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Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Feb-Mar-Apr 18

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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2 min.
new trails

Hi there, I’ve come on board at a pretty interesting time, I reckon! I’ve been a mountain biker for… wow… nearly 30 years, I guess? I got my first bike in 1988, so there you go. No wonder the beard’s so… distinguished… So I’ve seen a lot come and go over that time. Suspension, then dual suspension, then proper dual suspension… I was even around for the start of the blackwall tyre thing. Still not a fan, either… skinwalls rule! Ahem… Now, though, the sport is in a very different place. There’s a saying I pinched from a skier; when I started riding, you’d wave to other people with mountain bikes on their car, there were so few of us. It’s always had a collegiate, friendly atmosphere, but sheer weight of numbers means that not…

3 min.
mud clearance

Electric Dreams I just invested a Merida E160 -900 e-bike, for many of the same reasons you point out in your recent newsletter. I own a YETI SB66 Carbon that I still ride, and also train on a Colnago road bike when time permits. I will still ride these when I am riding with friends, but when I want to go out and have fun, the e-bike thing seemed the way to go. I suffer from lower back pain regularly when I ride the mountain bike that makes things less enjoyable than it should be at times. I suspect the e-bike craze will take off in the coming years as now they technologically usable off road and evolving rapidly. Good to hear you are going to cover some e-MTB reviews. I expect some flack…

1 min.
winning letter

Thanks for the Memories I always expected/dreaded this day might come. After all, how long can a bloke do nothing but mountain biking for, really!? Although I never met you in person, John, based on your writing at least, i would have liked to. Your objective, balanced and technical attitude to mountain bike journalism was seriously appreciated by me and my mates. Such a contrast to the ‘This latest release is the best ever - straight from the sales leaflet’ writing of some of your competitors (and that includes all the UK mags I've tried, not just the Aussie ones). I felt that you and your fellow writers were able to tread a fine line with your critiques. If you read an article, it might not outright pan a potential advertisers product, but it…

2 min.
ask the expert

SERVICE BLUES I recently bought a new dual suspension bike from an online dealer, who delivered the bike to me mostly built in a box. All I had to do was to install the handlebars and pedals, put the front wheel on and it was ready to go. After four or five rides, though, the gears are starting to skip, especially on the bigger rear cogs. I haven’t crashed or let the bike fall over, so it’s not misuse. The company I bought the bike from is in Sydney, and I am in country NSW, so sending it back is not really an option. Can I simply take it into a local bike shop? Will they service a bike that I didn’t buy from them? Or can I do it myself? Hi Tom, A new bike…

6 min.
latest dirt

SKODA OCTAVIA RS SAY HI TO MBA’S NEWEST OFFICE MEMBER One of the truisms about modern mountain biking is that you need to travel to find the best trail – and for the next six months, we’re going to find a LOT of trails aboard our latest acquisition. This is the Skoda Octavia RS wagon, and it’s best described as a wolf in very stylish sheep’s clothing. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the 169kW front-wheel-drive Skoda shares a lot of its mechanical bits with Volkswagen and Audi – the Octavia’s chassis underpins cars like the VW Passat and Audi A3, for example, while the engine, trick front diff and dual-clutch gearbox come from the Golf GTI. What’s most important for us, though, is its ability to carry stuff… and with three…

4 min.
what is… a metric shock

About eighteen months ago (April 2016, to be exact), Rock Shox pulled the covers off a pair of new rear shocks… and took the lead on a whole new way to think about how a rear shock fits inside a frame. It was dubbed Metric, but confusingly has very little to do with the difference between inches and millimetres. So what gives? First, a little background. A rear shock (or spring and damper unit, if you like) is traditionally measured in two ways; the distance between the middle of its top and bottom mounting points (eye to eye) and the amount of movement the shock shaft moves (stroke). Those numbers determine whether a particular shock will fit on your bike (leaving aside damping curves and the like for the second). The problem has…