Spoke No. 80

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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.
defining perfection

I was only in Queenstown for the weekend. My son Elliot and I had jumped on a plane on Friday night and were crashing at Jake Hood’s Queenstown Hill pad. The three of us had been ticking boxes and hitting spots Elliot had only seen in video and photos. I’d been following the Elevate Trail Building Instagram feed and was super intrigued about their latest project, a blue jump trail up on Fernhill. The trail was close to completion but wasn’t finished, and was most definitely closed. A couple of phone calls, a few text messages, and a little miscommunication later, Elliot, Jake and visiting Canadian freerider Caleb Holonko were dropping in on a virgin work of art. This hit here is the first of fifty or so perfectly sculpted…

1 min.
finding your zone

I think I could travel the world and ride every bucket list trail, and this little valley connecting the West Coast to the Canterbury Plains would still take the cherry. The Craigieburn area has to be my favourite place to ride. Big call, I know, but the ancient beech forests combined with incredible trails and geography tick all the boxes for me. After fourteen days on the road this was one of our final destinations. We spent a crisp night camped above the timeless classic, Cheeseman DH, ready to get stuck into a Canterbury sunrise, and boy did it deliver! Rider: Micayla Gatto Location: Cragieburn, NZ Shutter speed: 1/1000 Aperture: f3.2 ISO: 2000…

1 min.
the eddie anti-tweak

If you follow Eddie online, you wonder how he can be a successful elite athlete. It looks like he’s having far too much fun. Earlier this year after the Maribor DH World Cup I got to spend a week with him for some insight We had a little “training camp” in Sintra, just outside of Lisbon, Portugal, to get everyone back into little bike mode for the Madeira EWS. We had a house on the beach, drank Rosé wine every day by the bottle, rode every day, and surfed twice a day. On top of a load of pedalling and shuttling were a few big nights out to take in a Metallica concert and a Euro beach bush doof. I guess the point is Eddie is just flat out 100%…

2 min.
that's a wrap 2019

Stick a fork in 2019 because it’s done. In our last issue of the year, we celebrate two pillars of mountain biking that are calling it a day—at least for now. In Rotorua, beloved shuttle service Southstar Shuttles is wrapping up after more than a decade rattling up forestry roads in an old bus. Further afield, the legendary Trans Provence ran for the last time this year. Jeff Carter (coincidentally the man behind Southstar Shuttles) was there; he breaks down what it’s like at one of the most iconic races in mountain biking. There’s also plenty of fresh ventures in the mountain biking world. Bike Glendhu has just opened along the lake from Wanaka, offering tasty new trails and Instagram-worthy views without the queues of nearby Roys Peak. We’ve got all the details. Further…

7 min.

FABRIC MAGIC SADDLE For riders that like to look good while getting hangtime, the Magic saddle has been designed with help from the stylish 50to01 crew. Shaped for tricks in the air, a shorter length helps stop shorts from snagging, while a ‘buzz channel’ at the back gives extra room for the tyre on those hard landings. A waterproof cover tops things off. fabric.cc MONDRAKER DUSK RR Big wheels, 150mm of travel, a 65.5° head angle and a 490mm reach (in size large) are exciting numbers. Add a 990Wh battery and you’ve got something pretty special. That’s enough juice for over 2000 metres of climbing, and the subsequent descending too. mondraker.com RACE FACE TURBINE R 35 STEM Stronger, lighter, and more stylish than before, the Turbine R is a great choice for rowdy riders. The…

2 min.
am i invisible?

They really wind me up: those riders who don’t acknowledge my friendly wave when we pass each other out on the forest roads around our local trail network. Am I not good enough for them to wave back to? It’s a non-issue in remote areas where there are far fewer people around. On some DOC tracks in my neck of the woods I might do a few days’ worth of riding before encountering anyone. In those situations, we go further than waving and actually stop to have a chat. The situation I’m talking about is on the more heavily trafficked trail networks. It annoys me so much that I’ve given it some thought, and realised that maybe they’re not intentionally being unfriendly. Perhaps they have their reasons for not returning my cheery…