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 […]

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 […]