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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]