second behind American winner Melissa Buhl. By the way, to give you an idea of how much can happen in 10 years, Melissa completed medical school to become a doctor and is now in the final year of her three-year residency program. She’s also gotten married and has two kids. Melissa’s husband is also a mountain biker as well as a physician. You can read more about her in “Hard Tales,” in our August issue.
THE RISE OF NINO SCHURTER
We also took a look at Nino Schurter’s race bike in our “Inside the Pros’ Bikes” feature. Nino, who turned 24 on May 13 of 2010, was already becoming a superstar. The previous summer Nino had outsprinted the amazing Julien Absalon to win the Elite Men’s XC World Championship of 2009. Nino has since gone on to win a total of eight Elite Men’s World Championship titles and seven World Cup Series titles.
The bike that Nino showed us for our feature was his Scott Spark Limited, set up the way he raced it at the 2010 Cape Epic. His bike weighed 19.1 pounds and had an estimated price of $15,000. Of course, it had 26-inch wheels back then, as did most racers’ bikes in those days. That would soon change, of course.
We also did a test of a KHS SixFifty 606 bike in that August 2010 issue, a bike with soon-to-be-popular 27.5-inch wheels. We had previously done an MBA shootout of three KHS bikes, ones with 26-, 27.5- and 29-inch wheels, and we liked the 27.5-inch size the best. The world took notice. The 27.5-inch revolution was about to begin.
Mountain Bike Action is a monthly magazine devoted to all things mountain biking (yes, that’s 12 times a year because we never take a month off of mountain biking). It has been around since 1986 and we’re still having fun.