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Rear Derailleur Shootout, MBA, November, 1986

In looking over our second issue of MBA, dated November 1986,  we came upon this shootout of five rear derailleurs from almost 35 years ago. The article was written by future MBA editor Richard Cunningham, who was still making a living designing and building bikes under his own Mantis label back then. If you zoom […]

A Tribute to Roy Wallack from His Son

Well-known mountain bike journalist, competitor and author Roy M. Wallack died following a crash on his mountain bike this past Saturday. His son, Joey, shared a tribute to his dad with some memories of their life and travels together: Joey (left) and his dad, the late Roy Wallack. (Photo courtesy Joey Wallack) “To many, my […]

Mountain Bike Action Test Rider Talks About His Wild Ride on COVID-19, Getting So Sick He Thought He Might Die (Updated from April 10, 2020)

“I actually thought I had the regular flu for the first four days I was sick—fairly mild symptoms, very low fever, etc. But then on the fifth day it really took off! I was alternating between very high fever and chills like I’ve never experienced before. I’m talking about being-under-thick- blankets-for-a-couple-hours-before-I-stopped-shivering kind of chills. This was also accompanied by aches all the way to my bones. It sounds odd, but my bones and joints hurt.”

Roy Wallack’s Last Ride

Mountain bike journalist and author Roy Wallack died Saturday following a crash on his bike at Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County, California. The cause of Roy’s death has not been revealed yet, as this is being written, but his friend Andy Petranek, who was with him on the ride, has speculated that Roy […]

Roy Wallack’s Mountain Bike Crash and Death: How It Happened

“We did our best to try to piece together what MIGHT have happened. There was no evidence on that section of the trail of any bump, rock, rut, gully, root, or anything… that would have knocked Roy off his bike to leave him in the state or position in which we found him – especially for a rider with the skill and experience Roy had.
One thing we speculated… that Roy, perhaps, had some sort of cardiac event before crashing that actually caused the crash. But this is total speculation… in all honesty, we have absolutely no idea what really happened – and might not ever . . . . ” —Andy Petranek

More Info on the $160,000 Specialized Headquarters Bike Burglary

  Above: Christoph Sauser’s 2008 World Championship-winning S-Works Epic was one of the 18 bikes stolen in the daylight burglary last Sunday. The total value of the bikes was estimated at $160,000 in the official police report. The thieves who burglarized the Specialized headquarters on Sunday, Dec. 13th, did so by breaking through a window […]


“About two weeks ago [ . . . ] I developed a bit of a cough that I originally attributed to some minor allergy-induced nasal congestion and drainage. Around the same time, I completely lost my sense of smell and taste.”—Joshua Murdock

Throwback Thursday: 30 Years Ago in MBA

Our December 1990 issue featured coverage of the NORBA National Championships final race, at Mammoth Mountain, California. That’s Bryson Martin on the cover of the issue. He was one of our test riders in those days. He’s the founder and CEO of DVO Suspension now. Susan DeMattei (left) took the women’s XC national title for […]

Throwback Thursday: Kirt Voreis and Steve Peat, April 2008

We’re going back to April 19, 2008, with this one. It was one of the coldest dual slalom races we’ve ever seen at the Sea Otter, but the action was as hot as usual. That’s Kirt Voreis on the inside line and Steve Peat on the outside line. If you check the specators, a lot […]

Throwback Thursday: 34 Years Ago in Mountain Bike Action

Trials champion Kevin Norton was photographed riding the Kuwahara Cougar for our November 1986 cover.   The legendary John Tomac was MBA’s test rider on the Jamis Dakar mountain bike. Tomac was one of our main test riders in the early years of MBA. Five years later “The Tomes” would  take the silver medal in […]

Elite Men’s and Women’s Downhill Results, Maribor World Cup, Round 1, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 (updated with comments from World Champion Reece Wilson)

The first round of the Maribor World Cup in Slovenia has been completed.  French riders dominated the top places on the podium, with the top three Elite Men and the top two Elite Women all being from France. The Elite Men’s top qualifier in timed runs this week at Maribor—newly crowned 2020 Downhill World Champion […]

World Cup Downhill: Timed Qualifying Results at Maribor, Slovenia

The timed downhill qualifiers were held Thursday in preparation for the first of the two World Cup downhill races to be held this weekend in Maribor, Slovenia. The first race will be Friday. The second race will be Sunday. Australia’s Tracy Hannah was the fastest qualifier among the women, while Great Britain’s Reece Wilson, who […]

Kate Courtney’s Crash May Have Given Her a Concussion

Kate Courtney revealed on Instagram today that she thinks that she may have suffered a concussion in her high-speed crash during  her World Championship race on Saturday. She pulled out of the competition after the crash. The results showed her as a “DNF” (Did Not Finish) after the race was complete. Courtney was the 2018 […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Suspension from 30 Years Ago

Mountain bike pioneer Gary Fisher and motorcycle legend Mert Lawwill teamed up to produce this “radical”  Fisher RS-1 suspension bike in 1990. This story appeared in MBA’s  January 1991 issue. Mert used his experience designing motorcycle suspension systems to come up with the suspension design after riding his Pro Cruiser mountain bike down Mt. Tam […]