PEZZO’S RETIREMENT?–MAY 1

PEZZO?S RETIREMENT?–MAY 1 Paola Pezzo told Mountain Bike Action that she would not be racing the World Cup circuit this year. She showed up at the Napa World Cup but only to sign autographs and show off the 24-karat gold coated bike that Fisher had made for her for this year. Paola, who’s won two […]

IMBA Launches New Advertising Campaign

IMBA Launches New Advertising Campaign For Immediate Release April 16, 2001 IMBA has joined forces with well-known ad firm TDA Advertising and Design (http://www.tdaadvertising.com) of Boulder, Colorado, to create a new IMBA advertising campaign. The campaign presents a new IMBA slogan, “Long live long rides.” The firstad in a series of three can be viewed […]

IMBA Organizes First-Ever European MTB Patrol

IMBA Organizes First-Ever European MTB Patrol For Immediate Release Mountain bikers gathered in the Mediterranean town of Finale Ligure, Italy,this spring to attend Europe1s inaugural mountain bike patrol training seminar. Attendees of the International Mountain Bicycling Association seminar, held March 9-11, learned mountain bike patrol procedures including first aid skills, bike repair, responsible trail use […]

FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP

FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP Since toys have become a thriving industry for BMX bikes and motorcycles, why not mountain bikes too? Flick Trix is selling this kit that builds up two complete bicycles: one downhill bike and one slalom bike. It comes with a workstand, truing stand and workbench for when you need […]

GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP

GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP By now everyone should be carrying a pump with them when they’re out riding. There’s no excuse to be “that guy” who never has a pump or tube. Genuine Innovations has come out with a micro pump with an identity crisis, it’s a CO2 inflator and pump in one. It […]

2001 NAPA VALLEY WORLD CUP RESULTS

2001 NAPA VALLEY WORLD CUP RESULTS ELITE/PRO MEN XC RESULTS 1?HERMIDA, Jose ESP BIANCHI MOTOREX 2?HANISCH, Marc GER ORBEA 3?BUI, Marco ITA A.S. MARIN HELLY HANSEN 4?DUPOUEY, Christophe FRA GIANT BICYCLES 5?FUMIC, Lado GER T-MOBILE 6?VOLLET, Gregory FRA CREUSE OXYGENE 7?BRENTJENS, Bart NED GIANT BICYCLES 8?MEIRHAEGHE, Filip BEL SPECIALIZED 9?ROWNEY, Paul AUS YETI/PEARL IZUMI 10?HESJEDAL, […]

FOX UNVEILS PRODUCTION SUSPENSION FORK–APRIL 5

FOX UNVEILS PRODUCTION SUSPENSION FORK–APRIL 5 By Richard Cunningham On April fifth, with the World Cup venue at Domain Chandon winery as a backdrop, Bob Fox, president of Fox Racing Shox, made a short speech, announcing the company was entering the high-end fork market. Few mountain bike insiders were taken by surprise by the move. […]

CANNONDALE TO RACE MANITOU FORKS–APRIL 3

CANNONDALE TO RACE MANITOU FORKS–APRIL 3 In a move that doesn’t really surprise the industry, after seeing the team race them at the Sea Otter Classic, Cannondale has officially announced that their team will be racing on the Manitou Dorado 180DH downhill fork. The Dorado is arguably one of the best gravity forks, works or […]

CANNONDALE TO RACE MANITOU FORKS

CANNONDALE TO RACE MANITOU FORKS In a move that doesn?t really surprise the industry, after seeing the team race them at the Sea Otter Classic, Cannondale has officially announced that their team will be racing on the Manitou Dorado 180DH downhill fork. The Dorado is arguably one of the best gravity forks, works or otherwise, […]

SEA OTTER RACE RESULTS–MARCH 26

SEA OTTER RACE RESULTS–MARCH 26 Seagate Pro/Elite Mountain Bike Stage Race – Stage Three (Final) MEN 1. Bart Brentjens (NED, Giant) 2.48’30”, 2. Roland Green (CAN, Trek/Volkswagen) at 36″, 3. Bas Van Doren (NED, Specialized) at 50″, 4. Cadel Evans (AUS, Volvo/Cannondale) at 1’11”, 5. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN, Subaru – Gary Fisher) at 1’36” WOMEN […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 3–MARCH 23

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 3–MARCH 23 I woke up at seven to get ready for the 8am downhill practice only to find that my bike had decided to stop shifting. I coasted two runs and scoped a couple of lines that I’ll try later. The DH course is a Double A BMX racers dream. It’s […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS–DAY 3–MARCH 23

SEA OTTER JOURNALS–DAY 3–MARCH 23 I woke up at seven to get ready for the 8am downhill practice only to find that my bike had decided to stop shifting. I coasted two runs and scoped a couple of lines that I?ll try later. The DH course is a Double A BMX racers dream. It’s super […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 4–MARCH 24

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 4–MARCH 24 Today is slalom day. Practice got going at 9am but I didn?t get on the course to nearly 10am because of some last minute drivetrain maintenance. It was a good course. It wasn?t as pedal intensive as last year but I was still panting at the end of each […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 5–MARCH 25

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 5–MARCH 25 It’s the last and busiest day of the Otter. I have DH practice at seven in the morning. Can?t they ever let me sleep? Practice went well and I nailed most of my race run, except for a super easy off camber corner that cost me like 20 seconds […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 2–MARCH 22

SEA OTTER JOURNALS DAY 2–MARCH 22 By Chris Firth Since yesterday’s entry was done around one in the morning, I guess that this entry technically counts as the same day. Jimmy Mac and I arrived at the Otter around noon. So I decided to skip the last hour of the infamously easy downhill run. Instead […]

SEA OTTER JOURNALS-MARCH 21, DAY 1

SEA OTTER JOURNALS-MARCH 21, DAY 1 By Chris Firth I’ve been running around trying to get my bike, gear and camera supplies together at the last minute just like the rest of the industry. Because it’s an early preseason race, the Sea Otter always has the industry, and me, scrambling. My bike, the MBA slalom […]

CONSIDER THIS AN APOLOGY!

CONSIDER THIS AN APOLOGY! Suspension for a mountain bike is a stupid idea. All the suspension a mountain biker needs is right here: you got ten inches in your arms and ten inches in your legs. –Richard Cunningham, addressing the Orange County Wheelmen cycling club about the new sport of mountain biking in 1983. Anyone […]

WADE BOOTES’ NEW SLALOM BIKES

WADE BOOTES’ NEW SLALOM BIKES The Trek/Volkswagon cross-country racers will have a quiver of bikes to choose from this season, depending on the course type and conditions. Not to be left out, so will their Dual world champion, Wade Bootes. We have the exclusive first photos of Wade’s two new slalom rides being built and […]

SRAM Trigger Shifters

SRAM Trigger Shifters Finally, we’ve gotten our hands on the long awaited SRAM trigger shifters and they look like they were worth waiting for. They should be ideal for riders who just can’t seem to get comfortable with the idea of twist shifting but want an option to Shimano. They look a little strange compared […]

Atomic Aircorp Pedals

Atomic Aircorp Pedals Mike from Atomic Laboratories just sent us these great platforms. They feature adjustable setscrew pins to let the rider fine tune the traction. The pedals feature high quality German bearings so these should last you a long, long time. There is also an anti-spin bushing that stops the pedal from spinning when […]

Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen

Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen So I know all of you are thinking, “Why is there ramen in here?” Well most of us have to eat this stuff on long road trips or after we buy new bikes. I stumbled across this new flavor and it’s renewed my forgotten longing for this economical yet tasty sodium […]

Maxxis 24×2.7-inch Tires

Maxxis 24×2.7-inch Tires We just got a set of these new twenty-four inch treads from Maxxis. Although the jury is still out whether or not the smaller tire in the back is really any advantage or not, there are still tons of riders out there riding them. The smaller tire in the rear is becoming […]

Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes

Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes This is the new clipless BMX/dual/downhill shoe from Shimano. It’s stiff enough to pedal well in clipless without loosing the input from the pedal, like so many other shoes. The recessed cleat lets the shoes sit directly on DX clipless pedals. You can actually ride on the pedal for a little bit […]

AXO Vertigo Shoe

AXO Vertigo Shoe If you’re looking for a shoe with added ankle support, this may be it. Although it claims to be a recreational shoe, it’s a top choice for trailriding, aggressive freeriding and downhill. The recessed cleat makes it easy to walk and the rubber soles give you pretty good traction. They might get […]

SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull

SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull Just thought we?d do a quick review and comparison of two of our favorite energy drinks. SoBe Adrenaline Rush tastes great, kind of like grapefruit juice and gingerale. Our test supply quickly became a morning favorite. RedBull has a unique taste, something like liquid Smartees. But it has this weird […]

CANNONDALE UNVEILS THE GEMINI—MARCH 13

CANNONDALE UNVEILS THE GEMINI?MARCH 13 (Click on photo) MBA scooped the rest of the best when we announced Cannondales Scalpel: a 22-pound XC racer that integrates every trick in the short-travel, dual-suspension book into one fine-riding chassis (read it at www.mbaction.com). The official debut of the Scalpel will be at the Sea Otter race in […]

SINISALO OUTFITS TEAM BE ONE

SINISALO OUTFITS TEAM BE ONE A famous motocross company is jumping into the mountain bike World Cup series. Sinisalo is one of Motocross Action Magazine’s favorite clothing outfitters. We learned through the grape vine that the Finnish firm may be entering the mountain bike industry this year and were happy to find confirmation in the […]

IMBA Announces 2001 Trailbuilding School Schedule

IMBA Announces 2001 Trailbuilding School Schedule Want to learn how to build sweet trails that will weather heavy use, water and the test of time? Join IMBA at a 2001 Trailbuilding School near you. Hosted by an IMBA affiliated club, most trail schools use a two-day format. Each school combines classroom training, on-trail assessment and […]

RONNING AND KOVARIK JUMP OVER A TRAIN–MAR 6

RONNING AND KOVARIK JUMP OVER A TRAIN–MAR 6 (Provided by Kathy Sessler) Word from Australia is that Michael Ronning and Chris Kovarik were shooting a Fox video and did a spectacular 50-foot jump over a gap containing a moving train! Problem was with the length of the run out of the landing. Apparently it was […]

KOVARIK DOMINATES AUSSIE FINAL-MARCH 2

KOVARIK DOMINATES AUSSIE FINAL-MARCH 2 (Courtesy of Jennifer Gabrielli/Spy Optics) Chris Kovarik (Intense Cycles/Spy Optic) has done it again, bringing home his second consecutive Australian National Title. Kovarik beat out Jared Rando (2nd) and Nathan Rennie (3rd) to take top honors at the one-day title race in Mt. Buller, Victoria. Kovarik’s agent, Mal Dalton described […]