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ROCKSHOX TAKES THE MIDDLE GROUND

ROCKSHOX TAKES THE MIDDLE GROUND     RockShox issued an official statement on its position regarding the proposed oversized steerer, headtube and headset standard that was recently put forth by the OnePointFive coalition. The gist of the release is that the original suspension fork company will go for it if the concept wins industry and public acceptance. […]

HOW TO PATCH A TUBELESS TIRE–JAN 17

HOW TO PATCH A TUBELESS TIRE–JAN 17 (Check out the April Issue Of MBA for the complete story!) Yeah, we all know how to repair a tube, but try to glue that same patch to the inside of a tire carcass and it will flake off faster than a bumper sticker on the space shuttle. […]

BALFA’S NEW BELAIR–JAN 9

BALFA’S NEW BELAIR–JAN 9 (Press Release) BALFA CYCLES of Montreal, Canada is proud to present the first pictures of its new frame simply called BELAIR, available late winter 2002 as a frameset or complete bike. The frame bears the traditional Balfa signature of craftsmanship: Its front end is made of 6061 T-6 aluminum, and its […]

MOUNTAIN CYCLE BOUGHT BY KINESIS–DEC 21

MOUNTAIN CYCLE BOUGHT BY KINESIS–DEC 21 Mountain Cycle, the mid-sized mountain bike builder who revolutionized the stodgy stick-figure hardtail with its monocoque San Andreas dual-suspension chassis–and led the way with the first functional hydraulic disc brakes and inverted suspension forks, has been sold to Kinesis USA. If Kinesis doesn’t ring a bell, then you should […]

MBA TESTS THE 5TH ELEMENT–NOV 27

MBA TESTS THE 5TH ELEMENT–NOV 27 “I wouldn’t have asked you to come along for this if the shock isn’t as good as it is.” I’m Eddie Arnet and that was what RC told me while loading coffee, herbal tea, riding gear and cameras into the Isuzu Trooper. What Richard was talking about was the […]

ROCKSHOX BLACKBOX RACING PROGRAM GOES PUBLIC-9-5

ROCKSHOX BLACKBOX RACING PROGRAM GOES PUBLIC-9-5 RockShox announced on September 3rd, that it will be selling copies of the once-exclusive BlackBox pro racing fork to mountain bikers at large. The press release claimed that most BlackBox components will eventually be up for sale, but the first item is the carbon fiber and titanium 2.7 pound […]

SPECIALIZED 2002 SNEAK PEAK

SPECIALIZED 2002 SNEAK PEAK MBA editor Jimmy Mack traveled to Specialized for a first-look at their 2002 lineup. The first order of biz was lighter and stronger aluminum alloys for S-Works and Stumpjumper models. The M-5 stuff is reported to be far stronger and lighter than 6061 and the M-4 alloy is said to be […]

MBA EXCLUSIVE DOWNHILL TEST: FOES ’02 TEAM ISSUE

MBA EXCLUSIVE DOWNHILL TEST: FOES ?02 TEAM ISSUE This ones going to be tough to beat Brent Foes totally revamped the DH-Mono downhill chassis for his own team–and the prototypes were immediately requested by an elite group of sponsored racers like Missy Giove, who have the freedom to choose any bike they desire. Ten copies […]

THE 2002 TREK FUEL–JUNE 26

THE 2002 TREK FUEL–JUNE 26 Trek’s honches paid a visit to MBA last week and gave us a preview of some 2002 tidbits. The dual-suspension Fuel gets some new technology in the form of moldable carbon fiber, a liquid substance developed by Hexcell Corporation, an international leader in the reinforced composite biz. The secret stuff […]

SPY PHOTOS OF THE NEW TREK DOWNHILL BIKE—JUNE 26

SPY PHOTOS OF THE NEW TREK DOWNHILL BIKE?JUNE 26 (Photos courtesy of Matt Conto) After months of Trek denying working on a new downhill bike design, MBA got our hands on these spy photos at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY. ABOUT THE BIKE (Click On Photo To Make Larger) We were surprised to see that […]

THE NEW CURNUTT/FOES SHOCK—JUNE 26

THE NEW CURNUTT/FOES SHOCK?JUNE 26 HOW IT WORKS Because the Curnutt valving system is incredibly simple (one-fifth the parts of a typical washer-stack piston), it is difficult to explain its operation with words alone Click Here For A Diagram Anyone who follows the downhill scene has heard or seen the Curnutt shock. Brent Foes and […]

MAGURA: INSIDE THE GERMAN BRAKE KING

MAGURA: INSIDE THE GERMAN BRAKE KING By John Ker Magura brakes have been around for a long time. In the last decade, they became the stoppers of choice for John Tomac, Shaun Palmer, Jurgen Beneke, Henrik Djernis and Bart Brentjens, as well as the members of the Rocky Mountain, Yeti, Manitou and ParkPre teams. It […]

WE TEST THE MAVERICK

WE TEST THE MAVERICK Paul Turner’s take on the ultimate trailbike You?ve heard the buzz about Maverick American, the Colorado think tank. Its a design firm headed by the man who founded RockShox and forever altered the course of mountain bike development. Well, after severing ties with his fork company, Paul Turner found himself with […]

A NEW GENERATION OF MTB MOVIES—MAY 29

A NEW GENERATION OF MTB MOVIES?MAY 29 CONTACT A Film By: Reed Merschat Starring: Jeff Lenosky, Ryan Leech, and Lance Trappe Locations: England, Incline Club Skatepark, and the rocks of Utah Available through: www.crfilms.com for $22.00 Contact features the best trials riders on the circuit today. Don’t get scared away by this being a trials […]

THE 2002 ROCKSHOX DUKE –MAY 24

THE 2002 ROCKSHOX DUKE –MAY 24 By Jimmy Mac We had a chance to ride the new Duke Race at a product introduction RockShox held in Durango, Colorado. The Duke impressed us on our initial ride with its steering performance and torsional rigidity (we rode it back-to-back with a Judy). We can?t wait to get […]

THE RETURN OF THE VIRTUAL PIVOT POINT—MAY 15

THE RETURN OF THE VIRTUAL PIVOT POINT?MAY 15 The real story about the new downhill technology from Santa Cruz and Intense SANTA CRUZ REINSTATES THE VPP CONCEPT Rob Roskopp is one of two partners who run the show at Santa Cruz Bicycles. Rob, an active mountain biker, is also a dual-suspension devotee. The modest factory […]

THE RETURN OF THE VIRTUAL PIVOT POINT—MAY 15

THE RETURN OF THE VIRTUAL PIVOT POINT—MAY 15 The real story about the new downhill technology from Santa Cruz and Intense SANTA CRUZ REINSTATES THE VPP CONCEPT Rob Roskopp is one of two partners who run the show at Santa Cruz Bicycles. Rob, an active mountain biker, is also a dual-suspension devotee. The modest factory […]

ALISON DUNLAPS PRO BIKE–MAY 8

ALISON DUNLAPS PRO BIKE–MAY 8 Only one American pro cross-country racer is able to consistently make the podium at the World Cup level: GTs Alison Dunlap. As a result, we?d expect that GT goes to extra lengths to make sure that her bike is equipped to work as well as possible while weighing as little […]

GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP

GENUINE INNOVATIONS SECOND WIND PUMP By now everyone should be carrying a pump with them when they’re out riding. There’s no excuse to be “that guy” who never has a pump or tube. Genuine Innovations has come out with a micro pump with an identity crisis, it’s a CO2 inflator and pump in one. It […]

FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP

FLICK TRIX IRON HORSE PRO SHOP Since toys have become a thriving industry for BMX bikes and motorcycles, why not mountain bikes too? Flick Trix is selling this kit that builds up two complete bicycles: one downhill bike and one slalom bike. It comes with a workstand, truing stand and workbench for when you need […]

FOX UNVEILS PRODUCTION SUSPENSION FORK–APRIL 5

FOX UNVEILS PRODUCTION SUSPENSION FORK–APRIL 5 By Richard Cunningham On April fifth, with the World Cup venue at Domain Chandon winery as a backdrop, Bob Fox, president of Fox Racing Shox, made a short speech, announcing the company was entering the high-end fork market. Few mountain bike insiders were taken by surprise by the move. […]

SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull

SoBe Adrenaline Rush vs. RedBull Just thought we?d do a quick review and comparison of two of our favorite energy drinks. SoBe Adrenaline Rush tastes great, kind of like grapefruit juice and gingerale. Our test supply quickly became a morning favorite. RedBull has a unique taste, something like liquid Smartees. But it has this weird […]

AXO Vertigo Shoe

AXO Vertigo Shoe If you’re looking for a shoe with added ankle support, this may be it. Although it claims to be a recreational shoe, it’s a top choice for trailriding, aggressive freeriding and downhill. The recessed cleat makes it easy to walk and the rubber soles give you pretty good traction. They might get […]

Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes

Shimano SH-MP65 Shoes This is the new clipless BMX/dual/downhill shoe from Shimano. It’s stiff enough to pedal well in clipless without loosing the input from the pedal, like so many other shoes. The recessed cleat lets the shoes sit directly on DX clipless pedals. You can actually ride on the pedal for a little bit […]

Maxxis 24×2.7-inch Tires

Maxxis 24×2.7-inch Tires We just got a set of these new twenty-four inch treads from Maxxis. Although the jury is still out whether or not the smaller tire in the back is really any advantage or not, there are still tons of riders out there riding them. The smaller tire in the rear is becoming […]

Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen

Maruchan Chili Flavor Ramen So I know all of you are thinking, “Why is there ramen in here?” Well most of us have to eat this stuff on long road trips or after we buy new bikes. I stumbled across this new flavor and it’s renewed my forgotten longing for this economical yet tasty sodium […]

Atomic Aircorp Pedals

Atomic Aircorp Pedals Mike from Atomic Laboratories just sent us these great platforms. They feature adjustable setscrew pins to let the rider fine tune the traction. The pedals feature high quality German bearings so these should last you a long, long time. There is also an anti-spin bushing that stops the pedal from spinning when […]

SRAM Trigger Shifters

SRAM Trigger Shifters Finally, we’ve gotten our hands on the long awaited SRAM trigger shifters and they look like they were worth waiting for. They should be ideal for riders who just can’t seem to get comfortable with the idea of twist shifting but want an option to Shimano. They look a little strange compared […]

CANNONDALE UNVEILS THE GEMINI—MARCH 13

CANNONDALE UNVEILS THE GEMINI?MARCH 13 (Click on photo) MBA scooped the rest of the best when we announced Cannondales Scalpel: a 22-pound XC racer that integrates every trick in the short-travel, dual-suspension book into one fine-riding chassis (read it at www.mbaction.com). The official debut of the Scalpel will be at the Sea Otter race in […]

RIDING TEAM VOLVO/CANNONDALE’S NEW XC SLED–3-22

RIDING TEAM VOLVO/CANNONDALE’S NEW XC SLED–3-22 Cannondale had a high-level meeting between the race team’s management, its research and development leaders and the marketing staff to determine where they should position their upcoming dual-suspension XC racer. It was no secret that dual-suspension is the future of cross country racing, but it was also a fact […]