OAKLEY FLESH SHOES

OAKLEY FLESH SHOES Forget all the Oakley-esque razzle-dazzle marketing and throw a pair of these slip-on sport shoes over your stocking feet. Key Features: Flesh shoes have padding under and around your feet. In lieu of laces or…
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AZONIC AZX

AZONIC AZX Continuing with their bent for downhill and dual-slalom action, Azonic offers a motorcycle-style helmet aimed at riders who want to travel at kamikaze speeds. Key features: A true, motorcycle-like polycarbonate shell…
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A LOOK AT THE WORLDS

A LOOK AT THE WORLDS By Mike Cushionbury The first 'summer? World Championships in Spain are over and Myles Rockwell is the man! Myles took his lumps in stride (no pun on his two broken legs a few years ago) and ventured on, even when…
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2001 FORK NEWS

2001 FORK NEWS MORE ON SHIMANO?S DOWNHILL FORK Kowa, the maker of Shimano's prototype downhill fork that Haro-Lee Dungaree's Mike King is riding this year, is a Japanese company. Not too surprising right? Well the coolest story I…
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THE POWER OF JULI FURTADO

THE POWER OF JULI FURTADO By Richard J. Cunningham (Animated Spaceship by RC) I was perusing a bookstore in Old Town Pasadena, California, when I came across a compilation of Olympic photographs by Annie Leibowitz. I had some time…
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MANITOU’S NEW DORADO 180 DH FORK

MANITOU?S NEW DORADO 180 DH FORK At the first races of the season, Manitou sponsored downhillers were sporting a new carbon fork from Manitou. At first glance, the most noticeable difference from earlier efforts is the upside down…
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS! AMERICAN KATHY PRUITT WINS GOLD MEDAL! Kathy Pruitt won the junior women's downhill, becoming the second American junior racer to become World Champion. It snowed Friday night before the race but a sunny…
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HOW WE TEST PRODUCTS!

HOW WE TEST PRODUCTS! By: Richard J. Cunningham The best part of my job as Editor of MBA is throwing a leg over the top of mountain bikes in the world and riding for a job. Who wouldn't love a trip to France to test the latest Rock…
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JUST IN!!!

JUST IN!!! LITTLE MIG TAKES SENIOR MEN?S WORLD TITLE! Becoming the first rider to win a rainbow jersey in the juniors, U-23 and seniors, Frenchman Miguel Martinez rode away from the pack to claim the coveted Elite men's cross-country…
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GULLICKSON REPLACES BROWN

GULLICKSON REPLACES BROWN Volkswagen-Trek rider Travis Brown has elected to skip this week's World Championships in Spain. Brown, who has began racing again after breaking his left tibia at the Mazatlan, Mexico World Cup by placing…
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SHAUN PALMER RUMORS

SHAUN PALMER RUMORS It seems that a fashion magazine has run a blurb that Shaun Palmer died when his bus crashed. Palmer's legacy has grown to urban legend status and every year it seems the rumor pops up that the guy died somehow.…
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HOW TO LUBE YOUR BIKE

HOW TO LUBE YOUR BIKE In perfect conditions, a bike can easily go a complete season without a lube job. Unfortunately, real-world conditions are more dusty, muddy and wet than perfect, making it necessary to lube crucial pivots to…
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THE INTENSE M1 VS. THE IRON HORSE SGH-DH

THE INTENSE M1 VS. THE IRON HORSE SGH-DH When you pit an affordable mountain bike against a professional racing model, you can?t really call it a shootout. It would be like putting odds on Woody Allen in a title bout against Evander…
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RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 30TH

RACE NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 30TH By Mike Cushionbury BACK AT THE RANCH The last two weeks have been hectic to say the least. Right after the Big Bear NORBA National, I pulled the big ?ol D-Wide back to the home pad, gave the cats…
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LETTER FROM THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT

LETTER FROM THOMAS FRISCHKNECHT In case you haven?t heard, Jerome Chiotti has officially given up his 1996 World Cross-County Championship. He presented second place rider Thomas Frischknecht with the jersey and gold medal. Jerome…
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NO MORE AMERICAN GT’S?

NO MORE AMERICAN GT'S? Want further proof that Corporate America is destined to destroy the soul of mountain biking with its out of industry executive officers and bottom line ethos? First, GT saw many of its top management fired…
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A JOB WELL DONE

A JOB WELL DONE Richard J. Cunningham Bagging on people isn't the primary reason that I decided to become the editor of MBA, but it's a hazard that comes with the job. If and when I choose to bag, I try to bag in the most…
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HOW I’M TURNING PRO

HOW I'M TURNING PRO By Mike Cushionbury Last night I saw this thing called the Body Toner being hawked on TV by a former Mr. America and a former pro football wide receiver. They said they never have to work out anymore. Just hook up…
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TISSOLT WORLD CUP XC #5-SARENTINO, ITALY

TISSOLT WORLD CUP XC #5-SARENTINO, ITALY Story by Charlie Livermore I had heard how beautiful the Sarntal Valley is from both athletes and staff who have participated in Italian Cup races here in Sarentino, Italy, but like always,…
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GIRO AND THE TUBE

GIRO AND THE TUBE By Mike Cushionbury How sweet is it that the Outdoor Life Network is broadcasting two hours of live coverage of the Giro d?Italia every morning. It used to be that cycling was the ugly stepchild of TV sports as…
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STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND

STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND Richard J. Cunningham As MBA's chief editor, I enjoy the pleasure of riding virtually any mountain bike I want. Downhilling on Tuesday on the new Foes DHS; freeriding the latest Specialized big-hit bike…
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MAN-O-METER

MAN-O-METER Are you ready to take the challenge. Here is how the Man-o-meter works. Email us your most "manly" or "womanly" mountain bike stories and we will sit around and choose a few to post to this page. For…
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ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK!

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS PSYLO FORK! Less than a month after RockShox announced that their BlackBox factory forks were designated for a handful of world-class pros, the first production versions were being advertised for sale. MBA's test…
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GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS

GIANT AND JEROME CHIOTTI PART WAYS According to a Giant Bicycles statement published on its website, Jerome Chiotti and the company have mutually agreed to terminate their existing contract. In April the French magazine ?Velo Vert?…
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JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE

JUNIOR RIDER OF THE WEEK: CAILE NOBLE Straight out of Valencia, California is downhiller Caile Noble. The 17-year-old rider attends Valencia High and maintains a 3.0 GPA. His biggest school achievement was just last week, putting on…
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RACING ON SUNDAY

RACING ON SUNDAY By Mike Cushionbury ?How?d ya do, Mike?? ?I beat Ron.? ?How?d you do Ron?? ?I double flatted and rode the last lap on just a front rim? *** ?Can I get by??      ?Earn it, pal. This is a race not a procession.?…
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DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO

DISC BRAKES: HAYES VS. SHIMANO Hayes had been manufacturing hydraulic disc brakes for the motorsport industry for decades before they turned their attention to developing the ultimate mountain bike braking system. Shimano, on the…
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