Mountain Biking Australia

Mountain Biking Australia Nov-Dec-Jan 19


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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springs fever

Whipped. Beat. Buggered. Off the back. Rogered. If you can think of another expression for the way I’m feeling, 22km into this 47km desert stage, insert it here. Then I start hearing voices… When I started mountain biking, racing was the dominant part of the culture. The AMBA series was a pretty big deal, and racers would contest cross-country, downhill, trials and uphill events on the same weekend, often on the same bike. There were series sponsors and even full-season number plates, and the circus would visit almost every state in Australia. Racing is now more specialised and less diverse, with more traditional formats making way for new-school disciplines like enduro. The camaraderie is still there, of course, but it feels as if there are fewer opportunities to mix with mountain bikers in…

mud clearance

Flights of fantasy I always enjoy looking at the bikes that are reviewed in the magazine but they tend to represent a fantasy rather than a reality for me. I’d love to see bikes reviewed that represent a range of price points, as not everyone has three or four thousand dollars (and upwards) to spend on a weekend bike for the trails. Case in point, the current issue reviews the Marin Wolf Ridge 8 ($5,999), the Pivot Switchblade Race XT ($6,799), the Santa Cruz Blur ($12,749) and the Whyte G-170 S ($4,650). If I was picking up the magazine as someone new to the sport, those sorts of numbers might have me thinking about a different (cheaper) hobby! Tim Murray Email Old is not obsolete Having recently upgraded to a very new model bike –…

latest dirt

KRUSH ROTOR REVIVE Aussie family business Krush is doing a cracking job of coming out with innovative bike washing solutions (if you didn't see our feature last issue, it's online at www.mtbiking.com.au now). The latest product from the D'Arcys seeks to solve one of the great problems of our time: squealing disc brakes. Too often we hear the unmistakable squeal of dirty or contaminated brakes. Brake rotors, calipers and pads can all come under fire from foreign contaminants as varied as dirt, brake dust, oil, mud and brake fluid - all of which can dramatically reduce brake efficiency and create brake squeal if left untreated. Krush's Rotor Revive is designed to to maximise brake performance and increase the life span of your brake components by rapidly removing brake dust, oils, brake fluid and…

north? sure!

It's ominous. I am ushered into the park ranger’s office and I feel a wave of déjà vu. I’ve seen the insides of land managers' offices before… and yup, there are the maps with the illegal trails highlighted on the table. “We’ve got concerns,” Martin Krieg, Senior Planner at Parks Wildlife and Heritage starts. “We have all these mountain bike trails to build. We're going to be really busy making sure they are really good trail experiences, rolled out in a relatively short period of time”. Hang on a minute… I'm not in trouble? Over the next hour the rangers lay out the plans to roll out more trails than we could reasonably hope for. Am I dreaming? The Northern Territory government earlier this year announced a 'Turbo Charging Tourism' stimulus package, with words…

top tips

Travel time The time of year you visit will drastically affect your experience. The best time to visit is between May and October. Alice Springs has a completely different climate to Darwin. Big bities If you are visiting Darwin and the northern regions in early May, you should check that they have completed checks for crocodiles at the water holes you plan to visit. We would have loved a post-ride swim at certain water holes, only to find they hadn’t yet been cleared for swimming. Small bities Charles Darwin National Park is a great place to ride, but there are signs warning you of biting insects. Towards sunset these monsters can maul you! Get out of there early and see the local chemist if you do get bitten. Say hi to the local crews Both Darwin and…

dry red

It’s the vastness that gets you. The azure blue sky stretches forever, touching down on the distant West McDonnell Ranges to the north. The innumerable dimples on the landscape, dotted with a surprising number of pandanus trees and foliage. And the silence. Other than the brisk rustle of a fresh breeze at my back, it’s serenely, strongly silent. There’s also a feeing of power about the outback – even though I’m no more than 20km from the heart of Alice Springs, nature is definitely king here. As if to underline my thoughts, the wind drops and the winter sun’s rays instantly add a couple of degrees to the ambient temperature. This place has beauty and power in equal measure. That’s one of the reasons why the Redback is such a terrific event.…