Apu Wamani – Mountain Gods of the Andes

The Inca worshipped the mountains as protective deities. These “Guardians of the Valley” were called „Apu Wamani“ in Quechua, the language of the Inca. An ambitious bike project in Chile wanted to try and bike five of these mountains to raise awareness of the history of these people that are no longer. I followed an invitation to the last big mountain of this multi-year expedition. Words: Gerhard Czerner | Photography: Martin Bissig The Llullaillaco is the third highest volcano on Earth with its 6739m. It’s also the highest mountain with no glacial…

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Gnarly Bikes DH Concept by Erik Habermann

2019 is here and we are getting closer back to the future… every year while riding our simple or “not so simple” mountain bikes. These bikes have evolved so much since their birth and the progression continues till date with more and more innovative standards and more. However there are not even handful of individuals who think way ahead and innovate radical concepts which you may ride in coming years. Meet Erik Habermann. A product designer and a mountain biker from Berlin. Erik studied product design in Potsdam and then…

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Meet the riders who spawned Nigeria’s BMX scene

It started with a chance encounter, stumbling across some second-hand BMX bikes from the United States in a Nigeria shop. And following a trawl of some internet videos, it has spawned into a burgeoning BMX scene in the city’s capital, Lagos, transcending socio-economic backgrounds. Here is all you need to know: – The BMX scene only really started six years ago as rider Star Boy, aka Matthew Temitope, a mechanic in Lagos, was among those to stumble across some vintage 1980s freestyle BMXs. After watching videos with friends on his…

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FR MAG Top 10 of 2018

2018 was a radical year that saw great progression in mountain biking culture of India. From Red Bull Pump Track World Championship qualifiers in Hyderabad to riders taking top spots in Asian Enduro circuit. Here are our top 10 stories and interviews that were featured in 2018. Don’t forget to bookmark them. 10: River riding in Meghalaya with Gregory Allya Warjri 9: 5 Fire-fuelling tips to get the most out of the MTB riding season 8: Rider Interview | Slade Gomes 7: Project Solo | GuiDe National Geopark – China…

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Must Watch: Jordie Lunn’s Rough AF 3

Imagine walking through the woods and stumbling upon one of these features. You’d probably think there was a madman on the loose, and you’d be correct! Jordie Lunn has spent years learning how to build and ride some of the craziest features on 2 wheels. Taking his unique style of building, and riding, Jordie has taken Rough AF 3 to the next level.  Filming and helping to create this piece was not only exciting, it was scary. at times. Jordie is the absolute man and definitely pushed his limits…

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Limited Edition YT Capra

You want an aggressive alloy bike with a coil spring? YT Bikes released their limited edition YT Capra in just 200 qty… and majority of you might be out of luck as this hot looking enduro mountain bike is already running out of stock within few hours. The Limited Edition CAPRA shoots from the hip and isn’t afraid to give in to its liberal side. YT Bikes did a great job by getting their bike naked to show off its multi-butted, hydro-formed frame curves. With short chainstays and a slack…

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Mountain Biking in Nagaland

By whatever name people have called this realm, hidden among the mountains of India’s northeast, Nagaland has always evoked a sense of mysticism and awe, intensified by the exquisitely picturesque landscapes, the vibrantly colorful sunrise and sunset, lush and verdant flora, this is a land that represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breath taking experience. For the adventurous and the intrepid, Nagaland is an ideal place for trekking, rock climbing, jungle camping and offers limitless exploration possibilities in its lush and verdant sub-tropical rain forests. Nagaland is sometimes referred…

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5 Bike brands that should be launched in India

India has constant increasing number of serious riders who are now investing and who are willing to invest their hard-earned money in high quality bikes (better known as premium bikes here) and components to enhance their riding experience. Similarly, the rising number of mountain bike races which also includes Downhill Mountain Bike racing is spreading like a wild fire across the country. Unfortunately, majority of existing and well-known bike brands in India are not ready to launch their full line-up (Trail bikes, Enduro Mountain Bikes, Downhill Mountain Bikes, Dirt Jumpers…

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CONTEST – Win a Premium Brew T-Shirt

Here is an easy way to win a “rad looking” “limited-edition” Premium Brew T-shirt by Freerider Mountain Bike Magazine. This 100% cotton T-shirt will make you look radical every-time you ride (or not ride) and help you to enjoy mountain bike life while you gulp that beer more efficiently at your favorite bar. Follow 2 simple steps to win: Subscribe to our newsletter. You will see the E-mail subscription option on the right side of our website www.freeridermag.in (Scroll down all the way if browsing from mobile phone). Don’t worry. We won’t…

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Catalonian Pyrenees

Solsonés – Berguedá – Ripollés We have entered into an adventure that will take us to the doors of the Pyrenees, specifically we will stay at his feet, trying to discover the most accessible and spectacular areas of the Catalonian Pre-Pyrenees and Pyrenees. Areas of great scenic richness, with very acceptable slopes and where we will find routes and paths adapted to all levels and publics. We were lucky to have the help of two exceptional guides such as Silvia Rovira (former professional mountain biker) and Jaume Vila (expert mountain…

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