Spoke was created in 2001 by Caleb Smith and Emma Gee as a response to the vast amount of generic mountain bike magazines available at the time. Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design. Spoke is published five times a year: February, April, June, September and December, and is available throughout New Zealand and online at our web store.
First up, check out that cover… It’s a bit of a different look for Spoke, and we love it! Graeme Murray delivers the goods again with his dusty, moody shot of Mike Hopkins riding away into the forest in Rotorua.
In our feature story this issue, Laura Williamson sits down with NZ legend Laurence Mote and hears how a simple bee sting almost cost him not only his ability to ride, but his life. It’s been a long road back, and his story will astound and inspire you.
If you’re one of those mountain bikers that thinks roadies are the enemy, then you may just be convinced otherwise by Michael Flyger as he takes a look at the mutual benefits when crossing over from dirt to tat and back again.
Think it’s all beer and skittles going to a bike launch? Caleb puts in the hard yards at the Scott bikes launch in Utah to disprove the notion that he’s just on holiday.
Kelly McGarry thought Australia was all dingoes and desert, but came away from the Melrose Fat Tyre Festival with a much better appreciation of the trails and people who make up the South Aussie scene.
Ever wanted to go on a multi-day mtb adventure? Do you sprout superlatives frequently? Wondered why men think they are mtb gods? Thought about what’s in your chain lube? Keen to bake some bread? Know what REEB means? What’s going on at Skyline, in Morocco and North Carolina? We’ve go the answers to all these questions and ask a few of our own.
There’s so much more in Issue 58, grab a copy now at the newsagent, online or subscribe and get it before everyone else.