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Product Test: Leatt DBX Neck Brace

LEATT DBX COMP II NECK BRACE & ADVENTURE CHEST PROTECTOR Five years in the making, the first Leatt neck brace took the motocross world by storm in 2006. Downhill mountain bikers saw the value in the added protection and began adopting them in small numbers. In 2010, Leatt introduced their bicycle-specific brace, the DBX, which […]

Bike Test: BMC Trailfox TF01

Swiss Army Knife BMC’s 2012 Trailfox TF01 We promised to follow up on our preview of the 2012 Trailfox (MBA, August 2011), and we have now spent enough time on the bike to give the final verdict. Did our initial impressions change? WHO IS IT MADE FOR? All-mountain and enduro riders rejoice; the Trailfox is […]

Product Test: Fox 36 TALAS 180 RC2

The Fox TALAS 180 RC2 is one of the most sought-after upgrades for the rider of a long-travel trailbike. We mounted the fork on a 6.3-inch-travel Titus El Guapo. Tech features: Fox’s nomenclature is a mouthful, but it basically spells out the tech features of any of their products. The 36 TALAS 180 RC2 features a […]

Product Test: Continental X-King Tires

The X-King (pronounced “cross king”) tire spans the gap between Continental’s ultra-light Race King and their more aggressively knobbed Mountain King. The tire is designed for the needs of aggressive trail riding, but is still light enough to roll reasonably fast under race conditions. Tech features: The X-King is available in a 26-inch version with […]

Bike Test: The Bionicon Alva 160

Bionicon takes a different approach to the do-it-all quiver of bikes. Rather than compromising between two geometries for climbing and descending, they offer a system that allows on-the-fly travel and geometry adjustments to get the best of both. While their bikes are not designed to win a hill climb or downhill race, they allow the rider […]

Bike Test: The Ellsworth Evolution 29er??

If 29-inch wheels had not gained wide acceptance, the concept of one bike that does it all would be a pipe dream. You would have to have one bike for your daily rides (say an Ellsworth Glimpse), one for those times you wanted to slap a number plate on (an Enlightenment) and one for when […]

Bike Test: The Pivot Firebird

Long-Travel Bird Of Prey: The Pivot Firebird The Firebird is a remarkable bike. No doubt about it. With nearly 7 inches of rear wheel travel, it’s almost a downhill bike on paper. However, this test bike was built to show the frame’s versatility. It tips the scales at less than 30 pounds and is obviously […]

Product Test: Cane Creek Angleset

Cane Creek Angleset: A headset that teaches geometry. Cane Creek has rewritten the book on what is possible with a headset with the AngleSet. No longer just the steering bearing, this headset allows a rider to alter the whole geometry of his bike. With gravity racers trending toward ultra-slack and low geometry, the AngleSet originally seemed […]

Bike Test: The Kona Unit Singlespeed

In this day of dual-suspension mountain bikes, with their heavily defended patents, licensing agreements, rising rates, falling rates, single pivots, multiple pivots, pedaling platforms and special tools just to set them up properly, there are riders who long for a simpler time when you could just hop on a bike and go riding. Kona senses […]

Bike Test: The Intense Tracer 2

Jeff Steber and crew are known for building frames their own way. Just about everything on their creations is designed and built from the ground up in their facility in Temecula, California. By controlling the process from start to finish, they have power over the smallest details, ensuring that they turn out bikes that they […]

Bike Test: Trek Superfly 100 Elite

A Stealth Fighter on Singletrack: The Trek Superfly 100 Elite Still confusing to some riders, the “Fisher” brand was absorbed into its parent company, Trek, late in 2010. Bikes that used to be Fishers (like the Superfly 100 tested here) are now Treks with a “Gary Fisher Collection” notation on the frame. You can get […]

Product Test: Gaerne G. Keira Plus Shoes

A sure hand guides every step in the process of making every pair of Gaerne shoes. They are made in the Veneto region of Italy, and they are very expensive. We know that. But when a company renowned for making some of the best moto and mountaineering boots decides to bring a little handmade style to […]

Product Test: Renthal Cockpit

Renthal might be new to making mountain bike parts, but these guys out of Manchester, England, cut their teeth in the moto industry where they were recognized as handlebar and gear sprocket leaders. The company that is currently the cockpit choice for the Specialized/Monster Energy team riders is making a push into the States, starting at […]

Product Test: Morningstar Rim ‘Rench

Rim makers have discovered, especially for downhillers, that softer rims may dent easily, but that is better than a rim with sidewalls so strong that it pinches or slices a tire when impacting a sharp edge or rock. These softer rims allow riders to finish a race run without flatting, but it means rims with […]

Mountain Bike Action Tech: Drivetrain Checkup

It doesn’t matter if you use a single speed, a traditional 3×9 drivetrain or one of the newfangled drivetrains, including 1×10, 2×10, 2×9 and 3×10 combinations; they all connect with a chain, and that series of links is what runs the show. Allow the chain to wear out or ride with a chain that is […]

GoPro Launches the HD Hero2

If you haven’t joined in on the fun of recording your rides and sharing adventures with your friends now is a great time to start. Looks like the folks at GoPro have raised the bar again withe their new HD Hero2 action sports camera. We reviewed the original GoPro HD Hero earlier this year and […]

Product Test: ENVE Carbon 29er Wheelset

Like many cross-country racers, you may have traded in your full-suspension 26-inch bike for a 29-inch hardtail. If you are looking for the ultimate in race-day performance that can still handle the abuse of day-to-day riding, the guys at ENVE think their Twenty9 XC wheelset is the answer. These wheels carry a serious price tag of […]

Product Test: Push Factory Tuning Service

Push Industries, a suspension modification and tuning service in Loveland, Colorado, has been massaging suspension components for close to 10 years. We challenged them with the RockShox Vivid 5.1 shock that earned MBA’s five-star rating because of its user-friendly design with beginning and ending stroke rebound adjustments and low-speed compression tuning. What could Push possibly […]

Product Test: Feedback Pro Elite Repair Stand

While not the most exciting piece of equipment in the shop, a proper workstand is critical. A poorly designed workstand will frustrate amateur and professional mechanics alike. The Pro-Elite repair stand is the top-of-the-line offering from Feedback’s Pro series and retails for $259.99. They also offer more basic “recreational” and “sport” versions for $129.99 and $169.99. […]

First ride on the Trek Session 9.9 and Slash 9 (Video)

Up in Whistler with a wealth of professional riders including: Aaron Gwin, Ross Schnell, Rene Wildhaber, and Andrew Shandro testing out the new carbon Session 9.9 and Slash 9. Look for a full Mountain Bike Action test on both bikes in the future. We must say our first rides on these two machines left us […]

Product Test: Troy Lee Designs Ace Shorts, Skyline Jersey, and Air Glove

Troy Lee got his start custom painting motocross helmets in his parents’ garage. The company was born and raised in the moto industry, and their clothing is inspired by that heritage. They found a niche designing bicycle clothing and have a cult following for their downhill helmets, clothing and protective gear. But, the real unsung […]

Tech Savvy: Niner Air Nine Internal Cable Routing (video)

John “Fuzzy” Mylne is a very tech savvy guy. He’s constantly on the road promoting everything that is Niner. In this video, Fuzzy takes you through the proper way to route cables on the Air Nine Carbon. The internal routing of this bike is a key feature and keeps the bike looking streamlined, but only […]

Product Test: Manitou Circus Comp Fork

Dirt jumpers and pump-track riders have their own set of needs for front suspension, and the $339 Manitou Circus Comp was created to address those needs. We have wanted to get time on this fork since we saw the prototype at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic. Tech features: The Circus comes in Expert (air sprung) and […]

Niner releases the Niner One 9

For the updated One 9. Niner has selected a newly available aluminum alloy from the 6000 series family. For those who are scandium loyalists, this may require a change in mindset but the advantages are clear. For many years the lightest alloy racing frames used round tubing. Recent advances in tubing manipulation have resulted in […]

Behind The Scene Video: Mountain Bike Action’s Trailbike Shootout

The October issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine features a trailbike shootout between Specialized, Trek, GT, Yeti and Giant. This is what went on behind the scenes during our riding, ranking and rating. Who won? Now that would be spoiling a great ending. The October issue with this shootout is on newsstands now or you […]