BACK TO MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS

BACK TO MY OLD STOMPING GROUNDS Richard J. Cunningham I spent most of my life behind the orange curtain. That’s a popular phrase used to describe Orange County by snooty metro-types from the East Coast or the Bay Area in Central, California. I moved North, and way from this bundle of coastal cities when I […]

LOW-BUCK, HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRAILBIKES

LOW-BUCK, HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRAILBIKES In our dreams, we all receive lucrative salaries; ride custom-made, dual-suspension trailbikes; and take time off whenever we so desire. In reality, however, most of us mountain bike enthusiasts are crunched for time and money. We are weekend warriors who would love to own a $4000 superbike?providing that it could be purchased […]

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: HUGO CHAVEZ

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: HUGO CHAVEZ Our junior rider of honor this week is 15 year-old Hugo Chavez of Tecate, Mexico. Hugo rides for Team Turbo out of San Luis, Potosi, Mexico. Team Turbo is the largest team in Mexico and the Junior World Cup race in Mazatlan, Mexico was Hugo’s first for the […]

MONSTER TRUCKS, DOCKERS AND FAT TIRES?

MONSTER TRUCKS, DOCKERS AND FAT TIRES? Richard J. Cunningham Are we really doomed if we can?t work out a television-friendly format for pro racing? The prevailing winds certainly blow in that direction. Ask virtually anyone from the corporate side of the sport: what is the single-most important item we need to grow mountain biking is, […]

IMBA CONTINUES TO GO GLOBAL!

IMBA CONTINUES TO GO GLOBAL! The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is working with the United Kingdom’s Forest Enterprise to develop key mountain bike parks for UK cyclists. The crew led two IMBA Trailbuilding Schools and several workdays in Wales and Scotland. These events will be followed by other cooperative projects that link IMBA, Forest Enterprise […]

MAZATLAN WORLD CUP: SYDOR AND FRUET WIN!

MAZATLAN WORLD CUP: SYDOR AND FRUET WIN! Mike Cushionbury Wow, what a weekend! Round two of the Tissot/UCI World Cup cross-country series arrived in the vacation resort of Mazatlan, Mexico. Located on the Pacific Ocean across the peninsula from Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan is a favorite for vacationers and spring breakers alike (the latter making […]

THE 20TH ANNUAL RESEDA TO THE SEA!

THE 20TH ANNUAL RESEDA TO THE SEA! Pat Carrigan Back in 1980, Victor Vincente Of America, the infamous guru of mountain biking began his underground group rides through the Santa Monica Mountains. The group was called the Topanga Riders, which put out a monthly bulletin announcing the local rides. Brian Skinner, Steve Boehmke (Rock Shox) […]

DOWN WITH THE ADVENTURE PASS

DOWN WITH THE ADVENTURE PASS Richard Cunningham           OK, here’s your chance to make a big difference in the way you and everyone else will experience the back country in the future. I am writing about the Federal Government’s Recreational Fee Demonstration Program–the ill conceived idea that everyone who parks a vehicle inside the […]

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE Good news for anti-hydraulic holdouts. Avid’s new cable actuated brake delivers the stopping power of hydraulic brakes like Shimano and Hayes, but it doesn’t quite attain their linear modulation. Avid was on hand at Kona Camp in Elba, Italy, where MBA’s editors got a chance to test the […]

ON THE ROAD IN MY MOBILE MANSION!

ON THE ROAD IN MY MOBILE MANSION! Mike Cushionbury Mike Cushionbury Everyone who rides surely knows at least one self-centered, leg-shavin’ goon who thinks he rides faster than he actually does. Well, I’m the one at Mbaction.com, the one who spends idle time looking up roady-boy results on the internet and hours discussing heart rates […]

CADEL EVANS OUT WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE!

CADEL EVANS OUT WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE! Volvo-Cannondale’s young phenom Cadel Evans broke his collarbone at the Friday-night street-relay races which kicked off the Napa World Cup racing weekend. During warm-up for the event, Cadel lofted his bike over some half-barrel bumps when the rear end of his bike kicked up, sending him over the […]

MAGURA’S NEW 2001 JULIE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE

MAGURA’S NEW 2001 JULIE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE While other disc brake makers continue to struggle with the cost efficiency of disc brakes by refining their already aged cable actuated brakes, Magura will be introducing a fully hydraulic brake in the year 2001 that will retail in the same price range as cable units. Marketed as […]

TECH NEWS

TECH NEWS Staff SHIMANO DISC BRAKES ARE READY Shimano’s much hyped Deore XT disc brakes are finally ready to hit retailers and we have a set! Early last fall, Shimano produced a few prototype versions of its disc brake system. We rode them and were happy with their performance and then they disappeared from sight […]

GETTING STARTED!

GETTING STARTED! Welcome to Fat Tire Topics. This page is dedicated to cool stuff going on in the world of dirt. For the big web launch we wanted to have some tips for new riders….if that is you, check out this article from IMBA. If you are a veteran rider, read it anyway. You just […]

WEEKLY RANT #1

WEEKLY RANT #1 Richard Cunningham I am not entirely fond of Instant Messages because they freeze up my word processing function until I respond to the prompts in the little blue box. I am a stream-of-consciousness typist, and AOL’s glitch causes me to lose a word or two before I realize the note is on […]

Sea Otter News

Sea Otter News Mike Cushionbury Everyone who rides surely knows at least one self-centered, leg-savin’ goon who thinks he rides faster than he actually does. Well, I’m the one at Mbaction.com, the one who spends idle time looking up roady-boy results on the internet and hours discussing heart rates and power outputs. Welcome to all […]

APRIL MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION

APRIL MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION Check out the cool features in the April issue of Mountain Bike Action. Write it all down…..get on your bike…..pedal down to your local newsstand…..buy it….get a cup of smooth Kona blend….and enjoy the dirt feast.