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Roll Credits
Rotorua. Southstar Shuttles. Jeff Carter. Three icons of New Zealand’s mountain biking landscape. The shuttle uplift service in Rotorua that Jeff started from scratch has contributed significantly to the way mountain biking has developed in the are
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An Icon Put To Rest
The Trans-Provence is a mythical beast: an event formed in the mists of enduro history, before stage racing as we know it today was dreamt up. Even in 2019, there’s really no comparison. The TP concept was birthed in 2008 from the minds of Ash and Me
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Keep That Thread Lubricated
I know what you’re thinking: you’re about to get some intel from an online guru on keeping a social media thread going and increasing your followers. Well, you’re half right. You’re getting guru’d by the Rodfather again, but this time in the bike she
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Full Circle
After a life of travelling the globe, Justin Leov found a place to call home just down the road from where he grew up—on the farm where he first fell in love with racing. Taylor Pass Road runs down a valley cradling a mix of hilly farmland where cab
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Hardtail Heroes
Mountain biking is great, but how can we make it better? Ride a hardtail—and by this, I mean one of the aggressive, long, low, and slack variety. One that you can ride everything on. Why would I do such a crazy thing I hear you ask? Let’s start with
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Field Of Dreams If You Build It, Will They Come?
Just ahead of us are what seem destined to become New Zealand’s most Instagrammed berms, cut and shaped lovingly into the slopes of this true foothill of the Southern Alps. Lake Wanaka stretches out before us and the peaks of Mount Aspiring National
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Shock Tactics
Whatever bike you ride, be it a bargain found on Trade Me or a five-figure dream build, how well the suspension works is critical to its overall performance. That in mind, we sat down for a coffee with Paul Jones from Queenstown’s newest suspension s
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Cape To Cape
Western Australia is about as far removed and in contrast to New Zealand as you can get. It rains never, houses a high percentage of the world’s most poisonous and dangerous animals, and isn’t the first place you’d think of to go mountain biking. But
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Humble Beginnings
Some go to Whistler in search of the perfect trails, the perfect whips, or the perfect bender. Many sit on the chairlifts the day after, wondering how local pub Garf’s did such a number on them, and how they’ll make it down A-Line today. Not for Tay
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Pivot Shuttle Team Xtr
We’re all accustomed to the terms superyacht, supercar, superbike, and brands synonymous with them – Blohm & Voss, Lamborghini, and Ducati. Now we can add to that list, with the SuperE-bike, a category of high-end pedal assist mountain bikes that spa
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Six Months From A Suitcase
Kiwi racer Rae Morrison recently got back from another six months of enduro racing abroad, in her most consistent season yet. SPOKE caught up with her as she relaxed into her off-season in sunny Nelson. Now you’ve been home a few weeks, what are yo
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Forbidden Druid
Not everyone wants to join a tribe, or to own five different versions of the same bike in 10mm travel increments. Maybe we don’t all want to ride the same bike as half the lift line. How do we as mountain bikers escape the monotony that has plagued o
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Uncompromising Performance
While many of us dream of building our own bike, designed to exactly match our desires and finished to the standard of a top-end production frame, the sad truth is that most people lack the skills and equipment on hand to make it happen. Milton Bloo
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Rediscovery
After eleven years of riding ‘Nerang loam’ (read: loose, fist-sized rocks and coarse sand) in Australia, I thought I’d discovered the mountain biker’s promised land when I came home to New Zealand. Arid eucalyptus bush, king brown snakes, hairy spid
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Raw Talent
One of my favourite anecdotes about Matt is from 2008, when he was dirtbagging around Europe. In those days, 4X was a big deal, contested by the who’s who of the sport due to the intense level of competition. I was at the World Champs in Val di Sole,
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Lost In Translation
The UCI recently proposed halving the permissible testosterone threshold for transgender women athletes from 10 nmol/L to 5. The news is another step in the governing body’s struggle to accommodate transgender athletes without discrimination, while e
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Qct V2.0
If you’ve ridden the Queen Charlotte Track before, you would have to agree that while it’s a “must do” of iconic New Zealand rides, there are times when slogging up yet another steep hill, legs protesting and lungs burning, you’ll find yourself wishi
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From The Flames
Some forests need regular fires to regenerate. Some trees will not flower unless they have been burned; others need flames to open their cones or buds to release seeds. The pine plantations around Nelson are not those sorts of trees. So when a huge
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Return To Van Diemen’s Land
Exactly four years ago I was invited on an adventure to North East Tasmania to explore a new network of trails in development there, as part of an ambitious ploy to rejuvenate the region’s economy via mountain bike tourism. What I discovered then was
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Seven Years Of Summer
Christchurch dirtjumper and trail builder extraordinaire Phil McLean hates winter. He loathes it so much he flies to Canada every year for six or seven months. Barring one year when he underwent knee reconstruction, he’s been chasing those long warm
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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 de
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Lessons From Rural Africa
The first ever UCI rainbow jerseys for pump track were handed out in October in Switzerland—a milestone for this new discipline testing skill, technique, speed, agility, and strength. Behind all the fanfare of the competition, there was another story
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Stuff
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 gi
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A Re-eruption
We mountain bikers often get the rough end of the stick (sometimes rightfully so) for building trails the wrong way or in the wrong places, getting us offside with landowners or managers. It’s been no different in Christchurch, which has a multitude
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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 a
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Folgefonna Sunrise
The harsh sound of a vibrating phone against hardwood jolts me awake, the sting of the quarter to five start very present as a feeling in my eyes. Less than five hours earlier we’d navigated our way to Holmaskjaer hut to be up at dawn. I sneak a cur
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Means Of Production
It was 5:19 pm on 27 March 1984 when Ernie Abbott, caretaker and hotblooded unionist, was blown to smithereens after he picked up a briefcase left by a man in a suit on the ground floor of the Trades Hall in Wellington. The bomb was sophisticated.
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Bearers Of The Green Whistle
Rotorua’s First Response Unit (FRU) holds a vital role in the wellbeing of riders in the Whakarewarewa Forest. This story is about those at the coal face—the medical patrollers working in the forest. The patrollers are part of Peak Safety’s team, wit
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Finlay Woods
SPOKE sat down with Finlay Woods recently to find more about his latest project, Sherpa Cycles. A high pivot, gearbox trail bike with a carefully considered aesthetic. What’s your background and how did you get into bikes? I grew up just out of Wan
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Seven Days Of Sweet Suffering
Transpyr is a seven-day mountain bike stage race traversing the entire Spanish Pyrenees mountain range. From the sunbathing beauties of the Costa Brava coast, the race crosses 800 kilometres of peaks and valleys to the Basque town of Hondarribia at t
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