The New Wide

Ibis have announced a new range of Carbon Fiber Ultra Wide Wheels and Rims, dubbed the New Normal and the New Wide. The 928 is a carbon fiber 29er rim with 28mm width that delivers enhanced tire stability and high strength at low weight. The 741 and 941 are carbon fiber 27.5 and 29er rims...

Bye Bye Buller, Baby...

With construction of the EPIC trail wrapped up it’s time to say a bittersweet Bye Bye Baby, Baby Bye Bye to Mt Buller. Arriving on the mountain back in early December and walking the trail alignment, the scope of the project felt so huge it was as if we might be spending the rest of our...

Going Down

The lift beside the apartment door is where every work day and MTB adventure at Mt Buller starts and ends. It’s like a scene from The Matrix as the synthetic voice intones ‘Going Down’ while you sit on your bike waiting to burst out of the metallic, artificial confines of...

HDR Stoke

From the steamy tropical trails of Far North Queensland to adventure rides in Australia’s Alpine country, my Mojo HDR 650b continues to run like a sweet dream! I thought it’d be worth commenting on the performance of the various components. Rockshox Pike 9 months in and the...

Snakes and Ladders

Work on Mt Buller’s EPIC MTB Trail is powering along. We’re ~4000 meters into the final section which is shaping up to be an awesome +7000m descent. Super fast, flowing traverses linked by deep berms, all snaking down through massive Alpine forest with heaps of vertical on offer....

Craigs Hut Overnight

There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around That the colt from old Regret had got away… Visiting Craigs Hut has been on my To Do list while living and working at Mt Buller this Summer. The hut was built in 1983 for The Man from Snowy River movie, a classic...

Pygmy Possum (Burramys Parvus)

The World Trail crew were super fortunate to be invited along on Mt Buller’s Pygmy Possum monitoring program. Until relatively recently the Pygmy Possum (Burramys Parvus) was thought to be extinct. It turned out however that small communities were surviving in various alpine locations. The guys at Mt Buller estimate the Pygmy Possum population within the resort area to be currently (only!) ~70 and have an extensive management plan in place to protect these resourceful little critters and their environment. Twice a year a non intrusive monitoring program is used to check the health of the possum community. Scrambling around the steep...

Total Fire Ban Rides

Summer weather is full force with Victoria enduring a week long heatwave with maximum temperatures pinned at 40+ degrees. It’s pretty tough trail building down in the valley in that kind of heat. Relief comes in the form of Total Fire Ban days, during which construction work must cease....

Pump Track

A very cool modular pump track has been installed just down the path from where the trail crew is living at Mt Buller. Apparently it’s the first of its type in Australia, cool. I’m still on my pump track L plates but I had to head down and check it out one evening after work. The...

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