Video: Himachal Downhill MTB Trophy – 2014

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How to: Pull Wheelies

Wheelies By: Vineet Sharma and Jeewan Jeet Singh Dhillon Also featured in Issue #5 | Sept 2011 Wheelie on a Mountain Bike can be most time-consuming and difficult moves out there. Many riders including experienced bikers can’t wheelie after practicing for years because of less time devoted to perfect them.  If you lack the passion to learn and you become discouraged easily, then you may not get hang of it too! Learning how to do a wheelie is all about balance, focus and concentration. With the right skill and technique,…

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How to: Essential bike handling

Essential bike handling – Basic drop and descending techniques By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #1 | Jan 2011 Basic Mountain Bike Handling is essential to learn in the first few times you start riding your bike. It is not learned overnight but riding and practicing on your Mountain Bike frequently would indeed help a lot. Knowing how to handle your bike will help prevent you from falling off your bike and will also give you confidence to try new things on your mountain bike. Now we will guide you how to distribute body weight while riding…

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How to: Cup and Cone Hub Basics

Cup and Cone Hub Basics By: Vaibhav Nijhowne Also featured in Issue #7 | Jan 2012 What is one of the most important parts of a bicycle, in terms of movement? I’d say the wheels. What do the wheels revolve around? The hubs. So to reduce friction and ensure smooth and efficient functioning of our bikes, we need to frequently service and adjust our hubs. Many higher end bikes come with sealed bearing hubs which cannot be adjusted, but there are still a lot of regular cup and cone hubs in the…

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How to: Basic Bike Maintenance

Basic Bike Maintenance By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #2 | March 2011 Bike repair and maintenance is a very important and an ongoing process that involves action before, during and after your ride. This helps to keep your mountain bike in optimal condition. Here are some tips to help you keep your mountain bike in peak condition. BEFORE RIDE Pre-ride inspection and maintenance check is a very good practice. Just like a fighter pilot who inspects his fighter plane before flying. It’s a very simple process and ensures…

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Malcolm Mclaws | Photographer interview

Malcolm Mclaws By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #13 | Jan 2013 | Special collectors edition You’ve probably seen his images in many mountain bike magazines ads or famous bike blogs etc around the world. Malcolm Mclaws is a super cool individual and one of the best bike photographers in the world whose skills are not limited to mountain biking photography. We interviewed Malcolm and got to know more about him and his photography.  FR MTB MAG: A little intro about yourself? Mclaws: Well I’m a 62 yr old…

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Steve Peat | Exclusive interview

Steve Peat | Exclusive interview By: Vineet Sharma | Photos: Duncan Philpott Also featured in Issue #8 | March 2012 Full Name: Steve Peat Nickname: Peaty Hometown: Sheffield, England Favorite Drinks: Stella FR MTB MAG: We have seen you shredding and winning – What’s the secret behind it? PEATY: I have been racing for many years now and have had lots of wins and also loses, dealing with the loses is a big part of coming back the week after and winning!!!   FR MTB MAG: What are your favorite…

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Firefox Maximus D – First Look

Firefox Maximus D 29 By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #24 | Nov 2014 Many hate them but many love them. 29ers are better than any wheel size or not is still a big argument… or not? Let’s ignore that question and continue to check this latest offering by Firefox bikes. Maximus D – which proudly rolls on 29” wheels. Surprisingly the bike overall build is not too bad. The frame design is sleek with clean lines and the matt paint finish is great. The frame welds are strong…

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661 Recon Stealth helmet

Six Six One Recon Stealth helmet By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #24 | Nov 2014     We tried the six six one Recon Stealth helmet which one the best open face mountain bike helmets available in the market today. The construction of this great helmet is like a chemistry book which boasts 25% polycarbonate, 44% EPS, 14% polypropelene, 6% foam and 3% plastic. This combination offers an excellent protection and weight reduction at the same time. Coming to the main question… how does the Recon Stealth helmet fits?…

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Ghost 4X Comp

Ghost 4X Comp Words/Photo: Vinay Menon | Rider: Sahil Jagtap Also featured in Issue #23 | Sept 2014   Ghost Bicycles form Germany have been strong on the world 4x and DH scene for years. With top racers and freeriders on their team Ghost has been able to fine tune their bikes for the demanding riding style prevalent these days. India’s Suncross  Bikes has joined hands with the German manufacturer to bring their performance machines into the country. With a good range of trail models including 29ers and 650bs, Suncross…

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