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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 […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Biking Near Bend, Oregon

Our friends at Cogwild Adventures took us mountain biking in the hills all around  Bend, Oregon. This was one of the many memorable places. If you look closely you’ll see two riders above the top of the cliff riding the ridgeline on one of the trails. The scenery was epic. Photo: John Ker/Mountain Bike Action

Throwback Thursday: Pedalfest Racing, 2014

 It’s hard to believe this was five years ago. This was from one of the Pedalfest races from May of 2014. The 2019 Pedalfest race series concludes this week.  The final race of the season takes place today (Thursday, June 13th) with most of the classes starting shortly after 6 p.m. (Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action)

Throwback Thursday: Never Too Old—Ned Overend in 2011

Ned Overend was still racing against the top cross-country pros in America in 2011, when we snapped this photo of him competing in Sun Valley, Idaho, at the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships. As a matter of fact, Ned is still racing in the pro class today, eight years later. We expect Ned will […]