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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 […]

HOPE ENDURO 4 BRAKES

HOPE ENDURO 4 BRAKES These are the latest stoppers from those brake guys across the pond at Hope. They’re a bit lighter than last years DH04s (about 65 grams) and have even more strength to pull your bike to a halt. You can run 185mm (about 7.5 inch) downhill rotors front and rear or smaller […]

SELLE SAN MARCO PAOLA PEZZO SADDLE

SELLE SAN MARCO PAOLA PEZZO SADDLE Selle San Marco has come out with this dope limited edition Paola Pezzo signature edition seat. It features a shape and diamond cut. There are also elastomer inserts that damp vibrations transmitted through the Cr-Mo rails. Selle San Marco claims a weight of 268 grams but our test saddle […]

HOPE CUSTOM ROTORS

HOPE CUSTOM ROTORS Hope has started to custom machine text into their rotors. This gives us too many ideas to mention. Is your wife/girlfriend complaining about spending too much time and money at the races? Get a custom rotor with “I love insert name here” let the world know how you feel for only $60 […]

PAUL TURNER’S MAVERICK BECOMES A REALITY–FEB 1

PAUL TURNER’S MAVERICK BECOMES A REALITY–FEB 1 Last Fall, RockShox founder Paul Turner was testing a dual-suspension prototype he designed that utilized a single fork leg behind the seat tube. MBA paid Turner a visit at his Boulder ,Colorado home to see how the project was moving forward. The Maverick, as it is now called, […]

2001 FULL SUSPENSION BUYER’S GUIDE: A-K

2001 FULL SUSPENSION BUYER’S GUIDE: A-K All of the major production companies have finally realized that full-suspension is not only here to stay, but it is the future of mountain biking. Competition for market share has increased the value and significantly lowered the cost of all ready-to-ride dual-suspension bikes. Even small custom builders have started […]

2001 FULL SUSPENSION BUYER’S GUIDE: L-Z

2001 FULL SUSPENSION BUYER’S GUIDE: L-Z All of the major production companies have finally realized that full-suspension is not only here to stay, but it is the future of mountain biking. Competition for market share has increased the value and significantly lowered the cost of all ready-to-ride dual-suspension bikes. Even small custom builders have started […]

PARK SHOP TIRE TOOL

PARK SHOP TIRE TOOL Park sent us this pretty cool tire lever. It attaches at the axle of your wheel, a hook goes under the bead and then you just spin the tool removing the tire from the rim. Sorry DH guys, this isn’t going to help you much since it isn’t through-axle compatible. If […]

661 DIRT LID

661 DIRT LID Face it, cross-country mountain bike helmets look pretty stupid when you’re jumping trails. Pick up a skate-style helmet like the Dirt Lid and get heckled a little less from the local BMX kids. It has an EPS foam inner shell with removable pads and an ABS plastic molded shell. 661 sells it […]

FOX X-LARGE GEAR BAG

FOX X-LARGE GEAR BAG If you’re like most riders you have tons of stuff to haul around and the Fox X-Large gear bag will probably fit all of it. It features a padded shoulder strap and walls that help the bag retain its shape. It’s made of ripstop nylon so it should take a good […]

ABUS GRANNIT-X U LOCK

ABUS GRANNIT-X U LOCK This is one heavy duty lock! It’s said to be able to withstand six tons of pulling and twisting power before it breaks. We’d believe it too because this is a super heavy lock. In fact it would be rather uncomfortable to lug around but you can always leave it attached […]

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER BOLTS

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER BOLTS KHS sent us some of their new alloy chainring bolts. Chainring bolts aren’t very exciting but everyone needs them and these are light and sold in an MBA favorite, black. They’re pretty basic, ten bolts that are made to work with double chainrings. They retail for $12.95 and should be available at […]

NITRO PRO SEATPOST

NITRO PRO SEATPOST The Alumaline Corporation has come out with a new suspension seatpost design. The Nitro Pro uses different nitrogen pressures for your specific weight. This gas charging allows for lower spring rates which should give the suspension a very smooth spring rate. It also features a flip open head so it should be […]

G’NAD PAD

G?NAD PAD When you find yourself frequently bruising your more “sensitive areas” on your stem practicing your next wheelie-drop it’s time for a G’nad Pad. It’ll protect you from those evil sharp cornered stems and as an added bonus (besides the great name) it carries a spare tube for you. Cyco Active sells them for […]

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER RISER

THUNDER-WERKS THUNDER RISER If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night having cold sweats mumbling about how your bike needs to be even lighter you still probably don’t need this carbon fiber riser. It’s $6.50 for one 5mm riser and $7.00 for a 10mm riser. At least it looks cool and […]

SHARP SPROCKETS CHAINRING

SHARP SPROCKETS CHAINRING If you think that you need a burlier chainring for downhill, dual slalom or dirt jumping take a look at the Sharp chainring. It’s one of the burliest rings ever to show up at MBA. It’s thick and stiff. That’s it. Since Bill Sharp is always changing his ring designs give him […]

SIDI ACTION SRS SHOE

SIDI ACTION SRS SHOE Sidi has been making some of the best racing shoes in mountain biking for years. In fact many of your favorite pros may be riding them with another company’s logo, because they prefer the fit over their sponsors shoes. The Action SRS features an arch compression strap, replaceable lugs, and the […]

SPINERGY XYCLONE DISC WHEELS

SPINERGY XYCLONE DISC WHEELS Go ahead, throw a stick in these spokes–you won?t break ?em. Spinergy introduced Spox wheels a few years back. The Vectran composite spokes are actually a liquid-crystal polymer that is much stronger in tension than steel, yet flexible. There are 28 of ?em in the front and 32 in the rear. […]

MAVIC CROSSRIDE WHEELSET

MAVIC CROSSRIDE WHEELSET Those of us who have a yen to go tubeless can now do it for less. The Mavic CrossRide wheelset is priced a few hundred bucks below its CrossMax cousins, and shares the same handsome profile. The latest wheels from the French hoop masters use conventional spokes with a special nipple insert […]

ROLF PROPEL WHEELSET

ROLF PROPEL WHEELSET Rolf Diedric invented the modern game of ?how many spokes can you remove from a racing wheel.? On rollers and in the comfort of his home, Rolf found that by pairing spokes from the left and right side of the hub, he could come up with a super-stiff wheel with as few […]

CANE CREEK WAM-TI WHEELSET

CANE CREEK WAM-TI WHEELSET MBA had a chance to thoroughly thrash a pair of Cane Creek super-hoops. The Version was the second-tier WAM version with black-colored Ti spokes. The wheels weigh 1882 grams a pair. Both have 28 spokes per wheel, and they come in regular or disc-brake versions. Our test model were the disc […]

MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE

MR. DIRT GIZMO CHAINGUIDE Here’s the newest guide from Mr.Dirt. The Gizmo features new Derlin rollers to decrease drag on the chain and the inner plate has been raised to the level of the outer bash guard. This is pretty much the burliest set-up out there. The Gizmo is one of the first guides to […]

MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA

MANITOU X-VERT SUPERNOVA One of the beefiest single-crown forks we’ve seen. It’s perfectly tailored for dirt jumpers, hard freeriders and slalom racers. The Nova has 105 mm of travel and features the same lowers that Manitou uses on their downhill fork. The internals are handled by Manitou’s TPC damping system and coil springs. Through-axles make […]

PROFILE GAS PEDALS

PROFILE GAS PEDALS These are some of the most impressive platform pedals that we’ve seen in the office for a long time. The pedal bodies are machined from a giant piece of 6061 aluminum. The Gas pedals should hold up to whatever you can dish out with 12 mm Profile SS spindles that ride on […]

AZONIC ORS STEM

AZONIC ORS STEM Looking for a shorter stem to help the handling of your bike and don’t want to go with any of the really heavy downhill models? The Azonic ORS series of stems might be just what you want. They are cold-forged and feature a two-bolt faceplate that makes changing bars super easy. The […]

OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS

OURY MOUNTAIN BIKE GRIPS You’re either going to love or hate these grips. They feature super-thick soft squares that take the edge off of big hits and damp the vibrations transmitted to your hands when you’re riding. Riders with bigger hands should have no problems, but people with smaller hands take note: this is a […]

TROY LEE DESIGNS COMBAT GUARDS

TROY LEE DESIGNS COMBAT GUARDS Combat guards are the new knee/shin combos from Troy Lee Designs. At first glance they look like they probably were made to catch baseballs rather than to ride mountain bikes. They’re a bit longer than a standard knee/shin guard but the extra length makes room for four elastic straps that […]

INTENSE SHOES

INTENSE SHOES Jeff Steber of Intense Cycles has teamed up with 5.10, the climbing shoe manufacturer, to design a new Slalom/DH/BMX shoe for flat pedals. Jeff, who is also an avid rock climber, thought that the super sticky compound used to make the soles of climbing shoes would make a great shoe for his Pro […]

ELLSWORTH MOAB RETREAT

ELLSWORTH MOAB RETREAT Unlike many bike companies, the relationship between the consumer and the manufacturer doesn’t end with the purchase of your bicycle at Ellsworth. Tony Ellsworth is planning the 5th annual Factory Moab Retreat. This gives Ellsworth owners a chance to ride with the people who run the factory at one of the best […]