Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Feb-Mar-Apr 2020


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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new year, new gear

Well that’s just about a wrap for 2019 and what an eventful year it has been! Mountain Biking Australia has certainly been through some changes and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better 2020. But before I go on to preview what’s in this exciting issue I wanted to take the time to ask your opinion. We love getting correspondence from our audience. You guys are the reason MBA exists, it’s your magazine and we aim to deliver what you want. You can send any emails to my address listed below, have a particularly interesting question or comment and you could feature in our Mud Clearance section. As always we have a lot of useful reviews and ‘how-to’ articles in this edition of MBA. Our resident testers take a look at two new…

letter of the month

MBA CHANGES Q: Dear MBA, Have been a big fan of your mag since returning to mountain biking in mid 2014 - after a break of over 20 years! I've bought every issue since my first in mid 2014, & have subscribed the last couple of years. Needless to say, a lot had changed & your mag has been invaluable, both in helping me catch up fast on new developments but also in deciding on a new bike. I came back on board during the whole 29" vs 27.5" wheel size debate & was pleased to have a front row seat as many other developments have flowed - the 'rise' (boom) of dropper posts, 1x drive trains becoming de rigueur, geometry evolution, boost spacing, etc, etc. In particular, I have always deeply appreciated the…

latest dirt

MET PARACHUTE MCR Parachute MCR is MET's convertible full-face helmet developed for enduro, all mountain and e-MTB riding. Parachute MCR is designed to be truly two helmets in one. The full-face has a stylish and aggressive look providing all-round protection, while the open face reflects the style of our all-mountain helmets. MAGNETIC CHINBAR RELEASE | FF 840g - OF 455g | 21 Vents | MIPS® | ASTM F1952-15 / F2032-15 Designed & Engineered in Italy | Tested by Riders around the world Price: $499.95 www.met-helmets.com AZUR AQUAPAKS Azur Aquapak The Azur Aquapak is a 'do it all' hydration system. Its ample storage across multiple pockets and felt lined valuables pocket make it ideal for adventure riders, trail riders, and those looking for a sleek low-profile pack for their daily commute. The 2-litre bladder has its own compartment and the…

hardtails in the himalayas

I can clearly remember as a kid during maths class being deeply captivated by the cycling magazines hidden inside my text book. The fabulous pictures of pro riders climbing the snow-covered mountain peaks of Switzerland had captured my imagination from a very young age. I had something akin to ‘adventure DNA’ and plenty of it! Being caged inside a building wasn’t going to be my life, 10-year old me thought. I take it you, dear reader, have some ‘adventure DNA’ as well, else you would have grabbed the gardening magazine next to this one. Welcome to the club. My most recent adventure has taken me to the Himalayas in Nepal where I will swap my trusty road bike for a MTB as I set off with a group of mates. We will embark on a 16-day mountain…

southern freaks: the best weekend of mtb west of the nullarbor you’ve never been to

We all have visions, grand designs if you will. Daydreaming at work thinking wouldn’t it be great if… oh it would be so cool if… For most people that is where it stops. Reality kicks in and we turn back to our daily commitments placated by a weekend’s blast with mates on the trails to keep us sane. Staring at a roadhouse burger being assembled ‘with the lot’, I couldn’t help comparing it to the event we’d participated in over the weekend. Sure a burger can be fine, sticking to the basics, but why not add some cheese? Then you may as well add tomato, bacon, beetroot, pickles and an egg. Albany’s Southern Peaks event in Western Australia is the mountain biking equivalent of the burger ‘with the lot’ (and a side…

it’s a family affair: the story of atherton racing

It would be fair to say that there’s no more successful family in mountain bike racing than the Atherton clan. The three Brit siblings have made a huge impression on the downhill racing scene over the past 15 years, collecting a ruck of rainbow jerseys, World Cup wins and other titles between them. Dan is the eldest of the three and arguably the least decorated – yet he is very much the driving force behind the glory of his younger brother and sister – Gee and Rachel, as well as the creator of the Hardline race, which is perhaps the toughest downhill race on the planet. A couple of years ago the Athertons announced a whole new team set up – one based around their own pioneering bike brand, which is a…