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Syntace Re-Launches Brand Into North American Market

Syntace, the German maker of high-end components, has re-launched their brand in the North American Market. They have re-vamped their products to offer a wider range of mountain bike bars and seatposts. Additionally, Syntace will be offering a range of tools, parts and accessories including their torque wrench and patented X-12 Axle parts. Syntace has been making cycling components […]

2012 Sneak Peek – Kona Honzo

Kona’s product group has taken an irreverent approach to creating the Honzo a wildly agile, trail abusive Kona Cromoly hardtail 29er.  Gravity Product Manager Chris Mandell reports on the process: “To be truthful, the Honzo came from our affinity to the Steely,” explains Chris Mandell, the Honzo’s product manager. “We loved that we could ride […]

Tested: Prototype Tires from Specialized

A couple months ago, the guys from Specialized dropped off a set of their new prototype Fast Trak tires for us to test. We mounted them up to our S-Works Stumpjumper 29er hardtail and hit the trails. Specialized has put up a lot of hype around some of their new  tread designs. They utilized finite […]

Niner Unveils JET 9 RDO

We recently caught up with Niner for the unveiling of their new Jet 9 RDO, which represents the first carbon full-suspension bike in their big wheel lineup. Judging by the looks of it, we having a feeling this bike is going to be a huge hit amongst racers and 29er enthusiasts alike. The Jet 9 […]

Troy Lee is at it Again-New Palmer Signature D3 Helmet

Troy Lee Designs New Helmet Design Ran across this little gem on Troyleedesigns.com. Looks pretty fast in Gold. Here’s what the guys in Corona, Ca have to say about the new lid: “The next generation of action sports protection, the brand new D3 Helmet is the pinnacle of style and safety. A technologically advanced Composite […]

SRAM Releases New DH Specific XO Components

Meet the latest addition to the versatile X0 family, featuring SRAM’s first carbon downhill race crank and DH-specific derailleur. The rear derailleur is designed to provide fast and precise shifts for the close ratio cassettes used on DH race bikes, 4X and jump bikes. The X0 DH drivetrain provides a new level of crank stiffness […]

New Carbon Frame Manufacturer Emerges

Not much news on this one yet. We’ll keep our ears to the ground about that new 29er they’re claiming though. Here’s the press release: It’s a Tool, Not a Trophy: Foundry Cycles Delivers Fresh Take on Carbon Bikes Foundry Cycles, a new brand offering durable, high-performance bicycles, will begin previewing its line of carbon […]

Maxxis Redesigns the Iconic High Roller Tire

Will the sequel live up to the original? Maxxis recently announced the latest addition to its mountain line, the High Roller II.  Maxxis went back to the drawing board armed with feedback from the world’s top riders, and they claim the totally redesigned High Roller II offers significant performance gains over the original. We have a pair […]

Shimano Unveils the New XT

Shimano just launched the completely redesigned XT group at a press camp in North Lake Tahoe, CA last week. The new group integrates much of the technology seen on the recently redesigned XTR group at a price tag that’s a little easier to swallow. We’ve equipped one of our test rides with the complete group, […]

Whisky Parts Co. To Offer Carbon Fiber Mountain Bike Components

Whisky Parts Co., a new brand offering carbon parts, will roll out a series of carbon mountain bike forks in late July. Carbon handlebars, seatposts and bottle cages are slated for release this fall. “Whisky celebrates the everyday riding experience,” said Jason Grantz, Whisky brand manager. “We make parts for people who find epic rides […]

Niner Gets Patent Approval On CVA Rear Suspension Design

Niner Bikes has proof that their Constantly Varying Arc rear suspension is not marketing hype. CVA (Constantly Varying Arc) Suspension Technology is now covered by U.S. Patent No.  7,934,739. Additional information about CVA suspension can be found at clicking here. 

Replay XD1080 Video Camera Can Capture Your Next Crash

Replay XD just released a smaller, lighter and smarter full high-definition Replay XD1080 video camera system. The new system combines high definition video with a range of professional camera features into a compact package. Featuring a water-resistant, hard-anodized aluminum housing, the Replay XD1080 offers live uncompressed HDMI video out in full HD, video playback, external […]

Summer Guide To Top Hydration Packs For Mountain Biking

Spring is here and kicking off the riding season for most of the country. It’s an excellent time to sort through your old hydration pack and get rid of those energy bar wrappers and punctured tubes. If you’re like us and are hard on your equipment, you’re likely due for a new pack. 1 Lone […]

Shimano Announces 2012 XT Component Line-Up

It is not our style or intention to simply regurgitate information fed to us from companies and post it here on the MBA website. We don’t see much value in that. You know? Just go to the company’s website. But, it is Wednesday night and we are packing our gear for the Sea Otter and […]

Whistler Opening Day May 20th, Bike Bach May 21-22

The snow is almost gone and the world’s most famous mountain bike park is ready for another season of black-diamond fun. In conjunction with the scheduled opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on May 20, 2011, the bike park team is excited to announce a weekend-long celebration of the return of biking with an […]

29’ers Get The Carbon-Wheel Treatment From Enve

() Enve Composites, manufacturer of carbon fiber bicycle rims and components, just got their 29-inch cross-country rims UST (Universal Standard for Tubeless) certified. Along with the addition of tubeless compatibility, the new Enve Composites XC clinchers are claimed to be, yes, you guessed it, stiffer and lighter. The XC tubeless rims are available now with […]

Magura’s “Performance Faktors” Lead To New Line Of Brakes

Magura has launched their new line of Mission Performance brakes, which should be hitting shelves this May. The Mission Performance line is the result of testing and feedback of four of their Performance Faktor categories: weight, heat stability, performance and ergonomics. The first brake in the line is the MT8, and is made from Magura’s […]

Niner Invests In Your Future With Innovative Programs To Support IMBA

Niner Bikes are good people who, of course, want to sell you a bike, but even if you don’t buy one from them, they want to be sure you can still ride yours. That’s why they have announced two new initiatives to support the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA).     First, Niner has designed and produced […]

Help Bust The Tomac Bandit

A Tomac Primer 200 prototype downhill bike was stolen from the company’s new digs in Santa Cruz, California. This is not an easy bike to sell so please keep your eyes peeled. If you should have any information on the bike, please contact Tomac Bikes at 402-261-3988. If somebody tries to sell you this bike, […]

Specialized Offers The Perfect Way To Brag About Your Fast Legs

Specialized Bicycles wins more than their fair share of mountain bike events and they have come up with a unique way to brag about those wins. It is the Specialized Win Counter Facebook application. The free app is a way for Specialized riders to register their wins through Facebook, celebrating each victory alongside Specialized’s own […]

Alpinestars Aero trail riding glove is built to have a supple fit and feel

Trail versatility: The Alpinestars Aero trail riding glove is built to have a supple fit and feel, is made from lightweight mesh and has a molded Airprene cuff. The perforated Clarino palm provides extra grip and padding where it’s needed most. A terrycloth patch on the thumb is handy for wiping away sweat and grime. $27, (866) 909-0111.

Bontrager’s Evoke RL saddle, specifically tailored to mountain biking

Comfy couch: While everyone’s preferences are different, proper saddle choice is key to getting the most out of your riding experience. Bontrager’s Evoke RL saddle has more padding than the Evoke RXL, giving the rider a more comfortable option for those long, epic trail rides. The Evoke RL is specifically tailored to mountain biking, offering […]

FSA’S Rolling Test Lab, Components framed by Lynskey

Too often the standout components get lost in the shuffle during an MBA bike test. That’s why FSA offered to lend us one of their rolling test labs. These are bikes that FSA uses to evaluate their components in the real world.    Component: XC-150 Disk Wheelset QR15 Data: 26-inch diameter. QR15mm system, nine- or 10-cog-cassette […]

Video The Ride’s Action From Your Mind’s Eye

The Liquid Image Impact Series HD is a goggle with an integrated HD camera the closest thing so far to recording what your eye is seeing. The maker claims the goggle contains a full-field-of-view-wide angle lens to capture the action. The hands-free unit is claimed to have a 5.0 MP camera and a video mode […]

Will Every Hardtail Mountain Bike Be A RoundTail By 2015?

Lou Tortola, an inventor and entrepreneur from Windsor, Canada, was literally thinking in circles when he dreamed up his bicycle frame design. The RoundTail is a radical departure from the traditional double-triangle frame. Lou feels his design takes comfort to a new level while retaining the lateral stiffness and pedaling efficiency of traditional diamond frame […]

RockShox Shows Off New BoXXer World Cup Keronite Fork

RockShox just let this pre-Sea Otter news slip on the new 2011 RockShox BoXXer Keronite fork. Keronite is a sealing process that RockShox claims not only saves weight but allows them to be more consistent in the production weight of the fork (because the process is more exact than painting). The hard surface finish is […]

Meet The Marzocchi GoPro Intense DH Team

The Marzocchi GoPro Intense DH Team just released a cool video that introduces their team of young bucks (including Mountain Bike Action coverboy, Bryson Martin, Junior). Marzocchi Team Video from Travis Fant on Vimeo. Mountain Bike Action is a monthly magazine from Hi-Torque Publishing in Valencia, California. It has been published since 1986. You can […]