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Throwback Thursday: Pedalfest 2016, Lake Castaic, California

Racers battle up the hill in this shot from the Pedalfest race at Lake Castaic, California, in May 2016. The racing action returns to Lake Castaic  on Thursday afternoons from now through the next few weeks. The biggest races start right around 6 p.m. Photo by Brandon Castelli/Mountain Bike Action

Throwback Thursday: Finn Iles at Whistler, 2017

Finn Iles has risen to become one of the top downhill riders on the 2019 World Cup circuit. He’s also one of the first  such racers to use a 29/27.5 wheel combo on his race bike. This is a shot of him from the Whip-Off World Championship at Crankworx Whistler in 2017. Finn served notice […]

Throwback Thursday: Saddle Height, 1989

Mountain Bike Action editor Zapata Espinoza gave a demonstration 30 years ago of proper leg extension for mountain biking. The saddle position in our top photo here is a little too low, which can be seen by how much the left knee is bent. The leg bend and the saddle position in the second photo […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: MUD RACING AT THE SEA OTTER, 2006

The Sea Otter Classic returns to Monterey, California, next week.  Weather forecasters are saying there’s a 40% chance of rain next Friday for the event. Here’s some of the pro racing in 2006, when the Sea Otter pros had to deal with deep mud, even after the rain had stopped and the sun had come […]

Throwback Thursday: “The Blair Speed Project,” MBA, August 2000

The late Blair Lombardi was an amateur national champion in mountain biking who became one of the top mountain bike coaches in the world, coaching thousands of riders—including Gary Fisher and Missy Giove—to improve their riding skills for both racing and recreational riding. Recently, one of our readers wrote to us and asked us if […]

Throwback Thursday: Aaron Gwin vs. the Photographers

This was one of the scariest photos that MBA photographer John Ker has ever taken in nearly 30 years of mountain bike photography.  This was during the World Cup race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, nearly ten years ago. Aaron Gwin came flying over the jump in the photo at high speed,  heading straight for John and the […]

MORE FROM NAHBS

Perfect weather outside brought the crowds to Sacramento for the second day of the NAHBS event. Many of the bike brands at the NAHBS event are ones that many mountain bike enthusiasts have never heard of before, such as Black Cat. This bike by Black Cat won the award for best fillet frame in recognition […]

SMALL COMPANIES’ HANDMADE BIKES ARE THE BIG SHOW AT NAHBS

There are plenty of interesting bikes to be seen at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento, California, this weekend. This Olivetti bike (called the Wopcycle) looks like three different bikes depending on your angle of view. From the right side, it looks like a green bike. From the left side it looks like […]

NAHBS 2019

This Isen mountain bike has one of the most beautiful finishes of all the bikes on display at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Sacramento, California. Check back later this weekend for more photos. Check out www.nahbs.com for more info.

Throwback Thursday

Cam McCaul demonstrates his jumping skills at Bootleg Canyon, Nevada, in 2004. Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action   Martin Soderstrom pulls off a double tailwhip at Whistler, B.C., in the summer of 2009. Photo: JK/Mountain Bike Action  

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Gadgets and Gizmos from 30 Years Ago

Early disc brake: While disc brakes are the norm in 2019, they were very rare 30 years ago, when almost all mountain bike riders were using cantilever-style rim brakes. MBA spotted this primitive-looking disc brake at a mountain bike event in late 1988. “Both Magura and Mathauser have working units of their hydraulic brakes and […]

Throwback Thursday: People and Products from 30 Years Ago

Can you name these two riders?   The guy on the left is MBA editor Zapata Espinoza as he appeared in our February 1989 issue, and the guy next to him is John Parker, the man who started Yeti Cycles and convinced John Tomac and Missy Giove—two of the best riders on the planet—to ride […]

Throwback Thursday: The Bikes of 1989

In going through some back issues we found a buyer’s guide to the bikes of 1989. It’s easy to see how much mountain bikes have changed in the last 30 years. Notice for one thing the lack of front suspension, much less rear suspension. The first Rock Shox forks wouldn’t hit the market until later […]

Throwback Thursday: Fork Design, Circa 1989

Paul Turner hadn’t come out with the first Rock Shox suspension fork yet when Specialized came out with its Direct Drive fork, shown here as it was advertised in our February 1989 issue of Mountain Bike Action. The curved fork design allowed the fork to flex when it hit rough sections of trail, smoothing out […]

Aaron Gwin Announces That He’s Moving to Intense Cycles

We had been hearing about this for weeks, maybe even months. We had even questioned Aaron Gwin himself about the matter. He had told us he couldn’t reveal any information about his plans for 2019 until the end of January or he would stop receiving money from YT, who had been his sponsor for the […]

The Passing of a Mountain Bike Legend: Dan Hanebrink

The late Dan Hanebrink, as he appeared in our October 1994 issue with his aerodynamic downhill mountain bike. We are saddened to report that Dan Hanebrink has passed away in Big Bear, California, as a result of complications of leukemia, according to his family. Dan, who was about to turn 80 next month, was one […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Action Ads from 30 Years Ago

Diamond Back was one of the most popular BMX brands in the country, and they were apparently eager to capitalize on their popularity as mountain biking exploded in the the 1980s. Suntour was one of the most popular drivetrain systems in 1988. Haro Designs was famous for its creative approach to marketing and advertising. This […]

Throwback Thursday: Looking Back 30 Years

_ Back in 1988, Scott’s clip-on mountain bike handlebar extension allowed a rider to stretch out for a more aerodynamic position. It could be installed in minutes, but it didn’t really catch on. Try to find one of these items now. Joe Breeze built his first Breezer mountain bike in 1977. The bike now resides […]

Throwback Thursday: Bike Lights from 30 Years Ago

The bike and helmet lights of 30 years ago don’t look anything like the bike lights we find today. Check out this Brite-Lite from 1988 (above).Night Sun’s dual beam system (above) was designed so that it could be run as a single-beam flood or a more powerful flood-and-spotlight combo. Back in 1988, Night Sun was […]

Thanksgiving Throwback: Taking a Look Back to 2011

Danny MacAskill wowed the crowds at Whistler’s Crankworx event that year. (Photo by Mike Wirth/Mountain Bike Action)_ Brian Lopes (above) was still fast in 2011, but the year marked the end of his A-Line win streak at Whistler’s Crankworx festival. Lopes had won Whistler’s famous A-Line Downhill race in every one of the past five […]