Previewing our new issue

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our next issue, and as usual, it’s going to be a bit of a cracker. Here’s a few outtake shots and a rundown of what to expect.

Features

 On the local side, we travel back to the Apple Isle to ride the magic trails around Derby – although this time there’s a different twist to our accommodation. You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Our intrepid overseas team has also sent back a beauty of a story from a place you wouldn’t put high on your list of places to go – Iran. 

We catch up with perennial EWS frother Josh Carlson as he tackles possibly his most important season yet – and even captured a shot of him not smiling!

You and your bike 

We also get the inside scoop on how a real-world rider like you or I can balance life and work to ride his dream event – which happens to be one of the toughest on the planet.

Suspension is a big part of our bike make-up, but it’s amazing just how little we know about the most crucial part of our rig – so we visit one of Sydney’s only suspension tuners to find out more.

Bikes 

We gather a fleet of 29er trail weapons for this issue, including the new Intense Sniper, Santa Cruz’s classic Hightower, a Rocky Mountain Instinct and the updated Norco Optic.

We also check out Connor Fearon’s new Kona and say hi to our new drop-bar Polygon.

Ridden and rated

A new TLD A2 helmet is put through its pace, as are Shimano’s new Saint SPD pedals and a Vorsprung upgrade for your Rock Shox forks.

The issue will be out in early April, and you can subscribe here. All new subs will score a workshop essential, too – Topeak’s awesome digital pressure guage!

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.