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  JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: KYLE STRAIT How do you spell chaotic? Junior Development Team Devo spells it “Kayodic” Kyle Strait. Kyle was picked up for Devo’s “B” Team in March 1999, during the Sea Otter Classic, when he was just 11 years old. Although finishing 41st out of all the 78 juniors, Kyle […]

Behind the Scenes: Downhill MTB on steepest World Cup Ski Course

Max Stöckl is used to breaking speed records on a mountain bike, however the daredevil from Oberndorf had not encountered anything like the legendary Hahnenkamm downhill course before. The 43-year-old rode down the 3312 metre piste with a spine-chilling 27% average gradient on a regular mountain bike that you could buy from the shops and put together, incorporating […]

Review – Cannondale Trigger 2

Built for big ups and big downs The Trigger was introduced nearly five years ago as one of Cannondale’s OverMountain-series bikes. It was built around the idea that you could have two bikes in one and switch between the two with the flip of a switch. That original bike used a pull-style shock and had […]

Review – Pivot Mach 5.5

Evolution of a Pivot Original Favorite   When Pivot was founded back in 2008, it only had two bikes in its lineup—the Mach 4 and the Mach 5. The former was built as an XC rig, but the latter was the more popular trailbike, with lightweight construction, a bit more travel and—gasp!—26-inch wheels. Well, Pivot […]

Tested – Giant XTC Advanced +

Big Tires and Big Performance When Giant decided to design a plus-sized hardtail, they didn’t want another me-too bike in its line—one that was built from boring materials with lackluster performance. Instead, Giant decided to throw nearly all its technologies into a bike that, while it is intended for fun riding and trekking, wouldn’t look […]

Understanding Frame Geometry

Why Your New Bike Rides Better Than Your Old One The phrase “long, low and slack” is often thrown around when talking about the latest and greatest mountain bikes, even in many of our bike tests. What does it really mean? The modern mountain bike has very little in common with the earliest mountain bikes, […]

Tested – TRP G-Spec Quadiem Brakes

Designed by the Fastest  Aaron Gwin quickly became one of the most recognizable names in mountain biking when he burst onto the scene almost a decade ago. During his very successful run on the World Cup circuit, he’s run many different brakes from several different manufacturers. Over the years, Gwin has seen his fair share […]

Tested – XPEDO GFX Pedals

Clips with plenty of grip Xpedo has over 30 years of experience designing and manufacturing pedals for every kind of rider—from daily commuters to hard-core racers. If you’re in the market for pedals, especially for your mountain bike, then Xpedo has you covered. They offer a wide variety of pedals—from platforms to clip-ins and everything […]

Teaching Your Kids to Ride with Eric Porter

Tips from Eric Porter, professional dad A “rad dad” refers to a father who, despite getting older, continues to go out and get rad. We have plenty of rad parents who read MBA every month. If you have kids, then you’re likely one of them. Each month these parents send us killer photos from around the […]

Tested – Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5+

Designed Specifically for a Trail Near You It’s not often a company revamps its entire lineup in just one year, but if there’s one company that can do it, it’s Trek. Trek Bicycles was established in 1976 when just five employees built over 900 frames in a southern Wisconsin barn during their first year of […]

Bikepacking Alaska with Eric Porter

Words by Eric Porter / Photos by Mason Mashon Alaska is a special place. It’s hard to get to, doesn’t care if you are there and will spit you out if you’re not careful. It’s also the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and, as always, an earned reward is better than one easily gained. […]

Tested – Wolf Tooth B-Rad System

A Pack-Less Solution It seems like over the past few years hydration packs have become uncool. Every year we see more and more clever ways for carrying riding essentials—from integrated tools to bib shorts with pockets and even downtube storage compartments. The MBA crew knows the value of carrying everything we need for a ride, […]

Tested – SKS RideAir Inflator

Easy-breezy tubeless tire seating SKS brought its RideAir system all the way from Germany to solve the tubeless-tire-seating problems of riders everywhere. The aluminum tube is designed to be pressurized with an ordinary floor pump so that those ready-to-play air molecules can be released into any inflatable device. For mountain bikers, this is of particular […]

Tested – CushCore Foam Tires Inserts

Make Pinch Flats a Thing of the Past CushCore is a Bend, Oregon, company bringing a patent-pending system to the bike world that they claim will not only eliminate pinch flats but also dramatically improve the ride quality of any mountain bike tire. The system is similar to the foam rim liners that have been […]

Tested – Airborne Plague

A Sick Deal Mailed to Your Front Door Purchasing a bike online seems to become more popular every year; however, it’s not exactly a new idea. Airborne was founded in 1997 and was an early pioneer in selling bikes direct to consumers. Airborne later relaunched itself in 2010 with a new crew focused on building […]

Tested – X-Fusion Manic Dropperpost

Drop Your Saddle; Drop the Price A dropper post will drastically change the way you ride your bike, whether you’re an enduro ripper or a cross-country racer; and, while many bikes come with a dropper post pre-installed, there are a few bikes on the market that still lack them. This is often done to keep […]

Production Bikes are Better Than Prototypes

Production Bikes Are Better Than Prototypes By Mike Wirth There is a very good reason companies build prototype bikes. They build the latest and greatest to push the envelope of development. They then give those prototypes to the fastest riders in the world for riding and racing. It’s true that those prototypes are some of […]

Tested – Michelin Force XC 29×2.25″ Tires

From Cars to Mountain Bikes Michelin is one of the oldest and most recognizable tire companies on the planet, making treads for everything from cars and motorcycles to bicycles. Michelin has been operating in France since the late 1800s and has a long history in cycling. Over the years its tires have evolved, and while […]


Frames for Every Occasion Glasses are almost as important as helmets in our minds. When it comes to protecting anything on our head, we prefer to go all in and leave as little to chance as possible. Riding glasses are about as personal as it gets when it comes to preference, but if we can […]