it better than most capital cities when it comes to year round riding. Every year thousands of cyclist come to watch this big road event (around 795,000 spectators in 2016) and we’re sure that more than a few wonder if there’s any mountain biking around. Well there’s…