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GRIPSHIFT BUYS AVID–JAN 13

GRIPSHIFT BUYS AVID–JAN 13 SRAM Corporation just announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to purchase Avid LLC. They go on to say that Avid is widely recognized as the technology and performance leader in braking systems, and the acquisition furthers SRAM’s goal of providing a full component group to the bike industry. “The […]

ROCKSHOX SETS STANDARD FOR DIRECT MOUNT STEMS

ROCKSHOX SETS STANDARD FOR DIRECT MOUNT STEMS SRAM announced that RockShox has just set a standard for direct mounting stems to Boxxer upper crowns. This new standard allows stems to be directly mounted to the Boxxer’s upper crown via four threaded holes in the top of the crown. While integrated stems are not a new […]

OCT 28–SAVE THOSE OLD PARTS!

OCT 28–SAVE THOSE OLD PARTS! An unidentified buyer out bid 15 others to purchase a rare 1959 Simplex rear derailleur for nearly $4500 dollars. The first bid was a mere 9 bucks, but collectors soon sniffed out the tiny cast-aluminum French beauty, because the third offer was over $2000 US. The Simplex 5V Chaine 2.38 […]

SHIMANO SILENCES XTR WHEELS–OCT 8

SHIMANO SILENCES XTR WHEELS–OCT 8 Temporary fix for mysterious disc brake howl By R. Cunningham Shimano announced today that switching to Deore XT Center-lock disc brake rotors silences the as-yet, unexplained noise that occurs when XTR disk brakes are used with its high-zoot XTR wheels. Those who have had the pleasure of riding Shimano’s paired-spoke […]

SEPT 17–WATCH THE FOX TALAS SHOCK IN ACTION

SEPT 17–WATCH THE FOX TALAS SHOCK IN ACTION By R. Cunningham Fox’s Travel-Adjustable-Linear-Air-Spring shock is a marvel of engineering that MBA first explained in the September 2003 print issue. At the heart of the TALAS system is a hydraulic chamber, controlled by a dial that reduces the travel by shortening the length of the shock’s […]

SEPT 17–HIGH-NORMAL OR LOW-NORMAL?

SEPT 17–HIGH-NORMAL OR LOW-NORMAL? The pros and cons of Shimano’s reverse-shifting rear derailleur Shimano first offered its reverse shifting rear derailleur under the name ?RapidRise? and it failed in the marketplace because it really didn?t have a great reason to exist. Shimano reintroduced Rapid Rise this year in conjunction with its XTR Dual-Control shift/brake lever […]

AUG 27–GIANT SHOWS ITS HAND FOR 2004

AUG 27–GIANT SHOWS ITS HAND FOR 2004 R. Cunningham Giant USA’s president, Skip Hess, may be the last of his kind–a man who began his career in the bicycle industry as a bike shop rat and worked his way up the ladder to the highest corporate level. Hess freely states that the bicycle business isn?t […]

SPECIALIZED 2004 BIKE LINE IS COMPLETELY NEW

SPECIALIZED 2004 BIKE LINE IS COMPLETELY NEW Aug. 18, 2003 R.Cunningham Specialized launched its 2004 bike lineup in conjunction with its 30th birthday party. The big news is that, with the exception of its Epic XC racing platform, their entire cadre of mountain bikes has been completely redesigned. ABOUT THOSE BIKES The S-works Epic has […]

AUG 15–MORE “WHERE ARE THEY NOWS!”

AUG 15–MORE “WHERE ARE THEY NOWS!” Products reviewed in the Thumbnail Thrash section of our magazine have withstood at least 30 days of rigorous thrashing from the MBA Wrecking Crew. If the product withstands our original test of time, we’ll keep using it long after the thrash test first appeared in the pages of MBA. […]

CANNONDALE 1FS SINGLE SPEED–MARCH 18

CANNONDALE 1FS SINGLE SPEED–MARCH 18 (March 26-This just in….Cannondale was acquired by its primary creditor, Pegasus. Tom Armstrong informed us that Cannondale is producing and shipping single-speeds at this very moment!) Cannondale’s reorganization put the brakes on a number of pet projects and, unfortunately, one of our favorite test bikes was among them. The 1FG […]

FOX REVEALS AN ANTI-BOB SHOCK AND FORK-MARCH 17

FOX REVEALS AN ANTI-BOB SHOCK AND FORK-MARCH 17 Fox Racing Shox is ready to launch two stable-platform suspension systems into mass production: the Terra Logic fork and a new anti-bob valving system called ?Pro-Pedal? that will appear in its entire air shock lineup. The F-100 fork uses the same inertial-valve technology that Fox developed for […]

SNEAK PEEK AT MANITOU’S 2004 STABLE-PLATFORM FORK

SNEAK PEEK AT MANITOU’S 2004 STABLE-PLATFORM FORK THREE MINUTES AND COUNTING Manitou improves on their current fork line by adding the Minute: the long-awaited companion of the SPV (Stable Platform Valve) air shock that appeared this year on Giant’s VT trail bike. The Minute is a single-crown (1 1/8″ steerer), long-travel (100-130mm) freeride/trail bike fork, […]

HONDA DEVELOPS DOWNHILL BIKE–FEB 18

HONDA DEVELOPS DOWNHILL BIKE–FEB 18 (Photo courtesty of world.honda.com) Honda Motor Co., Ltd., as part of its ongoing commitment to spread the dream of mobility, has developed a mountain bike for downhill competitions called the RN01*1 (“RN zero one”), which it will enter in the 2003 Japan Series (all races) and the World Cup (spot […]

SPECIALIZED PARTNERS WITH FOX SPORTS–JAN 23

SPECIALIZED PARTNERS WITH FOX SPORTS–JAN 23 (Press Release) To bolster its robust BMX and Freeride programs, Specialized has joined forces with the new action-sport focused talk show 54321 which will air nationwide on the Fox Sports network. Premiering Monday, January 27th at 5:00PM, 54321 will feature a Specialized 415 Pro BMX and Big Hit Downhill […]

TITUS LAUNCHES CARBON FIBER ACCESSORY LINE–JAN 20

TITUS LAUNCHES CARBON FIBER ACCESSORY LINE–JAN 20 Titus Cycles, the mid-sized custom bike maker in Tempe, Arizona, announced the launch of its ?Maxm? component lineup. The first items to hit your local dealer’s showcase will be ?IsoGrid? carbon fiber handlebars, and seatposts. IsoGrid refers to an internal reinforcement web that helps the tube retain its […]

JD COMPONENTS HIRES CFE–JAN 21

JD COMPONENTS HIRES CFE–JAN 21 Boehmke To Create Components “Hopes To Change The World” JD Components, one of Taiwan’s leading manufacturers of handlebars, stems, seatposts, barends and other bicycle components, has hired Chunky Flyrite Enterprises (CFE) to build their brand and business for the United States market and beyond. “We heard about Steve Boehmke and […]

DEC 30–IBIS IS BACK!

DEC 30–IBIS IS BACK! They told us they would be back. John Castellano, the other design wizard at Ibis, has re-entered the market with the last model Ibis introduced just before they closed doors. Formerly known as a Ripley, the aluminum softail will now be called the Castellano Designs Fango. The Fango uses the same […]

ORDER YOUR COPY OF SUPERHEROS III–NOV 13

ORDER YOUR COPY OF SUPERHEROS III–NOV 13 Order the DVD now for only $24.95, plus receive a FREE Mountain Bike Action sticker pack! Superheros III is one of the most highly anticipated mountain bike movies of the year. It features the best freeriders in the world performing huge stunts, downhill and mountaincross race footage from […]

CANE CREEK’S 2003 TUBELESS DISC WHEELSET!

CANE CREEK’S 2003 TUBELESS DISC WHEELSET! We have spent the last few weeks pounding the new Cane Creek Zonos disc wheels on our XC test courses and secret jump spot. Following are the 14 reasons to buy a set of Zonos tubeless wheels. On a separate note, we’d like to thank the Sierra Vista BMXers […]

OCT 28– IMPORTANT RECALL NOTICE

OCT 28– IMPORTANT RECALL NOTICE ATTENTION owners of the following Cannondale bicycles: * 2002 Gemini 2000 * 2002 Gemini 1000 * 2003 Gemini 2000 * 2003 Gemini 1000 * 2003 Gemini 900 In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (U.S. CPSC), Cannondale will recall some of these medium and large size frames. The […]

CANNONDALE LOOKS GOOD FOR ’03

CANNONDALE LOOKS GOOD FOR ’03 FIRST TEST OF THE JEKYLL 500 Cannondale has given some major upgrades to their 2003 Jekyll line. We had a chance to test the ’03 entry-level Jekyll 500 to prove the point, and to give MBA readers a taste of next year’s improvements. Read up on the short version of […]

SEPT 25–MEGATECH BOTTOM BRACKET STANDARD!

SEPT 25–MEGATECH BOTTOM BRACKET STANDARD! PRESENT BOTTOM BRACKETS ARE WIMPY Threaded bottom bracket shells were adapted from the road bike and, except for being widened from 68mm to 73mm, remain unchanged. Mountain bike and component makers across the globe admit that the present bottom bracket standard is a stumbling block. Attempts to improve the strength […]

MAVIC LIGHTENS WHEELS AND LOWERS PRICES–SEPT 18

MAVIC LIGHTENS WHEELS AND LOWERS PRICES–SEPT 18 This coming season, Mavic will answer the wishes of both cross-country and trail riders. A lighter version of the Crossmax wheel will be sold under the SL designation. SL wheels come in silver-anodized colors and have machined facets between each spoke hole to reduce the weight of the […]

FIRST TEST OF THE TIME VTT PEDALS–SEPT 12

FIRST TEST OF THE TIME VTT PEDALS–SEPT 12 By Chris Firth A few days ago Kurt Stockton stopped by the office fresh off the plane from the Time corporate office in France with a brand new set of the eagerly anticipated VTT downhill/freeride clipless pedals. There’s been a buzz about these pedals coming out for […]

IS THE EPIC TOO SMART?–SEPT 11

IS THE EPIC TOO SMART?–SEPT 11 By Eddie Arnet Have you ever dreamed of riding a bike that automatically knows when to act like a hardtail and when it’s quicker to have suspension? A bike that switches so quickly from shock to non-shock that you’re unaware it’s happening? A bike that always transfers the maximum […]

SHIMANO’S 2003 XTR-LEVEL TUBELESS WHEELSET

SHIMANO’S 2003 XTR-LEVEL TUBELESS WHEELSET Shimano’s built-wheel program has been very successful in the road racing market, but, until now, its paired-spoke hoops did not catch the attention of top-level off-road racers. Today, Shimano put the hurt on its competitors in the mountain bike market when it announced their first wheelset to carry the XTR […]

GREAT NEWS FOR DUAL-SUSPENSION PILOTS

GREAT NEWS FOR DUAL-SUSPENSION PILOTS R.Cunningham Noleen Racing will rebuild almost any shock or fork Noleen Racing’s website has information and pricing for its extensive motorcycle and mountain bike suspension rebuilding service. For those who recently fell off the turnip truck, Noleen was the first motocross suspension firm to commit its resources and manufacture mountain […]

REPLACEMENT BATTERIES, BULBS AND CHARGERS–JULY 29

REPLACEMENT BATTERIES, BULBS AND CHARGERS–JULY 29 Tom Robbins, President of TurboCat Lighting Systems, has announced a program to make replacement batteries, bulbs and chargers available for a number of discontinued lighting systems. Robbins said, “Individuals who find their lighting systems useless for lack of replacement parts literally have been left in the dark by a […]

MARZOCCHI REVEALS ITS 2003 SECRETS–JULY 1

MARZOCCHI REVEALS ITS 2003 SECRETS–JULY 1 Marzocchi Hosted its 2003 product launch in the heart of the Swiss Alps. High temperatures and clear skies made for a productive weekend that included a day of long-travel testing on Scouls world-class downhill course, and two days of trail riding in the planets most spectacular looking mountain range. […]

INSIDE THE NEW INTENSE VPP PROTOTYPES–JUNE 19

INSIDE THE NEW INTENSE VPP PROTOTYPES–JUNE 19 By Chris Firth I was lucky enough to practice on the new prototype slalom bike from Intense at the Big Bear National. It’s a new frame designed around a Virtual Pivot Point linkage system. Jeff Steber at Intense has been playing around with VPP rear suspension designs for […]