Spoke No.76

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Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published four times a year

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1 min.
what lies beneath?

When I first arrived on these shores years ago I wondered what lay beneath the canopy of beech trees. I had a feeling it was going to be dense bush, almost impenetrable on foot let alone by bike. How wrong could I have been? The roots of these beautiful trees provide an insanely good surface for bike tyres to run over: grippy and fun in the dry, and treacherous in the wet. Add in thousands of discarded leaves sprinkled over this luscious loam illuminated by the last rays of the day to create a mountain bikers’ dream. Rider: Steve Curry Location: Squid Run, Queenstown, NZ…

1 min.
the west island

I’m claiming Tasmania as New Zealand’s West Island. Other than the deadly snakes, wallabies, and Boag’s Lager, it has so much more in common with New Zealand than Australia, its former motherland. The Myrtle Beech forests make you feel at home and the trails are oh so good. Take a mishmash of New Zealand’s best—Rotorua, Nelson, Craigieburn and Queenstown—and you have an idea of what Maydena in the South and Derby in the North offer. Wyn Masters visited both recently. Here he is sampling one of the newest additions to Derby’s ever increasing trail network, named Air-Ya-Garn. You do need to adopt a heavy Aussie accent to pronounce the trail name correctly though. Rider: Wyn Masters Location: Derby, Tasmania, AUS…

2 min.
spread the good cheer

The holiday season is upon us: Christmas carols blaring at the supermarket, punishing queues at the shops as people scramble to buy their family presents they don’t need, and a mad rush at work to get everything done before the office shuts down. But there’s lots of good news as well: it also means long sunny nights for big rides and backyard barbecues with a couple of brews. Best of all, you’ve hopefully got a bit of time off to spend with the people that matter to you, and ideally, ride your bike in some faraway places. When Christmas rolls around, you might find you’ve got a stack of shiny new bike bits under the tree, or maybe even a box-fresh rig to swing a leg over. Many of you reading this will…

9 min.

LEATT DBX4 HELMET Get the helmet with turbine technology. It’s lined with energy-absorbing moving discs that move under impact to help stop concussions and reduce rotational forces. Throw in full-face spec DH certification in a light and airy design to pedal all day in for the complete helmet package. aduindustries.co.nz BLACKBURN BIG SWITCH WRAP TOOL In the contest to strap the most to your frame, the Big Switch Wrap comes up trumps. It comes with a multi-tool with nine different sized heads and a chainbreaker, and has room for a tube, two 20g CO2s and a set of tyre levers. Bye bye backpack. blackburndesign.com BONTRAGER COMP MTB PEDAL SET Clipping in is a delicate balance: you want to know the pedals will stay attached to your feet but you can eject when you need to.…

2 min.
ride every day

I’ve ridden a bike every day this year. You can too—just use this one weird trick. But first I should back up a bit and explain how I got here and why it’s a big deal. Turn the clock back 14 years and I was riding for a living. Well, not really a living—it’s tricky to make money from being really enthusiastic about mountain biking—but I rode a lot. If you’d asked me what I did, I would have said, “I’m a mountain biker”. Nearly 10 years ago I basically imploded. It was the start of a long painful journey with a chronic inflammatory arthritis condition that wreaked all sorts of havoc across my body. After the initial shock to my system, I settled down and did some proper adulting, leading to…

4 min.
crankworx turns five

March 2019 will mark the fifth edition of the festival of good times and radness that is Crankworx Rotorua. The first stop on the annual Crankworx World Tour, it’s part of a global megabrand, syndicated across the globe and entertaining a huge range of people—from the committed rider, to folks who may never have come across mountain biking before it came to their seatback screen on a long-haul flight. What was once a relatively small event for Whistler locals is now a world-wide circuit, attracting the sport’s biggest names but still retaining a tight, participative feel. It’s one of few world-class events where local heroes can line up against the energy-drink-helmeted elite—and as Rotorua rippers like Keegan Wright have shown, throw down! After four increasingly successful events, Crankworx Rotorua 5 is…