New Issue - Out Now

Look out for the August/Sept/Oct edition of Mountain Biking Australi. It's issue number 62 and it also happens to mark our 15th anniversary—issue #1 was launched in Winter 2002!

Inside you'll find a big feature on Adelaide, possibly our most MTB friendly capital city, as well as a look at the amazing riding on offer in the Basque region of Spain.

For those who love the idea of an overseas MTB holiday but hate dealing with the logistics, we take a look at what you get in a pre-arranged group holiday from Haka Tours.

As always we've got a ton of products on test; the latest version of the Crank Brothers Candy pedal, the new Aaron Gwin inspired TRP brakes, tyres from Onza, Huck Norris flat protection the Skyline LR pack from Camelbak, anatomically sized SQ Lab saddles and more...

On the bike review front we check out the big travel Pivot Firebird to see wether it offers the versatility to perform as a general trail bike. The Giant Anthem SX gets a look-in to see if some setup tweaks can give this XC racer the legs of a trail bike. We also have a couple of plus tyre offerings on review; the 130/120mm travel Scott Spark and the surprisingly affordable Polygon Entiat.

A chat with Tristan Thomas at Wheelworks in New Zealand proved to be extremely informative about all things wheel related; everything from rim materials to tyre widths and inflation pressures. Also on the bike-tech front we look at how to wash your bike without a hose, or even a bucket of water for that matter—something that can be surprisingly handy at times.

To improve your riding experience and keep you on the trail, we look at tackling rock gardens and foam rolling as a means to aid recovery.

You'll find all this and a whole lot more at your local newsagent now!

 

 

Bicycling Australia

Omar Fraile of Astana enjoyed a thrilling win on the Mende airstrip at the Tour de France. Selected images from Stage 14 here ...

Bianchi’s Aria has new beefed up tubes and the addition of disc brakes. It still looks to be an aero-optimised frame so we were keen to see how it rides. Gary Hunt reports.

In a heavily depleted field after three tough alpine stages, just 152 riders started stage 13 in the famous cycling town of Bourg d’Oisans near the foot of Alpe D’Huez.