LOLLIPOP– THE MIRACLE PUP

LOLLIPOP-- THE MIRACLE PUP By Richard J. Cunningham Working in the fields, that's what I call test riding mountain bikes. Today, I was on the second day of evaluating the new Look Fournales linkage fork. A giant storm was upon us,…
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PARK SHOP TIRE TOOL

PARK SHOP TIRE TOOL Park sent us this pretty cool tire lever. It attaches at the axle of your wheel, a hook goes under the bead and then you just spin the tool removing the tire from the rim. Sorry DH guys, this isn't going to help…
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661 DIRT LID

661 DIRT LID Face it, cross-country mountain bike helmets look pretty stupid when you're jumping trails. Pick up a skate-style helmet like the Dirt Lid and get heckled a little less from the local BMX kids. It has an EPS foam inner…
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SIDI ACTION SRS SHOE

SIDI ACTION SRS SHOE Sidi has been making some of the best racing shoes in mountain biking for years. In fact many of your favorite pros may be riding them with another company's logo, because they prefer the fit over their sponsors…
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SHARP SPROCKETS CHAINRING

SHARP SPROCKETS CHAINRING If you think that you need a burlier chainring for downhill, dual slalom or dirt jumping take a look at the Sharp chainring. It's one of the burliest rings ever to show up at MBA. It's thick and stiff.…
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THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER RISER

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER RISER If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night having cold sweats mumbling about how your bike needs to be even lighter you still probably don't need this carbon fiber riser. It's $6.50 for one…
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G’NAD PAD

G?NAD PAD When you find yourself frequently bruising your more "sensitive areas" on your stem practicing your next wheelie-drop it's time for a G'nad Pad. It'll protect you from those evil sharp cornered stems and as an added bonus…
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NITRO PRO SEATPOST

NITRO PRO SEATPOST The Alumaline Corporation has come out with a new suspension seatpost design. The Nitro Pro uses different nitrogen pressures for your specific weight. This gas charging allows for lower spring rates which…
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THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER BOLTS

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER BOLTS KHS sent us some of their new alloy chainring bolts. Chainring bolts aren't very exciting but everyone needs them and these are light and sold in an MBA favorite, black. They're pretty basic, ten bolts…
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ABUS GRANNIT-X U LOCK

ABUS GRANNIT-X U LOCK This is one heavy duty lock! It's said to be able to withstand six tons of pulling and twisting power before it breaks. We'd believe it too because this is a super heavy lock. In fact it would be rather…
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FOX X-LARGE GEAR BAG

FOX X-LARGE GEAR BAG If you're like most riders you have tons of stuff to haul around and the Fox X-Large gear bag will probably fit all of it. It features a padded shoulder strap and walls that help the bag retain its shape. It's…
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CANE CREEK WAM-TI WHEELSET

CANE CREEK WAM-TI WHEELSET MBA had a chance to thoroughly thrash a pair of Cane Creek super-hoops. The Version was the second-tier WAM version with black-colored Ti spokes. The wheels weigh 1882 grams a pair. Both have 28 spokes…
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ROLF PROPEL WHEELSET

ROLF PROPEL WHEELSET Rolf Diedric invented the modern game of ?how many spokes can you remove from a racing wheel.? On rollers and in the comfort of his home, Rolf found that by pairing spokes from the left and right side of the…
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MAVIC CROSSRIDE WHEELSET

MAVIC CROSSRIDE WHEELSET Those of us who have a yen to go tubeless can now do it for less. The Mavic CrossRide wheelset is priced a few hundred bucks below its CrossMax cousins, and shares the same handsome profile. The latest…
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SPINERGY XYCLONE DISC WHEELS

SPINERGY XYCLONE DISC WHEELS Go ahead, throw a stick in these spokes--you won?t break ?em. Spinergy introduced Spox wheels a few years back. The Vectran composite spokes are actually a liquid-crystal polymer that is much stronger in…
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OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS

OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS You're either going to love or hate these grips. They feature super-thick soft squares that take the edge off of big hits and damp the vibrations transmitted to your hands when you're riding. Riders with…
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AZONIC ORS STEM

AZONIC ORS STEM Looking for a shorter stem to help the handling of your bike and don't want to go with any of the really heavy downhill models? The Azonic ORS series of stems might be just what you want. They are cold-forged and…
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PROFILE GAS PEDALS

PROFILE GAS PEDALS These are some of the most impressive platform pedals that we've seen in the office for a long time. The pedal bodies are machined from a giant piece of 6061 aluminum. The Gas pedals should hold up to whatever…
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MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA

MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA One of the beefiest single-crown forks we've seen. It's perfectly tailored for dirt jumpers, hard freeriders and slalom racers. The Nova has 105 mm of travel and features the same lowers that Manitou uses…
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MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE

MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE Here's the newest guide from Mr.Dirt. The Gizmo features new Derlin rollers to decrease drag on the chain and the inner plate has been raised to the level of the outer bash guard. This is pretty much the…
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DEC 18–IMBA’S CALL TO ARMS

DEC 18--IMBA'S CALL TO ARMS We don?t cry ?Wolf? when it comes to land access issues because over-reacting numbs our sensitivity and reduces the impulse to react in an immediate and positive way'so listen up! This warning from IMBA is…
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WE ARE NOT OHV’S!

WE ARE NOT OHV'S! Richard J. Cunningham We often hear industry luminaries lauding the correlations between off road motorcycles and mountain bikes. Truly, the seeds that have sprouted much of the technology that liberated the…
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NATIONAL CYCLOCROSS FINALS–DEC 18

NATIONAL CYCLOCROSS FINALS--DEC 18 The Roadie branch of USA Cycling staged the cyclocross national finals at Overland Park, Kansas (Dec. 16, 2000). This country's cyclocross finals are usually graced with warm weather?hardly the…
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CANNONDALE RUMORS–DEC 9

CANNONDALE RUMORS--DEC 9 In a telephone conversation with Scott Montgomery, Cannondale's number two leader, we learned that Team Volvo/Cannondale was going to retain its core team members for the coming season. On the DH side,…
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DEC 9–SPECIALIZED AND GIANT REACH ACCORD

DEC 9--SPECIALIZED AND GIANT REACH ACCORD Specialized announced over the web on December 6th that their lawyers have struck a deal with the legal staff of Giant Bicycle corporation to license the patented, four-bar linkage…
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SEEDS FOR SPRING

SEEDS FOR SPRING By Richard Cunningham Half the northern hemisphere is becoming a frozen wasteland, and most of us--even hard-core mountain bikers will soon abandon our trusty steeds in favor of other winter activities. I have the…
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IMBA’S NEW PRESIDENT: STEVE ANDERSON

IMBA'S NEW PRESIDENT: STEVE ANDERSON MEET STEVE ANDERSON MBA had a hard time catching up with the hard-charging Arizona man for an interview. When we did, Anderson was putting the final touches on a multi-use, off-road park with…
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DO WE HAVE A PLAN FOR 2004?

DO WE HAVE A PLAN FOR 2004? By Richard J. Cunningham So, what are your plans for 2004? Most of us would have a hard time answering that one in any specific manner. If you were the head of a multi-million dollar company, you would no…
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BRIAN LOPES SIGNS WITH GT….ALMOST!

BRIAN LOPES SIGNS WITH GT....ALMOST! GT announced that ex-Volvo/Cannondale downhiller, Brain Lopes will be going solo for 2001. Brain has formed an independent team headlined by GT bicycles and Fox Clothing. He is stoked to be on…
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