Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Nov-Dec-Jan 2021


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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the new normal

And just like that 2020 is almost behind us. There may still be a few months to go but we at Mountain Biking Australia are already in 2021, at least according to this November/December/January issue. It’s been a tough year for mountain bikers with countless events cancelled or postponed and trails off-limits for so much of this year. Our thoughts are with our Victorian readers, especially those in Melbourne. With any luck things will open up again soon. One of the best ways to pass time is through storytelling and we have some absolute mountain biking legends telling theirs in this issue. Long-time contributor Steve Thomas has tracked down both Hans Rey and Nico Vouilloz. Each reflects on their own success as well as how they’ve adapted to the modern mountain biking…

falls creek mountain bike park expansion gets the go-head

Falls Creek is thrilled to announce it will be receiving a Regional Infrastructure Grant of $500,000 for the Stage 5 development of the Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park. Currently hosting 40km of world class gravity and cross country trails, this funding will see the expansion of the Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park to include a further 11km of flow and technical trails and provide the opportunity for riders of all levels to transition through the park. Stuart Smythe, Falls Creek Resort Management CEO stated, “The Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park is designed to appeal to a wide range of mountain bike riders from beginner to expert”. “Increasing the number of trails will add a new sense of excitement to park and entice riders near and far to test their lungs and skills in…

marzocchi dj bomber

DJ – The classic remixed The all-new Bomber DJ is back in the mix with a whole new bag of tricks. Sharing the same 36mm chassis as its big brother, the Z1, the DJ comes in a dedicated 26” wheel configuration. Featuring a 20x110mm axle, the DJ is designed for maximum stiffness and offers seamless compatibility with existing DJ and DH front hub spacing standards. Key features • Dedicated 26" wheel configuration delivers shortest possible crown height for flickable front end • Legendary Bomber durability with 36mm stanchions • Buttery and easy-to-use GRIP damper • Tapered steerer tube for maximum stiffness • Adapters available for 15 x100mm axle • Tech specs • 100mm travel • Grip Damper • 1.5 Tapered steerer • 20x110 non-boost or 15 x100 • 26" Wheel Optimized • 37mm offset • Gloss Red and Matte Black • 2095 grams RRP: $1215 www.solasport.com.au…

merida to feature ep8 motor in my2021 line-up

Launched in 2020, our eONE-SIXTY managed to seamlessly follow in the footsteps of the 'original' eONE-SIXTY which was the most decorated, tested and awarded bike in MERIDA's history. The highly anticipated bike managed to collect a vast amount of amazing test results and wins, as well as add a few industry awards to its tally. For 2021, our e-enduro bike will be equipped with the all-new EP8 motor from Shimano as well as with the range extending 630 Wh internal battery. Improved performance numbers, a perfectly tuned MTB geometry, paired with a stiff and lightweight frame that seamlessly integrates the battery into the lower part of the downtube and a 29er / 650B wheel combo, the eONE-SIXTY is ready for pretty much anything you can throw at it. Some of the other…

otway odyssey goes back to its roots celebrating 15 years

The Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon and Great Otway Gravel Grind are back for 2021 on February 20 and 21 with some big news to celebrate the Odyssey’s 15-year reign. The 100km course is returning to its roots, starting in Apollo Bay and crossing the Otway Ranges to finish at Forrest, Victoria. Last used in 2011, the ‘original’ 100km course is the stuff of legends where only the strongest succeeded; the hills climbed to the clouds and smashed your legs while the descents pulverised your arms… and that was just en-route to the single track mecca in Forrest. With an increased prize pool for 2021 (over $10,000 total!) organisers are calling all mountain bikers to show us what they’re made of! “Are you as hard as concrete? Or as soft as fairy floss?” challenges…

shimano ep8 motor

Shimano have revealed the next stage of their e-MTB evolution with the EP8 motor officially announced in August. The Japanese brand, so often at the forefront of mountain biking technology over the past three decades, said it intended the EP8 system to set a “new benchmark in system-engineered e-bike components that can tackle everything from premium mountain biking and competition racing to trail riding, cross-country, casual MTB, trekking and off-road adventuring.” In addition to the new motor and battery options, Shimano have also unveiled new and improved mobile apps, the E-TUBE RIDE and E-TUBE PROJECT. Power up TheEP8 essentially builds on the impressive foundations laid by its predecessor, the STEPS E8000. The new drive unit can generate 85 Nm (Newton-metres), that’s about 21% more than the E8000. That combined with a 2.6kg weight (300g…