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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 […]

Product Test: Easton Haven Carbon Wheels

We raved about Easton’s Haven aluminum trailbike wheelset ($849) in our May 2010 issue. Easton has made some lofty claims regarding their Haven Carbon wheelset, but could this set of $2300 wheels really be worth nearly three times the price of the aluminum version? Tech features: Easton claims the Haven Carbon is the lightest carbon-rimmed, UST-compatible, […]

Product Test: Hope Top Crown

Hope offers their $250 Top Crown so downhillers can have a 50-millimeter-reach stem that doesn’t put the handlebar so high that it ends up with a different zip code. Tech features: The Hope Top Crown is available for 2010 and newer RockShox Boxxers and for the Fox 40 (tested). The crown is CNC machined from […]

Interbike Odds, Ends, and Oddities

Every year at Interbike, we come away with some photos of people and products that just don’t belong in any other category. Here’s just a little of what we saw this year. Think it has XX technology?: Greg Herbold of SRAM brought along his R/C car for a little fun after the show. I bet […]

Product test: Crankbrothers Iodine 3 cockpit

The Crankbrothers Iodine 3 cockpit (bar, stem and grips) is designed for the all-mountain rider looking for a strong, light and stiff front end that is capable of handling the abuse of aggressive riding. The Iodine 3 bar and stem are priced at $80 and $130 respectively, and the Iodine grips will set you back […]

Mountain Bike Action How to: Flat Tire Tech

What’s the number one reason people hang their bikes in the garage and never take them down again? Flat tires. The biggest ride-to-ride bummer we all face as self-respecting mountain bikers? The possibility of a flat tire. What happens immediately after you say out loud that you haven’t had a flat tire in months? You […]

Mountain Bike Action Report: Interbike Day 4

Another day in the big hall of everything bicycle. Here’s a teaser of what caught our eye: Mountain Bike Pioneer Joe Breezer’s “Series one” – Serial number 01. Rumored to be the very first purpose built mountain bike ever produced. Spanish manufacture Catlike is a big player overseas and has seen some popularity on the […]

Mountain Bike Action Report: Interbike Day 3

From the rugged terrain of Boulder City Nevada to the lights and strangeness of Las Vegas, the Mountain Bike Action wrecking crew is here to provide you a first hand glimpse from the front lines of the Sands Expo center. Here’s just a taste of what caught our eye: Pivot’s new dw-link Mach 5.7 Carbon Moots […]

Mountain Bike Action Report: Interbike Outdoor Demo Day 2

Dirt Demo Day two started under ominous clouds that served up both an impressive light show as well as quite a drenching. Never the less, attendance was impressive and the atmosphere was charged with enthusiasm as the weather eventually cleared. Here’s a bit of what caught our eye while spending time in the close quarters […]

Mountain Bike Action Report: Interbike Outdoor Demo Day 1

Today marked the end of the 2011 Outdoor Demo at Interbike. Here are some of the highlights that caught out eye. Enjoy. Chris Schierholtz from WTB shows of 29er versions of their Weirwolf and Bronson tires. Yeti is showing off their SB-95, which is a 5-inch travel 29er trail bike. It utilizes their Switch Technology […]

Moots 2012 new model preview

Moots MX Divide (29″) and Divide (26″) The Moots MX Divide and Divide full-suspension, titanium, cross-country race and recreational mountain bikes are the latest in a long lineage from the Steamboat Springs manufacture. Designed and built from the ground up to be light, stiff, and responsive, both feature Moots’ new Fusion Link Suspension System. “The […]

Sub 30lb Downhill Bike: Impressive

We’re up in Whistler at Trek’s 2012 gravity launch, and saw something that blew our minds. Look at the number on this scale, it’s in Trek’s 2012 gravity lineup. Think you have an idea as to what bike this might be, take a guess. If you guessed their new Slash, sorry you’re wrong. If you […]

Mountain Bike Action Trailbike Shootout (video)

The October issue of Mountain Bike Action has a five bike trailbike shootout that pits a Specialized, Trek, GT, Yeti and Giant against each other. Check out the wrecking crew in action as we take each bike on a workout around the trails of Space Mountain. The October issue with this shootout is on newsstands […]

New Shock From RockShox: Carbon Monarch XX

RockShox has officially unveiled their Carbon Monarch XX shock, aiming to please trail riders and weight weenies a like. The two most notable features about the Monarch XX are its carbon fiber air can, which RockShox claims is half the weight of the air can on the alloy Monarch. Secondly the utilization of their Xloc […]

Michelin introduces the Wild Grip’R2 and the Wild Race’R Ultimate

THE MICHELIN WILD GRIP’R 2 The Michelin Wild Grip’R 2 is the new multipurpose tire designed to perform on both dry and muddy terrain. A large number of innovations set it apart from its predecessor, including its new design, tread, tubeless-ready casings, rubber compounds and size line-up, which includes a 29-inch model. On the tire […]

TSG introduces official FMB World tour helmets

While the FMB World Tour 2011 is nearing its end and riders are preparing for the final event, the Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg, TSG and the FMBA are unveiling the first offerings from their partnership: full and half face helmets that boast the 2012 FMB World Tour logo. The ‘Evolution’ Half Face Helmet: […]

Tioga unveils the new ZEROaxle? Pedal

Tioga unveils the new ZEROaxle? MT-ZERO, an axle-less off-road platform bicycle pedal. Measuring no more than 7mm thick, and 4mm at the thinnest.      The ZEROaxle? MT-ZERO, concept starts with the ZEROaxle bolt assembly which houses an outboard sealed cartridge bearing, precision machine-pressed into the bolt, to provide the pedal’s rotation.   With the […]

Marzocchi introduces ‘Switch TA’ travel adjustment system

Marzocchi introduces a brand new hydraulic travel adjust system ‘Switch TA’ on 55 and 44 mountain bike fork models. The system is directed at riders that are willing to pedal to that revered descent with a travel adjust option that does not affect the damping system. The optional travel change of 40mm (on the 55 […]

MRP introduces a chainring solution for 2×10’s

These new guides look pretty sweet. We’re currently running MRP systems on a couple of our bikes with great success. These look promising as an option for riders looking to keep the chain on without limiting gear range. Here’s what they have to say: MRP, a leader in chain management devices, introduces the new 2x […]

SRAM introduces platform specific 2X10 gearing options

SRAM now provides a drivetrain designed specifically for any XC, Trail or All-Mountain adventure. SRAM is offering additional 2X10 gear options for X0, X9, X7 and new X5 families designed to enhance your riding experience. SRAM 2X10 options: 36-22 38-24 39-26 42-28 The 38-24 chainrings are designed for the 29er market, providing easier gearing for […]

2012 Giant Sneak Peak

We’re up at Crankworx in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia where Giant Bicycles held a soft launch for their 2012 mountain bike line. From what we’ve seen thus far, the majority of the lineup stays the same with one major exception. Giant has partnered with various fork manufactures to release a new tapered steerer tube standard […]

Felt Bicycles Releases Partial 2012 Mountain Bike Line Info

Felt Bicycles threw their sales reps a party (including a kart track day, the lucky dogs) over the weekend to show them at least some of the 2012 mountain bike offerings. On Monday, they invited the MBA wrecking crew to come visit their Irvine, California, headquarters and check out what the reps already knew. Andy […]

Trek Unveils 2012 Line of Full Suspension Bikes

Trek has unveiled its 2012 collection of full suspension bikes to the media in Mayrhofen, Austria. Included in this year’s line are two completely new models; the DH-world changing OCLV Mountain Carbon Session 9.9 and a bike that’s fitting of an entirely new category called “Technical Trail”, the new Trek Slash. New technologies abound as […]

Jagwire and Mafia Racing Team Up to Support IMBA

Jagwire is partnering with the Mafia Racing Team to help support the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) National Trail Fund. All proceeds from sales of Jagwire’s new limited edition 2011 Mafia Plaid Ripcord Derailleur kit will be donated to IMBA.  According to James Alberts, Jagwire marketing manager, profits from the 200 kits will fund almost […]

2012 Specialized Global Product Launch: Part II

As the 2012 Specialized Global Product Launch continues, we want to keep you up to date on all the happenings. Here’s a look at some of the bikes that make up the vast and diverse 2012 lineup. The 2012 Carve is a 29er specific hardtail which, fits in between the Rockhopper and Stumpjumper HT. Specialized […]