Mountain Bike Action March 2016

Pivot’s Mach 6 2.0 version pulled double-duty this month, both as a test bike with the stock build and also equipped with Push Industries’
ElevenSix shock in our product field tests. Photo by John “Coconut oil is always the solution” Ker. Below, the $3000 six-bike-shootout riders shred the trails to see which of these affordable bikes will take top honors as the winner. Photo by Kate “Duder” Wirth.


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
GT Zaskar Carbon Elite
Awesome climber with a big history
Kona Process 134
A seriously capable trailbike
Scott Scale 710 Plus
Big tires enter the shootout, and fun ensues


Level Nine Pro Team Carbon Handlebars
Handlebars that are on the pro level
ANVL Tilt Flat Pedals
Chiseled masterpiece of a flat pedal
Lizard Skins DSP Grips
Ultra-light foam grips with no extra twist
Push ElevenSix Shock
Colorado-born moto technology equals serious performance
Goggles or Glasses?
How much protection do you really need?
Factor 327 Carbon Wheelset
Carbon performance with a lower price tag


The John Tomac Interview
What makes the Tomac bloodline so fast? We find out here
After the Wildfire—Five Years Later
How you can help to regenerate a destroyed trail
Seven Easy Ways to Have More Fun on the Bike
Ride like a kid again


The Garage Files
Everything you ever wanted to know about headsets

Meet the Riders and Their Rides
Howard Grott’s Specialized Epic


The Iron Biker Brazil Adventure
One of the oldest towns in South America holds one of the toughest races


For What It’s Wirth
My go-to riding gear made simple
Hard Tales
Spring cleaning for the MBA crew
Fancy upgrades, Olympic-course previews and a free bike for a lucky reader
Trail Mix
Riders doing what they do best
Ask MBAction
Choosing the right shoes, suspension for an MS patient, and short-chocking an enduro bike

Quick Releases
Clogging your bike storage, spacing your downhill gears and après riding style

Down the Trail
Riding-skill tips that still hold up today