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Tim LaPaglia


BIKE TESTS Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup Nino’s legs aren’t included Ibis Ripley LS New geometry, more tire clearance, “hella NorCal” Specialized Chisel Comp Affordable and fast—carve the trails Norco Fluid FS 7.2 Born in B.C. with blue-collar parents TECHNICAL Garage Files Making sense of leverage ratios Inside the Pros’ Bikes Josh Carlson’s Giant […]

JUNE 2017

 TECHNICAL Inside the Pros’ Bikes Connor Fearon’s Kona Operator Garage Files How to install OneUp’s Shark Cage SKILLS AND FITNESS How to Ride Steep Descents It takes more than guts BIKE TESTS Trek Slash 9.8 29er Making 29ers great again Norco Range C9.2 29er Canadians making 29ers great again too Devinci Marshall 27.5+ Plus-sized bike […]

MAY 2017

BIKE TESTS Giant Anthem Advanced 0 XC racing to trail shredding Turner Flux Carbon Don’t stop, Dave Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR The bike that started a geometry revolution Kona Hei Hei Trail DL Make mountain biking fun again FEATURES Ten Things Your Bike Hates About You Take better care of your machine Hans Rey and […]

July 2016 Free Wallpaper

Summer Heat: If you want to ride Moab, Utah, now is not the time of year. You’re much better waiting for the shoulder seasons, which are early spring and fall. This place is smokin’ hot this time of year, but Duncan Riffle, SRAM’s marketing guru, braves the heat for this photo. Photo by Adrian Marcoux, […]

August 2016 Issue Contents

BIKE TESTS 38    Ellsworth Epiphany 27.5+ Big tires meet California engineering 56    Orbea Occam AM M10 A seriously aggressive bike from Spain 80    Kona Hei Hei DL Race Fastest ever version of a Kona classic 108    Devinci Django The “D” is silent for this short-travel, big-attitude 29er PRODUCT FIELD TESTS 44    Fox 32 Factory Step-Cast […]

Mountain Bike Action March 2016

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 6 Carbon 2.0 Yes, it’s actually better than the original Six-Trailbike Shootout Have $3000 to spend on a new trailbike? We tell you which one’s the best KHS SixFifty 5500 Awesome value in a 27.5-inch package Giant Trance 2 Tried-and-true suspension with dialed components Cannondale Habit 5 Feed your trailbike habit […]


It’s January, the start of the year. It’s also the time when we start to think about the upcoming season for shredding bike parks, although we know it’s still way off. This image was taken at Mammoth Mountain on a trail that’s undoubtedly covered in snow right now… But we can still dream about it. […]


Riding in a snowing wonderland in the San Gabriel mountains. Photo by Doug Barnett/Mountain Bike Action Download Free wallpaper for December WITH CALENDAR Download Free wallpaper for December with NO CALENDAR

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The 26er’s not dead yet – according to one of our favorite test riders Patrick Reynoso. He shows us how to shred on this Felt Virtue. Photo by John Ker, MBA Click here to download wallpaper WITH CALENDAR. Click here to download wallpaper with NO CALENDAR.  

December 2015 Issue

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 429 Trail Trail-worthy version of a 29er favorite BMC Teamelite 01 The bike that survived Leadville Liv Lust 2 A little somethin’ for the ladies Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Is this really the fastest bike on earth? PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Bell Event XC Helmet More bang for the buck on […]

Free October 2015 wallpaper

Editor Mike Wirth leads out former editor Jimmy Mac on the Backbone trail near Malibu, California, leaving Giant’s Doug Barnett in the dust behind. While the rest of the country is getting ready for winter weather, the SoCal trails are just hitting their best time to ride. Photo by John Ker/Mountain Bike Action. Click here […]

November 2015 Issue

BIKE TESTS Cannondale Habit Carbon Big-travel confidence in a small-travel package Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition A beastly trailbike that survived BC Bike Race Trek Fuel EX 9.9 Trailbike that’s full of surprises YT Industries Capra CF The young hucker’s choice for an enduro bike Kona Honzo More bang for less buck PRODUCT […]

September 2015 free wallpaper

Braving the summer heat outside of Palm Springs on a Yeti SB-66. Photo by Mike Wirth/Mountain Bike Action Click here to download wallpaper WITH calendar Click here to download wallpaper WITH NO calendar


BIKE TESTS Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon Miami Vice style meets enduro performance Cross-Country Race Bike Shootout Scott Scale and Cannondale F-Si square off Intense M16 Like napalm for the trail—the evolution of M-series bikes Specialized S-Works Camber 650b Hot-rodded trailbike for the cross-country rider PRODUCT TESTS Schwalbe ProCore System Has Schwalbe solved flat tires forever? […]

FREE August 2015 Wallpaper and Calendar

Darren Berrecloth and Richey Schley take on the moonscape of the SoCal desert near Mormon Rocks. Photo by John Ker/Mountain Bike Action Click here to download wallpaper WITH CALENDAR Click here to download wallpaper WITH NO CALENDAR

Review: Kuat NV Rack With Add-On

We’ve tested a variety of rack styles over the years and while each has its own benefit, there’s one that shines above the rest. If we have a vehicle that’ll accommodate one, we’ll take a hitch-mounted , tray-style rack over any other. No removing wheels or attaching to the frame of the bike. Kuat’s high-end […]

August 2015

BIKE TESTS Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon Carbon copy of an enduro favorite Niner ROS 9 Steel is real, baby! GT Sanction Our custom-built project bike hits the racecourse Salsa Horsethief 29er Testing a spicy cross-country trailbike Scott Voltage FR 710 Bringing the electricity to the bike park PRODUCT FIELD TESTS SKS Mini-Pump Shootout How much […]

July 2015 Free Wallpaper

A couple riders who work at Art’s Cyclery volunteered to shred the trails of San Luis Obispo for this month’s wallpaper. Photo by John “I’ll shoot in SLO-Town anytime” Ker. Click here to download FREE wallpaper version | Click here to download the CALENDAR version wallpaper.

June 2015 Free Wallpaper

Former assistant editor Doug Barnett carves a slickrock corner in Moab, Utah. Late spring is one of the best times to visit Moab, when the snow in the high country is long gone but the summer heat hasn’t quite hit yet. If you haven’t been, put it on your list. Photo by Adrian Marcoux courtesy […]

JULY 2015

BIKE TESTS Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0 Carbon maestro gravity fiend Cannondale F29 Carbon 4 29er hardtail—locked and loaded for racing Foes Mutz Full-suspension fat bike from the fabrication masters Intense Spider 275 Expert A spider that can fly Transition BLT Enjoying the jumps, pumps and whoops FEATURES Fifteen Life Hacks for the Mountain Biker […]


BIKE TESTS Ghost Riot LC Speedy German-import trailbike Giant Stance 27.5 0 Seriously affordable suspension Litespeed Pinhoti American-made titanium 29er speed freak BMC SpeedFox SF02 Swiss bike that can wear many helmets Felt Burner Klunker history with a fresh twist FEATURES Riding the Palm Canyon Epic with Shimano Will XTR electronic shifting survive this desert […]

May 2015 Free Wallpaper

Patrick Reynoso rails a corner on the Intense DVO EVO downhill bike. Click here to download the Free Wallpaper with NO Calendar Click here to download the Free wallpaper with Calendar.

MAY 2015

BIKE TESTS Scott Genius LT 710 Outsmarting the trail Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770MSL B.C. born-and-bred trail slayer Foes FXR275 Brent will build a long-travel machine for you Chumba Rastro Steel-framed hardtail for hardcore riders Orbea Oiz M10 Accelerates like a rocket and devours rocks FEATURES Twelve Bikes That Changed History From humble beginnings to ground-breaking […]

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Click here to download the Free Wallpaper with calendar Click here to download the Free Wallpaper with No calendar Former assistant editor Ryan Cleek sends it over a rock outcropping on a bluebird day in Simi Valley, California riding one of the world’s first full carbon downhill bikes, the GT Fury. Photo by John Ker, […]

Free Wallpaper March 2015

Click here to download the Wallpaper Only. Click here to download the Calendar Wallpaper. Mountain Bike Action test rider Patrick Reynoso lays waste to a stream crossing on El Prieto trail in Pasadena, California. This is one of the few MBA test trails that stays green nearly year round. Photo by John Ker.

March 2015

BIKE TESTS KTM Scarp Prestige An Austrian speed machine Domahidy Titanium Master craftsmanship at its finest Specialized S-Works Enduro 27.5-Inch X-Wing fighter for enduro racing Surly Krampus Big wheels and tires for big adventures GT Helion Carbon Pro Making cross-country riding fun again FEATURES Hidden Trails Friend or foe? Ibis’ New Long-Travel Machine The HD3 […]

February 2015

BIKE TESTS Kona Process 111 vs. Process 167 Shootout Same concept, different experience Intense 951 EVO DVO Special Edition Custom-built downhill rocket you can buy Marin Attack Trail C-XT9 Marin County attacks enduro Specialized Crave Expert 29er Affordable way to satisfy your craving PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Magura MT7 Brakes Supermoto stopping power for your bike […]

January 2015

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 4 Carbon A race-inspired trailbike KHS 4 Season 3000 vs. KHS SixFifty 2500 Should you be skinny or fat on the trail? Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 Pull the Trigger already Giant XtC 2 27.5-Inch Hardtail ecstasy PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Mavic Crossmax XL Wheel and Tire System Wheels that can handle “French […]

Free December 2014 Wallpaper

Click here to download the Calendar Wallpaper. Click here to download the Wallpaper only. Former assistant editor Scotty McClave shreds the slopes of Whistler bike park, which are almost certainly covered in snow now for this December’s wallpaper. Photo by Sterling Lorence, courtesy of Trek