Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike Issue 177

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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pumped west of coquihalla

Finding hidden gems throughout British Columbia are as much about the pedal up as the ride down. Climbing through the foothills surrounding the Coquihalla Mountains we stumble upon lush, contrast filled woodlands. Sounds of birdlife and nearby rivers complement the tall old-growth cedars blowing in the wind. Colourful flora mirrors the riding we experience. As we ascend over brown, moisture rich soil, we question the concealed trails we are lucky to be riding. For now, it seems as though no local has hit these trails all summer. We begin to descend down the perfectly carved single trail, blasting through tall green ferns and slapping piles of duff with our rear wheels. Flowing through the lush forest floor, the trail becomes far less steep and suitably more favourable to our bicycle’s brakes. Now…

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put your phone down and ride

I am often (like, really often) guilty of letting my phone ruin a good ride. When such a small and fragile device harnesses so much information and amusement, it is easy to be distracted. Maybe I should post a story? Should I take a photo? Check my email? See if someone has sent me a message on Messenger. Maybe even a message request? What Instagram profile am I logged in on right now – and should I check my altitude app to find out the boiling temperature of water for where I am right now? I wonder if Training Peaks has updated my CTL from the first short ride today? Is it going to rain? This probably isn’t too far off what you might experience as well. Whether you constantly check your…

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aussies at world champs

As you read this, Australia’s best downhill and cross-country mountain bikers will be battling in the green and gold in Canada. Head to AMBmag.com.au for full coverage from 28th August. On September 22nd, 5 Australians will make up the Marathon team for XCM World Championships in Graechen, Switzerland. XCO WOMEN Holly Harris Rebecca McConnell Katherine Hosking Sarah Tucknott Megan Williams Zoe Cuthbert Holly Lubcke Phoebe Thompson Emily Wooster XCO MEN Cameron Ivory Sebastian Jayne Daniel McConnell Reece Tucknott Luke Brame Callum Carson Matthew Dinham Cameron Wright Piper Albrecht Nick Chisholm Zach Larsson Cooper Jessen Liam Johnston Domenic Paolilli Corey Smith DOWNHILL WOMEN Sian A Hern Danielle Beecroft Tracey Hannah Cassie Voysey DOWNHILL MEN Troy Brosnan Dean Lucas Connor Fearon Jackson Frew Michael Hannah Jack Moir Ben Zwar-Kvist Oliver Zwar Darcy Coutts (Reserve) Kye A’Hern Will Arblaster Joshua Arcus…

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get into mckayos

If you missed it in the past few years then don’t let it happen again – McKayos is one of the most unique mountain bike events around, and probably your only opportunity to race your bike on snow, dirt and road in a mass start event that drops 1000m in 15km. Places are limited so jump online and book your place and some accommodation. Anyone we know who has been is always committed to go again the next year. This is bar-to-bar downhill racing and truly a great way to say goodbye to the ski season and hello to the mountain bike season in the High Country. mckayos.com.u…

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shimano enduro tour 2019

The Shimano Enduro Tour is back for 2019, over three popular venues this Spring. Starting off with Round 1 in Western Australia at a top secret venue on 12th October, the series then shifts to the subtropics, as Round 2 lands at Tamrookum in Queensland on 2nd November. Lastly, Round 3 heads south to Blue Derby, which has become a favourite for riders and racers alike. The last round takes place on 16th November. The race in Derby will also be part of the EWS Asia Pacific Continental series, so expect a few ring ins from around the greater region. You can race Elite, Expert, Under 21, Junior, Masters and the EWS 80. For more details and entry, head to: emsaustralia.net.au.…

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specialized unveil the 2020 enduro

It wasn’t a surprise for some, when in the middle of August Specialized threw the covers back on the new Enduro. With the Stumpjumper filling the needs for just about any rider seeking a trail bike or all-mountain rig, the Enduro has been designed fresh as a big-travel, big-wheeled Enduro race bike. Specialized went all-in to make this thing as fast as possible between the tape. The shock and linkage has dropped super low in the bike and there are many similarities with the all-new Demo. The new design keeps the weight down a lot lower, aids stiffness in the rear end, opens up the main triangle for a full size bottle and means the standover height can be reduced – creating options to size your bikes on length not height. The…