Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Feb-Mar-Apr 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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end game

It’s a hot arvo in Sydney, and I’m about to tackle my first ever bit of off-road terrain aboard my brand new Scott Montana mountain bike. I’ve cajoled and scammed and saved and somehow managed to scrape the $600-odd needed to buy this full cromo rig with rigid forks, an upgraded Zoom stem and Velocity bar ends, and I’ve headed up to a small stretch of sandstone rocks that protrude from the earth up at the top of Watson’s Bay. It’s 1992, and I’m in heaven… right up to the point where I abrade the tips of my fingers away, thanks to my (poor) choice of roadie gloves. It’s now 2019, and mountain biking has served me well. I’ve ridden in some unbelievable places, covered great events across the world, met a…

winning letter

Products Schmoducts I’m writing to show my support for the letter written by Jonathan Cowan. I absolutely agree that the magazine should not be devoted to reviews of MTB. The vast majority of us only purchase 2-3 in our lifetime, so devoting so much of the magazine to very technical descriptions of new bicycles holds no interest for me. I would like to see the magazine limit all bicycles review to a single page and have a web link for readers wishing to have more info. The magazine should focus on the reasons we ride; to be out in the great outdoors. Show us where the trails are, how to get to them and rate them. I would dedicate the bike reviews to trail reviews if I could. An example of too much information…

ask the experts

Going Big I used to ride when I was a lot younger, and now it’s time to get back into it. The only problem is that I’m a pretty big guy (145kg, 190cm) and I’m finding it hard to get a straight answer about whether I’m too big for MTB any more. A lot of bikes appear to be rated to 120kg or less, but no shop seems to know much about this. There is a Specialized Rockhopper I have my eye on, and it’s rated to a higher number (137kg). The problem there is that the shop owner wants me to upgrade my wheels, which is $700 on top of the $1200 purchase price. Am I too big? The reason I want to ride again is to lose the bloody weight! Josh Darling…

latest dirt

FOX SHOX 36 FLOAT FACTORY FORK Fox’s big, burly 36 fork gets a big performance birthday for 2019 with the addition of a new FIT GRIP2 4-way adjustable damper. Equipped with what Fox calls a Variable Valve Control (VVC) high-and low-speed rebound adjuster, it offers improved compression damping and less friction overall. If you get easily flustered with fork settings, the Fit 4 can be switched between three predefined settings - Open, Medium and Firm - for on the fly adjustments. And there are further options to dial in the compression on the open setting and adjust the rebound, for fine-tuning. If you’re a fan of orange, too, you can now opt for the eye-searing hue over stock black. It comes in both 27.5 and 29-inch wheel versions, with standard 51mm or tighter…

moving mountains

LATE last year, a consortium of interested parties announced plans to develop more than 80km trails just 75km from the heart of Sydney. How is it all going? We sat down with the Illawarra Mountain Bike Alliance for an update on the potential Mt Keira proposal. A quick bit of background; the proposal was tabled by the alliance, in consultation with the Wollongong City Council, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), tourism body Destination Wollongong and trail building company Dirt Art, for public consultation in October. Plans for an 82km set of trails that encompassed areas deemed non-sensitive by the NPWS and that stretched along the Illawarra escarpment would, if approved, make it the biggest trail centre in NSW by some margin. However, there are a few hurdles to overcome yet,…

by the numbers

Within Dirt Art’s proposal, these numbers caught our eye; • 15 full time jobs during trail construction;• 175,000+ annual visits• $21.9M per annum direct economic impact in year one;• $41.6M per annum direct + indirect economic impact in year one;• 6+ new businesses created as a direct result of the project;• 20+ new FTE job created as a direct result of the project. These are some pretty solid numbers. As the economic environment of the Illawarra region slowly transitions away from such traditional industries as steel and coal, a lot of locals believe it’s important that the area embrace new opportunities, particularly those within growth areas like tourism. Just look what trails did for Derby……