NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!–SEPTEMBER 9

NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!–SEPTEMBER 9 Back to the top was the slogan of the weekend as the 2000 NORBA series concluded at Mammoth Mountain, California, on September 8, 9, and 10. The slightly cryptic phrase was a reminder to the racing public that, after a two-year break, the annual Mammoth Mountain race was returning to the […]

2000 MASTERS WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

2000 MASTERS WORLD MOUNTAIN BIKE CHAMPIONSHIP More than 240 U.S. mountain bikers have been named to USA Cycling’s 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Team, the organization announced Wednesday. This year’s Masters World Mountain Bike Championships will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 4 in Bromont, Quebec, Canada. Bromont also hosted the 1999 event. U.S. athletes qualified for […]

ROCKWELL, DUPOUEY AND HOYDAHL INK WITH GIANT AGAIN

ROCKWELL, DUPOUEY AND HOYDAHL INK WITH GIANT AGAIN While the mountain bike race world abounds with rumors of diminishing teams, Giant Bicycles has announced its own moves to confirm their support of the sport. Myles Rockwell, the current downhill World Champion, has agreed to ride for Giant in 2001 and 02 along with continuing Giant […]

DUAL AND DOWNHILL FINALS–AUG 26-27

DUAL AND DOWNHILL FINALS–AUG 26-27 Brian Lopes and Anne-Caroline Chausson took the victories in the finals of the World Cup Dual event in Leysin, Switzerland in the final weekend of August 2000, ending a remarkable year for both. For Lopes it was the seventh win in eight World Cup Dual events this year, and Lopes […]

SLOW MOTION CRASHING

SLOW MOTION CRASHING By Richard J. Cunningham To most westerners, slow motion is an effect that cinematographers employ to recap a great sports moment, or a technique that adds drama to a less-than-magicical moment. Anyone who participates in active sports–the ones that exceed twenty miles an hour–often experience slow motion in real-time. Usually, in the […]

2001 BIKE PREVIEW

2001 BIKE PREVIEW Do you want to see some 2001 bikes? We thought you would. Here is a selection of 2001 metal to whet your appetite. JAMIS DRAGON Take a world-class chromoly hardtail frame, add Mavic’s tubeless CrossMax wheels and Hutchinson Python Gold tires, then finish it with a Shimano XTR Group, and you have […]

VOUILLOZ AND CHAUSSON CLINCH WORLD CUP TITLES!

VOUILLOZ AND CHAUSSON CLINCH WORLD CUP TITLES! Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson racked up the wins in the next-to-last round of the downhill World Cup series, in Kaprun, Austria, on the weekend of August 12 and 13. In doing so, they both reportedly earned enough points to clinch their respective World Cup titles for the […]

WHAT YOU MUST DO TODAY: STOP THE ADVENTURE PASS

WHAT YOU MUST DO TODAY: STOP THE ADVENTURE PASS By Richard J. Cunningham Once again, your present elected government officials are trying to sneak legislation under your nose that will undermine your access to National forest and BLM land. If you haven?t heard me rant against the Recreational Forest Fee Demonstration Program, you should know […]

WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A DOWNHILL BIKE?

WHY CAN’T THEY MAKE A DOWNHILL BIKE? Cannondale produced a downhill racing bike that you could actually buy at a bike shop once–but it fell out of production over five years ago. GT has made a couple of weak attempts–I believe the rickety Lobos was available as a complete bike for a couple of hours […]

LARSEN DOES IT AGAIN!

LARSEN DOES IT AGAIN! CHEVY TRUCKS NORBA NCS EVENT #4 CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTON August 4-6, 2000 By John Ker Steve Larsen is still making up for his failure to make the U.S. Olympic team, as he again smoked the competition in his quest to take this year’s NORBA national title. Larsen credited luck with being […]

YOU CAN’T BRING A LIGHT

YOU CAN’T BRING A LIGHT By Richard J. Cunningham ?If you want to ride with us, you can?t bring a light.? I was asserting some attitude to a thirty-something guy who had repeatedly explained to me that he only needs his high-powered lighting system for a bailout in technical sections. ?It takes twenty minutes for […]

NORBA NATIONAL UPDATE: DEER VALLEY, UTAH

NORBA NATIONAL UPDATE: DEER VALLEY, UTAH ROUND THREE, NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES DEER VALLEY, UTAH JULY 28-30, 2000 LARSEN COMES BACK IN CROSS-COUNTRY EVENT Forget the chronological order of the races. Steve Larsen was the big winner of the weekend in Deer Valley, Utah. Still smarting from his failure to make the U.S. Olympic Team, […]

SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001

SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001 Specialized debuted a streamlined range of Mountain bikes in the beautiful Dolomite region of the Italian Alps to an international cast of editors. The star players were the S-Works hardtail and FSR-XC. Both had Mavic CrossMax UST Tubeless wheels and both were feather- weights in comparison to previous models. 2BLISS TIRES […]

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP We are doing a complete story in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action so we don?t want to give you too much information! But, here is a quick look at what RockShox has in store for 2001. 2001 PSYLOS! Psylo, the long-travel fork with 30mm diameter fork tubes and a […]

OLYMPIC DREAM OR MYTH?

OLYMPIC DREAM OR MYTH? Richard J. Cunningham We are nearing the summer Olympic games and our hopes for a medal rest once again on our female athletes. Why this country’s female cyclists are the dominant force in pro mountain bike racing is an unsolved mystery. Alison Dunlap, Ruthie and Ann Trombley all could score big […]

CHAUSSON AND VOUILLOZ WIN JAPAN WORLD CUP

CHAUSSON AND VOUILLOZ WIN JAPAN WORLD CUP Nicolas Vouilloz and Anne-Caroline Chausson, both of France, again beat all comers in the latest round of the 2000 UCI World Cup downhill series in Aria, Japan, on July 23rd. Anne-Caroline had a fast but tough race, crashing hard in the final part of the course, then recovering […]

UCI WORLD CUP DUAL COMES TO JAPAN

UCI WORLD CUP DUAL COMES TO JAPAN Lopes Beats Bootes in Aria Final Wade Bootes, winner of the Dual race in the 2000 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, met legendary dual-slalom ace Brian Lopes in the finals of the UCI World Cup in Japan. Treks Nate Tobeckson filled us in on the details: The […]

DO REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DO THAT?

DO REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS DO THAT? By Richard J. Cunningham Ever see an advertisement that shows a cyclist in a huge wind tunnel perched on a bike stand only a few feet away from its giant turbine blades? I’ve seen the image used at least three times. Did you know that the fans in a […]

WORLD CUP XC #7–CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA

WORLD CUP XC #7–CANMORE, ALBERTA, CANADA SAME PLACE, SAME WINNERS! Canmore, Alberta, Canada was the site and Cadel Evans (Volvo-Cannondale) and Barbara Blatter (Scott) were again the winners. In a comeback that can only be described as phenomenal, Olympic hometown boy Cadel Evans has given the entire men’s field a solid, Olympic sized kick in […]

ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES

ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES Are you looking for full-finger protection with total freedom of movement? The Impact has moderate palm padding, with mesh and a sweat patch covering the back of the hand. Key features: Palm protection is provided by coating the full underside of the palm with supple Clarino. The grab spots on the undersides […]

CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION

CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION If local conditions are rocky, you know that its not possible to use a lightweight racing tire. The abrasive terrain will soon cut through the thin sidewalls. For such conditions, Continental recently introduced the ProTection series. The beefier, Duraskin sidewall only adds 10 grams to the tire weight. Key features: Like the […]

GIRO SWITCHBLADE

GIRO SWITCHBLADE While traditional mountain bikers scoff at the Giro Switchblade, its a clever idea that allows riders to bolt on face protection if they so desire. Key features: What the Giro lets a rider do is purchase one helmet and cycle it around like any other top-coverage, protection beret. With or without the face […]

LOGIC LP PADS

LOGIC LP PADS Ritcheys Logic brake pads use a trippy profile that provides easier toe-in adjustment and claims to have superior stopping force. Key features: Ultimate stopping power is achieved when the caliper construction is sturdy enough to hold the pads flat against the rim. It turns out that most braking systems flex too much […]

WORLD CUP UPDATE: MISSY AND CADEL!

WORLD CUP UPDATE: MISSY AND CADEL! By Mike Cushionbury It’s a weird time of year right now for professional cross-country. The World Championships are over but the Olympics are coming up. That’s one big one down and a bigger one to go. Best guesstimate is that maybe 40-percent of the Olympic field has been chosen. […]

GET FIT IN 28 DAYS

GET FIT IN 28 DAYS If you?re like us, you look forward to summer all year long. After all, long days, more free time and good weather all mean more time to spend on your bike. But what fun is it if you are huffing and puffing up every climb and dreading riding with your […]

INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE

INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE Tiny hand pumps that fail to pump air have stranded more mountain bikers in the back country than any other breakdown. Innovations Inc. designed the Chubbie Stubbie to go the distance. Its guaranteed for life and is only nine inches long. Key Features: The Stubbie has a Schrader and presta […]

MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC

MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC If you don’t carry a first aid kit because its too bulky, you no longer have an excuse. The Mini Medic is a tiny kit with all the basic essentials. Key Features: Mini Medic has the basic bandages and topical wipes that youll need to treat minor woundsand […]

OAKLEY FLESH SHOES

OAKLEY FLESH SHOES Forget all the Oakley-esque razzle-dazzle marketing and throw a pair of these slip-on sport shoes over your stocking feet. Key Features: Flesh shoes have padding under and around your feet. In lieu of laces or hook-and-loop straps, the leather uppers are topped with stretchy Airprene material. A loop of ribbon on the […]

AZONIC AZX

AZONIC AZX Continuing with their bent for downhill and dual-slalom action, Azonic offers a motorcycle-style helmet aimed at riders who want to travel at kamikaze speeds. Key features: A true, motorcycle-like polycarbonate shell offers the full-coverage protection of a motocross helmet. The visor is adjustable and stays blended with the helmet shell and matching paint […]

A LOOK AT THE WORLDS

A LOOK AT THE WORLDS By Mike Cushionbury The first ‘summer? World Championships in Spain are over and Myles Rockwell is the man! Myles took his lumps in stride (no pun on his two broken legs a few years ago) and ventured on, even when it looked like his career was over after two seasons […]