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Perfect weather outside brought the crowds to Sacramento for the second day of the NAHBS event. Many of the bike brands at the NAHBS event are ones that many mountain bike enthusiasts have never heard of before, such as Black Cat. This bike by Black Cat won the award for best fillet frame in recognition […]

Throwback Thursday: The Bikes of 1989

In going through some back issues we found a buyer’s guide to the bikes of 1989. It’s easy to see how much mountain bikes have changed in the last 30 years. Notice for one thing the lack of front suspension, much less rear suspension. The first Rock Shox forks wouldn’t hit the market until later […]

Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Action Ads from 30 Years Ago

Diamond Back was one of the most popular BMX brands in the country, and they were apparently eager to capitalize on their popularity as mountain biking exploded in the the 1980s. Suntour was one of the most popular drivetrain systems in 1988. Haro Designs was famous for its creative approach to marketing and advertising. This […]

Thanksgiving Throwback: Taking a Look Back to 2011

Danny MacAskill wowed the crowds at Whistler’s Crankworx event that year. (Photo by Mike Wirth/Mountain Bike Action)_ Brian Lopes (above) was still fast in 2011, but the year marked the end of his A-Line win streak at Whistler’s Crankworx festival. Lopes had won Whistler’s famous A-Line Downhill race in every one of the past five […]

Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games

Aaron Gwin has returned to the Kamikaze Bike Games, and he’s looking fast. His qualifying time was 3:59. He was some 10 seconds faster than the next fastest pro–Austin Warren– in the Pro Men’s Downhill qualifiers on Friday. Austin Warren, shown here, finished in 4:09. Bright sun, clear skies, and beautiful weather for downhill racing. […]

Throwback Thursday: Bikes, people and products of 1988

The Trimble Carbon Cross was a stab at the future by designer Brett Trimble. The bike offered a molded, monocoque, carbon fiber frame that weighed only 4 pounds, the lightest frame we had tested up to that time, in 1988. The complete bike weighed 23 pounds. Expert rider Jimmy Donnell looked so much like John […]