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Check Out the New Race Face Turbine R35 Wheelset

Starting with an RF-designed lightweight, stiff and durable 6069 welded Alloy rim with a dirt hugging 35mm inner width gives you a traction-optimized setup for wider tires (2.4-2.8). A 4.5mm offset spoke bed laced with reliable, double-butted straight pull spokes provides ideal wheel stiffness, strength, and overall tension balance. The specially designed rim bead means easy tubeless setup and optimal wheel security as you rip through the turns.

Nino Rules as Racing Resumes in Europe

(Nino Schurter/SCOTT-SRAM, photo by EGO Promotions)      The Swiss Cup in Leukerbad, Switzerland was held before a limited audience, due to health concerns over COVID-19, but it was still an impressive race. Nino Schurter won the Elite Men’s event, which was no surprise, since he’s the reigning (and eight-time) Elite Men’s XC World Champion, […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Action, April 2000

Our April 2000 cover showed a variety of bikes, including the Foes DHS, the Mountain Cycles San Andreas and the Cannondale Jekyll. The test rider on the Foes was Toby Henderson, who is now the CEO of Box Components. Ron Koch, who now works for Pivot Cycles, was our test rider on the Giant NRS […]

MBA Test Rider Battles COVID-19

  We saw on social media the other day that former MBA test rider Moe Hutchison was getting over a long bout with the coronavirus. We called him on the phone and asked him what it was like: What made you think you might have COVID-19? I actually thought I had the regular flu for […]

Throwback Thursday: Ray’s MTB, Cleveland, Ohio, January 2009

We shot this photo of a dad teaching his son riding skills at Ray’s MTB ( Cleveland, Ohio, in January 2009. The indoor mountain bike park was the creation of Ray Petro, who opened the park on Thanksgiving weekend in 2004, and it’s still open today. MBA’s John Ker, who shot the photo, spent almost […]

Throwback Thursday: Fat Biking in the Polar Vortex

 We posted this five years ago, in December 2014. We’re talking about some serious cold winter riding here: When the “Polar Vortex” came down from the Arctic Circle last winter, it brought the coldest temperatures seen in years to the Midwest. It so happened that there was a bike race at the same time. Dave Gray […]


Both mountain and road cyclists are famous for wanting to trim weight from their bikes. Unfortunately, it can cost thousands of dollars to make bikes even a few pounds lighter. It’s said that riders should do whatever they can to reduce their own weight first. For that reason, we decided to explore one of the […]

Could Eating More Salt Make You a Better Mountain Biker?

      By John Ker/Mountain Bike Action      In his book, “The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong—and How Eating More Might Save Your Life, ” Dr. James DiNicolantonio says that cutting salt from our diets has actually worsened the problem it was supposed to prevent: high blood pressure. He […]

The Martin Maes Suspension

Earlier this year, Martin Maes was dominating the Enduro World Series. He had won the first three races of the year. Then things changed. Above: Martin Maes’s leg, with the cut that brought about his problems. What follows is the statement from GT that was released in June: “We wanted to share some news on […]


Four new people have been elected to join the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in September. Below are the biographies of the “inductee-elects” as reported on the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website. The four inductee-elects won’t officially become members of the Hall of Fame until the induction ceremony is held in September. Tickets for […]