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Australian Mountain Bike

Australian Mountain Bike

Issue 190

Australian Mountain Bike magazine is Australia's leading off road cycling publication, and features extensive and industry-leading mountain bike and product reviews. It tracks down the greatest trails to ride, offers columns dedicated to both the first time rider and pro racer, plus some of the best mountain bike imagery in the world. Exclusive and inclusive - covering the full spectrum of the sport, trust AMB to give you the best advice from the sport's best journalists.

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in this issue

1 min
qualify for the ews at the phoenix enduro

Mad keen to show the enduro world that you can race on the big stage? Well, you better qualify first. There are a few EWS qualifiers around Australia but the Phoenix Enduro at Christchurch Adventure Park on 23 October might be just the perfect reason to tie in a riding trip to New Zealand’s South Island. Based in the Port Hills, Christchurch Adventure Park suffered a horrific fire a few years back but it has been rebuilt. The cafe and facility hub is nestled in the pines, with a network of hand-built and machine built trails on the slopes above. There are over 30 trails to ride at the park, with about half of them Black rated, so you can expect a varied and testing bunch of trails for the race…

3 min
new santa cruz blur and juliana wilder

You do not simply launch a new World Cup XC team without a new XC bike. When Santa Cruz not only signed World Cup star Maxime Marotte, but created a roster of riders to do battle on the World Cup circuit, it was clear the Blur was about to be superseded. The all-new Blur was launched in early June with an XC and TR variant, and the frame has some major changes for Santa Cruz. The Juliana brand also released the Wilder, a rebadged model of the TR variant. The bikes all share the same carbon frame, be it in the C or CC carbon grade from Santa Cruz. When looking at the new bikes, the most notable feature would be the absence of the popular Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) suspension…

2 min
galfer competition pads

Competition or race is often used to describe a product that is best of the best and going to give you ultimate performance over a standard product. This is what Galfer set out to do with their Green (Competition) pads. What is interesting about these Green pads is Galfer call them “For Competition, no need running in”. This is a rather odd claim! Based on how we know disc brake pads and rotors work to create friction and stopping power it would seem like perhaps this is a bad translation to English? I installed the Competition pads and ripped off to the trails without the standard running in protocol to see how things went. Truth be told before reaching the trail head it was apparent that running in was going to…

1 min

BRAND Specialized MODEL Turbo Levo Expert RRP $15900 WEIGHT 22.4kgs AVAILABLE SIZES S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6 FRAME: FACT11 Carbon FORK Fox Float 38 Performance Elite 29, Grip2 Damper, 44mm offset, 160mm SHOCK Fox Float X2 Performance Elite with 2 position lever, 150mm SHIFTERS SRAM X01 Eagle 12sp eMTB DERAILLEUR SRAM X01 Eagle 12sp CRANK Praxis Works 160mm MOTOR Specialized 2.2 565W peak and 90Nm torque BATTERY M3-700 Intergrated battery, 700Wh DISPLAY Specialized Mastermind TCU and handlebar remote CHAIN SRAM GX Eagle CASSETTE SRAM XG-1275 10-52t (X01 Eagle) WHEELS Roval Traverse 29/27.5” TYRES Specialized Butcher T9 GRIPTON 29x2.6”/Eliminator T7 GRIPTON 27.5 x 2.6” BRAKES SRAM CODE R 220mm/200mm STEM Specialized Alloy trail, 35mm HANDLEBAR Specialized Trail Alloy 7050 35mm rise, 800mm DROPPER X-Fusion Manic 34.9mm 175mm drop (S4) SADDLE: Body Geometry Bridge Comp specialized.com…

3 min
elk titanium tubeless valves

I’ll be honest, when I first saw a Titanium tubeless valve flash onto my social media feed, I had to wonder why. Partly as I assumed the cost would be into triple figures, and also because steel and alloy ones work just fine. Assumptions are not fact, and while $67.50 isn’t cheap for a set of tubeless valves, it’s only about $12 more than one of my other favourites, Peaty’s Tubeless Valves (RRP $55). And while most steel and alloy tubeless valves do work ‘just fine’, being made of Titanium is just one of the advantages that adds up with the Elk Titanium Tubeless valves. First, let’s look at the materials. Titanium is strong and highly corrosion resistant. I’ve damaged threads on alloy tubeless valves, and I just don’t see that…

5 min
g-form protection

Using quality protection when you plan to press send is more important than ever. Especially when you need to be at work (in one piece) on Monday. G-FORM PRO-RUGGED The G-Form Pro-Rugged pads were introduced as a more durable alternative to their X2 and X3 models, without giving anything up in terms of comfort and ease of use. Unlike the previous models, the Pro-Rugged has a layer of Armortex fabric covering their famous SmartFlex padding, while maintaining the same flexibility and breathability they’re known for. The intended market is anyone from casual riders who find pads a general inconvenience, to those who’s serious mileage necessitates light and minimalist protection. Exactly how light are they? The knee pads weigh in at approximately 280g; for comparison, equivalent models in Troy Lee Designs (‘Speed Sleeves’) and…