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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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.…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

2020 fox transfer dropper post

RATINGS VALUE 7 FUNCTION 9 LOOKS 9 OVERALL 8.5 I feel like I’ve been initiated into a secret club of gear admirers. As I slowly put up a couple of social media posts about the latest product I picked up the messages start flooding in. “It’s the best,” they say. “Love mine!” Well, that was unexpected. I wonder what it is about this that makes people rave about it so much! Over the last little while I’ve been testing the latest and greatest dropper post from Fox. They aren't a newcomer to the dropper game, first releasing their D.O.S.S. dropper post back in 2012 and their Transfer post in 2017. Available in a huge range of different options including two diameters (30.9 and 31.6mm), four drops (100mm to a huge 175mm), two performance levels and a choice of…