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Video: Meet Bex Baraona

Meet Bex Baraona (Ibis press release) Bex Baraona is one of the fastest EWS racers in the world. This weekend at Round 7 in Finale Ligura, Bex won the final stage of the 2-day event and finished in 3rd place; her second EWS podium finish. The former UK National Champion recently moved to Innerleithen, Scotland, […]

First Look: 2021 Transition Scout and Sentinel Alloy

(Transition Press Release) After a short hiatus, the Sentinel and Scout are available with an alloy frame option and new spec. The all-new alloy frame matches the clean look and frame design of the carbon versions, with the same geo and character that has built their reputation. These bikes are ready to take anything you […]

Mammoth 50K PedalPalooza Race Report

  The 2021 Mammoth 50K PedalPalooza was an overwhelming success with many stories to be told. The course was a challenging 50 kilometers of mostly single track with several kilometers of fire road and asphalt. The course started at the ever-popular Village in Mammoth and as riders ascended up past Canyon Lodge riders weaved through […]

First Look: Devinci Spartan HP

  Devinci’s new high pivot enduro bike has been hiding in plain sight under the Devinci Global Racing Team in this season’s EWS races. Today, Devinci pulls the cover off the new 160mm travel Spartan HP and makes the bike officially available. It joins a growing list of designs that utilize a high pivot with […]

First Look: Mosaic Cycles GT-X Adventure Bikes

As riders push the boundaries of gravel riding bikes are being made for them that defy category definition.  Many can be considered a hardtail mountain bike depending on the build. Mosaic’s new GTX series is one of those bikes that really blurs the lines between gravel and mountain bike. With room for a 2.25″ tire, […]

10 MULTI-TOOL SHOWDOWN

We’ve said it before and we will say it again: when it comes to riding, having the right tools can make or break your day. If you are anything like us, we want to get to the trails as soon as possible without forgetting any essential gear. While it is good practice to never leave […]

First Ride Impressions: Yeti 160E

Yeti’s first e-mountain bike continues it legacy of race inspired designs   Yeti was one of the last mainstream mountain bike manufacturers without an e-mountain bike in its line but that changes today with the introduction of the 160E. According to Yeti they took their time to get it right and have been working hard […]

ROOTS, ROCKS & THE ROLL OF A FAT-TIRED LIFE

  John Tomac By Zap Over the course of the nearly four decades that Hi-Torque Publications has been producing MBA, the magazine has seen a handful of editors at the controls. For the first official monthly issue (November 1986), former pro motocrosser Eddie Arnet was elected to steer the ship. When Eddie returned to his […]

Custom Bike Giveaway Program Supports Trail Disaster Relief

(Press Release) Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has teamed with Paul Component Engineering and other notable cycling industry brands to build a pair of fully custom bicycles to raise funds and awareness for two local nonprofits working on disaster relief. The program, dubbed Sierra Trail Chasers, will give away two ultra-custom bicycles to highlight critical fundraising […]

Video: Hawgin’ the Chilcotins with Kenny Smith

To Send the Search is to be relentless in your hunt for epic. Kenny Smith and his ragtag crew are all-in on this 8-day adventure into the wild unknown. Hawgin’ the Chilcotins takes a band of brothers, drops them into a land of bears and insect armadas, and shows us what true “send-it-and-see” commitment looks […]

ENDURO BIKE ROUNDUP

While trail bikes reign supreme on many types of terrain, enduro bikes hold their own by offering similar versatility in a heavy-hitting package. With major improvements to enduro bikes being made every day, these downhill shredders retain a strong ability to climb back up the trails for round two. The ideal enduro bike is one […]

First Look: Giro Latch Shoes

Giro Sport Design has introduced an all new flat pedal shoe called Latch. Vibration and impact reducing Mute foam midsole construction combined with a grippy Tack rubber are claimed to increase grip, comfort and stability. Giro says that minimal seams and stitching make for increased durability too. A breathable upper and hydrophobic structure promote ventilation […]

Tire Tips From the Pros

What are the best kind of tires to use on your mountain bike? We called on some top people in the mountain bike world and got their opinions. Brian Lopes Advice from a four-time world champion Tire choice can be a complicated topic if you are someone who is really looking for that perfect setup. Not […]

First Look: Spinergy MTX Wheels

Spinergy has introduced a new MTX mountain bike line including the MTXe  – an E-bike specific wheelset. The MTXe was designed from the ground up for the demands placed on wheels by the new generation of power assist bicycles and uses its patented PBO Moto spokes. These larger diameter spokes were developed in a motorcycle […]

DEVINCI KOBAIN

A number of brands are launching hardtail frames with trail bike geometry numbers and fork travel. So, what’s the advantage? Yes, a hardtail, not a full-suspension bike, can be a trail bike, folks. A hardtail can offer much more than just a fun time on the trail, and the Kobain is Devinci’s answer for the growing […]

The Original Mountain Biker Who Was and Is Joe Murray

Before Ned Overend, John Tomac or any other pioneer mountain bike racer whom the sport has popularized as the earliest superstar, there was Joe Murray. Like the two Hall of Fame racers who would eventually follow in his wheel tracks, Joe, too, was a quiet, unassuming guy who was simply capable of outriding his competitors. […]

NINER WF0 9 RD0

Take a moment to flash back to 2009 when long-travel 29ers were almost nonexistent and exceedingly hard to find. One of the first brands to take on the challenge of producing such machines was Niner. When Niner’s WFO (Wide, Full Open) 9 was revealed to the public in 2009, it was presented with a plethora […]

VIDEO: After Hours

(press release) Leah Lind-White gives in to temptation while she waits for the bus to go home after work. Steel, sleek, and extra slack, the Honzo ESD is irresistible. Leah hops on board for a night of pure adventure with the ESD. As the sun rises and the work day approaches, Leah accidentally drops her shoe in a mad […]

First Look: Fox Racing Rampage Pro Carbon Helmet

  The latest full face helmet from Fox Racing was designed with direct input from it’s sponsored downhill and freeride athletes to offer the highest level of protection, performance and style. The Rampage Pro Carbon (RPC)  features Dual-density, in-mold varizorb EPS foam combined with a MIPS liner is designed to redirect rotational impact forces and […]

First Look: Canyon Lux Trail

Canyon expands is Lux cross country line for 2022 with the addition of the Lux Trail models. The new Trail version is based on the speedy version raced by Mathieu van der Poel and the bike that was part of our cross country race bike shootout last year. It is designed to bridge the gap […]

VIDEO: Race Time – Race Ready Episode 4 with Andri Frischknecht

Andri Frischknecht, son of cross country legend and current Scott-Sram Team Director, Thomas Frischknecht knows a thing or two about race prep. In episode 4 of the Syncros Race Ready Series, Andri shares his tips and tricks for marathon race warm up, nutrition and what to carry on the bike.  Although most of the advice […]

FIRST LOOK: GT Force Carbon

  GT’s new Force is yet another on a growing list of mountain bikes to adopt a high pivot suspension design. Dubbed High Pivot LTS Suspension, it is effectively a 160mm travel four bar horst link style design with a high pivot and idler for neutral pedaling. Although the bikes come standard with air shocks, […]

FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: Pivot Cycles Firebird

Pivot’s EWS race winning Firebird sees a full redesign with the goal of delivering a faster bike for enduro racing and riding. Like the Switchblade, Mach 4SL and Trail 429, the 29” wheel Firebird sees a vertical shock orientation and compact frame design. Every one of those models resulted in a significant improvement in performance […]

First Look: Thor 2022 FALL BIKE COLLECTION

When motocross apparel brand, Thor signed downhill racer Aaron Gwin, it seemed likely that it would make a move into the mountain bike scene.  Today, Thor has made it official with the launching of it’s fall 2022 line. The moto inspired Assist collection features a short, short liner, long sleeve jersey, short sleeve jersey and […]

VIDEO: Strait Acres and Gravity Fest Highlights

(press release) Kyle and Rachel Strait took over the Summit Bike park this past weekend, making themselves (and rest of the SoCal MTB Community) feel right at home as Strait Acres moved from their own backyard to Big Bear, as part of the Gravity Festival at the Summit Bike Park. Strait Acres Dual Slalom Results […]

VIDEO: Scott Sports Chasing Trail Episode 33

(press release) Verbier, Switzerland. Every year, the marketing team here at SCOTT is tasked with shooting a small (read: large) selection of our new products for the upcoming year. Usually, we call this the catalogue shoot, and we do one for Road and one for MTB. When you look one of SCOTT’s print ads, what […]

VIDEO: Scouting the Oregon Coast

As the dog says of summer are upon us and we dream of cooler temperatures, rain and all that winter riding brings with it. Transition Bicycles takes us along a winter road trip South of its headquarters in Bellingham, Washington to the coast of Oregon. Destinations include Pacific City, Klootchy Creek, and Capitol Forest  – […]

STRAIT ACRES MOVES TO BIG BEAR

(press release) Created by MTB superstars Kyle and Rachel Strait in response to multiple competition cancellations during the 2020 season, the inaugural Strait Acres Slalom Invitational featured a who’s who of US pro riders competing at the Strait’s personal dual slalom track for backyard bragging rights. After an overwhelmingly positive response to their homegrown event, […]

Shimano Original Film: BLUEPRINT

This Shimano  original film follows the build process of the new Blueprint Trail in Cumberland, BC. The build team that was headed up by Mark Matthews was inspired to challenge themselves to create something that pushed their creativity further than ever before. Mark and his team visualized, developed, and pushed the limits to create something […]

RideFast Racing Introduces All – New Nut Jobs Tubeless Valves

(Press Release) RideFast Racing is happy to introduce their all new alloy Nut Jobs tubeless valves, designed in collaboration with local multi-tool company Fix MFG. Nut Jobs uses a 10mm hex nut that is compatible with Fix MFG’s Fix Wheelie Wrench to make it easier for riders to get their tubeless valves out of their […]