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Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Aug-Sep-Oct 2019

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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drop off

HELLO… …and welcome to another edition of Australia’s premier mountain biking magazine! Before we go any further I'd like to take the time to introduce myself as the new Editor of this fine publication. My name is Dominic Unwin and I'm very proud to be in charge of MBA. I'm a sports journalist by trade and am really keen to make MBA bigger and better! Our goal remains to serve up quality content that resonates with our audience. We are always on the lookout for ways to evolve however. We can't wait to see where MBA can get to across the print, digital, audio and video spheres and you'll be right there alongside us for the journey. I'll be upfront it’s been a little while since I've been in the literal saddle.…

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mountain biking australia

Editor: Dominic Unwin dominicunwin@yaffa.com.au Production Coordinator: Kristal Young (02) 9213 8301 kristalyoung@yaffa.com.au Group Advertising Manager: Tim Partridge (02) 9213 8290 timpartridge@yaffa.com.au Event & Sales Assistant: Kea Pleasance (02) 9213 8289 keapleasance@yaffa.com.au Publisher: James Yaffa Marketing & Event Manager: Jasmine Gale Art Director: Ana Heraud Studio Manager: Lauren Esdaile Graphic Designer: Ruby Ren Photography: Ben Sykes, Martin Bissig, Jaime Black, Dan Oakman, Sarah Hunter, Scott Mattern, Sportograf, John Hardwick, Steve Thomas Contributors: Ben Sykes, Gerhard Czerner, Sarah Hunter, Dan Oakman, Luke Beuchat, Scott Mattern, John Hardwick, Steve Thomas New York: New York Founding Publishers: Phil & Catie Latz Distribution Australia & New Zealand: Gordon & Gotch…

9 min.
latest dirt

BAKED ALASKA MEN’S MERINO TOP A hot 'n' cold top that propels you at the speed limit across the gap between summer and winter. Its WindFoil™ softshell front takes the edge off a chilly headwind while the Heatwave™ Merino sucks sweat off your body. The long front zip for ventilation allows you to manage your body temperature through a wide range of conditions. Features include a rear security pocket and twin elasticised angle-pockets. Plus a WhaleTail™ longer back allows you to stretch out in search of the perfect downhill position without exposing your back to the elements. Wrap your meringue around that. Designed and made by Ground Effect in Aotearoa, NZ, the Baked Alaska comes in three colours and five sizes. It is also availble in a women’s version, the Popsicle.…

8 min.
apu wamani: in the footsteps of the gods

The Inca worshipped the mountains as protective deities. These 'Guardians of the Valley' were called Apu Wamani in Quechua, their native tongue. Recently a group of ambitious riders set out to conquer five of these legendary mountains to raise awareness of the history of these people that are no longer. I accepted an invitation to the last big mountain of this multi-year expedition. At 6739m, Llullaillaco is the third highest volcano on Earth. It’s also the highest peak with no glacial coverage, which is surely due to the fact that it sits enthroned in the most arid part of the Atacama desert in Chile. It lies hundreds of kilometres from any modern civilisation and is often surrounded by heavy storms with temperatures regularly dropping below minus 30 degrees Celsius. All these reasons…

12 min.
surly karate monkey

My first memory of a mountain bike was back in the 90s, aboard a gleaming new Cr-Mo steel framed hardtail. Those were the days, with horribly basic front suspension, non-indexed shifting, cantilever brakes, narrow bars and 2.1-inch wide tyres that I thought were fat at the time. Despite all that it delivered plenty of fun to my teenage self, riding around the poor selection of trails we had at the time. Fast-forward to today and despite two decades of progress in the waves of alloy bikes along with capable dual suspension and then the rise of carbon, there are still brands out there building bikes out of Cr-Mo and other steel tubing. RATINGS IN THE STAND 7.5/10 ON THE TRAIL 8/10 OVER ALL 8/10 Surly is one such brand, using good ol’ 4130 cromo steel tubing they call Natch…

10 min.
the cape epic: worthy of a place on the bucket list?

To instantly label the Cape Epic a bucket list item is a big call given the plethora of quality mountain bike trails and races around the globe these days. In fact, just look at the explosion of mountain bike parks in our neck of the woods – Blue Derby and Maydena in Tassie, Wairoa Gorge in New Zealand, new mountain bike parks in progress at Belrose and Glenworth in NSW and the $11 million mountain bike development around the town of Warburton in Victoria. The marketing hyperbole bills it as the 'Tour de France' of mountain biking. Most die-hard mountain bikers would take such a comparison with a huge dose of disdain. After all, mountain biking is worlds apart from road cycling! The truth is the phrase 'Tour de France' couldn't be…