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REVIEWED: MTB HOPPER PRO

The idea for the MTB Hopper sprouted only a few years ago. This team out of Vilnius, Lithuania, is composed of individuals with countless years of experience in various disciplines of cycling. After creating a plethora of prototypes that underwent some intense testing, the MTB Hopper portable bike ramp was released. Top pro athletes, including […]

What Are Wide Trail Tires?

The bicycle industry has reinvented the wheel multiple times over the past couple years, looking to find the perfect tire and rim size for everyday trail riders. Plus-sized tires (2.8- to 3.25-inch wide tires) quickly grew in popularity due to the benefits of high air volume and increased traction and stability. On the other hand, […]

MBA LONG TERM REVIEW: SR SUNTOUR DUROLUX FORK AND TRIAIR 3CR SHOCK

Suspension setups vary from brand to brand. At the end of the day, performance geared towards a rider’s particular style is always the main objective, and preferences can be very subjective. If the latest climate for cycling components has taught us anything, it is to be open to other brands and what is being produced […]

Rapha Trail 3/4-Sleeve Jersey and Trail Shorts

Rapha may be a new apparel brand for mountain bikers, but it has been a mainstay for roadies since 2004. Wrecking crew members who crossed over to the road side of things and were familiar with the brand at its start thought it took a few years for the quality and fit to catch up […]

Choosing the right handlebar width – How wide is too wide?

Choosing the right handlebar width How wide is too wide   As mountain bikers, we take pride in our bikes and swear by parts that have treated us well in the past. Everything on our bikes—from the style of pedals to our favorite saddles—builds a relationship between us and our rigs, but there is one […]

FIRST IMPRESSION: PNW ROVER HIP PACK

First Ride Impression & Features Today, PNW Components launched their new Rover Hip Pack further extending this brand’s recent expansion into apparel and soft good options for cyclists. The new pack is pretty straightforward with quality materials,  lots of pockets, and all this coming in at a great value. The new Rover Hip Pack pack […]

REVIEW: BONTRAGER FORAY SHOES

Bontrager’s Foray shoes focus on performance while providing comfort for off-the-bike situations. The Mountain Bike Action crew spun the BOA dial on these hybrid SPD-compatible shoes to see how they would perform out on our local trails. Let’s jump right into the highlights of these shoes before we provide you with our on-trail opinion. Tech […]

G-Form Pro-X3 Knee Guards

G-Form revolutionized the way we think about protection products with its innovative materials that harden on impact. These soft-shell pads can comfortably be ridden in all day while matching the protection capabilities of old-school hard-plastic pads. G-Form’s X3 pads continue to offer science-based protection along with an updated fit and styling. This month the wrecking […]

MBA PRODUCT TEST: OUTBOUND LIGHTING

Outbound Lighting started in 2017 with a small but passionate Chicago, Illinois-based team focused on bringing the next generation of bike lighting systems to riders. Its founder, Matthew Conte, has a diverse background that spreads into the rally car world, fighter jets and even designing roller coasters. Co-owner Tom “Danger” Place is a former R&D […]

NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES: RESERVE FILLMORE

NEW TUBELESS TIRE BIKE VALVES THE RESERVE WHEELS FILLMORE VALVE New rubber on your rig may elicit fantastic dreams of drifting corners, cutting berms, and hooking up at crucial moments, but the sheer thought of getting those new tubeless tires mounted, inflated, and seated can cloud those dreams with dread. The reality is that as […]

NEW BIKE HELMET: SCOTT ARGO PLUS

Argo Plus is designed to be a lightweight trail helmet that has modern features that help a rider climb and descend with confidence. This latest update in a mountain bike helmet from Scott has extended coverage and an integrated MIPS® Brain Protection System for rotational impacts. Its newly optimized ventilation is also said to keep you cool even especially on those steep climbs! Notably, there is also a “sunglasses garage” at the back of the helmet that will store your sunglasses securely and comfortably. We will also note that this lightweight, feature-packed helmet has some style!

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS Take a lap around the 2021 Sea Otter Classic with mountain bike action to check out some of the latest and greatest 2021 new gear and bikes landing in North America. Kicking off the 3rd and 4th day of the 2021 Sea Otter Classic, our wrecking crew stopped for […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS Day two of the Sea Otter Classic Sea Otter kicked off with awesome weather and fellow riders full of stoke. Just like the first day, there was plenty to see! We saw a major boost in spectator attendance today but this also meant our wrecking crew was able to […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS Day One of the 2021 Sea Otter Classic was slightly smaller than originally anticipated, but there was still plenty to see and explore! Spectator attendance was casual today, making it simple for our wrecking crew, with no need to push through others on the way to meetings. It’s been […]

Installing Mountain Bike Tire Insert Video: Mynesweepers

Tire Inserts are becoming an important addition to any tubeless setup. Riders are finding they can run lower pressures giving them more traction and at the same time, some inserts also provide rim protection. There are many options being developed that vary in price. In this short video, we hang out with Brian Parker of […]

Product Launch and Review: WTB CZR I30 Wheels

WTB CZR WHEELS (press release) You may recall the set of WTB CZR i30’s that we had built up custom to Chris King hubs. (see review here) Now, WTB is offering their carbon CZR’s rims completely built-up.  The CZR gravel and mountain options utilize WTB’s unique Solid Strip, which is a durable nylon strip that […]

First Look: Thor 2022 FALL BIKE COLLECTION

When motocross apparel brand, Thor signed downhill racer Aaron Gwin, it seemed likely that it would make a move into the mountain bike scene.  Today, Thor has made it official with the launching of it’s fall 2022 line. The moto inspired Assist collection features a short, short liner, long sleeve jersey, short sleeve jersey and […]