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Spoke

No.77

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

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arrowsmith Media Ltd
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race pov

What’s a race shot worth? Standing in the line of fire? Getting shouted at by race officials? Dust-covered gear? Sometimes it’s hard to take a step away from a race and think of the long term. Shooting Anton Cooper shredding ‘Cooper’s Creek’, a trail named after him, in his hometown of Christchurch, was risky but rewarding. It was amazing to watch the top riders drop in so smoothly on a highly technical line. Rider: Anton Cooper Location: Halswell Quarry, Christchurch Shutter speed: 1/800 Aperture: f2.8 ISO: 1600…

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reeding the line

It’s no secret that Queenstown is a hotspot for off-season development for a swathe of professional riders, whether they be downhill creeps, enduro freaks, or huck-your-meat freeriders. On the back of their recent trip to Hawaii for film project Return to Earth with Anthill Films, Carson Storch and Reed Boggs migrated south for a few weeks of summer lovin’ and big mountain riding down here in little ol’ NZ. What they found were huge, unridden lines deep in the mountains and valleys of Otago, and a lesson in how to read scree. Not all those rocks moved when they rode straight into them. I’ll let you figure out who came out better off. Rider: Reed Boggs Location: The Branches, Queenstown Shutter speed: 1/2000 Aperture: f5.0 ISO: 500…

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late in the evening

Very early in the season, we snagged this shot at the end of a long day at Cardrona. We’d driven up the hill after work to get a few shots of the new trail work in the bike park. Having got what we needed, we were heading back to the truck — where a cold beer was waiting — when the valley behind us lit up as the sun dropped low on the horizon. Sam didn’t hesitate to push back up and hit the freshly made jump a few times until we got the shot, which made the beer taste even better. The hardest part was picking the angle we liked best. Rider: Sam Baker Location: Cardrona Shutter speed: 1/1250 Aperture: f8.0 ISO: 800…

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dusty chat

There’s something about mountain biking that brings out the rough chat. Otherwise gentle souls, the types of people you would happily introduce to your dear old grandma, suddenly turn into a cross between Deadpool and Jimmy Carr at the trailhead. We’re talking crude, rude, nude, and lewd. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, and I’m certainly not above a bit of ruthless banter myself from time to time. I just find it curious. What is it about strapping on a helmet and kneepads and heading into the hills that brings out that side of people? Maybe it’s all the excitement of barrelling through roots and rocks at break-neck pace, the mix of adrenaline and fear, that brings out the bad language. Or maybe it’s just the freedom of being out in a place where…

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stuff

RIDE CONCEPTS WILDCAT With a mid-high cut that protects ankles while looking great, the Wildcat flat pedal shoe is ready for anything the trail throws your way. High grip soles keep your feet where they should be, while toe protection and a shock absorbing insole look after you if things go wrong. Available in black or grey. rideconcepts.com SMITH RUCKUS GLASSES See the trail like never before when you wrap on a pair of Ruckus. These clever sunnies feature Chromapop lenses, a clever bit of kit that filters out certain wavelengths of light that cause colour confusion, for a more detailed view. Large coverage and adjustable nose pads keep things comfy on all-day outings. smithoptics.com/nz KNOG FANG MULTI-TOOL Taking its name from its unique shape, the Fang looks like no other multi-tool but this hasn’t…

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kids these days

How old were you when you ditched training wheels? I was 8, and beyond proud of myself as I lapped the neighbourhood using nothing but the physics of rolling wheels, my parents’ encouragement, and a newfound self-belief that I wouldn’t fall over. I was also beyond proud when, 35 years later, during the Year 3/4 primary school mini-triathlon, my son headed straight for a corner on the bike course and executed a cutty so last-second he caused the upper-middle class fathers and mothers of the Southern Lakes district to scatter in terror. At 8, he was riding the Queenstown gondola. No training wheels for him. The thing is, Queenstown is now full of kids like mine: girls and boys dressed like Ninja Turtles and hitting everything in sight. So is Cardrona Bike…

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