Cannondale F-700

Cannondale F-700 Date: August 1999 Price: $1200 Purpose: Hardtail, sport XC racer Home Phone: (800) 726-2453 B Value A Weight?23.25 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?2.5″ HeadShok Fatty B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Cannondale’s mid-priced HeadShok lacks the wheel travel and valving to back up […]

Cannondale V-500

Cannondale V-500 Date: July 1999 Price: $1399 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (203) 749-7000 C Value C Weight?28 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?2.7″ HeadShok Fatty B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla shock, monoshock swingarm,               4″ travel C Component selection C Climbing efficiency C Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: After producing the V 500 […]

Cannondale Super Raven

Cannondale Super Raven Date: July 1999 Price: $4200 Purpose: Dual-suspension, sport XC racer Home Phone: (203) 749-7000 C Value A Weight?23.5 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?4″ Lefty single-sided strut B Rear suspension?Fox Air Float RC shock, monoshock                swingarm, 4″ travel B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess […]

Fat Chance Yo Eddie

Fat Chance Yo Eddie Date: December 1999 Price: $4100 ($1150?frame only) Purpose: Hardtail, XC racer Home phone: (802) 888-8800 C Value A Weight?22.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?3″ RockShox SID SL A Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: $4100 is a lot to shell out for […]

Foes DH-S

Foes DH-S Date: June 2000 Price: $2499 (frame only) Purpose: Dual-suspension, DH racer Home Phone: (626) 683-8368 C Value D Weight?45 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?8″ Foes Racing F-1 A Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla RC shock,               monoshock/scissor-link, 8″ travel A Component selection F Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: An […]

Cannondale Jekyll 3000 SL

Cannondale Jekyll 3000 SL Date: June 2000 Price: $3200 Purpose: Dual-suspension, Sport XC racer Home phone: (203) 749-7000 B Value A Weight?24-pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?70mm travel Fatty Ultra HeadShok A Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla Air Float, monoshock,               4.7″ wheel travel. B Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s […]

Trek 7000

Trek 7000 Date: December 1999 Price: $1000 Purpose: Hardtail, sport XC racer Home phone: (800) 369-8735 A Value B Weight?25 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?3″ Manitou SX A Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: The 7000 is a great value for the heap of performance you […]

Tomac 204 Magnum

Tomac 204 Magnum Date: October 1999 Price: $3000 (frame and shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension DH racer Home Phone: (303) 443-0143 C Value NA Weight A Frame design A Fork performance?7″ Manitou X-Vert C A Rear suspension?Manitou MRD shock, Parallel link/4-bar,               8″ travel NA Component selection D Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: […]

Dirt Works Cannibal

Dirt Works Cannibal Date: June 1999 Price: $1395 (frame and Shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (949) 472-1200 C Value B Weight?25.25 pounds A Frame design C Fork performance?3″ RST XMO B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla Float RC shock, 4-Bar               linkage, 3.25″ travel B Component selection C Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s […]

Ibis Bow Ti

Ibis Bow Ti Date: September 1999 Price: $3,950 (frame and shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike/XC racer Home Phone: (800) 222-7557 D Value A Weight?23 pounds A Frame design C Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC A Rear suspension?Fox ALPS shock, pivotless               ?Sweet Spot,? 5″ travel B Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess […]

Gary Fisher Big Sur

Gary Fisher Big Sur Date: October 1999 Price: $929 Purpose: Hardtail, sport/racer Home Phone: (800) 473-4743 A Value B Weight?26.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3? RockShox Judy XC B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Fisher’s long top tube and short chainstay geometry makes this sporty […]

Trek 8900

Trek 8900 Date: August 1999 Price: $1999 Purpose: Hardtail, sport, XC racer Home Phone: (920) 478-2191 B Value B Weight?24.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: No bad habits, a race-proven chassis and powerful Hayes disc brakes […]

Fisher Joshua F-3

Fisher Joshua F-3 Date: July 1999 Price: $1300 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (920) 478-2191 B Value C Weight?27.5 pounds C Frame design B Fork performance?3″ Manitou SX C Rear suspension?RockShox Deluxe w/remote lockout,               URT swingarm, 3.75″ travel B Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: You?ll love this […]

DBR Zetec Comp

DBR Zetec Comp Date: June 1999 Price: $899 Purpose: Hardtail, trailbike Home Phone: (661) 484-4450 A Value C Weight?26.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?2.6″ RockShox Judy B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: This well-appointed, entry-level hardtail is a versatile-handling trailbike. Its aluminum chassis has modern, […]

Trek VRX 300

Trek VRX 300 Date: July 1999 Price: $1399 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (920) 478-2191 B Value C Weight?28.5 pounds C Frame design B Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla shock, cantilever               wingarm, rising-rate linkage, 4.25″/5.25″ travel B Component selection C Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: The […]

Norco Nitro

Norco Nitro Date: June 1999 Price: $890 Purpose: Hardtail, trailbike Home Phone: (800) 222-7557 B Value C Weight?27.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?2.7″ Marzocchi Z.4 B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Norco delivers a heavy but well-mannered trailbike that scores well in every category. Its […]

Marin Rocky Ridge

Marin Rocky Ridge Date: June 1999 Price: $895 Purpose: Hardtail, sport/XC racer Home Phone: (415) 382-6000 B Value B Weight?24 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ Manitou Spyder-R B Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Switch to lower handlebars and grippier tires and you?ll boost the Marin’s […]

DeKerf Team ST

DeKerf Team ST Date: September, 1999 Price: $1499 (frame only) Purpose: Soft-tail, XC Racer Home Phone: (604) 872-1722 C Value B Weight?4.75 pounds (frame) A Frame design A Fork performance?2.5? RockShox SID C Rear suspension?coil spring, pivotless soft-tail,               1″ travel A Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: DeKerf […]

Curtlo 24-Hour

Curtlo 24-Hour Date: September 1999 Price: (Special order) Purpose: Hardtail, XC racer/trailbike Home Phone: (509) 996-8266 C Value B Weight?24.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?3″ Manitou SX-Ti B Component selection B Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: A custom-built hardtail with easy, predictable handling traits. Hayes Disc brakes turn […]

Aeon Isis

Aeon Isis Date: February 2000 Price: $1395 (frame only) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (800) 222-7557 C Value A Weight?24.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?2.8″ RockShox SID Race B Rear suspension?Stratos AR-1 shock, monoshock               swingarm, 4″ travel A Component selection B Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: The Isis […]

Cannondale Super V 800

Cannondale Super V 800 Date: February 2000 Price: $1350 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (800) 429-8464 B Value: B B Weight?28.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ HeadShok Super Fatty B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla shock, Monoshock swingarm,               4″ travel. B Component selection C Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Poor […]

WASHINGTON VS. CALIFORNIA: WHO WINS?

WASHINGTON VS. CALIFORNIA: WHO WINS? By Eddie Rea Eddie is a good friend of mine and asked to write my column this week. Check it out. RC On a recent visit back to California, I hooked up with a few good friends for a reunion mountain bike ride. After handshakes and hugs, the gang agreed […]

2001 NORBA, AMBC AND WORLD CUP SCHEDULES!

2001 NORBA, AMBC AND WORLD CUP SCHEDULES! THE 2001 NORBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES May 31-June 3 Snow Summit Resort Big Bear Lake, California June 21-24 Snowshoe Resort Snowshoe, West Virginia June 28-July 1 Deer Valley Resort Park City, Utah July 19-22 Mammoth Mountain Resort Mammoth Lakes, California August 16-19 Mount Snow Resort Mount Snow, Vermont […]

MARTINEZ AND PEZZO WIN GOLD IN OLYMPICS

MARTINEZ AND PEZZO WIN GOLD IN OLYMPICS Miguel Martinez and Paola Pezzo won the gold medals in the Olympic mountain biking race in Sydney, Australia, on a course that sixth place finisher Thomas Frischknecht was quoted as saying was the best course he’s ever raced on in ten years of mountain biking. Filip Meirhaeghe and […]

MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK

MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK Big travel and high-performance damping Manitou’s long-travel X-Vert forks are designed for mountain bikers on the edge?downhillers, freeriders, or any serious enthusiast who strays from the groomed singletracks that most mountain bikers adhere to. The X-Vert Air is the lightest of the series at 3.8 pounds and has 4.1 inches of […]

ALISON DUNLAP’S OLYMPIC DIARY-SEPTEMBER 20

ALISON DUNLAP’S OLYMPIC DIARY-SEPTEMBER 20 By John Ker Olympic cyclist Alison Dunlap is writing a diary of her Olympic experiences that will appear in the January 2001 issue of Mountain Bike Action. The issue will be available on newsstands November 30, and to subscribers and select bike shops up to two weeks earlier. Alison left […]

GT i-DRIVE TEAM

GT i-DRIVE TEAM How MBA got its hands on GT’s 2001 i-Drive Team this early is a mystery even to us. The lightweight (really) i-Drive stole the show when GT unveiled it to the press this summer. Few aspects of this racer-only chassis remain unchanged from last year’s i-Drive models. In fact, the pressed-aluminum monocoque […]

WORLD CUP WRAP UP!

WORLD CUP WRAP UP! Anne-Caroline Chausson clinches double titles; Vouilloz and Lopes win theirs; and the cross-country titles come down to the wire. In the world of mountain bike racing, its clear that we?ve been witnessing one of the most dramatic dominations of the sport in history. No one else on record can match the […]

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 […]