Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 176

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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Fort William is one of the most demanding courses on the Downhill World Cup. From rock and wind up hight to forests, mud and roots, riders have to battle the course, the elements and keep their bikes and bodies in one piece. Tracey Hannah keeps it pinned beneath the trees – find the full feature on Fort Bill deeper in the issue. Since the 1860s, folk have travelled from far and wide to Queenstown in search of gold. Although mining of the precious metal has all but ceased, there is still plenty to be found in the form of light. As a mountain bike photographer, iconic mountain bike trails such as Rude Rock can be both a dream and a nightmare to shoot. Everywhere you point the lens there is a…

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the people of mountain biking

Here we are in a time that might not be regarded as a mountain bike boom time, that was the the 1990s, but right now I cannot think of a better time to be a mountain biker. I’ve said it before but it is true. The bikes we ride now are endlessly more reliable and enjoyable than those from even 10 years ago. We have private land owners, councils, state and even national government making trails for us to ride. But as we put this issue together, it was easy to realise that no matter how good bikes are, or how many cool new trails are built, mountain biking is about people. Dominic Hook travelled to Rotorua for the first Crankworx festival of the year and while the events and riding…

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aussies on the world stage!

As we went to print, not only had Tracey Hannah won the Downhill World Cup in Leogang, but Tracey and Troy Brosnan were both leading the Downhill World Cup rankings! The Australian champions have both had super consistent seasons and as the World Championships in Canada get ever closer we hope to see their form continue. In late May, Bec McConnell finished 2nd at the XCO World Cup in Nove Mesto. The last lap was intense with Bec having a fast finish to put her on the second top step. We can’t wait to see how the second half of the season goes!…

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pivot send the shuttle sky high

The Pivot Shuttle already gained a whole lot of attention when it hit the trails with a low weight and plenty of useable travel via a DW link suspension system. But a few riders were left wanting in terms of build kit options, and hoping for something with a little more travel. Those wants and needs didn't fall on deaf ears, and Pivot delivered, preparing an updated Shuttle eMTB that is ready to launch on your local trails. The Shuttle now has 3 models, and the front of the bike is graced with a 160mm travel Fox 36. It's also designed to take a 29” wheel front and rear, although Pivot are suggesting the 29er front and 27.5” rear is the best combination. Pivot have opted for a 44mm offset…

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join the best in the west at cape to cape!

Australia’s most popular mountain bike stage race will descend onto the sleepy town of Margaret River, Western Australia on October 17-20 this year. As the biggest race of the Epic Series in Australia, you can expect a big turn out for Cape to Cape. Following the lead from the global Epic Series, Cape to Cape is now focusing on racing in pairs, just like Port to Port did in May (see our story on pp58-64) and Reef to Reef will in August. Why pairs? Taking part in events like these creates some pretty epic highs and a couple of lows, and this way you’re there to share the highs with a mate, and support each other in the low points. From shredding trails together, to nursing home a torn tyre after…

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the great southern peaks

Albany is a southern port in Western Australia, over 400km from Perth. The state capital is the world’s most isolated capital city, so that puts Albany into perspective. It’s not close to a whole lot, but that’s part of the charm. The Southern Peaks event was created in 2014, as Albany seemed like the ideal spot for an Urban Downhill. While the event started small, it has continued to grow, as we found out via speaking to Chris Idle. “2014 was the first year, with just the Albany Urban Downhill plus a whip comp. I’m still surprised the club managed to get it off the ground that year, and most of the credit goes to David Marshal who was president at the time. No one had done an Urban DH in…