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MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK

MANITOU X-VERT AIR FORK Big travel and high-performance damping Manitou’s long-travel X-Vert forks are designed for mountain bikers on the edge?downhillers, freeriders, or any serious enthusiast who strays from the groomed singletracks that most mountain bikers adhere to. The X-Vert Air is the lightest of the series at 3.8 pounds and has 4.1 inches of […]

2001 BIKE PREVIEW

2001 BIKE PREVIEW Do you want to see some 2001 bikes? We thought you would. Here is a selection of 2001 metal to whet your appetite. JAMIS DRAGON Take a world-class chromoly hardtail frame, add Mavic’s tubeless CrossMax wheels and Hutchinson Python Gold tires, then finish it with a Shimano XTR Group, and you have […]

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP

ROCKSHOX UNVEILS 2001 LINEUP We are doing a complete story in an upcoming issue of Mountain Bike Action so we don?t want to give you too much information! But, here is a quick look at what RockShox has in store for 2001. 2001 PSYLOS! Psylo, the long-travel fork with 30mm diameter fork tubes and a […]

SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001

SPECIALIZED PLANS FOR 2001 Specialized debuted a streamlined range of Mountain bikes in the beautiful Dolomite region of the Italian Alps to an international cast of editors. The star players were the S-Works hardtail and FSR-XC. Both had Mavic CrossMax UST Tubeless wheels and both were feather- weights in comparison to previous models. 2BLISS TIRES […]

LOGIC LP PADS

LOGIC LP PADS Ritcheys Logic brake pads use a trippy profile that provides easier toe-in adjustment and claims to have superior stopping force. Key features: Ultimate stopping power is achieved when the caliper construction is sturdy enough to hold the pads flat against the rim. It turns out that most braking systems flex too much […]

GIRO SWITCHBLADE

GIRO SWITCHBLADE While traditional mountain bikers scoff at the Giro Switchblade, its a clever idea that allows riders to bolt on face protection if they so desire. Key features: What the Giro lets a rider do is purchase one helmet and cycle it around like any other top-coverage, protection beret. With or without the face […]

CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION

CONTINENTAL TWISTER PROTECTION If local conditions are rocky, you know that its not possible to use a lightweight racing tire. The abrasive terrain will soon cut through the thin sidewalls. For such conditions, Continental recently introduced the ProTection series. The beefier, Duraskin sidewall only adds 10 grams to the tire weight. Key features: Like the […]

ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES

ANSWER IMPACT GLOVES Are you looking for full-finger protection with total freedom of movement? The Impact has moderate palm padding, with mesh and a sweat patch covering the back of the hand. Key features: Palm protection is provided by coating the full underside of the palm with supple Clarino. The grab spots on the undersides […]

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 offers the full-coverage protection of a motocross helmet. The visor is adjustable and stays blended with the helmet shell and matching paint […]

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 hook-and-loop straps, the leather uppers are topped with stretchy Airprene material. A loop of ribbon on the […]

MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC

MOUNTAIN BIKE FIRST AID KIT MINI MEDIC If you don’t carry a first aid kit because its too bulky, you no longer have an excuse. The Mini Medic is a tiny kit with all the basic essentials. Key Features: Mini Medic has the basic bandages and topical wipes that youll need to treat minor woundsand […]

INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE

INNOVATIONS IN CYCLING CHUBBIE STUBBIE Tiny hand pumps that fail to pump air have stranded more mountain bikers in the back country than any other breakdown. Innovations Inc. designed the Chubbie Stubbie to go the distance. Its guaranteed for life and is only nine inches long. Key Features: The Stubbie has a Schrader and presta […]

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 design. We got a little time on the fork on various occasions during the early season, but […]

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 staff got a chance to test ride the first copies of the fabled, metallic gold superfork at home, and on […]

FIRST PHOTOS OF SPECIALIZED’S TUBELESS TIRES

FIRST PHOTOS OF SPECIALIZED’S TUBELESS TIRES At the Napa World Cup, we spied these prototype tubeless tires on Specialized FSR of Ben Capron. Since the tires are 2001 product still in the development stages, Specialized wouldn’t give out many details. But we did find out that the tires are UST, meaning they are part of […]

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: SHIMANO’S DH FORK Shimano isn’t telling anyone jack about its new downhill fork other than it exists and that Mike King of the Haro-Lee Dungaree’s team is using it. We can confidently say the fork is being made by Kowa of Japan and is an open-bath design. Close observation reveals no tabs for […]

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE

AVID DEBUTS NEW CABLE ACTUATED DISC BRAKE Good news for anti-hydraulic holdouts. Avid’s new cable actuated brake delivers the stopping power of hydraulic brakes like Shimano and Hayes, but it doesn’t quite attain their linear modulation. Avid was on hand at Kona Camp in Elba, Italy, where MBA’s editors got a chance to test the […]

MAGURA’S NEW 2001 JULIE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE

MAGURA’S NEW 2001 JULIE HYDRAULIC DISC BRAKE While other disc brake makers continue to struggle with the cost efficiency of disc brakes by refining their already aged cable actuated brakes, Magura will be introducing a fully hydraulic brake in the year 2001 that will retail in the same price range as cable units. Marketed as […]

TECH NEWS

TECH NEWS Staff SHIMANO DISC BRAKES ARE READY Shimano’s much hyped Deore XT disc brakes are finally ready to hit retailers and we have a set! Early last fall, Shimano produced a few prototype versions of its disc brake system. We rode them and were happy with their performance and then they disappeared from sight […]