MAN-O-METER

MAN-O-METER Are you ready to take the challenge. Here is how the Man-o-meter works. Email us your most “manly” or “womanly” mountain bike stories and we will sit around and choose a few to post to this page. For example………..You fixed five flats in less than two hours while singing the National Anthem and wearing […]

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK!

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK! Less than a month after RockShox announced that their BlackBox factory forks were designated for a handful of world-class pros, the first production versions were being advertised for sale. MBA’s test staff got a chance to test ride the first copies of the fabled, metallic gold superfork at home, and on […]

WORLD CUP CROSS-COUNTRY #4–ST. WENDAL, GERMANY

WORLD CUP CROSS-COUNTRY #4–ST. WENDAL, GERMANY Race report By Charlie Livermore Eventually we will have to pay for the incredible luck we?ve had with the weather during this spring campaign here in central Europe. Like in Houffalize last week, summer-like conditions prevailed here today in St. Wendel, the host city for the 4th round of […]

GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS

GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS According to a Giant Bicycles statement published on its website, Jerome Chiotti and the company have mutually agreed to terminate their existing contract. In April the French magazine ?Velo Vert? published an interview with Jerome where he stated he used the banned substance EPO to win his 1996 cross-country […]

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE Straight out of Valencia, California is downhiller Caile Noble. The 17-year-old rider attends Valencia High and maintains a 3.0 GPA. His biggest school achievement was just last week, putting on a dirt jumping contest on Friday afternoon. Caile said his ASP director wanted to target students who were […]

RACING ON SUNDAY

RACING ON SUNDAY By Mike Cushionbury ?How?d ya do, Mike?? ?I beat Ron.? ?How?d you do Ron?? ?I double flatted and rode the last lap on just a front rim? *** ?Can I get by??      ?Earn it, pal. This is a race not a procession.? ?I?m not in your class, I?m three age groups […]

DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO

DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO Hayes had been manufacturing hydraulic disc brakes for the motorsport industry for decades before they turned their attention to developing the ultimate mountain bike braking system. Shimano, on the other hand, had only played with the concept, producing a limited supply of hydraulic rickshaw stoppers in the late ?70s. When […]

TARA LLANES SPEAKS UP

TARA LLANES SPEAKS UP Tara Llanes was on the phone from Boston’s Logan Airport. She had just bagged the Biker-Cross silver medal at the Winter X Games and was waiting to jet home to Southern California. Tara, now 23, has been racing mountain bikes for six years and BMX since she was a sprout. The […]

CHAIR LIFTS IN MOAB?

CHAIR LIFTS IN MOAB? Richard J. Cunningham By Richard Cunningham Ski lifts in the desert? The last time Moab’s climate was cold enough to attract skiers was ice ages ago. Two chair lifts have recently been constructed here on the fringes of town. I?ve heard all the threats about global warming, maybe there’s a sharp […]

IMBA’S PRESIDENT MEETS BILL CLINTON

IMBA’S PRESIDENT MEETS BILL CLINTON IMBA president Ashley Korenblat met with U.S. President Bill Clinton in mid March at the White House. Korenblat spoke with the President and key aides in the Oval Office about mountain biking in newly designated National Monuments such as the Grand Canyon Parashant in northern Arizona. Korenblat, who has served […]

WHY I STAYED HOME

WHY I STAYED HOME By Mike Cushionbury (with race update by Charlie Livermore)       Keeping it real at home in the Double-Wide again, cuz I got a lot to do, but the news never ends, so I got a few things this week. First off, did anyone catch the Much To Loud heavy metal video […]

STEVE TILFORD TO RIDE FOR CASTELLI CLOTHING?

STEVE TILFORD TO RIDE FOR CASTELLI CLOTHING? NORBA’s first ever cross-country National champion, Steve Tilford (1983) is being courted by Castelli to be its official sponsored rider in this year’s Single Speed Worlds. If the deal happens, Castelli would get Tilly to the race and outfit him in full team kit. It’s not official yet, […]

MORE ON CHIOTTI: MAY 1ST NEWS

MORE ON CHIOTTI: MAY 1ST NEWS Contrary to what was reported last week, Jerome Chiotti did not race in Belgium over the weekend. He has not been suspended nor fired from his team but elected on his own to sit this one out due to the controversery surrounding him since his admission a week ago […]

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO CHIOTTI?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO CHIOTTI? Mike Cushionbury It was only a matter of time before it had to happen. One of the top riders in the sport has come out and admitted to using performance enhancing drugs, not to just win a few races but to win the biggest race of all, the cross-country World […]

MOUNT SNOW UPDATE

MOUNT SNOW UPDATE To avoid any confusion, NORBA wants you to know that the new official dates for the Mount Snow, Vermont, National are June 23-25.  

ROCK SHOX MOVES TO COLORADO

ROCK SHOX MOVES TO COLORADO RockShox has announced this week that it will move its’ corporate and manufacturing operations to Colorado Springs, Colorado. RockShox, which has been in Northern California since its inception in 1989, will move its Sales, Marketing, Engineering, Research and Development, Information Technology, Finance and Human Resources divisions from the Silicon Valley […]

CHIOTTI PLANS TO CONTINUE

CHIOTTI PLANS TO CONTINUE LATE BREAKING NEWS! Three days before the third round of the cross-country World Cup in Houffalize, Belgium this weekend, Giant rider Jerome Chiotti told the French daily newspaper “Lib?tion? that he wants to continue racing. Chiotti, who admitted to using EPO to win his 1996 World Championship (see related story) is […]

HANGING OUT WITH MISSY

HANGING OUT WITH MISSY Richard J. Cunningham Recently, Missy Giove dropped into MBA’s North tower. The main reason for her visit was to photograph the new team in their ?01 regalia. While John Ker was setting up for the shoot, the Missile, my new dog Capulin and I stole away for a walk. Missy, a […]

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ADMITS TO USING

FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ADMITS TO USING In an announcement that could throw mountain bike racing back into the scandalous dark ages of road racing,1996 World Champion and two-time Tour of the Rockies winner Jerome Chiotti of France recently admitted he used EPO to win his ?96 cross-country mountain bike World Championship. EPO is a drug […]

THIS WEEKS NEWS: SOME GOOD, SOME TERRIBLE

THIS WEEKS NEWS: SOME GOOD, SOME TERRIBLE By Mike Cushionbury The double-wide trailer is in the garage. It is sitting down, sad, confused and unwilling to move to the next race after the bad news that hit the mountain bike community this week. That news is the confession of Former World Champion, Jerome Chiotti that […]

RIDING WITH A RACING GREAT…V V A

RIDING WITH A RACING GREAT…V V A By Mike Cushionbury About a week ago I pulled the double-wide into the MBA Castle, took a nap listening to Loudness and then went on a magical ride. Victor Vincente of America stopped by the offices in search of fun singletrack. Richard C, Pat (our photo guru), Basher […]

PALMER TO DO PIKE’S PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

PALMER TO DO PIKE’S PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB While Shaun Palmer news items are few and far between since his ?retirement? from downhill mountain bike racing, we did get word of this little gem: Palmer is planning to do the Pike? Peak Hill Climb in a Cadillac. This legendary hill climb in Colorado is a […]

100 YEARS OF GLORY!

100 YEARS OF GLORY! The official governing body if international bicycle racing, the UCI, officially celebrated its 100th birthday last Friday and to mark the event, some of the sports greatest former racers traveled to UCI headquarters in Switzerland to ride from Paris to Lausanne. While the event was heavily salted with road greats such […]

VAIL ULTRA 100

VAIL ULTRA 100 If you think you are the hardest, baddest rider in your town, then maybe you need a new challenge. How about the Vail Ultra 100, a 100-mile mountain bike race with 13,000 feet of climbing that takes racers from the town of Vail, Colorado, 50 miles west over Red and White Mountain, […]

RIDING WITH TWO COULD-BE PRESIDENTS

RIDING WITH TWO COULD-BE PRESIDENTS Richard J. Cunningham ?OK Mister Vice President,? I laughed, ?you can take your secret servicemen along, but please choose a couple that have some cycling skills.? Al Gore, dressed in a navy blue Fila jogging suit and white cross training shoes, was preparing for a mountain bike ride in the […]

WHY SHAUMS MARCH WAS LET GO FROM SCHWINN

WHY SHAUMS MARCH WAS LET GO FROM SCHWINN SHAUMS TALKS ABOUT HIS SITUATION Most professional racers are busy preparing for the new season by dialing in their bikes and focusing fully on training. Not Shaums March. The Schwinn-Toyota factory downhill pro (and one-time NORBA National winner) was suddenly fired from the team about a week […]

MAY MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION

MAY MOUNTAIN BIKE ACTION Check out the cool features in the May 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.

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16TH

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16TH Mike Cushionbury By Mike Cushionbury I’m finally back to the country where I belong. I made it out of Mexico without a problem, but halfway home the dually blew its exhaust manifold so the mansion came to rest on interstate five south. Luckily, So-Be’s Matt Bottomly passed […]

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK Shimano isn’t telling anyone jack about its new downhill fork other than it exists and that Mike King of the Haro-Lee Dungaree’s team is using it. We can confidently say the fork is being made by Kowa of Japan and is an open-bath design. Close observation reveals no tabs for […]

FIRST PHOTOS OF SPECIALIZED’S TUBELESS TIRES

FIRST PHOTOS OF SPECIALIZED’S TUBELESS TIRES At the Napa World Cup, we spied these prototype tubeless tires on Specialized FSR of Ben Capron. Since the tires are 2001 product still in the development stages, Specialized wouldn’t give out many details. But we did find out that the tires are UST, meaning they are part of […]